Monday, 1 October 2012


Ooh and a birthday.....

I hope you have all had a pleasant weekend. I have...manic but really good...

Friday it was my birthday and as usual I was very spoiled....jewellery, pottery, book and DVD from family, as well as shopping money from DH and wine and presents from a close friend. All of them were very thoughtful and completely me and I was thrilled with everything.
The book is 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Funnily this was a book recommended by my DIL, which I popped on my wish list and bought for me by my DD. If I hadn't been told a little of its content I think I would still have wanted to read it just by reading the title. I will let you know how it turns out!
I also received this.......

from DD, her partner and family. I am over the moon with it. The perfect finishing touch to my revamped room. Had it not been for  'Sewing Room' my DIL also Mrs B would have filched it there and then.....
In the evening we had a family meal at a local pub (the food was definitely not the best part) but it was lovely to all get together and I had a great evening.

On the Saturday I was treated out to dinner again this time with a friend and we went to The Royal Oak at Swayfield.
Wow! We have been to quite a few restaurants and hotels to eat over the past few years and I can honestly say that this was the best meal I have had in ages. Well cooked full of flavour, an absolute delight, as were mine hosts. They were really friendly and attentive and the whole place had such a lovely atmosphere. We shall certainly be returning. If you add to this the excellent value, 3 two course meals and drinks including a decent bottle of wine for under £70 you can understand how pleasantly surprised we were. If you live anywhere near and fancy a good night I do recommend it, and do tell them they have been mentioned here. They certainly deserve it.

And so to that mellow fruitfulness........

 ....apples loads of them, delivered very generously on Friday by my SIL. So you can guess what I was doing all Sunday afternoon.....

Apple pies and Apple crumble and the last few spoons frozen for apple sauce.

I beavered away while watching 'Hope and Glory' and then 'Ballet Shoes'. What better way of spending a damp dismal day than in a warm kitchen surrounded by lovely smells and watching two of your favourite films....apart perhaps from sampling the goods of course!!

Well I am off now to continue with my current task of real 'make do and mend'. I have for a long time been a fan of boot leg jeans, but having lost a little weight and being vertically challenged I now find them too full in the leg. Of course I am no spring chicken so I'm not talking 'skinnies' here, but I am now leaning much more towards straight leg jeans. So whats a girl to do when she has a wardrobe full of perfectly good jeans, many very little worn at all, but set to and alter them. and I have found that as most jeans have the tram line seam on the inside leg and a normal seam on the outside, I have been able to take them in at the outside leg only and it has worked may take the next 2 to 3 years to do them all but I am working my way through them......

I have also got a little tutorial to share with you next time for a fleece headband to wear to keep your ears snug when walking instead of wearing a pull on hat.

 If like me you are full of static the latter leaves your hair either stuck out all over as if you are plugged into the mains or so flat to your head you might as well be bald.  Not a good look either way........ These headbands are a great compromise, take no time and very little to make and can be plain or prettied (is that a word!!) up.  So hope you will be back next time to take a look.....

Have a good week

Jenny xx


  1. Ahh - a belated Happy Birthday to you! I'm sure you'll enjoy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' - it is such a lovely book. That sign is fabulous - enjoy the memory making!

  2. Busy lady - everything looks wonderful!

  3. Belated happy birthday wishes to you!
    I've read that book, thought it was really enjoyable, hope you enjoy it too.
    Lisa x

  4. happy birthday,it sounds like it was a lovely one!

    I'm spending this morning on alterations- not clothes for me but Bruces stable rugs. He seems to think its great fun to undo the front fastening straps and then spend the night shredding the front which is flapping open and annoying hime...!!

  5. What a busy time you have had! I am glad that you had such a good birthday.

    Pomona x

  6. A belated Happy Birthday and I'm glad to read and see what a god one it was too.
    The makes for all those apples really tugged at my heartstrings as this is the first year since 1976 that we haven't had the harvest of apples as we had to have our old tree felled for safety earlier this year. We moved in this house in 1976 and it was already a mature tree... sadly no more!
    jo x

  7. Happy Birthday Jenny! I'm in love with your personal plate (I don't know how to call it in english...) The food looks wonderful too!
    have a great week, hugs Ester

  8. Happy very belated birthday - my excuse was I was on hols! What a perfect way to spend a day in the kitchen with all those apply delights. The jeans thing reminds me of the seventies (yes - I'm that old!) when I did the opposite, and put a triangular shaped wedge into my straight jeans! xCathy


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