Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Autumn Arrival

 Autumn has come in with a vengeance, it has been blowing a gale here all yesterday and through the night.  It has finally slowed down a little this morning but is still quite a strong wind.  Thankfully there is no damage that I can see.  I am so glad that I started my Winter preparations early and have harvested the majority of the veg from the garden.  I have dried herbs, frozen beans and made several batches of tomato sauces both for the freezer and chutneys.  Rhubarb has also been put in the freezer for a taste of Summer in the Winter months, along with braised red cabbage with pears and several packages of parsnips.  We still have ample pork from the pig slaughtered earlier in the year and traded some of it for lamb with a neighbour.  If the headlines are to be believed regarding the shortages we certainly won't be going hungry.  We might not necessarily have exactly what we want but we have plenty of food.

We have a great supply of peat, thanks to neighbours, logs, coal and kindling.  We have a good supply of candles and batteries for torches and a radio in the event of power loss.  We do feel blessed that we are in credit with the oil supply which makes it easier as fuel prices are set to reach an all time high if the media is to be believed.  My craft supplies have been replenished and I have been enjoying the process of choosing projects to do.  A start has been made on Christmas crafting but I have yet to put the Christmas music on, but it will happen soon!  A start has been made on gift toppers using Harris Tweed which I love.






They will be used to top gifts but will then make a lovely tree decoration.  A couple of pictures using embroidery frames have been made for my Grandaughter, she will be in bunny heaven.





I had a lot of fun making the pom pom as it took me a couple of times to get the white patch in the right place, but it worked out in the end.

A pillowcase has been added to the menagerie, again a bunny rabbit.


I just need to embroider the facial features on but it is looking good.  I am enjoying the process a little each day.  What are you working on?

See you soon.

32 comments:

  1. The tags are lovely, and the bunny pictures absolutely gorgeous.

    I have not started work on gifts yet, but plan on doing so next month. A couple of quilts, some mug rugs, and some wool dryer balls I figure. I also have the items necessary to make some more tree ornaments.

    God bless.

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  2. I love the ornaments and all you are making. It is getting me back in the mood to create. I hope to get a handiwork post someday soon.

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  3. Those bunny pictures are absolutely adorable. I'm still gardening while the weather stays nice.

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  4. It sounds as if you are well prepared for every situation this Autumn and Winter. We too have been preserving produce home grown mostly bottling as I don't have much room in the freezer. I've been getting a few tins of pulses each time I go to do our weekly food shop. Your Christmas gifts are coming along well. Gardening has taken up our time lately but I'm sure some of my stitching projects will start again in due course.

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  5. Love your little bunnies !!!!!!!!
    Always good ideas for gifts !
    And supplies for the Winter !
    Have a nice afternoon !
    Hug
    Anna

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  6. You have been busy preparing for winter so will be ready for whatever comes your way. Our prices are going up quickly here too. I'm so happy I stocked our pantry last summer and just replaced what we used plus more in the room behind.
    I love all of the bunny gifts you're preparing.
    I'm plannning not send many cards this year as the price of postage has become ridiculous.
    With Dennis planning to retire very soon, our budget needs to be watched very, very closely. I'm a bit nervous about the whole thing but I know God will watch over us.
    Praying for you and Gerard, that you will remain safe and well in your little island paradise.
    Bessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Your bunnies are just adorable! You certainly do seem ready for winter and any eventuality. I still have a lot in my pandemic pantry. Lots of veggies and fruits frozen. We are set with pork and chicken and hopefully we are getting a quarter steer in October from a local farmer. The last quarter has lasted us a year. We are also fortunate that we live near a large dairy. The cows keep producing regardless of the market and, although they are a commercial facility, they started offering customer pickup for families in March 2020. Who knows what is happening? I just feel better having my larder full.

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  8. It does feel good to be stocking things. Just need to get our oil topped up.

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  9. It's still quite mild here, we're getting sunshine though the heat of the sun is not quite so warm. I do love those bunnies, aren't they cute.

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  10. we have some leaves turning colors but it's still warm, that will change tomorrow as a cold front blows through - yay! Lovely crafting :)

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  11. It always feels good to have a stock of food and fuel when autumn sets in. We had a bit of rain in the night, but our days are usually still sunny and warm. The leaves are looking tired and some are turning colour.
    Your bunny hoops are adorable! Lovely tags, too. Enjoy being in your cozy cottage while you craft away!

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  12. It's always good to be prepared for winter. It sounds like you are already getting a taste of what is yet to come.
    I like your Harris Tweed gift toppers and the Pom Pom bunny faces are adorable. Your granddaughter is sure to love them!!

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  13. You do seem to be very well prepared and stocked up, must be a comfort to you. Love the bunnies!

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  14. I was reading in our paper this morning about possible shortages in the UK. I'm so glad you are prepared for whatever comes. Your darling bunnies gave me a big smile. Your granddaughter is going to love them. Have a great evening.

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  15. What lovely gifts! Your granddaughter will be thrilled with her bunnies. I am making masks for my grands (they have to wear them while in school) and looking for knit or crochet pattern to work on.

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  16. I'm so glad to hear you are all stocked up to get through the Winter and are ready for whatever gets thrown at us this year, it seems to be one thing after the other. I love your pompom animals, such a great idea and very effective.

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  17. It is a great feeling to be ready for winter and look forward to being cosy inddors with plenty to do.

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  18. That was good to read that you are well stocked for the winter months, the news about supplies etc has been a little concerning hasn't it.

    Your grand-daughter is going to love the bunnies :)

    Take care of yourselves.

    All the best Jan

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  19. Last night we too have a strong howling wind and this morning, we saw some uprooted trees. Cute Christmas and bunny crafts. Take care and stay safe.

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  20. WOW,you have been busy and so well organized.Love your part of the world.Loving all of your creations.

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  21. It must be comforting to know that you are as well stocked up as you can be with preserves from the garden. You crafting preparations are lovely especially the bunnies:)

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  22. Oh my word those bunnies are so cute. I'm glad you're back and well stocked up. I hope Gerard is well. I'm working on the stairs of my newest dolls house at the moment.

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  23. The pom-pom bunnies are adorable! Autumn is my favorite time of year.
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. I adore your tartan tags and those bunnies are just the cutest thing. It sounds like you are all ready for winter. I envy your stocked freezer.

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  25. You always get cracking in good time. I love the bunnies what a great idea. Jo x

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  26. those bunnies are so cute, what a great idea.

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  27. As always, your crafting creations are wonderful, Lorraine, and sure your granddaughter will be thrilled with those bunnies. Also nice to be safe, warm and cozy in the midst of blowing winds.

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  28. They look so cute I love seeing all your Christmas gift makes. x

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  29. You're definitely ready for winter...that's a good feeling! I'm done with our garden, now to get outdoor items crossed off my to-do list before the rain and chilly temperatures blow in. It seem my list is always longer than the time I have to get things done!

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  30. Wow, you are prepared. I will be freezing persimmon pulp this week. I hope to have leftover rhubarb someday, like you. The oranges usually last for months. Meat prices have shot up here. I am buying what's on sale, using less, and eating more chicken and turkey.

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  31. You are so well organised Lorraine ! I quite enjoy reading how you have stocked up on everything to cover your needs. I suppose that is island life in case you get cut off during the harsh winter months. Really love the bunny pictures what a great idea and I am sure your granddaughter will love them. Is this your own design or from another source? If it is I would be grateful if you could share the weblink to it.
    Keep well. Amanda x.

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