Monday, 14 August 2017

A WINTER HEATWAVE AND WONDERING WHERE YOU ALL ARE

Hello my lovelies


As you can see from the title of this post, we are going to have a very hot week for this time of the year.  If you click here you will see some more information for the week ahead.  Because of all this hot and very dry weather, the forecasters are getting a bit worried about the fire season ahead.  Added to the fire season concerns is the fact that some of the results of Cyclone Debbie a while back has created a lot of undergrowth which will, as you can imagine make the fire season even worse.

It feel like ages and ages since we have spoken on the telephone.  I'm thinking that you all must be making the most of the holidays before school begins again.  Write and let me know what you have been up to.

Off to have my shower and get ready for this day.  Bible Study up the hill and then perhaps I'll do a few more blocks for my Log Cabin quilt.  I'm just loving doing a bit of machine work as my hand and arm are still quite sore from all that quilting on the Christmas quilt.

Love Nanxxx


Sunday, 13 August 2017

SUNDAY MORNING

Hello my lovelies


Do you like this photograph?  It was taken some time ago when Papa and I were in Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.  There are a lots of things I love about this photograph; the expertise and labour that has gone into the building of the wall, the wildflowers in the field, the houses on the horizon line and of course the donkey's ears!   The sky is what our sky looks like here today.  It is to be a beautiful warm day today.

We have Roger and Anne coming for lunch so we think we will set up outside on the back deck.  Papa is going to make his lovely chicken dish with parma ham and I'm going to make an apple crumble.  Thought I'd do something different for a change!

Today is also Auntie Margaret's birthday.  It's a special birthday with a zero on the end.  Perhaps you would like to design a wee card, take a photograph of it and send to her.  Papa will ring his big sister tonight which will be Sunday morning in Scotland.

Off to have my breakfast.

Love Nanxxx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

THINKING ABOUT LIVING WATER ON SATURDAY MORNING 9.34AM

Hello my lovelies


I've been sitting here doing my Bible Study for Monday.  One of the questions was to do with 'living water.'  

Here's the verse to do with the question.  It's from John 7: 37-38.

"On the final climatic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand.  He cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says..."

Well, I had to put my pen down and have a think.  What could he mean 'rivers of living water'?  Think Connie, think, I said to myself.  I took my pen and started writing different words to bring more meaning to the verse.  Rivers, flowing, full of life, thirst quenching, life giving, cleansing...

After giving this some thought, I looked at my notes and was amazed to read that when Jesus stood up and said these words, it was the eighth day of a festival called The Feast of the Tabernacles.  On that day, the people prayed for God to send the first rains of the new season.  

Imagine that!  And Jesus standing up and saying to everyone, "Come to Me and you will never thirst".

Amazing!  So, every time you have a drink of water, remember what Jesus said on the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Love Nanxxx

Friday, 11 August 2017

LEMONS OR FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 2.29PM



Hello my lovelies

Yesterday, after lunch, Papa and I decided it was time to take all the lemons off the lemon tree and tidy the tree itself.  Well actually, it was me who decided.  Papa was reading and after I washed the lunch dishes, I went into the garage and hauled out the stepladder.

Papa soon joined me.  "Oh! my goodness Connie!" he said.  "I wondered where you had got to."

So Papa got one of his strange tools that is designed to cut very high branches that you can't reach.

While he was doing that, I was using the secateurs to cut off the lemons.  The reason for cutting the lemons off the tree is that the tree is starting to blossom in readiness for next year's fruit and 'the book' says that now is the time to take off the lemons.  I just hate doing this as, as you can see, there are trillions of them and in a few weeks, we'll be having to buy them from the supermarket.


I've filled a glass bowl with them and this is sitting next to my kitchen sink.  Each time I fill the sink up to do a washing up, I slice up a lemon and squeeze the juice in and then throw the lemon in too.  This makes the washing up smell lovely and any grease just falls off the plates.



Some lemons for the neighbourhood.  The bucket's half empty today.



A few gin and tonics in this lot.

Love Nanxxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

LOG CABIN OR THURSDAY MORNING 9.31AM


Hello my lovelies!

