Monday, 17 April 2017

Crafty Sew n Sews

I have been stockpiling crafty items for a little while and now I really must start to get stuck in a little bit with the actual doing. That ws the plan for this weekend Oh was going fishing but changed his mind so what I had planned did not transpire. He tends to hang out in the computer/craft room so for me to concentrate I really need yo be on my todd.  I had planned in the first instance to use my Go cutter and cut out my pieces from the recycled shirts and then hopefully once that was achieved to then start sewing.  So this has been put off until he actually goes.  Then I really shall down tools and get stuck in.  I dont have much time to do things during the week so the weekends are ideal to get going on something like this.  I am getting frustrated though.

I also have some table cloths to make.  I have a huge solid pine farmhouse style table and it costs an arm and a leg to buy decent drapery unless I spot it on offer.  I have recently bought some yellow cotton plain and spotted to make the main cloth and some knapkins but also matching tablemats.  The yellow is a warm primrose yellow which blends very nicely with a poppy tablecloth and knapkin set I have.  The colours sound shocking but I think they dit well together. Background is a very lemony cream and the poppy crockery already collected and to which I am still adding to should also complement this. In case you were not aware I have a thing about poppies.

I love colour its vibrancy and the way you can blend things.  I am starting to collate bits together so that the front room can in turn be refurbished. I quite like pinks n purples and creamy whites and I like the Sanderson rose and peony fabric and have recently bought a remnant off ebay to frame and back some cushion covers.

I bought flowers this weekend and these colours go well in my room as is but should also go well with the Sanderson fabric.

I have the curtains which I got from a car boot sale a while back.  I tend to collate pieces together before I start on a room.  Things just kind of evolve. but I certainly love vibrant colours.  I tend to go more for country style with a bit of victorian mixed in as it is very forgiving.  I like and love solid furniture too. I also love upcycling things as well and putting my own twist on things.  Lets just say there are lots of little projects to start or which are in progres or near completion.  Things like embroidered tablecloths and pillow slips.  Collecting embroidered damaged pieces of needlework with a view of turning them into a crazy patchwork bedspreads reliving beautifully worked pieces into something useful. Its going to take me years at this rate but I do so enjoy playing and making things. Some serious craft time this summer is planned.  I also plan during the week when I cannot do much to quietly plod on with my hexie quilt.  This will take a while to work but I knew that when I started it but that is the whole point.  It will be hand created.  Loving what I am doing and every stitch sewed with love.  This quilt is being hand stitched.  The other quilts I have planned will be done on the sewing machine. Such a lot to do.

I also need new cotton bedlinen.  I dont like fitted sheets and always buy superking sized sheets as that is the size of my bed.  However I have in mind that I would like embroidered bedding as it always looks so pretty and feminine.  I have some patterns and transfers so that is something I would like to achieve in due course.  Thats the idea anyway.

I also have lots of whitework pieces waiting to be turned into cushion covers and quilt covers.  I have also been assembling the pieces for a while together with lace pieces.  I have puctures in my minds eye for all of these projects and they will happen in due course that is of course when I can settle to do some serious crafting.

However first I have some cushion covers to make utilising recycled needlework and also needlepoint pieces I have previously worked.  These will be for the front room revamp.  I also need to liberate some fabric from the storage unit to use in the cushions. I am using flowers roses either embroidered or needlepoint pieces as the common theme and maybe some vintage crinoline ladies as well.  I have the tablecloth that my great aunt worked.  However we will see how things pan out.

There are also the quilts to make as well.  I have most of the fabric for these
  Now just have to get stuck in.  Fingers crossed I get to play this weekend.

Catch you soon.

Pattypan xc

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Pound Shop and. Some more fruit bushes

Yesterday while shopping I nipped into one of the pound shops that I do not get to very regularly and stocked up on some items which I use on a day to day basis. Things like shower gels soap etc.

I came across some lovely cupcake cases.

Some Purple spotted ones.

 Some lovely blue floral ones.

Some lovely pal tourqoise green spotted ones.

And some Muffin cups.

A lovely mint green

And rose pink.  Both are spotted.

Its my birthday in a few weeks so thought I would stock up whilst I can.  I have seen some cake carriers as well that I would nit mind. Cake carriers what does she need them for.  We have a tradition at work that when its your birthday you leave cakes in the kitchen for work colleagues so I thiught this year would make them myself and I will need a couple of cake carriers for this purpose.

