Thursday, 14 November 2013
Here are my beautiful boys - Theo, Little Whale and Alfie - making sure that the sofa stays well-aired and free from mice!
We have had a stray tom about the place for about a year now (Ghenghis Khan, aka Moonface, as he has a round face and very round saucer-like eyes). He is a sort of washed-out tabby. As the weather's got colder, he has made sure he appears every day at mealtimes (we feed two outside cats, both spayed females, Amber, and Miffy, the boys' mother). Anyway, although he has pretty well given up pestering all our spayed girls for cuddles, he attacks the boys every time he comes across them. I have been taming him, and can now stroke him and even pick him up a bit, with the plan to take him to the vets and get him neutered. I think I will have to up the timing of this . . .
Poor Alfie covered in cow sh*t after being duffed up by Ghenghis Khan. Last week it was Theo who got rolled in the mud (he was plastered in it, but it brushed off). Alfie had to have a good scrub down . . .
I've been busy in the kitchen this morning and cooked for the freezer. Here are some Cottage Pies, and I have an Apple Crumble cooking now. I went through the fridge veg, and as I hate waste, I took some bendy carrots and half a cabbage and now have them blanched, chilled and in the freezer for soup. Ditto two more of my home-grown courgettes and 4 red peppers I had bought to make chutney with (to go with the courgettes), but I haven't been in the mood to do. Halo please!
I found this book in the Works last week. It is a Japanese quilting book and I think it is a real insight into how the Japanese psyche works, as it is incredibly detailed, and TOTALLY meticulous in its methodology and all the quilts are hand-quilted. I will find it very helpful as it does explain and show each step. Perfect for numpties like me!
Here's the old Bradbury sewing machine I bought recently. Needs a bit of spit and polish, but it is dated back to 1885, and still has the original tools with it, quilting feet etc, and the original handbook (though that's falling apart).
Above and below, the unfinished embroidered tablecloth I bought in the summer and have now finished. I am going over it now, doing a bit of unpicking and resewing though, as the old lady who was unable to finish it, had eyesight problems I think and in a couple of places, towards the end of her working on it, the stitching got a bit untidy.