Wednesday, 1 October 2014

This, that and other things!

Life, work and house hunting have been getting in the way of my creative pursuits these last couple of weeks. I really didn't manage to squeeze in much sewing at all. What little I did achieve is secret stuff, so I've compiled a few non stitchy photos from the last week, just to prove I am still here.
The other day I noticed a lovely smell as I wandered out to the garage to get garden tools.
I'm so pleased I decided to leave those familiar looking leaves!
 The thing with gaining someone else's garden, is you just don't know what is there.
I was sure the leaves would become something nice, I just couldn't put my finger on what.
The smell gave it away, hiding amid the fern and the parsley, I found freesias.
I've been spending quite a bit of time in the garden. The warmer weather means more weeds. I also planted some spuds! I didn't go out and get seed potatoes, these were some that had sprouted in the pantry. I figured I would put them into the ground and see what happens. They may or may not grow. Either way I'm not fussed. Tony thinks it's not worth putting in any veggies this year as he is hoping we will not be here to benefit from them.
More about that later.
I'm still enjoying baking at least once a week. Today is the day!! But not until I scoot out for more eggs!
Do you remember I asked about nut roll tins?
Well I found some and I baked with them.
 The recipe I found says to use two tins and only to half fill them.
 I did think to line the sides, but not the end! The cake was stuck in the end, but thats ok, I managed to get it out and know for next time. Oh yes, there will be a next time. This date and walnut roll was YUM!
 They didn't last long enough!
About an hours drive South of Timaru is a town called Oamaru.
There is a fantastic fabric shop there! But alas, we were there on Sunday.
How ever, Steampunk HQ was open.
What an amazing place.  There are more photos, but I'll save those, maybe I'll need them another time.
It wasn't until after we hit the road, that I remembered that Shirley is now living in Oamaru! Next time we head South, we will get in touch first. :-)
Shirley and I met a few years ago, when she was on her grand tour. She visited the Isle of Man and stayed with us for a few nights. It will be good to catch up with her again.
I was hoping to be able to spend time sewing this week, but that just hasn't happened. I've had appointments and things to do, along with an extra shift at work, helping out when a colleague was taken ill. I have also been catching up on the housework that didn't get done last week, when Tony was home ill. Apparently housework makes a noise! LOL
Maybe today, after I bake I'll be able to settle and sew for a while.
We have been looking at houses, hoping to find the right one to be our forever home. There have been some that he likes, but I don't. And there are some that I like, but he doesn't. And there were a few that we both looked into and said no!
Tonight, when Tony gets home we are off to view another place. I like the look of it, from the outside and the agents photos. I get the feeling Tony is lining me up for a no. 
Til next time. :-)


Diane-crewe said...

sometimes life just is at the FRONT of what we are doing xx sewing etc. is always there when we come back and have time to get to it xx I DI hope you manage to find a house that is "right" for both of you .. and that you can make into your home xx Good luck x

Janice said...

Aren't freesias beautiful. Something I don't have here but Mum has some lovely ones. It sounds like you had a fun explore. Those date and nut rolls do look yummy. Another recipe for the book. Good luck with the house hunting and I do hope you find some time for stitching.

QuiltSue said...

I love freesias and have tried to grow them a few times, but I never have any success with them. i hope you find your forever home soon.