Monday, 9 November 2020

Things Here Lately


I may not be posting to my blog as often as I used, but there is still lots of things happening.

  • A big event in my life was turning 50 last weekend.  I was quite ambivalent about doing anything to celebrate it, but The Scout secretly organised a day off, so he and I travelled to see my parents and celebrate with them, and then celebrated with his family the next day.  I was well and truly spoilt by everyone.

  • I've been reading a lot of historical novels lately, including: The French Photographer by Natasha Lester, set during the end of WW2.  Also Miss Graham's Cold War Cook Book by Celia Rees.  I have to admit that I was quite surprised at the ending in this book.
  • My Groove is in the Heart quilt blocks are proving to be a fun distraction.  I probably spend more time trying to work out colour choices for the heart halves.  I think I'm definitely getting a little braver with my combinations now.
  • A couple of months a go, I  attended a slab pottery workshop, where we made a couple of small planter pots.  Definitely made for smaller plants.
  • Now the weather is warming up, my garden is slowly starting to burst into like, Most of my dahlias are sprouting, cannas are adding a hot splash of colour,  the jasmine is a mass of white flowers with the most divine perfume, which has replaced the clematis that was flowering earlier.  I have also started growing (nurturing) frangipani, which are a plant to test ones patience.  Apparently some seedlings can take up to 7 years to flower, so I am very grateful to at least see leaves on them.  I also have some new zinnia and cosmos seedlings to plant out later.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.
Stay well, stay safe, wear a mask.


  1. Belated Happy Birthday wishes Julie, especially as it's your 50th! Your heart blocks are beautiful, love your mix of fabrics with these. Your garden photos are a delight to see, hope the flowers are still there today, a lot of my roses lost their beautiful opening blooms and a few plants totally flattened with the heavy winds we've had over the past few days.

  2. Belated Birthday wishes, such a beautiful cake. Loving the fabric choices for the heart blocks.

  3. Belated birthday wishes! Glad you were spoilt. Lovely to see your blocks and flowers.

  4. belated birthday wishes to you - as always so love your photos of your native plants and like to read book suggestions I have ordered the Miss Graham's Cold War Cook Book from the library to see if I will like it - sounds like I will

  5. Happy Birthday Julie!!!! I hope you had a lovely weekend with your extended family.

  6. Birthday wishes ( late ) from me. All looking good there.

  7. Belated birthday wishes Julie, your cake looked beautiful and I bet it was delicious! I've been reading WW2 themed books lately, half way through Once we were Brothers by Ronald Balson, a new series I came across recently. Have a good week!

  8. Happy Birthday my friend, that cake looks delicious. What flavor is it?
    Thank you for the reading ideas. I just finished The Huntress and The Alice Network.. I liked both of them.

  9. Looks like a wonderful couple of birthday celebration days Julie! Your young Frangipani is looking healthy, I've had a couple and they are very tricky! If you find the right spot and then move it into a sheltered patio for the winter it will be happy. {Aunty Freda had two huge ones that she managed to get little ones from for us.} Lovely photos too! Yes, I've been getting a few WW2 books out lately...'the huntress' was a great read. Loving your 'heart' progress!

  10. I love your Heart blocks. They are spectacular. Happy Belated Birthday. Hugs


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