Monday, 23 September 2013

Weekending





It felt like the last warm weekend, and it was extra special for it. It was almost hot in the sun under the deep blue sky, but with enough of an edge to the breeze to remind us that it's truly autumn now. What a treat to spend Saturday and Sunday with the kitchen door wide open, the kids in shorts and t-shirts, to-ing and fro-ing between garden and house. 

We tackled the garden. Bella, Angus and I emptied the paddling pool of it's muddy rainwater and packed it away. John and I cut back, pruned and tidied plants in the low afternoon sun. Our apple tree has produced about ten apples, most of which are out of reach in high-up branches, but I cherish it all the same and picked some anyway, just because. The kids dug for worms. I picked the last few alliums which stopped flowering long ago and brought them indoors to dry out. In the kitchen I washed and weighed, peeled and chopped. I pickled and chutneyed (and I'll post about that soon) and labelled. I had fun choosing a woodland-themed fabric for my jars of hedgerow jelly, just to add that extra Brambly Hedge feel to the whole thing. We went to a car boot sale and I came home with many gorgeous things and only spent a fiver. That little pottery candle holder above cost me one whole pound.

In the evenings I lit candles and pottered in a crafty way. I started a little embroidery for Bella's bedroom, full of autumn colour and detail. I love the effect of the leaves on the tree, made by loosely tying french knots. It's been ages since I've done any embroidery and I'm enjoying it. I made do and mended and patched my jeans, and Bella's too. I did a couple more squares for what will eventually become a blanket for our bed. I started this project on holiday and it's a slow burner, something to dip in and out of for the next year at least. There's no rush.

I spent a good while today staring at all the Scarves, Shawls and Cowls page on The Purl Bee. I really fancy making a quick-ish scarf or cowl for myself. I feel like this has to be a knitted project too, I don't know why. I'd really like to buy the yarn at Yarndale this Saturday - I want to use something quite muted and flecked and organic feeling, if that makes sense. 

Ah, autumn. You're here. 





37 comments:

  1. What a lovely time you have all had. My goodness I can't believe that I haven't been to 1 carboot sale this year! I will however look forward to the multitude of Christmas crafty sales that will sooner or later appear. I love to light candles at this time of the year, enhancing the cosy is what I say :o) As for the Purl Bee and their yarn and colors and patterns, you can't go wrong with any if them Gillian, enjoy deciding xox Penny

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  2. I absolutely love the Purl Bee and I spend a lot of time looking at their things. I'll take one of each, thanks. :) It looks like you had a lovely, productive weekend. I'm glad it was so enjoyable.

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  3. It was so nice being warmer again over the weekend, you look like you had a great time. I've spent ages today making chutney- I didn't realise it took quite so long!
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Ah, autumn, indeed. Most welcome of seasons, well it is if you're me!

    And you're off to Yarndale too ... I reckon if we all wore name badges we'd bump into most of the bloggers we know at some point during the day!

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  5. I'm loving your embroidery there Gillian, gorgeous!!! Yes, Autumn is lovely, it's my favourite actually, but I'll happily accept the nice Spring weather we are finally getting here :-) Plenty of eye candy over at The Purl Bee, if only there were more hours in the day to make everything!!! Have fun deciding! Mel xxx

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  6. My daughter picked ten apples from our little apple tree and they are waiting on our kitchen counter to become apple crisp. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of your days in early fall, Gillian. Your current stitching projects are lovely :)
    Gracie

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  7. Love those autumn touches you're bringing into your home. How did you patch your jeans? Any sequins? I spotted some great patched jeans in a glossy magazine (Grazia or Vogue, I think) so you;re bang on trend!! Claire xo

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  8. It was a lovely weekend and you looked like you were all making the most of it. Hope you enjoy Yarndale.
    Jacqui x

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  9. No sun Cumbria at the weekend! Love the embroidery will we see more? Trying to decide whether to go to Yarndale but I've treated myself to an over locker so I shouldn't be spending any more!

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  10. Well that sounds like a lovely weekend...Hoping to go to Yarndale too

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  11. I just want to dive into your beautiful photos Gillian .... they are so lush.
    It sounds the absolute perfect weekend and i have to say your embroidery is amazing!
    love jooles xxx
    P.S enjoy yarndale!

