Thursday, 17 April 2014

Happy Easter !

 Some Easter images for you.....






I love lots of flowers around the house at Easter... and when I smell these delicious stocks I am reminded of times spent at my nana's house... she would have flowers in the house at all times ....and the "clove" scent reminds me of her ..as if it transports me through time and space !!














Plum blossom...
and blue, blue skies...









Just want to thank all you lovely bloggers for your friendship and for your visits...you make my day!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter...
Gail x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

An Easter bunny......













My latest effort is a cute bunny ... I love rabbits , they are such sweet creatures.....we did have a rescue bunny called Hickory ...she used to chase the cats around which was hilarious to watch...
but now I will have to make do with a little rag doll bunny which should give the cats no problems !

It's such a lovely time of year ....lots of seeds are germinating at the allotment....even on the wettest of days it is still worth getting outside and enjoying all the blossom...

Have a lovely week...
Gail x 


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April ....



I know it's a bit early but I have just finished making some Easter eggs ...papier mache...... covered with bits of linen and lace and bits and bobs ...... it's a bit hard to know when to stop !















I'm changing a few pictures around .. I think spring is a great time to freshen things up ...


a bucket of wild primroses ...I love these native ones the best ...I bought them a few years ago and they are spreading nicely......


It's a beautiful , sunny, spring evening and now the clocks have gone forward for us it will be a nice light evening ...perfect for a spot of gardening down the allotment..... see you next time...Gail x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tea-time treat !

I would love to claim responsibility for making these little cuties but the truth is ...it was my sister ! She has just taken up quilting and these are her first efforts...
they are so lovely ....
and of course useful for me and my tea-addiction !














I feel truly blessed to have such a sweet sister....
I am just hoping she knows that I need a special quilt for my bed and it is my birthday in a couple of months ...hehehe!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and thanking you for stopping by my blog ...you make my day !
Gail x


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Sew it's Spring....

I have been sewing...using some fabric and lace from my stash ! I used a lovely image which I printed onto transfer paper. After ironing it onto some old linen, I machine embroidered a few lines from a poem by Rossetti (one of my favourite pre-Raphaelite artists) .... and then
added bits of lace and buttons etc...












 It's been a lovely, bright spring week...
although today it is a real "pea soup-er" ...last night the fog just rolled in all of a sudden and everything disappeared under a thick white cloak...still I managed to get lots of washing dried on the line earlier in the week...
sometimes it's the simple things in life that can make you feel quite happy and content !

Wishing you all a bright spring-time weekend !
Gail x


Friday, 7 March 2014

Time for tea...









I love tea ... I love the ritual involved in warming the pot, brewing and pouring ..and sipping.... I love popping the tea cosy on and waiting... (this tea cosy is my latest crochet effort !) 

Tea is first mentioned in a Chinese story dating from 2700 BC  when Emperor Shen Nung drank some hot water into which a leaf from the wild tea bush had fallen. He was so impressed by the refreshing taste that he began to propagate the magic shrub.
It was introduced to Europe in 1610 via a Dutch sailing ship and became very popular in the 1800's when it became cheaper and more available.
The biggest consumers of tea in the world are the Irish (so I can blame my mother's Irish family for my "addiction" !) followed by the British in second place. 
Tea is usually served from a pot...choose your pot carefully because the material it is made from can influence the flavour of the tea. The best materials are porcelain, glass, earthenware and steel. 
The best cup of tea is sipped out of a china cup.

So thank you Camellia Sinensis ...you make my day so much brighter ! 

Have a great weekend ..I'm just off to pop the kettle on ...

Gail x








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