Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Monday, 14 August 2017


I have baked another Lemon yogurt cake
we both love the taste the recipe can be found on my page at top of blog. 
 We will be over run with tomatoes soon, so I decided to strip the yellow tomato bush of all it's fruit.
I have four pounds of unripe tomatoes, so I am going to make green tomato chutney.  
 This citrus juicer cost me £1.43 in the sale
I will use it in my greenhouse, I will make wider holes for planting seedlings.
 Another clever purchase is these four plastic rings.
They should be used over mixing bowls, but we required something to keep the pigeons away from our feeders, they don't manage to eat much, but they do manage to throw all the seeds across our garden.
On the plus, reduced in Wilko's just 25p each. 
I had the most fantastic weekend, Saturday, I spent most of the day reading, The Shadow Sister, Lucinda Riley was good, I have read The Angel tree by her before.  I also have read When the music's over, Peter Robinson, which whilst well written, it was not a subject I would want to read again. I am now reading The Crow girl, Erik Axl Sund.
Sunday  doing housework, a bit of baking, again loads of  reading, later after hubby came home we went for a nice walk. Having the sunny warm weather helped as I could sit out side for most of the time.
This morning I spent time in the greenhouse, it looks much tidier without the tomato plant, I have loads more room. I have cut the plant down to one small shoot, I am going to try and see if it will grow and I can get a late crop, the greenhouse is in a very sunny spot. Hubby cut the leaves off the second plant outside, that too is full of fruits.
Later we took the bus into town, only I had to pay hubby has his bus pass, I won't get mine until I can get my government pension. We did not stay too long, just the few bargains above, we then walked to the garage and picked up our camper van, all serviced ready to go away later this week. We popped to the main library in hope for more titles from a couple of my favorite authors, I was very disappointed, I thought our local library was better stocked.
Soon we will pop for our evening walk.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Week two

Will came over today, so loads of floor play
he is 6 months old next week
He is now sitting in a highchair and eating selected foods
He was good with lunch and even drank water from a new cup
 I am a coffee drinker, never instant always fresh, we have a filter coffee maker, which when we are both home it's cost effective.  When I am home alone or hubby wants to drink tea, I don't often put the coffee pot on. Solution at our local Co-op, 10 bags reduced to £2.49, I got a pack, liked the coffee so I went back and got a few more packs whilst they are on special.  
More saving money, trip to our local library
This time I got four new authors. 
 We planted the hydrangea in a corner spot, 
looks a bit small, but give it a couple of years.  
 Hubby was driving disabled children today, 
took a trip to Fishers Adventure Farm Park, 
he had 3 hours there by himself, and promises next year to take Will for a visit.
I love metal birds and had been looking for a small chicken, hubby saw this and thought of me. He also loved the over sized hedgehog and he came home as well. 
I really enjoyed having Will this morning, mummy came home early afternoon and we walked to the nice coffee shop for a thank you treat. It's great watching Will with people, he loves everyone, we sat close to an elderly lady who took a shine to Will, he smiled and grunted to her delight.
I managed to do a small tidy of the garden early this morning, everything is looking good. Win's nephew was in the house next door today and has gifted me two large lovely pots, plus an Azalea which I will pot up.
I am home alone for a couple of days, hubby has gone on a golf weekend, with the promise of dry weather it should be fun for him. I have no plans, hubby took my car, so no transport, so two days at home for me.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sunny morning

I have a few projects to make, this cotton mix sheet and pillow cases are going to be stitched into a reading wigwam. The poles are from a garden set of pick up sticks, which I don't have out, the older children almost always use them as javelins.  The grey goes well with the quilt fabrics I have.
We popped to Asda for a few food items, 
and were aware they were selling off summer items.
These tapes were reduced from £2 to £1 each, so I got five, I have already got loads of my pots done, I have used hardly any slug pellets this summer, this type of tape and our visiting hedgehog have keep my plants safe. 
I had visitors yesterday, my young neighbour and her children, Maddie who is 5 has started loosing her baby teeth and we required a solution for the tooth fairy. I was given her summer school dress, where the skirt had paint stains on, so not enough fabric for a big cushion. Mum suggested we made use of the small pocket on the dress. So I cut a small square just bigger than the pocket, cut a back and made a small handle so it can be hung. It was quick to make and Maddie loved it, I forgot to take a photo, but was pleased to be able to make a keepsake from her 1st school dress.
I have finished reading The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue, it got much better as I was reading, and once completed made a good story. I don't think I will look for another of his books.
We have been sorting our kitchen cupboards and freezers, we have decided to work our way through the contents, our freezers are fill and there is so much we were not sure what we had, yesterday we did not purchase any meat, we have enough frozen to last the rest of this month. Other than the copper tape we did not buy any other summer sale items.
Today is another day at home, hubby has popped to garage for the final part of the van service, we only have the paintwork to sort now, it is all working perfectly.
Tomorrow I have Will, hubby is working and daughter will leave us together for a few hours.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Mix it up

