Sunday, 13 September 2020


Celebrating two birthdays. Annie turned 17, Richard hit the mid-fifties. Annie reconciled herself with the fact that she can't have a birthday party. She was and is meeting her friends one by one.  

Eating far too much cake. Also a take-away from Mother India to celebrate Richard's birthday and a full cooked Scottish breakfast for Annie's birthday brunch. It should come as no surprise that I feel sluggish. 

Loving the two twigs of eucalyptus in my living room. I visited the florist to buy a bunch of flowers for Annie because she was feeling a bit in the dumps and thought I'd treat myself to these long lasting fragrant grey green beauties. Because we deserve a treat. 

Feeling relieved that the DVLA has finally issued my new driving licence and returned my passport. Six weeks! 

Wearing my Love Note jumper, it was a fun knit and I might yet be convinced that knitting with big needles is for me. I'll show you soon (it is difficult to photograph).

Ripping yet another pair of jeans. It is impossible to buy normal jeans at the Gap (where I usually order mine). High waisted Cigarette anyone? Or maybe a pair of Mom jeans? I wonder if the distressed Barrel would be for me? I am somewhat barrel shaped. I might opt for the cheeky Straight also I can't see it being different from classic Straight. The choices a modern woman is faced with!

Getting cross with Jack - often. He is a thief with a cunning ability to find food where none should be. He feasted on Annie's birthday cake (hidden in my office) and he stole a whole salami from Richard's study. No, I don't know why Richard keeps salami in his study. Maybe to break the tedium of his many Zoom meetings. 

Listening to "All the devils are here" by Louise Penny. Always good to catch-up with chief inspector Gamache, this time in Paris. 

Reading the This Week Junior magazine. The boys aren't interested in the trial subscription I got for them but I find it quite entertaining and informative.

Warming up for the next academic term. It is going to be a long one. 

Wondering about our October holiday, booked long before the pandemic was declared. Should we go or should we stay at home? We'll have to wait and see. 

Watching countless re-runs of Star Trek Voyager. There is something comforting about watching a familiar TV series. Alistair is now also hooked. I am also watching This Farming Life, which I love. 

Cutting fabric in small batches. I am struggling to make decisions about what fabrics to combine for my quilt blocks. After two weeks of not being able to make any decisions, I went to my last hand pieced quilt for inspiration. What worked once might work again, no?

Stitching, slowly. 

Cursing the wind. I swear it gives me a headache. Something sure does and I can't shift it. 

Making crab apple jelly and considering making crab apple cheese with the pulp. I didn't check if we had sugar.... juice and pulp now awaiting further processing in the freezer. 

Wondering what to do with all the windfall apples. Richard is making dried apple rings and apple sauce but more apples keep on falling from the tree (the wind!) needing immediate attention. The slugs are loving this sweat feast.

Noticing the first fat spiders scurrying though the house. A sure sign of autumn. Yuck! Jack rather likes them. Maybe they are as tasty as cake and salami?

Thanks for visiting. How is life with you? 


  1. Darling Jack, a whole salami, Bertie will be impressed with this when I tell him. He will have to up his game. Windfalls here as well and a mountain of pears, I wonder if I can dry them? Nice eucalyptus, I bought a little plant of it the other day. The cakes are amazing, I hope both had lovely birthdays. The distressed barrel made me laugh, that would definitely be the one for me. The Week is brilliant isn't it. The youngest likes to give me the highlights. Good luck with the quilt, paper piecing is the best, so satisfying. Lovely to catch up with you, and I hope you have a good week. CJ xx

  2. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to both your celebrants! Everything looks homey and productive at your house. We're trying to stay indoors and not breath the smoke from the fires here in Oregon. Our Air Quality Index here is 397, considered Hazardous. Not good with my chronic bronchitis. Rain can't come soon enough. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. We also have the audible version of All the Devils but are holding off listening for just the right time, like maybe in a winter blizzard.

  4. wow, your pictures are a feast for the eyes. For a moment I thought your black pudding was oreo cookies ! I'm thinking about casting on the love note sweater, just need to finish the other 3 sweaters I have on the needles first :)

  5. Wow! so much going on at your house! The photos are great and so colorful! The cakes look delicious and much fancier than any cake I have ever made! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Loving those cakes and the full Scottish looks delicious. All the names for trousers is beyond me, all I want is a pair of jeans that fit...

  7. Oh my tummy just grumbled at all those cakes!
    Happy Birthday to Annie and Richard!
    haha.. Jack is quite similar to my youngest.. he is always finding little snacks hidden in our bedside tables and gobbling them up.
    I will watch reruns of Friends or the Big Bang Theory.. just have them on in the background and it is so soothing..

  8. Loving your floral treats. Happy Birthday to you folks. I walked the dog this week and saw some quince on a tree and thought of you. Mmmm! the cakes and the food and the breakfast and the food and the jelly and the food... Yum. I made a curried apple chutney which I thought I would be eating all to myself but it seems everyone likes it! Jo xx

  9. Lots to love in your post. Happy birthday to everyone. Lovely crafting as always. I’m about to read Louise Penny’s latest. I’ve downloaded it for my holiday read :). B x

  10. What a wonderful post! A belated happy birthday to all who have recently celebrated birthdays. I have a birthday next month, I too am planning to meet up with my friends one by one, I figure I will get to spend more time with them that way than I would at a party! Your food looks amazing, can I come and live in your house, I am so uninspired by food and cooking at the moment. Your photos are feast for the eyes. I hope you are having a good week.

  11. Not one, but two delicious looking cakes here! What a nice treat. The flower bouquet with the pink hydrangeas is gorgeous! I'm sure Annie loved it. I am not a fan of wind either. It makes my head achy and upsets my sinuses. Hope you are having a good week.

  12. Still loving the patchwork. You have so many lovely fat quarters to choose from.
    We enjoy watching reruns of Star Trek too. I think we have watched all but Deep Space in the last year-how bad is that!!
    Hope you have recovered from cake overload, they look amazing. Take care x

  13. I love to see your patchwork inspiration, you have quit a big selection of fabric in such gorgeous colours, no wonder you can't make up your mind. The pieces you are working on look fabulous. x

  14. Hi Christina. Your life sounds full and busy. The apples are falling here, too. They are so delicious this time of year. I know what you mean about holiday decisions.

  15. Christina, I always enjoy your monthly "ing" posts as there is so much to read and see in the photos posted. The flowers, fabrics, foods were lovely. Belated birthday wishes to your family members. It's nice that Annie is able to see her friends one-on-one despite no larger celebration possible. Jack sounds like quite the food scoundrel. We are keeping busy despite continuing cancellations of many things. Taking day trips to local new-to-us places has become a weekly fun venture. And, reading e-books and watching British mysteries on AcornTV streaming takes up evening hours quite well. Fall is coming in and the foliage should be wonderful in New England within the next few weeks.


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