I also stocked up on some foil and plastic containers for freezing meals vegetables and fruit and soups.  I dont like wasting stuff so if there is a good meal still to be had but we dont fancy it at that particular moment into the freezer it goes.

I also unexpectedly found some more fruit bushes.  This time blueberry redcurrant and gooseberry.  So I am well chuffed.  I was hoping to do an awful lot in the gsrden this weekend but the weather is not too brilliant at the moment. Fingers crossed though.

Catch you soon.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Putting stuff by to use out of season

We like our Sunday roasts throughout the year and are especially fond of roast potato sweet potato roasted shallots roast pumpkin.  So I always pop a load in the freezer for use until the fresh crops come back into season again. I also for the sake of convenience prepare carrots broccoli and other seasonal veg as it saves a lot of time during the week when time is at a premium. Thats just for the freezer.  There are other items too but preparing food whdn cauliflowers or carrots are on offer is a win win situation. It makes sure you have your own convenisnce food when needed it also ensures that family members can get a meal for themselves if for some reason you are not around.  I also prepare things like home made Cornish style pasties meat pies sausage rolls pie cases etc.  Its very much ip to you what you store away after all each persons pantry is calibrated to what you actually lose.

Tomorrow I intend to get some parsnips swede squash sweet potato and pop them up to use over the summer months. I also want to put some more veggie stock ala River Cottage the souper stock also to take us through to autumn when I will make more.

I also have some chillis to dry naturally.  I need to sit and string them.  I will get some more and string them during the week. Until i have enough dried for use in my pickled onions come autumn. This is just the start there is plenty yet to do.

Catch you soon.

Pattypan xx


Good Friday Eating

From being a tiny child it has always been instilled in me no meat on Good Friday but we have always had fish and hot cross buns.  A celebration which when I was younger marked the march in time. This year is no different and we have some lovely fresh haddock for tea to be served with home made chips and fresh parsley sauce together with mushy peas and onion rings.  There are hot cross buns to finish if we want them.

The fishes and the bread.

So I am quite looking forward to my tea.  Its a while since we have had home made chips as well.  We dont like frozen store bought ones. And the parsley from my plants in the garden. The fish will be floured and seasoned and then gently fried.  Simple home cooking.  Friday night when I was growing up was always fish night too.  My Nan always used to make batter from egg flour and milk but she always added a touch of custard powder.  The mixture was always beaten well and a splash if vinegar also used to go into the batter and then the fish was coated and fried.  We all loved Nans batter.  I dont know quite how she did it at times but her food was delicious and she used to make a little go a long way.  I think it helped that they grew their own veggies and fruit and with the pigs and chickens were relatively well off when it came to good food but they put in a lot of work to achieve this.  They were organic before organics were born.  Marrows were always planted into the compost heap which gave the hungry plants the food they needed but also tidied up the compost heap and made it look more aestetically pleasing. Down the side of the back lawn there were espalier conference pears that used to look magnificent come blossom time and a rose arbour at the end with proper highly scented roses. I think this is where my love of roses comes from and the bee hives.  We always had pops honey on toast done on the Rayburn with lashings of honey.  That is until the bees stung him and he reacted.  He ended up having to give the bees up.

Anyways I seem to have wandered off track.  Whats new.

Catch you later.

Pattypan xx

It was tasty.

The Plants are Starting to arrive

As a result of experiencing the delicious lemon thyme carrots I determined to locate some for my little back garden.  The little plants have arrived today and tomorrow I have the job of potting them on and growing them up a bit in one of my mini greenhouses.  I have also taken delivery of some corsican mint lovage devon lavender white and blue borage  and my 22 wild strawberry plants on the plant front. So a lot of potting up to do.

On the seed front I have received plain chervil and curled chervil seed and large French Sorrel, red veined sorrel, summer savory, winter savory and Angelica. Sorrel de Belville, humulus Lupulus (hop seed) specially for brewing your own beer
.  I also have pot marigold seed to plant (poor mans saffron).  There are still a lot more plants and seed to arrive. I am just determined to do what I can in the garden.  In the summer first thing if the weather is fine I like to have my breakfast in the garden.  I am after a small metal table with two chairs that i can pop in the corner near my shed so that i can enjoy breakfast cereal with a handful of fresh raspberries.  I have raspberry canes so I am hoping to get fruit but if not this year then next. I am trying to do a little bit at a time.  I have also bought some hanging bags pockets to pop herbs in and hang them off the fence or to fill with busy lizzies or something like that.

