Summer

My goodness, it’s easy to get out of routine in this Summer holiday time, or maybe it’s that it’s hard to get back into routine!

Did you have a lovely Christmas and New Year?  We did.  Ma Kettle came and stayed for 2 and a half weeks and I’m just back from staying with her for a few days.  While Mum was here we had visits to and from various rellies; watched some tv I’d taped for her  – The Great British Bake Off and the movie “Hidden Figures”; went to the movies and saw “Goodbye Christopher Robin” which we both enjoyed; went shopping and helped the economy along and had some r and r too.

Our Poppet came over (with her parents) on the Saturday before Christmas to help us decorate the tree.  Her face was a picture of delight when we turned the lights on and she’s now demanding that their tree have lights next year!  She was our entertainment on Christmas Day arriving dressed as a fairy, wings and all, relishing all the attention and flummoxing us with her knowledge of antonyms and synonyms (at not yet 4 years old!).

We visited them too and Poppet treated us to a trampoline display, a dress up parade, a ballet concert and educated us on PK Masks (she’s Owlet and has the costume – a Christmas present – to prove it);  who knew??

I gardened, tidying up and weeding, and picking more hydrangeasand started reading my Christmas books.  I also tried my hand at baking gluten free bread rolls for Mum and had great success with this brandWe visited Carol at Sewn and Quilted as she was having a sale, including some items from her Mum, so we were able to purchase some wool, the blue for socks for me and the dark pink for a cardi for MumUp at Mum’s it was SO hot, culminating in a 45 degree day last Saturday during which we hibernated under the air conditioner and watched DVD’s all dayThat evening we both felt the need to go for a walk; it was still very hot and a north wind was blowing, but we walked around her village admiring the gardens of the other residents – thought you might like a look too.  The flowers are somewhat weather beaten after the heat, but pretty nonetheless. We also shopped while I was there, me for some clothes in the Summer Sales and Mum picked up this pretty glass Water Lilly which is perfect for the Dresden Plate mat she was kindly given by one of my students, Cheryl.There were quite a few chores to do for Mum, both business and around her home so I just may have visited Honeysuckle Patchwork as a reward to myself!Love the template set from Jen Kingwell (could become one of my “new” in 6and6), a bit of Kaffe and Zen Chic (Brigitte Heitland) never goes astray and I can’t find the name on the bees, but they’re very cute.

I made some more rolls for Mum too and we found a packet of muffin mix from the same people which Mum is going to have a go with.

So it’s already been an eventful time!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the beginnings of my basket quilt, “Pannier”.  Until then lovelies……

Meredithe x

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9 Responses to Summer

  1. treadlemusic says:

    A perfectly yummy post!! Especially………those hydrangeas!!!!!!! Glad to hear that you and Mum are having great times!!!

  2. anudge says:

    What a good visit you are having despite the 113 degrees. The flowers are a sight for sore eyes.
    Blessings,

  3. Mirjam Hesseling says:

    Oh, those beautiful flowers! Here it is grey and cold. But for the moment it is not raining.🤗

  4. frayedattheedge says:

    Oh – those flower pics are just what I needed, it is such a dark and dreary morning here – it is 8.40 and it isn’t yet fully light. When Stuart drove to work yesterday it was minus 9 degrees centigrade – a little bit cooler than your weather! Love the new fabrics – I am trying to resist, as of course I am saving up for our trip later in the year (must remind Malcolm to get down to some serious planning!)
    Have you seen the photos in the news of our “Princess Poppet”, little Princess Charlotte, who started nursery school yesterday – she just looks so cute (and mischievous!)
    Big hugs from your Big Sis xx

  5. tinaor says:

    Lovely to see sunshine and blooms, lucky you! I just read a blog post of a very snowy day elsewhere and I sit here in the UK a bit chilly today as well. Brr! Good to have a little contrast from time to time, makes you appreciate the changes. What beautiful hydrangeas! Reminds me of a hydrangea bush we used to have next to the front door of our last house.

  6. Carole Minihan says:

    Happy New Year to you, your hydrangeas are lovely, the hot weather is not too kind to them, the gardens at Ma Kettles are just lovely, glad you had a lovely time together. My mojo has gone at present, thinking of doing a soft applied quilt by Sue Smith

  7. You have a pretty exciting break, what with one thing and another!

  8. Andrea says:

    A delightful snapshot of your activities over Christmas, your very pretty garden and baking! xx

  9. Happy New Year to you, too! What lovely photos from your walk. That iron bench is really cool. I see a Zen Chic fabric in your haul that I just used yesterday as a backing. You have good taste!

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