Thursday, 24 September 2009


I've been knitting on and off for about 17 years. The first thing I made was a green cardigan and it was a total disaster and ended up in the bin! In the last few years I've come back to knitting and find it the best way to relax. Now that I get home and it's getting dark and I don't have time to be in the garden, knitting has become my new passion!

I have several projects on the go. 1. I get bored with knitting with the same wool 2. I find a more interesting wool 3. I find another pattern/project. So last night I was finishing off a wide ladies scarf in raspberry knitted in seed stich (very apt!) and Jack asked when I was going to knit him a scarf for sixth form. Big mistake as it meant I had to go to Rochester to the wool shop at lunchtime. Now I know I won't finish the ladies scarf as now I have a mission to knit with some new wool! So watch this space for the finished pieces. In the meantime here is the seed stitch scarf (work in progress!)

Seed Stitch :
Any odd number
Row 1: k1, * p1, k1; rep from * Rep this row.

Any even number
Row 1: *k1, p1; rep from *
Row 2: *p1, k1; rep from *

Monday, 21 September 2009

Minestrone Soup

I found this easy recipe last week and decided to cook it tonight. Really easy yet it looks like Minestroni soup and you should have most of the ingredients to hand. I cut up a fresh courgette out of the garden and added two tins of chopped toms instead of all stock. It has come out a lot thicker, but I prefer thick soups!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

After a hectic week, it was nice to be able to get up late this morning and walk around the garden in my PJs with a cuppa! Actually I do this quite a lot! I managed to harvest some French beans, courgettes and tomatoes. The courgettes and toms went into another batch of chutney. I popped into see my sister yesterday, I never come away empty handed! She gave me some fresh red chillies out of her veg garden, and they were huge. So I used two of them in the chutney to give it a good kick. I made four jars of chutney.

On Wednesday evening I was invited as a guest to the W.I. Harvest Supper. They really know how to look after their guests, and the food was lovely, especially the fresh beetroot salad. The evening included a raffle, chatting to people and a sing-song with our local church organist at the piano. It's not all jam and Jerusalem! It's a valuable network of women originally set up for rural communities who get together once or twice a month. Each month they invite a guest speaker along and also have days out during the year. No I haven't joined yet!

I've been in a creative mood again this week and knitting small things with my wool stash. I know it's early but I found a cute pattern for Christmas trees. I've made a couple so far and felted one of them last night. They are really soft and squidgey and lovely colours. Anyway I'm off to make some fresh smoked mackeral pate with my new gadget (my new Kenwood food chopper). It's brilliant and I don't know how I managed without it :-)

Enjoy your weekend. Amanda x

Friday, 11 September 2009

Saturday morning ... Butternut Squash

I decided to get up nice and early today so that I can make the most of my Saturday. I had a quick look at the veg patch and checked my two butternut squash. They have grown but are still not that big! I've never grown them before and I got my plant from Anne, so lets hope I get to eat these two. I had other fruits but sadly they died before they got to any size. I've added a couple of pictures. One is growing up a support with a cucumber, and seems to like it there. It just grew that way! The other is growing on the ground where I planted the actual plant. If this warm weather continues, it should keep growing.

It is the church cycle today, so I plan to walk round to give my support this morning and have a cuppa with everyone. There has been lots of support, and the money goes to restoration work for All Saints Church Iwade.
Enjoy your weekend. Amanda x

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Autumn has returned

Well after a nice hot sunny start to the week, it is now raining here in England. For once I have to say I am actually pleased it is raining! I didn't have to water the veg patch tonight, and probably won't for a few days. It should boost my late sown dwarf French beans (I had a good crop this week), carrots and spinach. I also noticed on my way home that the leaves on the trees have turned to orange and red, a clear sign that autumn is here.