I have also bought another 12 strawberry plants to pop into hanging baskets or tubs. I got the six blackcurrant bushes potted up at the weekend as well as the three tayberries.  I have the loganberries to pot up.  So an awful lot to do but hopefully I will end up with lots of things to use fresh or preserved in my kitchen.

We are still waiting for the fence to be replaced by the landlord so one part of the harden cannot be dealt with yet.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Lemon thyme and carrots

Last Sunday I was taken out unexpectedly for my Sunday lunch. The pub/restaurant is a fabourite haunt of ours being an old traditional thatched pub with a lovely fireplace for when cold.  I used to meet here regularly to go for a drink with my dad and we also had my mums wake there.  Pubs have always played a big part in family life over the years not because we drink much but more for socialising and meeting up with friends.  The name of the pub is the Fitzwilliam Arms at Marholm but it is also known as the Green Man by locals.  The food is certainly very delicious.  Sunday lunch there were some seriously lovely options but unusually they did what they called a sharing platter for two which consisted of sliced roast beef and also rib of beef.  I think it was short rib sometimes known as Jacobs Ladder and it was delicious.  The meat was that tender it just dropped off the bone.  However what we fid find delicious was the honey roasted carrots with lemon thyme. The carrots were blanched in boiling water then drained and tipped into a hot roasting pan and then glazed with honey with fresh lemon thyme sprinkled over and then roasted until the carrot is cooked through.  They were absolutely delicious.  What an unusual way to serve carrots but its a different way of cooking a well loved veg.  One which I am going to add to my repertoire.

Catch you soon.

Pattypan xx

More Easter Items

This year I have so far been concentrating on a few items for the Easter table. The other week I bought some ducks n drakes egg cups from Dunhelm which I am pretty pleased with.

The other evening whilst watching Tv I saw an advert for a well known supermarket that had some Geese egg cups and today I have purchased some of those.  They are much bigger than my ducks n drakes but I quite like these as well.

I have also bought two glass storm lanterns which are decorated with spring flowers and two small glass pillar candle stands which will go particularly well with two larger versions I bought at Christmas.

So am very pleased with the purchases obtained today. They should look lovely on the Easter table.  I have also bought some hanging eggs.  I thought I would collect some ling stemmed twig
Branches pop them in a vase and then decorate with  the hanging eggs and use as the centre piece for the table.  I also have loose eggs which I am going to use to decorate a couple of wreaths to pop either side of the twigs on the table.

I remember as a little girl being taught how to make chicken egg cosies out of felt beige felt and then a huge red felt wattle. A very simple project but it looks so effective. Maybe I will make some for next year.

I have also bought two little fluffy chickens also for the centre of the table.  I also have two bunny rabbit ornaments for the dressers and two bunny rabbit toast holders to go with the geese.  I now need to get some nice mugs cups to go with.

 Photos to follow.

Catch you soon.

Pattypan x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Herb Garden

I am after restocking my herb garden and have ordered a selection of different herb plants and seeds off ebay.  These include lovage and savory French tarragon lemon thyme lemon verbena golden sage, Oregano, chives, strawberry mint, pineapple mint, mandarin mintpurple sage, a variety of different mints and angelica to name but a few. I am hoping the majority arrive before the weekend so that I can get stuck in with the planting.  I want to grow as much herbage as I can to make my own herb mixes and make sure that I have a variety of flavourings to add to my cooking whether that be dring herbs and storing them or making vinegars and oils.

Oh is particularly fond of mint sauce and as a result I always put a lot of keeping mint sauce up when the leaves are at their freshest and then store it very finely chopped under vinegar.  There is no sugar in this so it is ideal for him with him being diabetic although when serving you can add a little sugar to it if you wish.

I have also ordered some alpine wild strawberries.  These little fruits are packed with flavour.  I know first hand as my cousin had them in her garden. I am hopung my plants will be as productive as hers were.  They will probably get popped into planters here to start with at least.  So very slowly at least the herb garden is coming together. I am ahead compared to last year but things can change at the drop of a hat.  I have a lot to do yet though.

Right upwards and onwards I am very much ready for the weekend.

Catch you shortly.