Hubby got this hydrangea for the front of the house
we have a large untidy pot we will move and plant this in the corner
He is enjoying taking over the front of the house.
 The owner of our lovely local shoe shop is retiring
so he has a sale on, I could not resist these at half price
I will miss the shop, I often get shoes in their sale
I enjoyed this book about and American farming family
set through 60's,70's & 80's
 My neighbour has swapped some books with me.
both authors are new to me.
I have started the stolen child, but it's a bit hard going
I have had problems with my wormery, they have been escaping
The original kit did not have enough 'earth', the rain got inside and was washing the small amount away, and so the worms moved on. I ordered more coir, which the worms love, a mat for the bottom tray to stop the worms getting away, and another pack of worms. The bottom tray is almost full, but I can lift some of the coir into the next tray as the bottom tray fills. I have sited it in the corner of my side garden, it's in the shade all afternoon and evening. 
I spent yesterday with daughter and baby Will, we popped to Southampton for a few hours, daughter had a few tasks to do, I was very good and made only 1 purchase, I got a cheap cotton grey sheet and a pair of darker grey pillowcases, daughter wants a reading wigwam in Will's room, and the sheet is the cheapest way to get the fabric. I will also use the sheet as backing to Will's cot quilt, which I have been pattern designing.
Today we woke up to an over caste sky, hubby has popped to drive his ladies to their lunch club, a task he loves, and will be back mid afternoon. I plan to stay inside, later I have a sewing job for my young neighbour, she is loosing her milk teeth and we are going to make her a tooth fairy cushion with pocket.
Nothing else on my radar, I am enjoying this week again in holiday mode, soon I will start bringing more structure into our days, I am also trying to get my steps back up, my back is pain free, but it's not completely gone away, so I am taking care.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Celebration BBQ

Hubby turned my woodwork project into a sign
I wanted nice legs so it was free standing, he even managed to get a green pole so the legs matched the colour of the lettering. The clear varnish has brought out the grain in the wood. 
 Also finished is my hedgehog and birdhouse. 
This corner is very wildlife friendly
 Another new Orchid £5 from B&Q.
 I have been given lovely cards and flowers for my retirement. 
 This bunch is stunning
 The best card and a sign which upset alot of my working friends 
Yesterday, we had a huge storm at mid day, every where was drenched. But by 4pm as people started arriving for our BBQ the sun was bright and every where was dry. Our artificial grass dries very quickly, so the children were able to run around and play.
Hubby cooked a lovely BBQ, I sorted quiche and salad items. I found on Pintrest  a recipe for French Grandmothers Lemon Yogurt Cake and decided to make it, it was lovely, I have a new page at the top of my blog and will add the recipe there.
We had loads of family and friends, we spent all of yesterday later afternoon and evening sat in sunshine, chatting, watching the children playing, with a few glasses of wine.
Most of our family are traveling home this afternoon, we are having a lazy time, the house and garden is back tidy.
Thank you for all your kind comments, my back is much better, after two very good nights sleep, I am almost back to normal, I can feel the spot, it does not hurt, but I know to still take care.  I now have to start walking again, my steps this week have been very low each day.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

WIP cross stitching

This is on one set of hoops
I want to finish it for Christmas
I last stitched here 
 Another WIP on hoops 
I last stitched this here
 This is my current stitching, not done much to it
I last stitched it here 
I love this design, but it is stitched one over two, which I have never done before and I was struggling with. So I packed it away.
 It is stunningly beautiful
it's on my radar to get finished. 
The sparkly threads and beads bring this stitching to life. 
My tea towels purchased for the fabric.
I have some heavy duty pale green cotton fabric, 
I can use for lining and handles. 
I have had a busy time so far this week, but I can't list what I have been doing, the days have run away with us, we have spent time with friends, babysat Will, and I have had a stash sort out. So basically enjoying the time to myself this week.
How quickly I have slowed down on clock watching, knowing I have tomorrow to finish things and if not, next week will do.
We are planning a BBQ on Saturday, my family and loads of our friends coming, just keeping everything crossed the weather is dry. We have been to Lidl's for extra food, we were both very good and only put food into our trolley, it is so easy to add other items and bump the cost up.
My back I thought was improving, I had a good night's sleep and woke up without pain, but having Will here today, playing with him on the floor, where he loves to be, I am in pain again. If by next week it has not improved I have promised hubby I will seek help.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August, my new life