I thought I would show you a couple of quilts off the Internet featuring the Log Cabin block.  Can you see how dark and light fabrics have been used here?  If you look back at my post from yesterday, you will see that I have done the same with my block.  When you see blocks put together, you can see the different effects they can make.

The amazing thing about this block, especially when dark and light fabrics are used is that you can make all sorts of designs.  Here's a different design using the same block.


and...


and again...


If you let your eyes drift on this last photograph, can you see the imperfect circle?

When next we meet, we are going to have fun when we pull out the cutting mat, the cutting wheel, the materials and the sewing machine.  Woo! hoo!

I took my first block to show the ladies at quilting yesterday.  They just loved it, especially Carol who loves all things blue.  I think my block has got her all inspired to make a Log Cabin quilt for herself.  She has suggested we get together and spend the day making Log Cabin blocks.  Another Woo! hoo!

Love Nanxx  PS  Auntie Emma and Fergus have been most unwell.  I spoke to Auntie Emma this morning and she has just about lost her voice.  She and Fergus are going to the Doctor today and will perhaps catch the bus up the hill and spend some time sitting in the sun on our side verandah.  Sounds like a good plan.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

CLEANING AND QUILTING OR WEDNESDAY MORNING 10.55AM



Hello my lovelies

Well, yesterday was the day!  What day you may ask?  The day to CLEAN THE OVEN, my most dreaded task in the house.

This is the first time I have cleaned it since we moved here three and a half years ago, so well overdue.  

First of all, I went on to the Internet to see what I needed to do to clean the inside of the oven door.  Lots of information using bi-carbonate of soda which sounds quite scientific but ultimately proved to be quite pantryish and saw me finally grabbing the Brillo pad and getting into it regardless of whether I would scratch the glass or not.  So long as it's clean, I'm happy.

Anyway scrubbing away, I noticed that some of the gunk wasn't coming off and after calling for Papa's help discovered that the door consisted of three, yes THREE panes of glass.  As if one pane wasn't bad enough.  Papa took the door to bits and I carefully got stuck into each pane one by one.



Then it was taking the inside apart and spraying the shelves in the garage just in case the dogs decided to roll all over them once they were sprayed with the ACID.

After the acid stage, I decided it was time for a cuppa and a wee read of my book.  I went out to the side verandah and promptly fell asleep, waking up with a start and wondering where I was!

After lunch, I brought the rails up into the laundry, grabbed a new Brillo pad and scrubbed the rails until they were dazzlingly shiny.  

It is now a new day and I haven't had the strength or the burning desire to put the lot all back together again.  Papa very half-heartedly picked up one of the side pieces this morning and then put it back down and said, "I'll look at it all when I get back from U3A."



I have quilting today up at Kerrie's.  After breakfast I decided to cut up some more strips for my NEW project. 



 I've decided to make my first ever log cabin quilt which is a very old quilting design.  The centre piece is usually red and is supposed to represent the fireplace in the log cabin and the pieces of material that go around the red piece represent the walls of the log cabin.  

I now have two baskets filled with strips.  One with blue strips and the other with lighter strips.



And here is the first block.  I'm really quite pleased with myself.  I think this may be something I'm quite good at.


I think my fire has gone oot!

Love Nanxxx


Monday, 7 August 2017

ASSEMBLED FOR A WEDDING


What a gorgeous photograph!  And...the dresses!  What can I say!  They are all just stunning.  

I've been enlarging the photograph as large as I can make it and have been carefully examining every bit of the dresses. I love the tulle on Mummy's dress.  

Freya, Papa said that your dress was one of Mummy's.  Can't believe it!  It seems only yesterday you were a wee bubba.

And you Liliane!  What a gorgeous dress!  I just love all the pin-tucking in the bodice.  And the socks and shoes just set the whole thing off.  

The four of you all look wonderful and just looking closely, I realize that you are all matched up colour-wise.

Would love to see a couple of photographs of the wedding.  I remember you did the bride-to-be's hair one afternoon in her garden and covered it all in daisies.

Love Nanxxx

A WINTER HEATWAVE AND WONDERING WHERE YOU ALL ARE

Hello my lovelies As you can see from the title of this post, we are going to have a very hot week for this time of the year.  If y...