Pattypan xx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

A little gardening

Is planned for this weekend.  I have been slowly sorting the small herb garden outside of the back door.  I have bought some already done containers with an assortment of plants in them.  However I have chives mint parsley sage and rosemary to plant up to start with.  I also have raspberry tayberry strawberry and blackcurrant plants to pot up.  I got them quiet cheaply in the pound shop B n Q wilkinsons.  Where I intend to pop them is not ready yet but I wasnt going to let them get away at that price so as an intermediary position until the land is sorted lots it is then they will when land is ready be transplanted. I also have pansies and violas to plant up some paoenies and I have quite a few containers to sort out as well. As the weather is meant to be nice over the weekend I also want to get the new covers on the grow houses and to start some seeds off.  I am a little behind but hopefully i will be able to play catch up.  Nonetheless there is plenty to do.  I have also picked up a couple of hibiscus plants the pound shop again. I slso want to start getting the rubbish sorted and taken to the tip. So a lot to do.   There are also some wild blackberrys  that have set themselves so I am also hoping to get a couple of those into pots as well. If its fine it will be good to be in the fresh air for a change.

Catch you later

Pattypan x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Apologies for he absence

I have now fallen foul of a horrible chest infection which ranges between losing your voice and having a raging sore throat lots of blowing noses and sneezing as well as being bunged up.  Needless to say I am stuffing myself full of vitamin C i am not drinking milk hot toddies mugs of cassis with hot water very soothing just before goinf to bed.  Oh has made me a batch of French Onion Soup so I am hoping that the hit of onion and garlic will knock it on the head.  In the past this has helped an awful lot. I would rather use food to help in the getting better process as really I am not keen on popping pills.  Probably as a result of having to take pills from the age of seven.  When something is enforced on you in my case I came to resent it. Potentially it was doing me good but in the circumstances I think it is a natural reaction one that I overcame for the best part but with me preferably trying alternative more natural methods.

I do owe some of you emails I am sorry for being so rude did not mean to be. apologies for not responding thus far however we have trouble with the email connection and I am having to do everything off my phone and that can be hit n miss.

I know its spring but the last few days have been lovely weatherwise.  I have started work in my small back garden which is mostly used for my herbs.  However I do need to restock these. I do however have some containers that came from my mums earlier I had one of her pots unexpectedly flower with crocus the London pride is thriving.

The violets are through the original plant belonged to my great grandmother my grandad transplanted it to his garden he gave a clump to my mum and she transplanted it to a tub which it remains in. There is also a rhubarb plant in there which came from my dads allotment. My great aunty Ivy's clematis has survived.  Silly I know but these plants mean a lot there is still a connection there still a memory.

Right am off to get some onion soup down me and also get some more washing on. Hopefully in the next few days I will be able to shift this cold.  I also want to get some seeds sown and also start getting stuck in with my preserving. Be back soon.

Pattypan x

Monday, 27 March 2017

Getting Ready For Easter

I love pretty things and I always like my table to look good no matter whant the season celebration or occasion. I like the simple things the best and to me at Easter one of the memories I have from childhood is having boiled eggs with bread and butter fingers as part of high tea Easter celebrations.  The egg a symbol of new life and new growth and the chocolate eggs we have are also symbolic of that.
Hot cross buns with lots of butter simple fare

In the run up to Easter I have been sourcing new items for my table.  I csme across these egg cups which are Ducks n Drakes which I took a shine too from Dunhelm.  Aĺl I need now are some wreaths flower rings and a pretty cloth perhaps a pale lemon or a pale appe green check to set everything off and that should do us for this Easters high tea table.

I also bought a pack of three tea towels with a herb, plain green and a stripe design in.  Not to use as teatowels but to make a large tablecloth cover for my pine dining table.  I intend to unpick them all and then re-sew them back together like a patchwork quilt.  I also bought a tea cosy to match.

 And of course some baskets here I have a large basket ideal for shopping and a tiny one ideal to put chocolate eggs into or for gathering herbs out of the garden.

I have already got some miniature eggs for decorating a cake or cakes in the pantry.  Thought had better get some in early as in previous years I have ended up missing out.  Not this year though. How do you celebrate Easter simply or something a little more formal.  Or are you in the process of making something unique to decorate your home with. Catch uou soon.  Pattypan xx

A little bit of a bargain

Ostensibly I nipped into Lakeland during the week to get some refill jars and mini jars to use with packups for my lunch.  I could not locate them to start with.

 However found a pack of 2 x 1 litre pots together with two smaller lunch pack pots for under a tenner. So I was quite chuffed to have found them.  The brand is Easiyo and I have been using it for years having first come across it in the Pleterborough health food shop which used to be in the old arcade. This was at a time when I had the children at home and they were eating a lot of yogurt and it was costing a lot. I found that the sachets were good quality although at the time it was just plain yogurt.  The best bit for me is that the system uses just a kettle of boiling water and the large thermos flask to makeim so saving energy as well.

