Monday, 15 July 2019

Summer Arrives

What a beautiful day here on my Island paradise, the sun is shining brightly and the temperatures have risen.  What more could I ask for...there are a lot of flies around but thankfully as we have a slight breeze the midges are NOT out and for that I am thankful.  I have been to my aerobics class, cut the lawn at the back and hung out the washing.  I have delivered some eggs to my neighbour and stayed for a yarn or two and now it is my intention to go upstairs and sort out the chaos I created over the weekend.

To cut a very long story short I made a start on culling my stash of craft materials or at the very least storing it better.  There were times when I wished that I had never started but there was also a lot of joy as I remembered some previous projects.  There was fabric from when each of the grandchildren were born, flowers from weddings and christenings the list goes on.  It was like opening the boxes of Christmas decor and remembering the places and people around each piece.  I remember now why this particular cull didn't take place prior to our move.  So once again it is staying. 

The drawers and cupboard are now complete, they have been waxed and are now ready to be moved from the barn upstairs.  But this means the train diorama  must come down so we need help to get it all into position.  I am thankful we have good neighbours.

I did find some unfinished projects that need work and those will now take priority.  Honeys blanket has slowed down considerably of late.


A second shawl has been started and never finished.


The same for a knitted cowl, a second was started and never finished.


A baby blanket and baby bootees were a surprise, I don't remember who I started them for...who knows!



I prepared the meat for dinner this evening early this morning it is all ready to be popped into the oven with some vegetables.  Pork fillet wrapped in bacon stuffed with apricot and ginger stuffing, a firm favourite of ours using the Hairy Bikers recipe.



It will work well cold tomorrow with salad.

Well onwards and upwards I have sat for a short break so will get on with the front lawn and do some weeding.  The weeds are prolific in the pots and tyres, all this rain helps their growth.  I will catch up with you later, I am back outside to enjoy the Summer which took its time to arrive.  Almost forgot there's chocolate cake with strawberries if you want to join  me for afternoon tea.






See you soon.

35 comments:

  1. Periodically Miriam organizes her stash of fabric and it is a monumental operation I can tell you. She has more than some stores!

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  2. Both those recipes look sooooo gooooood! Must look up Hairy Biker recipes! :-)

    Yes, the weeds do sprout in flower pots! :-)

    Getting your stash, as it pleases you, is a gooood project. Will make you feel so accomplished, when it's all done. :-)

    Yes, enjoy Summer...

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  3. Summer's arrived here too, such a glorious day. Yum, that cake looks delicious.

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  4. Wish we were nearer! Beautiful cakes and makes on their way!

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  5. Lorraine, you're energy and industriousness puts me to shame. I went through my yarn stash a few months ago and ended up keeping almost everything. I just "know" I'll use it someday. I've been busy making baby things this week. Hopefully will finish the booties today and will wash and mail them off tomorrow. I have no idea how long it takes to get a package to the UK and I want this baby to be able to wear the sweater and socks before he's too big! He was almost 9 lbs. when he was born!
    Your cake looks fabulous. Chocolate and strawberries are two of my all-time favorites and that pork recipe looks really delicious too.
    I'm so glad I can comment again on your blog, but I surely do miss our emails too. :-) . Wishing you and Gerard a wonderful evening.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. Hi Lorraine! Oh, I'm so proud of you getting so much done. I have so many things I want to do but they seem to stay in my head and not get done! :) Love seeing you're unfinished projects. I have a few of those myself.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. How good your chocolate cake looks....toooo appetising!

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  8. Thanks for the invite for afternoon tea Lorraine. I am on the ferry just the now... if only! I am so glad to hear that summer has arrived on the island, nice warm weather does make such a difference I think.

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  9. I bet it is wonderful when the sun shines. When do the midge disappear?

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  13. Uh-oh, I see you're getting spammed too.. I have them try to leave comments on my blog but I used a translator application and they are ads for dry cleaners and such. I mark them as spam and delete them.

    I'm so glad you finally have some fair weather.. and I'm so impressed with all you get accomplished. I'd love to be your neighbor and be able to drop by for a spot of tea and some of that yummy looking cake!! Enjoy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. How do you manage to have so much energy to get so much done? Wow. I like the projects that you have unearthed and I hope you finish some of them. That baby blanket is really pretty, as is Honeys blanket. I just finished dinner, but that pork roast and cake look very tasty.

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  15. Chocolate and strawberries... yum!

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  16. It would be lovely to join you for tea in your lovely home, Lorraine. I understand about unfinished projects. Good for you in getting them together to work on finishing them. Enjoy your summer days.

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  17. I tend to get more than one project going at a time; and sometimes they get set aside. Good luck with progress on yours. It's always fun to find a forgotten project and pick up where you left off. Your cake looks delicious!

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  18. I'm so glad you are finally getting some summer weather!! Sorting through craft supplies and unfinished projects is quite a job! It will be great when all is said and done though.
    The choc. cake with strawberries looks delicious!!!

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  19. Good that you are starting summer and we are starting to have some rain. You have your hands full with lots of craft projects. Your baking look so delicious!

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  20. How busy you've been! My yarn stash is getting bigger, but only because I'm adding new balls to my Stylecraft colours a few at a time, so they are unopened. Only the ones I'm using for my current project are open. I've knitted a new shrug with some 'posh' yarn. I really wish we had some rain, our garden is parched and it's to hot for me. Best, Jane x

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  21. I am so glad that you have had some summery weather at last.
    I love sorting out in my sewing room and am due another session of it soon. My cross stitch is outgrowing it's allotted space and needs taming...lol.
    Hugs-x-

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  22. You'll have to leave all that reorganizing and get out in the sunshine before it disappears again! Your cake looks delicious.

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  23. Oh yum, what a wonderful dinner! The cake and the meat looks so good!:)

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  24. Continuing being a busy and gourmand bee ;)
    Anna

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  25. Looks like your kitchen time was very busy and well spent. Looks amazing. I love to see your projects too.

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  26. oh wow look at that bacon! I'm hungry now

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  27. Well done on getting so much done.
    That cake does look delicious.

    All the best Jan

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  28. Thanks for always checking in on my blog, Lorraine. It is lovely to see when you have visited. Good luck with sorting the stash. I can kind of relate as I have been 'gifted' a couple of bags of other people's yarn leftovers so have also been sorting through materials.

    Your weeds are thriving in the summer because of the warmth - in South Australia our weeds thrive in the winter because that's when we get rain!

    So I will be thinking of the two of us in our parallel worlds both sorting through craft and garden stuff as I go. :-)

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  29. You are doing so well getting organized my friend. I need to do the same and of course I need to stop adding yarn to my stash! Wishing you a wonderful day.

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  30. The cake looks beautiful. Glad you're having some decent weather without the midges!

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