Monday, 15 October 2012

Finished at last .....

In June I went to a quilt exhibition and was almost immediately hooked.
In July I bought the necessary accessories and some materials.
I was shown how to put it together and made up some machine quilting designs.
Picked out my backing and am so pleased that my quilting patterns show up well.
Ta Da .....
Completely finished today!  (For my grand daughter, but please don't tell her!)
Yellow Brick Road pattern.
My very first quilt - at 74 years young, I just wish I had started years ago!
My second quilt doesn't have too much longer to go either.
Chuffed to bits - Ann x

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Big skies, big beach, big colours at Freshwater West today ...


Pembrokeshire at its best.
What a wonderful, sunny, gorgeous day.
The only place to go was Freshwater West.
An absolutely fabulous, huge, wonderful beach; especially when the tide is out.
The sky was amazing, the beach was amazing.
I wish I knew more about geology.
The rock formations and colours are wonderful.
The different types of rocks, are so interesting.
We had a great walk in a wonderful place.
Hope you had a super Saturday too.
Ann x

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Last pickings .....

Actually, we do still have some apples, carrots, beetroot and rhubarb left,
but this is the sum total of today's pickings.
These Laxton Superb apples are delicious for cooking or eating.
We have the James Grieve left to pick. Not ready yet.
I couldn't even shake them off the tree!
We had some of these autumn raspberries with yoghurt this evening,
but the rest are destined for a raspberry cheesecake I'm pleased to say!
There still seem to be loads left for picking next week.
They just go on for ever.
These really are the last of the runner beans. Other Half pulled down
the trellis and these were all that were left.
Not many this year, mainly because of the weather.  Here's hoping to better next season.
I was very pleased with my sunflowers, never having grown them before.
They grew to about 10ft tall - very minute after seeing photos of the chap with his 26ft plants!
However, I had left them to go to seed and the birds have already been
delving in to them as there were great spaces where they had already got some of the seeds out.
The rest of the heads have been put in bags in the garden shed to dry out,
 so the birds can have them later in the year.
The evenings are drawing in, the light is softer, the curtains drawn earlier.
A time of fruitfulness.
Living here in West Wales, all our thoughts this week have been with the family of beautiful little April Jones.  We have visited Machynlleth several times and are not surprised
at the outpouring of love and help that the community has given to the family and friends.
We add our love and support too.
Ann x