A wonderful surprise visit, a weekend spending quality time with my eldest daughter making plans for the christening of Hector. It was wonderful to be included in her preparations, we spent some lovely time together in the craft room sourcing materials she wanted for the décor.
The whole house has been given a declutter, regretfully some of it has had to be taken to the tip which is the one thing I do try to avoid and recycle as much as I possibly can. The area under the stairs is now full of things ready to do a car boot sale. Unfortunately the weather forecast is not looking good so there is it going to have to stay until the weather picks up.
I have once again spent time in the kitchen, batch cooking for both the freezer and for my parents. Dad's appetite is not good at the moment but he does like soup so I did make him a batch of tomato and red pepper and a carrot and sweet potato one. Cottage pie is always a firm favourite and a orange jam sponge pudding freezes well for unexpected guests.
The dessert cut into 6 portions, perfect with custard.
We have had a mixed bag of weather, with only one day of sunshine where it actually felt warm. I keep reading everyone's blogs and am envious of the summer sun. I did however manage to get into the garden and made a great start on weeding the copious amounts of pots that we have on the patio. We do a lot of container gardening and grow a wide variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables. We also have a couple of raised beds at the side of the house which we have fun growing vegetables in.
Living so close to the sea our gardening is affected by the wind which can be quite damaging at times. The sea fret causes damp conditions and the salt in the air is corrosive but we have learnt over time to work with Mother Nature and we do manage to reap the rewards of our labour most of the time. We are already eating lettuce and spring onions and we have a constant supply of herbs.
Finally I have spent some time in the craft room preparing list for Christmas. I spent a lovely afternoon browsing books and patterns so that I could make a start on some gifts. The list has been made...
As always I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and hope the weather is a lot better than it is here, at the moment it is raining and that is predicted for the next week.
See you soon.