Friday, 21 August 2015

Hotch potch

It's been a funny old summer hols.  My girls have outgrown school holidays:  Natalie has finished uni and is now three weeks into her new job at a local hospital, wearing her NHS physiotherapy uniform with pride; Alice has a summer job until she goes back to uni in September. 

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We had a lovely afternoon at Scotney Castle a little while ago.  The old moated castle, now a ruin, is the most peaceful of places.

The gardens are beautiful too and I love the reflection created by the boat house in the lake.

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West Dean gardens are amazing and we've always loved the West Dean Chilli Fiesta and go whenever we can.  This year was their 20th year:  we were there for their first when Natalie was almost three and Alice only a few months old, which makes me feel a little ancient!  

Love the Friar's Hat (top right).  We came home with some hot chilli and garlic sauce (probably terribly anti-social!) and some chilli chocolate fudge.  

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Having picked about 25lbs of cherries from our rented cherry tree in July, it was a challenge to use them all, but we managed!  I decided to give cherry and vanilla ice cream a go this year:  I haven't got an ice cream maker so it involved going back to the freezer every 30 mins for a few hours to give it a good beating, but it worked and is delicious. 

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I've written my first pattern.  I decided to start small so I went with the little bobble-edged coasters that I made recently.  If anyone fancies giving it a go and has any problems, please let me know so I can iron them out - you can find the pattern here

The bobble challenge continues:  this has been unravelled several times, but I'm determined to get it right.  

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We're off to the Lake District at the weekend; hopefully we won't get too wet but the forecast for next week is not looking good!  Hey ho, change is as good as a rest and all four of us are going, which is lovely.  

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x