Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Two Plus One

It would be just Amanda and I until lunchtime, when Chris would be with us after her course had finished.  Caroline will be teaching until the end of tern, so will not be with us on Tuesdays until the summer holidays.  Alison was hoping to be with us, but had to travel to Scotland to be with her Mum who had a fall last week.  We all hope your Mum makes a speedy recovery.

It was very hot today, Amanda and I sat outside on our deck under the umbrella, having the first cup of tea of the day, together with Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip muffins.  (Again from the Susan Reimer book).  There had been a rebellion in our house, over the which flavour of muffins there would be this week. "We never get Chocolate Chip muffins anymore"  was the cry!!

With the French Doors wide open and with our second cup of tea, we settled down to do some sewing.  Amanda was hand stitching a wool felt candle mat, that she had for her birthday. 

I was paper piecing Christmas Trees (yes I know it's a bit early for Christmas), using a range of fabric called Jovial by Basic Grey from Moda Fabrics.  This is a sample quilt for Needle and Thread, to be taken to the Festival of Quilts (11 - 14 August, NEC Birmingham).

Chris arrived for lunch and as it was still hot, we eat outside, today we had BBQ Chicken, (sauce from Delia Smith's book The Complete Cookery Course),  salad and new potatoes, with meringue, summer fruits and fromage frais for dessert.

After lunch Amanda and I continued with our sewing and Chris cut out more of her Farmers' Wife blocks.  With our afternoon tea we had a Banana and Walnut loaf also from the Delia Smith Complete Cookery Course.

By mid afternoon the skies had clouded over and it was raining when Amanda and Chris left for home.
And for its back to the Christmas trees.

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