Also you dont have to use the sachets now available in a whole lit of flavours but can use fresh milk to fill the inner pot which has been scalded not boiled milk and then a tablespoon of live yogurt mix together and left overnight the same as for the Easiyo.  Makes a lot of yogurt to which you can add your own fruit flavourings using jam or pureed fruit etc.  We used to be able to get sterilised milk which saved the scalded milk process as the milk has already been heated but sadly I have not seen it for years.

There are other methods of pricessing your own yogurt like using sterilised Kilner jars and the same mixture in a dehydrator or in a slow cooker or where I started off with a little six pot yogurt maker that my mum had for my brother and I.  I still have that original machine which goes back to my teenage years.

So when you have kids in the house quite often in those days ar least you could not buy a litre of natural yogurt.  You can also make Labneh which is a yogurt middle eastern cheese mixed with herbs.

However I have been diverted away from the original subject me finding a bargain for the sum of £8 a full beginners Easiyo beginners set which is basically the thermos the inner pot and standing baffle with a lid which normally retails at ariund £19 to £20. So I dont think I did too badly.  And the sachets make lovely yogurt I really do like it but nit everyone has £3 or thereabouts to buy the individual sachets but there is always an alternative somewhere.  Just have to go looking for it.

This is ny own personal view based on trial and experience.  I have received no inducement or payment for this post.  Its just I think the basic system is great as ut saves energy and money all the way round.

Catch you later.

Pattypan x

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothers Day

To those passed before us still miss you dreadfully mum.

And to those mums who are here with us today have a lovely day.  The sun is shining here although a little chilly.

Hope you have a lovely day xx


Guess who forgot to put the clocks forward.  Dingbat ovr what!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

These things r sent to try us

Hello everyone sorry its been a while there have been problems chiefly with my health. In the past six weeks I have had two epileptic attacks the second one at work which resulted in the anbulance being called and me being off work.  No apparent reason as have really been trying to look after myself which I am not too good at doing everyone else yes but not myself.  I think it was a reaction to the foot surgery I had and the rough trot with the anaesthesia and then going into shock in recovery as well as being violently ill and then reacting to some meds they gave me and finding I was allergic to it.  Things always come out later rather than st the actual time with me usually when I relax.  I have also had an upset tummy and migraine as well to add to things.  Oh well as I have said before tiz just the depth that varies. Now I hope things will return to some kind of normality and start to do the things I really want to do including my cooking reading writing craft work gardening etc.  So much I want to do.

I have been sat here this morning nursing a large cup of milky coffee enjoying the sunlight that has been streaming through the front windows and realising that the front room windows need yet another going over.  But generally I have been chilling and just enjoying doing nothing for a change and relishing the heat from our gas boiler.  Due to a couple of communication issues between ourselves and a third party the heating has only just been rectified for which I am very grateful as I feel the cold so.  However we have had a couple of portable heaters so have not been titally without heat.

To add to that I have had internet and computer problems.  So as I say above these things are sent to try us and at the moment I feel my membership is fully paid up and thats the end of little problems.

Catch you later.

Pattypan xx

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Wine Chiller/Meat/Cheese Cave

Sorry to be missing absolutely up to ny neck with things with alligators and crocodiles snapping at my ankles and me fast running out of time.

I received a phone call yesterday saying that they were going to deliver today. They use an external delivery service/carriers and it is kerbside delivery only.  I therefore asked if the driver could phone me when he was 40 minutes out of Peterborough so I could get home. I bought the chillers off ebay from a company called Birmingham Refrigeration.  I first spotted them before Christmas but by the time i had got my act together they had sold out.  But I kept looking.

I then spotted them again and placed my order they did however want a lot for delivery. I ordered two but I got the delivery charge reduced because I had both units popped onto one pallet.  If you do place an order with them bear this in mind.

The phone call came abd I organised a taxi to get home.  The driver had just turned up as I arrived.  I then did my pansy potter bit and manhandled the units into the back yard abd webt back to work   i then texted Oh to ket him know they had arrived.

The units are refurbished and may have small marks on them but I have to say that from what I can see they on first checking appear immaculate.  I am well pleased with them.  I think I have saved approximately £300 maybe more they are 40 bottle units which are dear. I have just switched them on and tomorrow the wine one will be filled once up to temperature.  The maje of the units is RS Royal Sovereign.

