Saturday, 2 November 2013

Snapshots

Here is a flavour of the last few days, as my camera and I potter around the house, snapping here and there. 

Enjoying poached eggs on sourdough for breakfast, or lunch, or any meal really.


Admiring the cable-knit scarf my mother-in-law knitted for Bella ("It's just a little pattern I made up, it's nothing fancy").


Feeling excited (SO excited) to have won Jooles' wonderful giveaway from her shop Sew Sweet Violet. Such beautiful wrapping. Violet coloured, of course. I love details like that.


Unwrapping the advent calender bunting and hanging it in various rooms. It's stunning. Jooles, thank you so much. Allowing myself to feel the first flutters of excitement for Christmas. Panicking a very little bit about the homemade gifts still be, well, made.


Embracing a vintage vibe with my sepia-toned hydrangeas next to the postcard of Virginia Woolf.


Enjoying the sun.


Enjoying the rain, when I'm warm inside looking out at it.


Collecting leaves in every colour.


Knitting, still knitting, with that naughty, splitty, expensive but unbelievably soft alpaca yarn. I am doing respite crochet in between rows.


Seeking bargains in the charity shops and being rewarded with these pillow cases. 


Teaching Angus that real men wear aprons when they make apple crumble.


Savouring every mouthful of John's spinach and ricotta stuffed cannelloni. 



So, that's the last few days. Welcoming my parents, walking in woodland, knitting, trips to IKEA, housework, cooking, eating. A lot of eating. We were going to find a local fireworks display tonight but it's cold, raining and very windy, so we're hiding at home instead. I've got a cup of tea and some apple crumble with custard right here and I'm happy.

55 comments:

the linen cloud said...

Looks like a lovely cosy weekend Gillian ... love the photo of your men in the kitchen ... very cute ... enjoy the rest of your weekend lovely ... Bee xx

Lyn said...

What beautiful photos, I love your weekend. Xxx

Linda Gilbert said...

Hi . All those lovely things. It is really strange because I have been considering treating myself to more expensive yarn but that is the second post I have seen lately with problems with pricey yarn. Maybe I will be happy with Stylecraft after all.

Chrissie said...

Beautiful photos to capture a beautiful weekend! I'd happily welcome Christmas early with Jooles' advent bunting, lucky lucky you! :-) Your knitting - and your MIL's - is gorgeous (love the 'respite crochet' in between!) as are your men in aprons! ;-) Chrissie x

Dinki Dots said...

So jealous you won the Sew Sweet Voilet giveaway - I was really hoping it would be me!! :o) Congratulations, such a lovely prize!
Maria x

CJ said...

Wonderful photos Gillian. I love your mother-in-law's casual aside. The sourdough and eggs looks delicious. I've been trying to grow a sourdough starter, and tonight was the night I tried making an actual sourdough loaf. It's proving at the moment, so I don't know whether it'll turn out okay yet. It's tricky stuff I think! I love the picture in the kitchen and the cannelloni. I do wish my other half would do something other than heating up oven chips once a week. Sigh. Hope you have a good Sunday.

Helen - sittinginthekitchensink said...

Mmm, that spinach and ricotta cannelloni looks delish! Love the hydrangeas with the VW postcard - they look so beautiful as they dry. Good plan to hide at home with apple crumble instead of heading out into rain and wind - it's similar weather here too, ugh! x

Ali said...

Just lovely x

RedSetter said...

What a lovely weekend and full of so many happy things. I cant decide which is my favourite though the poached eggs are pretty high up there. I love a poached egg on toast and can now make them but only 'after a fashion'. My favourite night away from home involves anywhere that serves proper poached eggs! All your other lovelies are great too and lucky you winning the prize.

Amy at love made my home said...

A lovely insight into your days Gillian. Thank you for sharing. xx

Kate-Em said...

Sounds like they have been a fabulous few days, cosy and comforting. Love the hydrangeas, might have to see if any of mine have survived this rain. Great pillow case find too.

little beds said...

So much warmth and goodness coming from these snapshots. Mostly making me hungry! :) Holly.x

Marion Ogden said...

What a happy and lovely weekend you're having! Love those pillow cases- a great find! x

Colette said...

Lovely photos, as always! Autumn days are my very favourite, you've captured the cosiness of the season perfectly. These those food shots are making me hungry, poached egg for breakfast I think!

Debby said...

You are so lucky to have won Jooles advent banner. It is so nice.
Sounds like a good week-end to me.
I hope you share what you making for your Christmas gifts.

Joanne Retzler said...

Hi Gillian - now I want poached eggs, for breakfast tomorrow morning, but I have to go buy sourdough bread for the toast. Maybe I'll have two! My hubby would love them, too. Nice scarf for Bella. And I LOVE the advent bunting. Lucky you! Pumpkin seeds, a hubby that cooks with your son, your knitting; it's all just great, as are your photos. Warm and wonderful! xxoo JO

Sharron said...

Bliss, all bliss. I love your world x

Jennifer said...

I love this. The sourdough looks delicious, did you bake it yourself? We've had our starter for years, I love having sourdough anytime I want some. I hope you enjoy your apple crumble, baked with love by your talented men.

Jo said...

It is good to be happy. Loved reading your post. Jo x

Stephanie S. said...

