Tuesday, 14 October 2008


Just a Quickie folks! Mostly pic's.
Yes! It must be Autumn! I felt the greatest urge to make soup today - with lots of root-y type veg and lentils and pearl barley. Its simmering away as I write this - I am just struggling with myself -would it be just too self indulgent to make some nice fluffy herby dumplings to put in it!
Tummys grumbling something awful!

Yesterday we had no electricity for 4 hours. There was a little man down the Lane fixing something. They did give us warning - so I had my trusty flask to hand. But of course it meant no washing, ironing etc - shame!!*
What could a girl do! I had to fill my time somehow! so I got out some stamper thingies I had bought myself, and played about making my Christmas cards and wrapping paper.

We don't make too much of Christmas here, but I always try to give my loved ones a little something nicely wrapped in some homespun effort of my own making! I am very much of the - its the time effort and thought - that's gone into a gift, rather than how much flashy people can afford to spend!
Maybe a am just too old fashioned - maybe my upbringing is now 'old hat' but I am not gonna change now - old dogs an all that!

I think this paper should look ok with some nice rustic twine/string/ribbon - or whatever I can find! Goin for the rustic look!
One or two finds from the Auction, and car boot sale on Sunday.
Some pretty jars to stand on my kitchen windowsill - I use then to store bits and bobs (paint brushes to dry and what not), and start plant cuttings off to root. I had to bid for 3 crates of milk bottles to get these, Hubby P's face was a picture! You've bought what! that sort of thing - but too late I already had them! A ha!
I thought the unwanted ones could just go in the recycling - but when we looked at them, they were/or had been someones collection of vintage milk bottles all dating from the 70/80's - with special promotions on them. Hubby's looking to see if he can sell them on Ebay - be a shame to throw them in the recycling if someone out there collects them.

Pretty New rug - don't look at the dirty cupboard where the dog as flopped down!

Two Salter scales - how many scales does a girl need!

Goinn for some soup now! Have a nice day xxxx


  1. the wrapping paper looks great!, what a good idea, I would never have thought of doing that, I make my own tags and last year made xmas gift bags from material and wire ribbon and I agree with making home-made pressies. The soup sounds yummy, can you post the recipie please? and for the dumplings as well?
    Josie x

  2. Your Christmas stuff looks lovely. I'm going souptastic at the moment in a bid not to waste the ton of tomatoes we're still producing and Grandma Twiggy is still producing and also in a bid not to waste veggies at the end of the week. Carrot and lovage is pretty good, potato and bacon too. Only problem is Mr Twigs makes homemade bread to go with it so we stuff ourselves :)
    Like your little jars and rug too!
    Twiggy x

  3. PS homemade pressies are the best, instead of buying a birtday pressie for My Father in Law I made him a birthday cake, he was made up :) Say hello to your boys from us all.
    Twigs x

  4. oh hope you enjoyed your soup!!
    The wrapping paper looks lovely and I do think home-made presents are the best!
    Love the jars.

  5. I like handmde wrappping paper and brown paper on its iwn. it looks more traditional to me. i am sure my Mum had a rectangluar rug a bit like yours when I was very small.

  6. I love your wrapping paper, really yum. Well done.

    Love and blessings


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