 So one for storing wine and the other for home made charcuterie bacon salamis sausages etc.  So let the games begin once I have got shot of my long list of deadlines sorted out.  In the words of Arnie - I Shall be back hopefully at some point.

Pattypan xx

Monday, 6 March 2017

Breakfasts - Smoothies - Part Onel.

I have always been a keen advocate of eating a proper breakfast as you need to recharge the blood sugars overnight.  This has come even more to the fore whilst I have been recuperating after my operation after which I was totally shattered for no apparent reason as I was not really doing much apart from resting.  I wondered if it was down to the fact that I was still off my medication for the scleroderma and a rise in the antibodies in my system so being me I decided to look into this a little further.  Bkueberries are very good at helping with this kind of an issue and so I have started incorporating them into my diet a little more.

I am also a fan of smoothies but as I am never firing on cylinders first thing I need to be able to throw things together quickly. So bearing in mind the need for blueberries and other fruits in my diet i set too in making my own fruit base in my slow cooker.

There were quite a lit of different fruits i popped in ie strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, apples.  I then popped them into the slow cooker with a couple of spoons of water and left them for a while and once cooked down I left to cool and then decanted into a couple of Kilner type jars ready to add to my smoothie first thing. This is what I ended up with two jars ready to go.  Can also use in other puddings as well but I have used fresh fruit and cooked it to get the best out of it and stop expensive fruit going off.  By the way there is no sugar in this at all.

To make my smoothie I then put a good generous portion of the fruit mixture some plain yogurt good couple of tablespoons and some milk into my blender and whizzed it all togethet in my smoothie blender.  As everything has been in the fridge it is nice and cold and all tge flavour of the fruit comes through and it tastes wonderful. It is ideal even for those who dont do breakfast.

However for me I need a little something more for my breakfast than just a smoothie and I add a different element which is different daily to the smoothie.  It can be done relatively easily and inexpensively keeping the appetite lively and not jaded just with a few simple tricks to make things a little more time efficient especially for a busy and large family.

Sometimes I have  bowl of muesli or granola sometimes waffles sometimes toast with home made marmalade or lashings of strawberry and rhubarb jam which is a personal favourite.  But I always make time for breakfast do you.

Take care.

Pattypan xx

Its been a busy day

Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to accomplish things and despite being organised and busy for the best part of the day until I sat and watched the good karma hospital I have not had much chance to sit down.

I have been sorting more clothes out for the charity shop and bagging up ready to take round.

I have been washing and ironing and food shopping and packing stuff away.

I have been and bought more boxes for packing stuff away in.  I will need to get some more though.  I got them from Dunhelm.  I had not appreciated they had a sale on and I managed to nab one or two bargains.

A very large Jamie Oliver 1 1/2 litre bread pan.  I already have two of these and I paid full price at £15 each.  This one I got half price £7 so I quickly nabbed it.

I also bought 4 Mason and Cash pie dishes in a soft tuorqoise blue at £4.99 each instead of £9.  So I was very chuffed with those.  Ideal for pies and egg custards.

As there was a sale on I also purchased replacement heatproof wadding for my pine dining table.

I also purchased a green polka dot vinyl table cover as well.

I also purchased a wicker square basket which will be ideal to keep my WIPs in as I am working them and keeping everything neat and tidy.

So I dont think I did too badly.

We then had our Sunday dinner roast leg of lamb studded with garlic and a sprinkling of Rosemary and it was delicious.  I served it with roast potatoes mashed potatoes carrot and swede crush french beans and petit pois with lashings of gravy.  We have a repeat tomorrow evening as there was more than plenty for the two of us.  The lamb was another bargain reduced to £8 apiece. I bought 3 all told.  The other two are in the freezer for another day.

Right better get to bed I am back to work in the morning and I need a good nights sleep beforehand.

Catch you soon.

Pattypan xx

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

I can remember this when it first came out.  In fact I bought some wallpaper the poppy design for my kitchen.  It got left behind when I split from my ex husband.  However I do have several other things that I do have.  The intention is to have my bedroom decorated with the honeysuckle rose design eventually.  I have all the bedding I bought it brand new but at the time they did not do the bedding in king size.  We have a super king quilt on the bed and so I thought I would extend the quilt covers with long strips/panels of fabric finished off with some broderie anglais lace frill trim.

