Sunday, 22 August 2021

Still stiching

 I started Quaker Pumpkins by Hello From Liz Matthews at the beginning of July and worked on it on and off for a couple of weeks in that month, then I'm afraid I lost interest in it.  

I'm not one of those people that can just put a few stitches in here and there, I much prefer to set aside a chunk of time to sit and stitch, that does mean that I'm less productive though, especially now with looking after grandchildren, who are still on school holiday and taking my turn looking after mum.

But last week, apart from one day, I had a child free week and a week off from my turn at mums, (we have all taken it in turns to have a week off 'mum duties' so that we could get a decent break).  It was lovely not to be clock watching every day and thinking about being somewhere by a certain time, and of course It meant I had some free time for stitching.

It was never my intention to stitch the words on this piece, so with a bit of luck, and some stitching time I'm hoping to get it done soon.  

And.... I've just noticed that there is an incomplete section on the first pumpkin! Good job I uploaded the photo because I hadn't noticed it 😕

I have an idea how I'd like to finish it but, I don't know if my finishing skills are up to it, we shall see.

I opened my surprise book this morning as I will need something new to read tonight. There were a couple of guesses as to what the book might be and some people, like me, hadn't got a clue.  There was one person however who guessed correctly.  Gloriade said she thought it was Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy, and she was right!

I've only read one other Maeve Binchy book and that was a long time ago.  This one has mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I'm going to give it a go and I'll let you know what I thought later in the month.

I haven't done any baking in a while but I was in the mood to this morning so we have scones and banana loaf for tea.  I only use a basic banana loaf recipe and then add some extras, chopped nuts, sultanas, chocolate chips, and my secret ingredient, (caramel flavouring), shhh, don't tell😉 
That little drop of flavouring is what makes the loaf so delicious and everyone who has tried it has said how lovely it is, so it must work, ha ha.

I hope you are all having a lovely relaxing Sunday, we have another Monday outing planned for tomorrow which I will tell you all about later in the week.

Take care


Poppypatchwork said...

I have loved every book I've read by Maeve Binchy, she does weave a good story. I've a busy week coming up with Nannas duties.

Debi said...

I read a couple of Maeve Binchy books many years ago. I don't even remember the titles now. Caramel flavoring... going to have to try that! Have a great week!

Jackie said...

Hmmm, caramel flavouring on banana loaf....must try.

I have read a few of Maeve Binchy's novels and enjoyed them. I hope you let us know what you think of this one.

I am happy you got some stitching time.

God bless.

Pointy Little Sticks said...

I have that same pumpkin pattern in my stash. I don't know whether I'll get to it this year or not, but I WILL stitch it. I think it is beautiful.

I've read WhiteThorn Woods. I'll be interested to see what you think of it.

butterfly said...

Love your new stitching start ,lovely design.
Your cake looks so yummy .
Looks like a good read .
Enjoy your week.

Jo said...

What a good idea to all take it in turns to have a week off mum duties, I know it can be so wearing no matter how much we love them. Glad you got some stitching time, it's looking good. I'd have never guessed the Maeve Binchy book, I've never read anything by her so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your surprise book. The baking looks good and I've never heard of adding caramel flavouring to a banana loaf, I shall have to try that, though I don't do very much baking now there's only the two of us at home, Mick doesn't have a very sweet tooth and I try not to reach for too many sweet things, though I do fail at that I have to say, haha. Enjoy your outing today, I look forward to hearing all about it.

MartinaM said...

I like your Pumpkin Quaker very much, I like the colors.
Mmm, your bakery looks delicious.
Enjoy your week, Martina

Lowcarb team member said...

Your scones and banana loaf look delicious.

All the best Jan