July was a very low spent month
I spent most on the bargains from my last post, but I see them as investments for my future garden. I got 4 reduced plants from B&Q for £6.50 to fill in a few gaps in the garden.
 I also got a couple of cotton tea towels for my sewing stash. 
I have a healthy £62.56 under spend to use with this months £70, when I redo my side garden. 
 My shed was a tip, 
so on Sunday I pulled every thing out and sorted, 
I had loads of space when finished.
 Had a go at the greenhouse as well 
 This is my lovely nasties shelf, 
 Kiwi seedling is now getting much bigger
 Poinsettia has so much new growth 
I aim to have this for celebrations this Christmas 
I have read how to get the leaves red
 Walnut sapling has doubled in size. 
This pot should be it's home for a long while. 
 Two more books
In Bitter Chill - great read
The Quality of Silence - not really my type of book
but I did read it all
It's been a busy few days,
Sunday we spent time in the garden, I was working at the back section, my growing area, I was in a tidy mood, so the shed was sorted.
We had friends over on Monday for lunch, later family arrived from Derby, we had a BBQ on Monday evening, Will and mummy came and cousins met for the first time.
Today after the family had left for their next part of their holidays, we had Will whilst mummy popped into her work, sorting her new hours for when she returns in January.  We took Will for a long walk, we later met mummy in a local shop where we stopped for coffee.
Tonight it's just the two of us, so a lazy evening. I need to rest because on Monday morning whilst giving the house a quick clean, I twisted my back, really stupid thing to do and it hurts. I am OK walking slow, but I can't bend and standing from sitting, I look as if I have aged 30 years. Not the start I had planned for my new life, but it does stop me rushing about, I have to remember I have more time to do things.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Bargain Hunt

Everyone loves the sales
Wilko's have started reducing their garden items
 So has Robert Dyas
 Ops, shoes
We popped to town for an hour, we always try and only pay £1 for an hours parking, we succeeded this morning hubby had one task to do.
It's that time of year, where I keep an eye on Wilko's, I love to get things at their end of season sale. The 2 black trays were £1 each, the popup greenhouses £2.50 each and the Obelisk £4 each. The Obelisk are for our tomato and cucumber plants next year, the frame are perfect for supporting the plants. The pop up greenhouse are not too big and I can use them to group pots together and cover them when the winter weather gets here. The plastic trays are just perfect for so many things. I had the trays and the Obelisk on my things I needed.
In Robert Dyas, I saw the Wilkinson Sword cutters half price at £9.99 and the propagator set reduced to £7.50, plus we were given a 15% off voucher.
My spending in July was almost nothing on garden and craft, I will show my chart next week at the end of the month.
As for the shoes, Pavers £29.99 and they are so comfortable.
Our meal last night was brilliant, good food and wine, not as expensive as we thought, the only downside was the restaurant was full and loud.
We have popped and seen Will, mummy and daddy, Will is now up on his hands and knees and will be crawling soon, already he gets around the floor, how quick they grow up.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Party food

Today was party food day, loads of cake, crisp, sausages
and this Lemon meringue which I made last night
It's all gone now, but thanks to Mary Berry recipe was lovely 
 Just two spots from the garden
This chimney is beautiful
 These are also lovely
both are not newly planted this year, 
 I got this book from our local library, it was a very good read
Modern story line, which kept me wanting to read more. 
Today was my last working day, not that I did much work, I was coaching for most of the morning. We had loads of nibbles, all lovely delicious food which when eaten in the amounts we had, bad for you. Most of the afternoon, I spend wondering around ensuring I said goodbye to everyone. I had an  interesting exit  meeting with 2 bosses, we chatted and laughed, I was told I could come back, I declined.
So no more 6.20am alarm, no motorway morning and evening fun and games, hubby and I at home. I do feel a fraud, I have worked all my life, and it does feel strange not to have to go to work. I'm too young to retire, I still have to wait for my state pension, over four years.
I am planning structure into my days, I would be happy to sit and read for hours in every day, but I want to do things, I also do not want to promise my time yet, I don't want to promise something I might regret. We need to factor in time with Will, we are active grandparents and want to do more, I do believe it will be good for both of us and Will to do things together.  
I am also thinking if I can find the right role, working a couple of short days each week, I know I have just retired, but I still have loads to give, and it may not necessary be paid work. I don't want to work in a charity shop, that is just not my thing.
Going to be a interesting time, and I have an open mind. So who knows what I will be doing in a month, early next year or next summer. It's for me to find my way.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

When it rains

It's summer and it's raining
So our cats sleep on the rug
Just where we walk.
 It's another wet day here, not a problem
 I do love these books by Sue Grafton. 
 I was naughty and got a couple bunches of flowers
Last week at work went quickly, the work load again is very low, I spent alot of time on my phone. Next week my final week is going to be busier, I have not passed too much work over, they want me to carry on as normal until I leave, which might cause them problems if it suddenly gets busy, but it's their plan and I am not challenging it.
It's a day for staying close to home, we did walk to the village and popped into the library, on a wet day I need more books.
We have nothing planned for this afternoon, we are getting Will later, he is on another sleep over, mum and dad have taken him to a local festival, later we will pop and get him whilst they stay much later.
If it is drier tomorrow we have a few things to do in the garden, I have loads of dead flower heads to chop off, we still have a plant in Win's front garden we need to move before the area is dug up for car parking.
My Kiwi and Pomegranate plants are doing well in their bigger pots, both are now in the greenhouse.
We have still loads of harvest, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and blueberries. The blueberries have done fantastic this summer. We also have loads of blackberries ripening, and late raspberries, I am so pleased to have so much fruit in our small gardens. Plus both my gooseberry bushes are still in full leaf, I am hoping I have sorted the saw fly.


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