Why on earth am I talking about this at the moment.  Well truth is I found my Country Diary book of crafts by Annette Mitchell when sorting out earlier on. There are lits of lovely projects in there and in due course I am going to make some of them to go with and compliment those items already to hand. I had also thought that I will buy some new bedlinen and embroider it with roses. There is a big heavy cotton heirloom crochet bedspread in the book which I am also hoping to make.  Will have to stockpile the cotton for that.

I have also been buying the wallpaper where I can as well.

My hope is to eventually have a country style bedroom erring more on the side of Victorian styling.  I already have two very large pine wardrobes two bedside cabinets a pine chest of drawers (I a also have a big pine blanket box that used to belong to my Dad.  Its an old one having previously belonged to my Dad's friend. I am hoping to get another chest of drawers in due course) i also have a big cream metal bedstead and I am after a pine dressing table which will probably be the last item of furniture.

I also have the curtains those being brand new also.

There are several Royal Winton pottery bits and bobs as well.

I have also obtained further cross stitch kits and charts.  I have already started on my hexie quilt.  So a lot in hand and a lit of plans.  However realistically it is going to take me a little while to achieve.  Wish me luck.

This is what I am hoping to achieve.  Pretty isn't it.

Catch  you soon.

Pattypan xx

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Bedroom sorting

My wardrobes are not big enough and i therefore bought a couple of hanging racks.  My Reiki couch was stored behind one of them and during the week the Reiki couch lost its balance and knocked over the rack.  I have therefore spent a couple of hours restoring the racks to normal.  I have also sorted some clothes out thst are now too big for me.  In the last 8 years I have gone down from a size 24 to a size 18.  Still a way to go but a size 18 is more liveable and does not impact on my joints quite so much.  So I will be making a delivery to the Charity shop tomorrow to pass on those items I no longer have a need for.  It feels good to be having a bit of a sort out.

I also need to get some new bedding organised as I have managed to put my foot through one of my sheets. There was a small hole and if course my foot found it.  I can use the rest of the sheet up in due course it will not go to waste.  I can feel a shopping trip coming on.  Right had better get a wriggle on.  Quite a bit to do.

Catch you soon

Pattypan xx

NB thats two large bags disposed of working on number three!


NBB.  Thats three large bags and two of rubbish.  Still loads more to go however if Oh chucks out any of his cotton shirts I shall be filching them for their fabric for patchwork.  Also managing to get homeless clothes into the wardrobe and rails.  It will be a long overdue job finally sorted. Also finding one or two WIPs which have been collated together so that I can get them sorted too.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Getting Geared up for Meat Products

For a long time now I have been wanting to have a go at making my own sausages. Salamis etc but have had no where to keep said produce once it is prepared. In any event I have slowly been gathering bits and pieces together now all securely stored in a box so that I have all my curing powders together in one place.  The sausage skins are in the fridge and the curing chambers are ordered and on their way. One is possibly going to store wine in now that I have started with the home brew again.

The original idea for the curing chamber I saw on Jamie and Jimmys Friday night show where Jimmy regularly comes up with alternatives for the home producer. There is a link for those that are interested on my pinterest site patricia ellingford under meat charcuterie and salami.  I have been collecting links to recipes and procedures for some time now.   I went to place the order before Christmas but by the time I had got myself sorted they had sold out.  I was after a 40 bottle chiller to hold a lot of meat ans also a lot of wine.  The company i had my eye on refurbish ex stock they do have some minor damage but being as 40 bottle machines are well over £200 each I stuck to my guns and then saw they had more for sale this week.  So a few enquiries later and I have two wine chillers x 40 bottles in their way.

Even though I do not have a smallholding to grow my own meat there are still things you can do at home like making your own pates haslet faggots gravlax rolling bought pork bellies and stuffing to create a very tasty Sunday dinner making your own brawn pork pies ham etc etc.

Some of the things I have done before others are completely new to me but I am looking forward to experimenting and playing that for me will be half the fun. It will be good to produce delucacies like Merguez sausages are bacon copa sausages etc and at least now I am going to have somewhere to store them.

I am still after a pressure canner have been looking but am going to choose my moment. Hsve to watch exchange rate and extra duty.  I am at the moment looking st an All American 30pt canner.  I am being cautious as they do cost a lot.  I am also not sure if I am making the right choice I see the potential want to make soups etc for the pantry shelf.  Do any of you have a canner and if so do you have any advice as to which one to go for.

I did get a reduction on the two 40 bottle wine chillers which I sourced off  ebay which has helped a lot.

