Thursday, 8 November 2012

Good, Good Things

Thank you so much for all your warm wishes and kind words after my last post. You really are such a lovely lot. Angus is quite better (bouncing off the walls, in fact) and, while not sleeping completely through the night as he usually does, is not waking hourly any more. Really, I do take for granted that my two sleep well, and when they stop I just can't cope.

Despite the illness and lack of sleep and general hectic-ness, it's been a very nice week. Some good things that stand out are...

These stunning muffatees I won in a giveaway recenty, knitted by Annie of knitsofacto. Thank you Annie - they are comfortable and warm and complimented upon daily. I modeled them and Angus modeled them, but still we could not take a photograph of them anywhere near as good as yours.    

Cheap supermarket roses in my pretty new bud vases bought in the Tate Britain gift shop are brightening up my sideboard and my mood.

More blog giveaway goodness, from Ellie of Feltabulous; a really beautiful macrame bracelet, a pair of earrings and a very cute felt heart, all handmade by Ellie - thank you, Ellie - you are just too talented, it's not fair!

It was my turn to host book group last night. I do love a mid-week get together. Friends, wine, food, chat, lots of laughing.  Our chosen book was The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell. Everyone said it was excellent. I have not read it yet - it's been sitting on my bedside table for the last three weeks. I will read it, I will. 

I saw my very good friend Debora yesterday and she said "I bought you a radio". I thought I'd mis-heard her and said, "Err...what?" And yes indeed she had bought me a radio, but not a real one (I have quite a few already) but a biscuit tin shaped exactly like a radio!! What could be more perfect?

Look, see, it's full of biscuits! Debora, vielen dank meiner lieben freundin. 

I have been very busy making and crafting and stitching and will have so many things to show you very soon. I have just finished a granny square scarf for myself in hot pink, black and white and I'm so pleased with it - I will show you tomorrow. I did sneak out tonight for a nice Italian meal and a few glasses of house red with some friends, so it's not all work, work, work.

I hope you are well and all is good where you are. Thank you for being here and for reading. x


  1. You are the giveaway champion winner of the world!!! The muffatees are exquisite. xx

  2. Lucky you for winning all these lovely items! Love the vases too.

  3. That radio is so funny, I want one too! You've been a lucky lady, enjoy! :)

  4. I so wanted that radio to be real - it would have been perfect for my kitchen!!

  5. Love the radio ... but love what's inside it even more. At least you won't have to put up with innane Radio Waaaaaan! Or worse, schmaltzy Classic Eff Emm! I used to listen to Radio 4 all the time, occasionally music (real music on Radio 3, formerly the Third Programme, not just what people refer to as music these days which is simply noise) but now prefer Peace & Quiet. I must be getting past it, har, har!
    Margaret P

  6. Dear Gillian
    To quote Bruce Forsyth, "Didn't she do well?". Congratulations on your winnings and thank you for entering my giveaway.
    Enjoy all your goodies.
    Best wishes

  7. a radio that's full of biscuits?!! perfect!
    lovely balance of making and laughing. have a sweet weekend.

  8. Lucky you to win such lovely things, that radio tin is divine and its contents look good too!

  9. Lots of gorgeous, good things Gillian ... I so love that radio ... looking forward to seeing your lovely makes ... I am busy making for the Advent Swap I signed up to ... they are only little makes but seem to take as much time as the bigger ones ... Mollie Makes hasn't had a look in this month yet :) ... enjoy your weekend ... Bee xx

  10. Oh, I love that tin! I saw a similar one in Debenhams but yours is much nicer :D

    You have done well lately on the gift front! So glad you liked the muffatees. They're really easy to knit, grab the pattern from my blog and you can have lots of pairs :D

  11. So many lovely prizes and I love the biscuit tin! x

  12. How lovely to receive so many goodies, lucky Miss Gillian!!

  13. Fab prize, lovely swap and what a thoughtful friend. I've seen that radio tin and been sorely tempted.
    Have a good weekend.
    Lisa x

  14. I adore your vintage radio! I really want one like that too! My hubby loves his expensive stereo but I really like vintage style radios like yours
    Daisy Dayz

  15. Wonderful prizes & gifties. Haven't you won, like, 200 of these giveaways, you lucky girl!

  16. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet
    my newest twitter updates. I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you
    would have some experience with something like this.

    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    my web-site The Necklace Owl (

  17. We are a group of volunteers and starting a
    new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You've done an impressive job and
    our whole community will be thankful to you.

    my blog post - hair healthy ()

  18. Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.

    Thank you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just
    bookmark this site.

    My website; human hair


Hello there! Thank you for leaving a comment. I read them all and I always try to answer questions, although sometimes it takes me a while.