Father’s Friday

Well, that is another day at work done and dusted. Hubster met me from work and we went to Hilltop Farm in Hunningham to buy our weekend fruit and vegetables. The weather was so beautiful we sat in the patio area and had americanos. My husband had an eccles cake fall into the order, and he ate it so quickly when it arrived, it must have been delicious.

I took some pictures of the beautiful roses and the aliums and lavender looked good together in the borders around the seating area. I love aliums even when they have passed their flowering stage. We brought our vegetables, fruit, a crusty loaf, meat for a weekend barbeque and cooking apples as I have promised my husband an apple pie for Sunday pudding. I always buy more than I intend to, but the food is good. I loved looking at all the cakes in glass domes, there was one called a Pimms cake a Victoria sponge covered in strawberries, mint and cucumber, just the thing for the sunny weekend we are promised.

While we were there we popped into The Craft Studio which is full of local craft and craft kits. I spotted a few pictures I liked so, I just have to persuade my husband that he wants them too.












Have a great weekend and Happy Fathers Day to the great Dads out there.

Sunday Dog Walk

Well at last, I have five minutes to type my blog post. It has been very exciting here as my new Knitting book should be available to purchase from the beginning of September.

My husband and I have been very busy at work as well so before the weekend had completely gone we decided to visit the village of Harbury with our dog. Millie loves going off the lead and Harbury has a great playing field for dog walkers. Our Yorkie was in her element chasing a Westie and Red Setter. It is great to see how confident she is now and not the nervous Dog Trust rescue she was when we had her.

The first thing that stuck me was the beautiful gardens and the amount of flowers that were already big and blousy.



Harbury is such a pretty village anyway with thatched houses, stone cottages and Georgian houses. It is a quaint place with very friendly people. As we walked we noticed there are a lot of new buildings going up on the edge of the village, but it looks like the builders are trying to make them blend in.



I did do a bit of daydreaming as I found my dream cottage, but work another week I think as I have not won the lottery yet.

Mothering Sunday

The weather was gorgeous over the weekend and my garden is starting to blossom.




My husband knew I was upset my teenagers could not spend the day with me. One was working in a pub kitchen up to his elbows in greasy pots and pans. The other one was doing homework ? so he took me to Burford for a walk and a browse.




Oh how I would love to live here with its creamy coloured buildings and its pretty gift shops. Even the local Co-op had wicker baskets for sale outside on the pavement. My lovely fella then brought me some hyacinths and daffodils, which have now three days later fill my kitchen with a strong scent.

I got home and decided to bake a carrot cake to say thank you for my day out. It had nothing to do with wanting to use these cute chocolate carrots I brought from Sainsburys. These Easter bunnies I keep knitting seem to appear everywhere. I think that is why I launched an Etsy shop to clear up my house.


February Bits and Pieces


Recently I have been very tired and have dark circles around my eyes. The winter months always make me feel drained and sluggish. Though catching the lurgy has not really helped with tonsils the size of small golf balls and the breathe of a stinky bin life has been an effort. Half term is here though and with no work for a week who could be down.

The weather has been so cold here and I am a warm weather person, being cold really isn’t my thing. So we decided that today as the sun was shinning that a trip to a garden centre was the only thing to be done. Unfortunately for my husband the garden centre I love going to is an hour away from our home. Burford Garden centre is the stuff of dreams, Emma Bridgwater pottery, lovely expensive candles and soaps. Even the toilets are posh with smelly hand wash and proper paper towels.

I am now happy after getting my fix of spring flowers, smelly hyacinths and sunny daffodils. I came away with two shopping bags full of stuff so a good day for me. My husband was happy as we had lunch there too and even though he is on a diet he could not resist the chunky shortbread biscuits they bake.



Weekend ramblings

What a busy weekend. Baking for the week ahead, Broad Bean Falafels, Filo Pastry Bacon and Pepper Flan ( The Hairy Bikers Cookbook) and Filo Jam tarts  Date night with my husband at a local country pub, Dahl and Merlot yum. Life does not get any better than this.

Oh and the most exciting thing gathering all the patterns together for a knitting book. 2017 you are a very good New Year already, just a bit more colour in the gardens, warm sunshine and it would have been a perfect weekend.