Friday, 13 December 2019

Time flies

I managed to be up early enough ONE day this week to catch the sunrise.  We've been tired though and one morning didn't wake up until gone 9 a.m.!

I have about 8 Goldfinches on the Apple tree feeder daily, and half a dozen on the Damson tree one.  Plus Nuthatches, Chaffinches, Sparrows, Robins, Great/Blue/Coal Tits, Woodpeckers, Sparrows.

Last Sunday we went to Malvern Fleamarket and on the way back (when Keith was behind the wheel), I managed a photo at the Trumpet x-roads of this lovely old half-timbered house.

We stopped at Bredwardine to take a few photosl.  Here is the old Rectory where Kilvert once lived.

Above and below: apple trees with their "winter leaves" - e.g. Mistletoe!

Then along the lanes to Arthur's Stone again.

A day was spent doing some heavy-duty Jam making - 25 jars of High Dumpsie Dearie Jam (Plum/Apple/Pear) and Harvest Jam (Apple/Pear/Blackberry) as gifts for folk.

These jars went along to my Patchwork class.

I'm just about ready for Christmas apart from finishing Danny's quilt.  I've had to send for three swimming "noodles" - buoyancy aids - which are just the biz for wrapping fabric around so you can then spray glue them as you are unrolling them and pin/tack prior to machine quilting (mine will just be in lines . . .)  I will be glad when it's finished.  I also have some lap quilting in the evenings, on the applique and patchwork quilt I worked on back in the summer.

I assume we won't have any more viewings for a while now.  If we have any dry weather in January (hah -here in Wales?!!) I will try and get the garden tidied a bit more and touch up some paintwork which needs doing.  Let's hope that 2020 is the year we finally get to move on.


  1. When I lived down your way this area was so familiar to me and it was good to see Kilvert's house again. I like the sound of that Dumpsie Dearie!

    1. It's ages since I last made that jam, but it turned out well. Kilvert certainly lived in a lovely spot.

  2. You have so many lovely birds come and visit you. Here on the prairies we only have sparrows, the occasional raven and the Canada Geese that live on the dam near the power plant.

    God bless.

    1. What a shame there are so few Jackie. I am guessing they miss enough trees to nest in?

  3. I've seen 'basting spray glue advertised in quilting mags--never used it, think I'd be a bit leary. My machine quilting has never been satisfactory--I end up having to baste the layers which is a tedious process. I'll be interested to see how this works for you.
    I googled 'chaffinches'--not sure if the photos are quite like the lovely birds at your feeder. Colorful creatures! [Comment not wanting to post--arrrgh!]