Friday, 19 September 2014

Afternoon tea at Eastwell Manor

On the 4th September we visited Eastwell Manor and couldn't have picked a better day. They even put the red carpet out. Oh ok it was for a wedding. The weather was lovely and the grounds of the manor are lovely too and a harpist was playing for the wedding party. 

The cakes are even better! By accident I deleted the photo, sorry. The day was to celebrate my mums 70th and my dads birthday that week. We all had a brilliant time and looking forward to visiting again.

mum and dad

the entrance

beautiful gardens

mum & dad

the girls

the grounds

the garden where weddings are held

Monday, 15 September 2014

free knitting pattern (wash cloth patterns)

A quick last minute gift that can be wrapped with a bar of soap, a wash cloth. I've made these during the past few months for presents for friends. The pink one is knitted in 100% cotton Anchor Style Magicline Splash main colour pink with lots of specs of other colours. I think this looks like tuti fruit sweets. The yarn comes in lots of pretty colours and I had a whole bag in my loft!

The Pattern
Cast on 35 stitches using 4.5mm straight needles

Knit 3 rows

Knit 3, K1, P1 repeat to last 3 stitches, K3

continue until it measures 8 inches then K3 rows and cast off in knit.

That's it, nice and simple.

Another variation (knitted in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK) bright purple for a friends birthday and a joy to knit with. Knits up slightly larger than the other cotton yarn. For the next one I'm going to try 4mm needles.

The Pattern
Cast on 40 stitches using 4.5 straight needles

Knit 2 rows
K1, P1 repeat to end
P1, K1 repeat to end

That's it a 4 row pattern. Knit until piece measures 9inches, which should be the same size as the width. Wrap with a bar of soap. The free printable handknits tag can be downloaded here

Friday, 12 September 2014

Simply Knitting October 2014 - Editors choice - Birch Trees Scarf

I was sent this on Facebook by Julie Marsh this evening and I haven't stopped smiling since! I must go out in the morning and get my copy. Wow editors choice, can't believe it, happy is an understatement. And all because I started to knit Julia's Birch Trees scarf pattern. Now is a good time to start yours, just click on this link

a few days holiday

I took a few days holiday during August and then again at the beginning of September. Just to recharge the batteries before the real holiday in 23 days time, I'm counting the days so it must mean its getting nearer. I love that feeling of excitement before a holiday, something to look forward to, somewhere new to explore. How exciting.

Anyway back to my few days holiday. I crammed in quite a few things, it seems a distant memory so where to begin. I know Cobham, I know I go on about this a lot, probably because I love walking in the woods and this time combining it with lunch in the pub. Now we don't normally do that, but as Ian was also off with me for 5 whole days we made an exception and lived a little, well why not? Its a small Parish with some very old and quaint little houses. I took some photos this time to share the views with you.

cold cider :-)
a new route to explore another day
Ian and Moss
house in Cobham
Cobham houses

Next was Canterbury with of shopping in my favourite shops including the sewing shop (I found this lovely Fabric) and visit my parents.

pretty fabric

I made 5m and 29 flags of bunting ready for our trip to the broads next month. In waiting for more fabric to arrive to make the matching piece.

bunting finished
almost there
the start

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

and the winner is ....................

Thank you to everyone who left a message on my Summer giveaway that closed on August 31st. Apologies for not posting sooner, I had last week as a holiday and I guess I was still in holiday mode!

So the winner is  ................ Jo at The Good Life

well done Jo .... please contact me by email to arrange the delivery of your prize.

Monday, 18 August 2014

vintage ...... a conversation piece

vintage stool with old varnish and wobbly legs

On Saturday I popped to Maidstone Fremlin Walk to do some shopping with Jack, have a coffee and generally a no work kind of day. We walked along the old part of Maidstone High Street and wandered into a couple of charity shops and I came across this little stool that dates to about the 1950's. It immediately reminded me of my nana Mary and the stools she had in her flat in London that I would sit on to watch her bake. My Jewish grandmother would always be baking and making chicken soup; that is where my love of food comes from! I just had to have this little vintage stool, and the price, wait for it ..... £5. Yes just £5 and it all went to the British Heart Foundation, so a little good dead and made me feel happy to be swept back to my childhood and happy happy times.

Walking back along the busy high street people gave Jack and me some odd glances to be walking around with a little old stool. I even sat it on whilst he paid for the parking! We struck up a lovely conversation with some ladies in the Oxfam Shop in Rose Yard, a pretty little side street. The Oxfam shop is beautifully colour coordinated and I plan to pop back for a better rummage next time I'm in Maidstone.

Here are some pictures taken on Saturday afternoon of the work in progress on this little vintage conversation piece (as I now like to call it) She will be my new sewing stool once she's had another coat of bees wax and her new Cath Kidston seat pad. I'm off to Canterbury on Friday to choose some new fabric, something ditsy and pretty. I've decided to keep the old seat cover and re-cover it carefully to keep the original should I want to revert back. Ian found my old staple gun with staples in the garage in an old Adams kids shopping bag, well done Ian for finding it, hasn't that shop closed down now? I will post some more pictures next week when she is finished.

mustard coloured cushion pad

the underside with the detailed removable cushion

a light sanding, looking lovely

our odd solution to glue the legs!

I've also been picking courgettes (or marrows if I forget!) summer squash and runner beans. My tomato crop is a disaster, some have fallen over and broken the stems in the storms we had. We are going to hate the runners by the end of the year!

summer squash

home grown runner beans

the longest ones are 33cm !

and last but not least a new granny blanket

Monday, 11 August 2014

Cinema, popcorn and brick lane bagels

It was Jack's birthday on Friday 8 August and he requested a cinema family night out so I booked for the Imax at Greenwich 02. I wasn't that impressed with the seats and the price but it was a good evening and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a good choice. It wasn't suitable for young kids or babies so I was surprised people had taken kids to see it. We rounded it off with hot salt beef beigels in the good old Beigel Bake in Brick Lane. I've been going there since I was a year old, well my dad is a London cabbie :-)

Here are some photos I took. I hope you had a good weekend despite the heavy downpours.

hot beigels in Brick Lane, London
Jack in the queue
hot salt beef, yummy
Costa Coffee bar in Greenwich 02 Odeon complex