Friday, 31 October 2008

Spooky Happenings In The Neighbourhood

Reports have been received of some strange sightings in the neighbourhood. Although the Witching Hour is still a few hours away; there seems to be some signs of early activity and a few accidents.

A walk around the neighbourhood this afternoon revealed the House of Blood, complete with bandaged Mummy on the roof! I thought that the door dripping in blood was a nice touch.

And a few unexpected surprises lurking in the driveway for unsuspecting "Trick or Treaters" who are bound to have more than a fright if they use this path to reach the front door.

Giant spiders, cobwebs and skeletons adorn many a doorway complete with pumpkins galore.

Captain Sparrow seems to have come to a sticky end ~ can you see him strung up above the door? The Grim Reaper is also waiting in this garden.

The usual casualties include one or two witches that met with unfortunate accidents when colliding with telegraph poles.

It might be safer if they made this a No Fly Zone!

And always remember: Don't Drink And Fly!

Happy Hallowe'en!

Monday, 27 October 2008

Santa's Little Workshop

An e-mail conversation with Julia of Primrose Corner finally got me motivated into sewing again. It is not that I don't enjoy sewing, but other jobs always seem to get in the way. I've had this huge piece of fabric tucked away at the back of the closet for about 18 months. I found it at a flea market and I thought that it would be perfect for the smaller members of my (extended) family.

The problem is that I couldn't seem to find the time to sit down and get started and if I left it much longer, the older nephews and niece would have outgrown the design.

On Friday, I thought it was time to get started and I managed to cut out the first of four aprons. I used the basic template idea from here and adapted it to fit the various ages by searching the internet for a size guide. A huge thank you to Tracy for her help searching the internet for patterns, or I would never have started!

The thing I like about this pattern is that the apron is double thickness, so all the seams and raw edges are hidden and it looks very professional. Perfect for those budding cooks when they are in the kitchen helping Mummy and/or Daddy.

Needless to say, my plan of spending the entire day sewing did not work out and I was soon interrupted, but I did manage to complete four aprons by last night. I now have four drawstring bags cut out and I'm hoping to get them finished today before I go back on night shift tomorrow.

I know that it seems a little early to be speaking of Christmas but the last mailing date for surface mail to Europe is today! Yes, the best laid plans of being organized have bitten the dust again...

The rest of the week will be spent trying to get some much-needed sleep until next weekend when I may be able to get back to my sewing. Wishing you all a good week.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Seeds of Love

I am really late baking my Christmas cake this year. Last year, I was so organized that I had it baked before the end of September, but this year I bought most of the ingredients weeks ago, but just didn't have time to do anything with them.

I like to make my cake in plenty of time to allow it time to mature. I believe that fruit cake just gets better with age, especially when helped along with liberal doses of brandy!

There is something very reassuring about the ritual of soaking the fruit the night before, then measuring out and mixing the other ingredients and the spices together. How can thoughts not turn to Christmas when the air is filled with the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves?

The long, slow baking of a fruit cake with the anticipation of the pleasure to come ~ it is like sowing seeds of love.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Support Cancer Research

I received a package from Jane at Snapdragon last week. I had ordered her Red Rose Corsage in support of Cancer Research. Jane is making these delightful roses and donating 100% of the sale to charity. What more stylish way to support such a worthy cause?

On a personal note, I had hoped to catch up with blogging and commenting, but I got a virus at the end of last week. As those of you who read my other blog will know, I am working night shifts and feeling totally exhausted the whole time.

Yesterday, we went out to see the fall colours only to discover that it must have been windy during the week as almost all of the leaves were down, so no photos to show you.

Today, I am desperately trying to catch up with the housework and laundry, whilst feeling more like hiding away in bed ~ if only it had any sheets on it!

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Shades of Orange

It has been a blustery autumn day, even though it is not cold. When out walking this morning, I found myself crunching through the falling leaves and admiring the changing colours. It is interesting that predictions were for a magnificent display of fall colours after a wet summer, but many of the leaves have shrivelled and fallen off without changing to those magnificent shades of red, orange or gold.

It was also the first time that I have seen a garden decorated for Hallowe'en, complete with gravestones and bones. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me at the time, but I will try to get some photographs soon.

A visit to Heidi's blog, in which she posts about Hallowe'en started me thinking about putting up a few decorative touches. I don't have many decorations ~ just the Hallowe'en scene which I featured last year and a few Hallowe'en lights. It does make for a nice cosy glow in the living room.

Monday, 13 October 2008


Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada: a time to reflect on life's many blessings and to give thanks for the harvest.

It is a glorious day with beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures of 24 C. An afternoon walk offered an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the changing colours of autumn. The colours have not changed significantly here in the city, but this shrub was certainly putting on a magnificent display.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers.