Tuesday, 16 September 2014

An Autumn catchup.

It's been a while since my last post and what have I been up to, well not as much as I'd have liked to have done. The garden has kept me busy as have the grandchildren as well as two weeks jury service which was interesting to say the least. I did kind of enjoy it but I don't think I'd want to do it again in a hurry. Birthday barbecues when we picked the only day in the heatwave that the heavens opened and DH and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. Middle daughter has (almost) moved in with her boyfriend so we are nearly empty nesters again.

Tony bought me this lovely standard rose named "Red Romance" for our anniversary,

and the lovely bouquet was from Rachel.

Hopefully tomorrow will be my last day of the school run as Callum will be in full time school as from next week so I should have a bit more time to myself to potter round the garden and try and fit in a few more hours either stitching or knitting, well that's what being retired's all about isn't it!

Oh how I love this season, the gorgeous colours of the leaves and the feint smell of wood smoke in the air and happy days bringing in the rewards of all the back breaking gardening done in early spring. Although the garden hasn't been as successful this year, we have still managed to have some lovely vegetables to eat. The potatoes were a bit of a let down but we are still getting enough to provide dinner for us all, the climbing beans have been a huge success and we have been able to freeze a lot ready for winter. Blackberries have been made into pies and jam and we are now picking the autumn raspberries and apples.

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to win Gaynor's giveaway on Facebook, I thought that I'd won one of her lovely charts but it turned out that I'd won a stitched piece.

Isn't it lovely.

There has been some stitching going on but not an awful lot, I thought I'd have a go at something different so I made this candle mat, all ready for Christmas.

and this is CCN Blueberries finally finished.

I think that's about all for now, I've still got a few more bits to show but it's getting late so I'll do them another day.

Take care all,


gracie said...

Love all the wonderful pictures...like how you finished Blueberries...

butterfly said...

Lovely post Sue a truly warm and homely one.

Love your new rose and your stitching is lovely .

cucki said...

So sweet..beautiful photos and lovely stitching xx

Mii Stitch said...

Love your blueberries finish :)

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching and finishing.

Shirley Ann Vels said...

Sue - I love your blog! So glad that I happened upon it. I also live in Derbyshire so hello 'neighbor' :) Loved this post, autumn is my favorite season and I love your candle mat. You have inspired me to make a few of my own.

stitchersanon said...

Oh dear, did I get it wrong? I thought it was a finished design, a model used for the charts. If I got it wrong feel free to tell me. I'm in your neck of the woods next week visiting my grown up children. It will be my first time back in over a decade! We've picked our blackberries and frozen them to cheer us up in winter in lovely fruit pies. Your candle mat is beautiful!

Justine said...

Just found your lovely blog Sue and so glad I did as it's gorgeous. Lovely finishes by both you and Gaynor. Your garden is stunning!

Kay said...

Beautiful finishes! Sounds like you have had a nice summer!

Brigitte said...

I'm with you about autumn, it's a wonderful time of the year. Each day I love to see the last flowers in the garden and all the trees and bushes changing their colours.

Lovely stitching and finishing on the blueberry pillow. And the gift from Gaynor is looking so great, too.

au.essay-writing-place.com said...

I love your blog! Here I can find myself in a very warm surrounding. You have so many photos and tasty things! I froze blackberries for winter, as well as cut cucumbers. They will be very useful for salads.