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  12. What lovely autumny weekend activities! Your embroidery is absolutely beautiful - looking forward to seeing the whole thing when you've finished it. Also love the woodland fabric top to your hedgerow jelly! Have fun choosing yarn for your scarf / cowl! Happy Autumn, Gillian! E x

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  13. Oh yes, lovely autumn is here ... I love your photos and your embroidery looks beautiful ... enjoy Yarndale ... Bee xx

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  14. It sounds like the perfect autumnal weekend. Have a great time at Yarndale, I was hoping to go but it's the weekend that Daniel leaves for uni, I'll hopefully get there next year.

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  15. Yes, it was a lovely weekend and it was nice to enjoy those beautiful days, but I will confess that we are coming into my preferred time of the year. Autumn and especially Winter are preferred seasons. I love the second picture from the bottom, will you share your work when done?

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  16. Warm sunny days at this time of year are such a gift.
    It's great to see so many 'Yarndale' buttons on my favourite blogs, I'm really looking forward to going!

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  17. Sounds wonderful. I love the change in seasons :) xx

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  18. Gorgeous photos!! Even that apple peel looks beautiful! And I love the look of your embroidery, can't wait to see it finished. Have a happy week!

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  19. Wish I had more time to respond properly - but the printer in my office is not behaving! Love the light in the first couple of photos! Hope to see you at Yarndale!

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  20. Looks like a gorgeous weekend - what a bargain that candle holder was! And I love your choice of fabric for the jar tops. Have fun at Yarndale!x

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  21. Love this autumnal post! The colours are amazing and make me really feel that autumn is here now.

    Have a wonderful week

    Love Claire xxx

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  22. What cozy autumnal photos! Love the jar toppers, I'll be making some up soon myself! The embroidery is soooooo pretty, please promise you'll tell us more! And those lovely squares are going to make a very pretty blanket... Chrissie x

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  23. Lovely post Gillian!!! Have a wonderful week!! :D

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  24. Lovely autumn pictures, and what a great weekend you had. It was a real treat having one last sunny weekend, we managed one last barbecue.

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  25. Lovely autumn pictures, and what a great weekend you had. It was a real treat having one last sunny weekend, we managed one last barbecue.

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  26. What a lovely weekend. Fantastic candle holder, what a great find. You're right that autumn is here. I'm knitting a scarf/shawl type thing - that's how I know when the season has turned. Wish I had a man that helped out in the garden. Double lucky you! Hope you enjoy the rest of the week.

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  27. It looks and sounds like a lovely weekend. Your photos are just gorgeous for this post, they really are. Love the look of your embroidery too.
    Marianne x

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  28. What a lovely autumn weekend you had! Your embroidery is so pretty. And I adore your pottery candle holder! Enjoy Yarndale!

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  29. French knots....my absolute favourites!! Lovely photo's, the fabric for the jam pots is just perfect. Have a great time a Yarndale, having only recently dipped my toe in to the delights of yarn, I shall not be there, but next year, I'll be knocking down the door!! xo PS, thank you for visiting my blog! xo

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  30. I'm so pleased to see you're planning to go to Yarndale this weekend. Come and say hello to me at stand 41. My name is also Gillian and I'd love to meet you. I've been reading your blog for quite a while and really enjoy it. I'm also hoping to buy some nice yarn if I get a chance to leave my stand! I want to crochet a baby shawl for a friend who's baby girl is due in November.

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    1. i will come and say hello Gillian! x

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    2. Brilliant - see you soon. I'll be leaving early Friday morning to make my way there. Really looking forward to it, though I'm also extremely nervous.

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    3. Hi Gillian - I stopped by your stall around one or two ish (sorry, it was a bit of a blur!) but you weren't there. I hope you enjoyed Yarndale and that it was a successful event for you.

      Gillian x

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    4. Oh no! I only left once for the essential toilet visit!! What a pity I missed you. It was incredibly busy, especially on Saturday. I sold some of my items but not as much as I would have liked; bringing most of it home again wasn't much fun! I think the majority of visitors were there to buy yarn and/or patterns rather than something already made.

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  31. Such beautiful images Gillian and yes there is something really wonderful about this change of season. It almost feel as if everything turns into a home spun living. I love your embroidery, it looks really beautiful! Like you I love The Purl Bee and yes it is full of wonderful inspiration. I am currently in the midst of making scarves and hats for the family to prepare for the colder months ahead. Enjoy your week lovely xoxo

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  32. What a gorgeous and very productive weekend! I can just imagine you all....miss you and your lovely home xx

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  33. Sounds like a lovely autumny time! I really like your tree tapestry picture, you are very talented. Hope that you had a great time at Yarndale!

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