So I am looking forward to some serious playing in the not too distant future.  MY Grandparents used to keep their own pigs geese and chickens and my Uncle was a dairy farmer its just we were never around when they processed them. We were with the chickens but never the pigs although we had the bacon and the honey from the hives for breakfast.  I am looking forward to playing.

Carch you soon.

Pattypan x

Its Cold Damp and Wet

A miserable orrible day.  We need the rain but I hate it when the rain is constant and does not let up.  Even Missy our Jack Russell is hibernating in a load of throws well and truly buried if you please and heaven forbid I should move my foot.  She has a real thing about feet yet she plonks herself between my lower legs to go to sleep. From a normal well behaved companion when she is tired she gets very grumpy.  Lets just say she has her humans well trained.

Lets just say butter wouldnt melt.  She is a sweetheart really and very funny.  Is always smiling and when you are feeling down she always makes you laugh one way or another.

A slight hiccup

I did a full week at work last week and went to work this Monday just gone and ended up in an ambulance. On yhe Monday morning I had not felt my usual self and mentioned it to my colleague as I was very sleepy and kept forgetting things. Unfortunately I ended up having a seizure but my colleague managed to get me in the recovery position so this time I did not bite my tongue for which I am very grateful. However since then I have been to the Drs and had some bloods taken.  It may be that we will never know what triggered it but I have a suspicion that it is shock coming out of my system as a result of the foot surgery.  But hey ho back to the drawing board.  I have done a lot of resting and sleeping this week always do in the aftermath. I am being kept on the same meds as before and we are to see how things go and whether anything shows up in the bloods.

I have been told I can go back to work next week so I am looking forward to being with friends and colleagues who really did look after me and for which I am very grateful.

I am okay and am getting there I wouldnt mind but ever since my op I had really been looking after myself and had even got into a really good routine with my meds.  Oh well back to the drawing board.

Catch you later

Pattypan x

Friday, 24 February 2017

A small start to the Hexie quilt

I have made a very small start to my hexie quilt and am going to try and sew a couple of pieces a day.

Still loads more to do.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Patchwork Quilts and WIPs

I have recently invested in a new patchwork effect cotton quilt for my bedroom as the other one was getting a little tired but will be reused elsewhere as there is still a lot of use in it and I like to keep warm. It was not terribly expensive but I am pleased with it.  It looks pretty and fresh and should go well with my cream metal bedstead. I tend to have a country cottage theme as the base for my homestyle as it is very forgiving when you blend old and new.

In the meantime back at the Ok corral I have been busy sourcing cotton fabric by the fat quarter by the metre jelly rolls etc .  I have also stick piled and started to prepare the fabric so that I can start making my own quilts from shirt material already stashed and brand new fabrics as well.  I have also invested in a brand new pair of Fiskers shears for general dressmsking  use as I now have my Accuquilt to play with on the patchwork front.

As well as machine made quilts I also want to have a hand sewn hexie patchwork on the go and a little while ago I ordered some pretacked hexies in creams and pinks and greens the colours of my bedroom. This will be a long term project but the lady i obtained them from off ebay had used Laura Ashley or Cath Kidston fabrics and mstched them well.  She has also saved me a little time.  However her personalised service and beautiful presentation is delightful.  Each pack of hexies is displayed on a printed display card personalised stickers with a lovely little note attached.

I think these are rather lovely.  Her name is Alison and she tradeson ebay as farmhousetraditions (4531).  I am looking forward to placing further orders with her.  Its helping me no end as it means I can start hand sewing straight away and is saving me time in the cutting and tacking.  She is also very approachable.  I have found her service to be utterly delightful.

However before I start playing I need Oh to build some shelves in the computer room so that I can organise a lot if not all of my craft stuff so that I can locate things a lot more easily than I can at present. This relates not only to fabric and kits but also to threads for sewing embroidery silks needepoint wools loads of cross stitch and embroidery kits that I have collected over the years etc etc plus new kits.

So there is a lot in the offing to do.  I am particularly excited about the hexie quilt though.  I am really taken with that.  Will have to maximise my time now and probably do a little each day.  Might even take some into work to do at lunch time.

Catch you all soon.

Pattypan xx

Meet the Moggies

  • Merlin (approx 18 months)
  • Squeak (approx 2 years)
  • Poppy (approx 16 years)
  • Tyson (approx 17 years)
  • Tinky (official name Clover approx 18 years)