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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Day book entry #2

Outside my window ... the day is crisp and sunny, a beautiful Autumn day. The roses are blooming happily, their colours always more intense at this time of year. The garden is in desperate need of weeding!
'Chartreuse de Parme', a French Delbard rose outside my window

From the kitchen ... I am planning a big day of preparing picnic fare for a special day out for the family tomorrow. My intended menu: ham & grape tomato tart, honey lime glazed chicken, vegetable picnic rolls and hazelnut & raspberry cakes. A derisory comment from my 14 year old daughter this morning as she walked out the door for school, "Yeah sure Mum, good luck with that"!

I am inspired by ... Elizabeth's stunning modern quilts at Oh Fransson!

I am tempted to ... join Elizabeth's Paintbox Quilt-a-long.
I am reading ... 'Tis by Frank McCourt, the sequel to 'Angela's Ashes', which I enjoyed so much. A favourite quote:

"My mother made tea in a teapot and couldn't help sniffing at the idea of tea bags. I told her tea bags were just a convenience for people with busy lives and she said no one is so busy they can't take time to make a decent cup of tea and if you are that busy you don't deserve a decent cup of tea for what is it all about anyway? Are we put into this world to be busy or to chat over a nice cup of tea?"

I am also reading ... 'Alice in Wonderland'! David Stratton claimed on At The Movies that the new film version deviates too far from the original. Nothing for it but to read the original again! A favourite quote:

Alice generally gave herself very good advice (though she seldom followed it) ...

I am remembering ... this image from a favourite artist Carambatack, which just says 'Alice' to me.

You can see more of Carambatack's whimiscal art at her Flickr page or her Etsy shop.

From my picture journal ...
A hastily taken photo of my Mum's latest quilt, in our garden at the farm last weekend. Awful photo as the day was dull and rainy. I will take some better photos of her quilt to show you soon. Made from a layer cake of a new Moda range, 'Make Life' by Sweetwater.
Have a great weekend. I'm off to make a pot of tea! Bloom x


  1. Hi there Ros, looks like you have a busy weekend ahead. The Garden Party will be great have fun!! By the way, did I happen to see you last night at Adrenalites with your smashing Janelle Wind bag???? We will have to catch up for that cuppa sometime soon...

  2. Ah, your daughter of little faith, have fun with the cooking and have a lovely time. Inspiration is everywhere.

  3. Oh, you are so diverse, reading, gardening, cooking, quilting! Good for you. I'm too obsessed with quilting. It would do me some good to venture onto other things.

  4. The menu sounds very nice. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Looking forward to seeing more photos of your mum's quilt.

  5. Your mother's quilt is looking gorgeous! I would love to see a close up too... What a glorious garden too, my I would love to spend the day there, the green would be such a welcome change from the snow! :)
    Emily xoxo

  6. Hope your picnic turned out great!
    Love to read your posts!

  7. Love your Mum's quilt - the colours are beautiful and her garden is the perfect back drop.

    I love the baby quilt that Elizabeth recently posted - she makes such wonderful contemporary quilts.

  8. Your post is filled with happiness personified. Love it

  9. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [16 Mar 08:38am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. oh was the garden party good it sounded wonderful.........
    how did you go with all that wonderful food......

  11. your daughter of little faith, have fun with the cooking and have a lovely time. Inspiration is everywhere.
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