I absolutely love all of your pictures! I'm so happy to be one of your newest followers. It all looks so lovely, and very peaceful. :)

Stephanie@http://crazylittlelovebirds.blogspot.com

Grayseasailor said...

So many lovely photos and happy musings, Gillian. Thanks for sharing :) We are having happy times this week, too, with new baby, Rose.
Gracie xx

Jacqui Galloway said...

What a lovely week and what a lucky girl to win that lovely prize. Have a great weekend.
Jacqui xox

Jayview said...

Gorgeous photos of the delights of domesticity! Jean

PinkCatJo said...

PS: Those yellow pillowcases are exactly the same as the curtains and wallpaper I grew up with. Memories! x

PinkCatJo said...

Perfect: calm and cosy! What bliss!
Hope you're enjoying the last few hours of half term! x

Jooles Hill said...

Sounds like heaven! I adore the photo on the sunshine on the allium, so pretty, and the photo of your boys is gorgeous!
Glad you liked your parcel ;o)
love jooles xxx

mags said...

So glad you won the giveaway so that the lovely calendar will be properly enjoyed. Lovely pics especially the allium seed head, so beautiful even when is dead, reminds me to go to levens hall gardens to see more.xxx

Hannapat said...

Such a lovely collection of snaps and that spinach and ricotta cannelloni sounded delish. You do realise the rest of us is all green with envy for that gorgeous advent bunting, lucky you!!! Your MIL is very clever to knit something so beautifully. Enjoy your week xoxo

Bungalowgirl said...

I so love your blog Gillian, it is one of my faves. Your pics are lovely and it is always good to see the men cooking! Mine totally surprised me by pulling out the kitchen aid and making a carrot cake today, and it was good! What a treat. mel x

Mereknits said...

Such a beautiful look at your last few days. If it helps I am working with super splitty expensive Alpaca yarn too.
Hugs,
Meredith

Pipany said...

Oh that was just lovely! xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely post.......poached eggs on toast yummy!!! Sarah xo

Helene said...

I love everything in this post - the eggs on sourdough yum yum, the Advent calendar is beautiful, love your 2 men in the kitchen and your colourful leaves. And those hydrangeas are so pretty! Such a happy post thank you for sharing!

Taciana Simmons said...

What a great collection of wonderful things for this week....I love the knitting and the yarn looks delicious. Love the color of the leaves as spring and fall display the my favorite colors ... I love your pictures.... Great post !

Julia said...

Very lovely post! The advent bunting calendar is gorgeous. I love, love the snapshot of your cosy kitchen… it's so lovely. And I love seeing your two men in there cooking away. My husband likes to cook, too and I am thankful for that. The spinach and ricotta stuffed cannelloni looks especially yummy!

SaraJ said...

A lovely warm and cosy post. Unlike my day today - several hours spent watching Matt on a very windy cold rugby pitch!
Have a good week. x

Sol said...

stunning pictures as ever. I have kitchen envy right now.

Julie said...

Thanks for the poached eggs photo - I'd been wondering what to have for lunch as I was home alone, so that's what I had! Gorgeous photos as always.x

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Yum, though it's bacon and egg on toast for me, my favourite. Lovely photos as usual, giving us a real feel for your week :) xx

Gillian said...

No, I wish I had baked it myself! It was a gift from a talented baker friend. x

HollyM said...

It does sound and look lovely! I love apple crumble but never heard of it with custard. Sounds yummy! I must try it sometime.

pandchintz said...

Lovely times! Gorgeous pics.

amanda peters said...

Great set of photos and lovely memories.....

jen said...

Ooh I'm coming round to yours for poached eggs on toast! x

Jacqueline said...

Lovely photos, I believe my mum had those very same pillowcases!

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A Little Blue Dragonfly said...

BEAUTIFUL photography! I love this! :)

forgetmenots blue said...

So lovely every photo made me think aw or Ooo or yay. What a lovely happy photo. Your fabric from the charity shop makes me very jealous want, want!
The spinach cannelloni looks delish! xx

Leanne said...

I literally loved every photograph. An eye for detail, and capturing the moment. Fab. All the nature scattered around your home. That fabric - score!! I love these posts of your Gillian. A warm and happy post.
Ooh I'm gushing!!

Leanne xx

Jay said...

A lovely insight into your weekend.

FunkySteph said...

What a wonderful post, there are so many things to be said... The first picture make me hungry! I wish I'd be able to knit... I have tried but did not succeed. This wrapping is so lovely, but the advent calendar is fantastic... I made one myself last year, but I was late so it was something very basic... the flowers brings lovely colors and we have had so much rain too... I love you leaves collection... nice. Have a great week.

The Creative Academic said...

Such a lovely post. The eggs look divine!!! Such beautiful photographs. I'm sure your children will love the treats hidden to countdown to Christmas.

Nicole said...

Congratulations on your win, the bunting is beautiful :-) I hate splitty yarn too (who doesn't!) but I'm sure it will be well worth it in the end

Trudy said...

It all sounds so wonderful at your house ... can I come stay a few days?!!

Lisa said...

What incredibly beautiful advent bunting you have won, I can see why you were so thrilled to win, it's so pretty, enjoy filling it up and watching the children delight in it too when the time comes.
Love the photo of the boys together in the kitchen.
Lisa x