Monday, 8 February 2016


  • Listening to London Grammar and Leon Bridges while sewing.  Tiny Happy has a great list of music recommendation on this post and I have been having fun listening to, new to me music.
  • Sewing - another little butterfly - these are going to be used in a pouch for an upcoming birthday
  • Reading:  Life After Life  by Kate Atkinson, is what I have been  trying to read this week, I must confess that I am finding it a little confusing with all the  turn backs in time, and am not sure if I am really enjoying it. The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas turned up for me at the library on Friday, and yes, I started it, ( I am sure other people have two books on the go at the same time)
  • Basting  and quilting -  the backing for my Scrappy Sampler Quilt has been made, so Saturday saw me crawling round on the floor, spray and pin basting.  Now on to the quilting, I have made a start on this, doing my usual, somewhat organic straight lines.
  • Cooking -  beetroot and lemon chutney, I have to start using up the beetroot now from the vegetable garden.  Guess that means Chocolate Beetroot cake and brownies over the next couple of weeks too.
  • A little visitor, discovered quite accidentally in my Star Jasmine. This is a green and gold bell frog, a species introduced to New Zealand.

I am making the most of my last day of the long weekend, and relaxing.  Summer holidays are officially over, life is back to  usual  this week - work for me, school for Miss B and Mr J.  It's going to be hard to get back into that morning rush routine.  Have a wonderful week.


  1. I tried to read that "Life after Life" book as well with the same feelings. I didn't make it through it. I love the quilt block with the cat fabric. Too fun! Beautiful photos!

    1. So glad it's not just me then, I hate to give up on books though.

  2. You have had a nice weekend! Beautiful little frog :) Our frogs are not so bright!

  3. All great activities. Your frog photo is excellent! Did you hear him first or see him?

  4. Beetroot and Lemon chutney sounds divine! The little bell frog is such a beautiful colour, we once had a "resident" when we had pond with fish in the back garden.

  5. at one point I had a minimum of three books on the go at all time... a bedside one, one for in my purse, and one for smoke breaks (which I don't do anymore :))

  6. Pretty butterfly! Good luck with the quilting. Awesome to have a little green friend in the garden! We have been having a chicken visiting!

  7. I didn't enjoy Life after Life either! Beetroot chutney is my husband's favourite. Apparently his Aunty Florrie made it beautifully.

  8. I love your butterfly! I have been admiring this pattern for a while on IG but boy, does it look tricky! I was about to start "Life After Life" last night, but chose to try to tackle "All the Light We Cannot See"- both difficult going I expect! I really want to read a book I will get through, especially as I just abandoned another one! Good luck with the quilting- organic lines are great option!

  9. The chutney sounds delicious! The frog is amazing isn't he! xx

  10. Hi,
    Yes, I have two books going at the same time. ;-)
    Beetroot chutney sounds good!!
    I love the frog photo!!

  11. P.S.
    Wising you a good week back at it. I know what you mean. It can be very hard to get back into the swing of things after a lovely holiday.

  12. Organic lines sound perfect for your sampler, they won't overpower all your great piecing! Our book club made 'Life after Life' the one that everyone read as most of them loved it & they wanted a full on discussion! I tried, but just couldn't get into it!

  13. Love your butterfly! Such beautiful photo's. Your little visitor is adorable!

  14. The frog is adorable! Such a nice shot! Your food/ reading would make for a perfect day!!


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