Archive for September, 2012


September 28th, 2012 | Food, Other | 4 Comments

made with a top secret- don’t tell the boys ’til they’ve eaten them all- ingredient… prunes! These brownies are smokey and fudge-y and rich. And almost good for you. I found the recipe on the back of the Whitworth’s prune packet and gave it a whirl. Typically the only recipe I want isn’t listed on […]


September 27th, 2012 | Home, Other | 3 Comments

Minimalism does not appear to be in my nature. I decided to replace this wooden spoon, but instead of just throwing it away I found myself drawing an owl face on it (no doubt inspired by this). So, now I have two spoons. Only one of which serves any useful purpose…  

Cat quilt

September 25th, 2012 | Patchwork and quilting | 7 Comments

Good morning! What a difference a day makes- today the sun is shining and I’ve achieved something I’ve been meaning to do for months I’ve finally listed my Cat pattern on Etsy. Featuring one of my jointed templates the pattern lets your cat prowl and climb and leap all over your quilt. Mine naturally, has […]

Dear Monday…

September 24th, 2012 | Home | 3 Comments

you’ve been grey, wet and cold and full of cleaning the oven and applying for secondary school places for boys who can’t possibly be old enough to go yet and if that wasn’t enough- I think we have squirrels in the loft. That’s quite enough of you for today, thank you.   P.S. Betty is […]

Rock cakes

September 21st, 2012 | Family, Food | 2 Comments

Good, old fashioned rock cakes are a wholesome after- school treat. The boys like them still warm and dunked in milk. Unfortunately rock cakes don’t keep at all well- so you’ll just have to eat the whole batch in one sitting! Here’s the recipe from my ‘family favourites’ cook book.


September 19th, 2012 | Family | 8 Comments

Betty has kennel cough and has been feeling quite sorry for herself. I’m making her warm honey and lemon and sitting up with her at night, when the cough is at it’s worst. Much the same as I would for the boys in fact- although I haven’t held her head over a bowl of steaming […]

Sea Gulls

‘and we float and we fly by’ William A. Clark This is the sea gulls quilt from ‘Hearty Good Wishes- Coastal Quilts‘ the simplest quilt to make in the whole book and one of the most popular at the Festival of Quilts. The fabric is a beautiful indigo linen I found in The Cloth House– […]

Hearty Good Wishes

September 13th, 2012 | Hearty Good Wishes | 6 Comments

Well, I did it! My second book is all finished and looking lovely (if I do say so myself). I was inspired by a charming 1915 Christmas card I bought for 40p in a junk shop,which got me thinking about the coast in winter- my very favourite time to be there. ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ is […]