Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beach Blanket and Visitors

I don`t know what happened to the sunshine that was forecast for today.
At least it didn`t rain and at least it was warm.


 I forked over the area cleared last time.


I cut back the asparagus. Next time it will need weeding.



Paula and Tom came for a visit and we fed apples to the donkeys.


My last job was to clear the bottom path.



I cannot believe that Paula and I weeded this path not long ago.


At home I have just completed a beach blanket.





Sunday, 26 October 2014

Fungi, Flowers and Still Harvesting

We `ve had a couple of days away with my nephew in Leicester, followed by me having a heavy cold so it`s been quite a while since we have been to Freshwinds.
The yurts were taken down yesterday, so there was a tinge of sadness
but there is still so much colour, it`s quite amazing and gladdens the heart.



Who would ever have believed that helichrysum would still be 
flowering so well now at the end of October.

The fungi were quite startling both in form and colour.











































 I made a start on weeding the raised bed ready for forking over.
I had to keep the docks and nettles separate in order to burn them.


And I made a start on the path alongside the barn.


There were lots of dahlias to pick.




The house is full of vases of them.























Lavender is still flowering.
 

Apples have come into bud!!
 

And there`s even some Romanesque after their bad start.


An eclectic mix of veggies..... I think it would be a good mix on one of those cooking programmes where contestants are given an odd mixture of things to make into a meal.
Apparently there is a new APP into which you give any 3 ingredients and it will come up with a recipe.
I have not tried it.


Down by the little house, a couple of red campions still flowering.

At home I have made small bottles of rosemary olive oil. The tiny bottles came from a shop we discovered in Maidstone called Tiger.....very reasonable too.


Sunday, 12 October 2014

October Crafts

Autumn evenings and sunny teabreaks.......the perfect time for yet more crafting.
(It doesn`t matter what time of the year it is really)
Our Macmillan coffee morning went very well and I sold quite a few crafts.
Now we are building up to the 
12 Hour Sing 
on Saturday 18th October
at St. John`s Church, Brittany Road, St leonards on Sea
11 a.m to 9.30 p.m
all for St. Michaels Hospice.

I have made 5 fairy dolls for my craft stall there.























Some old friends came to our coffee morning and reminded me that I used to make Christmas clowns years and years ago. She still had hers and hung it on her tree every year.
I found the old pattern and made ten.

















An earlier project was to make toys from some special clothes for seven special children
and here they are.








Lots more ideas in the offing to try out.
Some involve helichrysum flowers and organza ribbon and others.....more fairies...... but tiny ones.