Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn and Apples!


Happy First Day of Fall!

To celebrate this fruitful season, I made a wonderful apple and cinnamon cake loaf.

As a neighbour had a bumper harvest of cooking apples and gave me some, I thought I'd try to make something new to me and found a recipe on Pintrest, relatively easy and I had all the ingredients to hand.  The recipe can be found here Wishesndishes.com

(I found it took almost 20mins longer to cook mine the whole way through.)



 All in all, it turned out well!


Perfect with a generous dollop of whipped cream - or ice cream if you prefer!


Thanks for all your kind comments!

Best wishes!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

From the Primitive Past


Whilst on holiday in Lancaster County PA, we visited the Landis Valley Museum.

It has a great variety of restored homes dating back to the 1700's with a vast collection of authentic pieces collected by the Landis brothers.


This was a lovely stone building which was an inn...


It was filled with many wonderful primitive pieces...


...and gave a great insight into how life went on back then.





Well worth a visit!


Best wishes!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Summer Summary


Hello again! 

I have been enjoying a wonderful summer break and to shoe my way back into blogging and crafting again, I thought I'd share some of our holiday highlights.

Back in July we had a wonderful trip to the USA, beginning in New York City.
A couple of views from the Top of the Rock and from Brooklyn.



Nest we were off to Philadelphia


I thoroughly recommend a tour of the historic district.
Below is Elfreth's Alley, one of the oldest streets in the city and so pretty!


Of course we queued to see the Liberty Bell with its famous crack!


Then we had to stop in my favourite area of Lancaster County Amish Country!


A quick stop in Harper's Ferry WV - a beautiful spot!


For the final week of our trip we headed to Annapolis MD.


 All too soon the sun was setting and we headed home with lots of fun memories!


Hope to catch up with you soon!


Best Wishes

Friday, 17 March 2017

A visit to Downpatrick


The town of Downpatrick is the final resting place of the patron saint of Ireland.  It's not too far from home so let's visit.

On approaching the town, a large sculpture of Patrick greets visitors.


On a hill in Downpatrick sits the Cathedral


Inside there is a beautiful stained glass window depicting the life of Patrick in Ireland.


In the graveyard to the side of the Cathedral, lies the final resting place of Patrick, who died on March 17, 461.



Have a happy day!

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Friday, 10 March 2017

C.S. Lewis Square


Last week hubby and I enjoyed a rare afternoon out in Belfast's East Side which has a newly opened tribute to famous author and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis who was born here and most famed for
'TheLion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" And Chronicles of Narnia.

Here are five (plus!) photos from our visit.

This is the Searcher by Roger Wilson depicting Lewis stepping into the Wardrobe

Aslan is a 3 metre tall bronze sculpture by Maurice Harron - isn't he fabulous?



Maugrim is a frightening creature and almost seems to leap out at you!


Then there is the White Witch, trying to cast her icy spell..


 I love her snowflake cape!


This was a little space of creative genius and imagination and it did feel like we had stepped into another land.

A great day!

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Happy weekend!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Forsythia stems - a quick tutorial

 I love the colors and blossoms of spring and the vivid yellow of the forsythia is one of my favorites.
So eye-catching and cheerful! just what we need to see after the drab winter days.  Rather than cut some stems this year, so that i can let them flower away outside for all to see, I thought I could try to make some faux forsythia stems using tissue paper.
This was orginally posted back in March 2015.

So here's what I did:  all very easy!

Gathered some bare branches  and bought some bright yellow tissue paper.


I drew a very simplistic template which resembles a star fish and placed this on lots of layers of tissue paper at once so you can cut out lots of flowers quickly.


I then fanned out several layers of the flower and pinched them together tightly in the middle to make a blossom.

Using my hot glue gun I began to glue them onto the branches - warning you WILL burn your fingers!!


And TAH DAH!!! A finished stem of vibrant yellow forsythia which you can use anywhere in your home for lovely spring decorating!


Hope you enjoyed and even get to make some!

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Thanks !

Friday, 3 March 2017

March is here!


As this is my first post in the month of March 2017, for fun I thought I'd use the five letters of March to do an acrostic of things I think of and love about this month!
(Think I'll do the same for April!)


1.  M is for Mother as this month we celebrate Mothering Sunday in the UK.

These are a couple of the cross stitch pieces I've made for this lovely occasion and the first was a gift to my own precious mother.




2. A is for theArrival of lovely new blooms and lambs signalling spring is coming! What a lovely feeling that is!



3. R is for Rain and we have more than our fair share of rain in March, but the plus point is there is more chance of seeing a pretty Rainbow!
You can just about see this arc!



4. C is for sweet little chicks too, cake and celebration of my son's birthday this month! Can't believe he'll be 16!!!





5. H is for HAPPY for lo the winter is past and the sound of birds singing fills the land!
Wishing you all a happy March!

Thanks for coming by and commenting! 


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Happy weekend!