Catching up

Hello my lovelies! Happy New Year! Have you had a great Christmas and New Year? We have. Since my last post, there’s been lots happening including The Kettles visiting over Christmas and staying with us for just over a week and……well, let’s review it……in no particular order.

:: celebrated a lovely family Christmas

:: laughed watching 9 month old Poppet having more fun ripping wrapping than playing with her presents, and a couple of day later seeing her trying to co-ordinate her crawling – just delightful!

:: shopped with Ma Kettle – a special mother/daughter day out

:: found some potatoes when emptying pots for new plants (remember I tried to strike some rose cuttings by putting them in half a potato? No roses but we did get potatoes!) The Golfer and I savoured every small mouthful!

:: baked Paul Hollywood’s Boxing Day Chelsea Buns and just managed a photo before they all went! They are made with an enriched dough – hark at me! – something I’ve wanted to try for a while; I’m addicted to The Great British Bakeoff! (New season starting on Foxtel soon!)

:: planted out some pots of colour

:: admired shop bought roses and home grown hydrangeas

:: appreciated warm, sunshiny days (we’re in for a hot weekend!!)

:: relaxed on the patio in dappled sunshine with a cuppa, a book and tasty treats from friends

:: attempted a giant crossword – brain training?

:: stitched a Steampunk block

20150101-120734.jpgor two

20150101-120758.jpg(Has anyone seen my appliqué threads???)

:: prepared (or started to) an appliqué block for The Aunts’ Quilt

20150101-120917.jpg(Again, has anyone seen my appliqué threads, and my appliqué pins???)

:: collected a quilt from a machine quilter

20150101-121042.jpgJust a teaser – more soon!!

:: visited rellies with The Kettles and shared with them some afternoon tea (again, courtesy of friends’ baking!)

:: enjoyed an afternoon tea with country friends, in the hot north of our state!

:: quietly saw in the New Year with a glass of bubbles

20150101-121827.jpgand some antipasto (thrown together after a loooong day of travelling) with The Golfer


So it’s been a busy but relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable time, especially spending special time with family. I do hope you’ve enjoyed this time too. What have you been up to?

Roll on 2015!

Meredithe x

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17 Responses to Catching up

  1. robin harper seaton says:

    Hi Meredith,
    Happy New Year,
    Just want to pick your brains are you hand stitching your Steampunk blocks or a bit of both machine and hand? I have not started mine yet.

  2. Ann says:

    Happy New Year to you too Meredithe. I’m so glad you had a lovely Christmas with your family. X

  3. Kelly says:

    I looked the idea of Paul Hollywood’s buns. Did they taste as good as they looked. Thank you so much for sharing your year. I hope you can still find the time in 2015, because I love your blog. Happy New Ywar!

  4. Chris Walker says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family and friends, wish you the very best this year!

  5. Carole says:

    Happy New Year to you and the golfer, may 2015 be full of wonderful surprises

  6. Annie Andrews says:

    Love the look of the buns, and everything else, how many Steampunks are you doing? Great colours. I’ve struggled with a machine 1/4 log cabin should have measured them at each round, look good spread out on the floor now to try and machine them together. How I love hand work. Doing a red and white hexie, and almost finished quilting and appliqué quilt, lovely quiet days.
    Thank you for a wonderful year of news, quilting, food,family, garden, all great

  7. rachaeldaisy says:

    One of the things I like about you Meredithe is that you always know how to enjoy life even when it’s just a few potatoes, I know you’re going to have a wonderful 2015.

  8. Eileen McNeilly says:

    All the best for the new year Meredithe – I hope you continue to offer such positives, insights and inspiration and encouragement as we continue on our journey of learning. Wonderful to be able to read and see your days unfold!

  9. Cécile says:

    Hello Meredithe !
    Happy new year ! I wish you the best for you and your family ! 🙂
    As usual, your blocks are so cute and I love your fabrics !
    Welcome into 2015 !!!

  10. The potatoes are almost ready to dig up in the garden. The home grown always taste better. I can’t buy broccoli any longer after having grown our own, it all feels like rubber in the shops. Happy New year and my your garden flourish in 2015.

  11. Carmel Leybourne says:

    Hi Meredithe thanks for sharing your post love your flowers. Also huge fan of the great British Bakeoff and Paul Hollywood. Enjoy 2015 x

  12. Carole Minihan says:

    A very happy new year to you look forward to more classes soon, love your site

  13. Helen F says:

    hey M – you are well loved!!!! xx h (world wide!!)

  14. The perfect end to last year, followed by the perfect start to this one!!

  15. Cocopatch says:

    happy new year Meredith!!

  16. thimbleanna says:

    Wow — you packed it in Meredithe!!! Looks like you had a great time — and LOOK at that Aunt’s Quilt block — I LOVE your fabric selections. Now. Step Away from the Steampunck. And the other applique and you’ll be caught up in no time!!!

  17. audrey says:

    The Aunts Quilt applique is looking very tempting.:)

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