Harvesting herbs for winter.

This year, for the first time in several, I have had time to gather some herbs for the freezer.

Here’s a big bowl of herbs ready for sorting.

And here they are sorted.  The lids are from pots I have used in previous years, although not recently.

And here are the stalks, the leaves which weren’t good enough, and a few dandelions.

The herb bed has been particularly good this year, and I have really enjoyed using it.  I even took a bag of herbs with me on holiday, which livened up what is usually very plain cooking when we’re away.

Here’s one I made earlier.

After deliberating for a long time about opening the church sanctuary for private prayer, once we had agreed, we wanted to go ahead quickly and didn’t have time to get a poster printed. I agreed to make one; I am pleased with how it turned out, and there is something very satisfying about doing something you enjoy, but for someone else!

Then again, sometimes it’s good to create things only for your own amusement. Here’s a sketch of the windmill we saw on holiday.  Usually I end up sketching boring landscapes…

The sorting bug spreads

I knew the dining room cupboards needed sorting out.  Some of them contain overflow from the kitchen, and buying a new wok triggered a sort out of some of the kitchen cupboards.  Furthermore, we looked at old photos of the dining room and realised it had not always been this cluttered!

So I emptied the cupboards on to the table…

Reminds me of the photo we took of our wedding presents!

Some of it went to the bin, some to be re-homed, some to the loft, and the result…

Of course, the fireplace is gone, the wallpaper is different, and the pile of games is “new”.

You may recognise the little dancing girl from the 1980’s photo.

First meal out in a while

Phil and I decided to try out the new restaurant in Orpington.  Called GPO, it is in the building where the Post Office used to be.  We had a good lunch, very tasty burgers.  It was a bit echo-y for old fogies like us, but the staff were very helpful and friendly, and the space has been well laid out.

The Stays are finished!

The last phase of making the stays was the eyelets for the lacing, for the shoulder straps and back fastening.  I was pleased to find that my small hole punch went through the layers of fabric and interfacing.  Stitching them was strangely therapeutic!

So, they are now done.  I will have to make another chemise to go under them.  Black t-shirt definitely not authentic!  Although they look baggy on the dummy, they are fine on me since I am rather fuller of figure…

How one thing can lead to another…

Phil’s bath towels were getting threadbare, so I bought some new ones.

So then, what to do with the old ones?  Well, they can go in with the pet stuff.  Which triggered a sort out of the doggie box, with help from Rocco…

… which, in turn, triggered a sort out of the outside storage box, and the crates of games stuff from the garage.

Very satisfying!

A different kind of Guiding weekend

This weekend, there were two different Guiding events on-line; SammyLand2020, an on-line festival organised by Chislehurst Division, and the GLK Picnic at Home, organised by the County.

To begin the festival, I made a flower crown.  It was too small for me, so I put it on Jingle Bear.  He also then had to have a wristband!  And I thought he should wear a necker for good measure.

One of the activities was making a “peg portrait”.  So here is his:

There were various other videos to watch and join in with over the weekend, and on Sunday Phil’s mother came round for afternoon tea as our picnic, and I continued the creative theme of the weekend by making scones and jam.

 

More creativity

Last week, a set of extra large crochet hooks arrived.  The plan is to use them to make rugs, but that will have to wait while I finish off some other stuff.  The bracelet I’m wearing in the picture was an old Guiding one which I adapted by using some embroidery to cover over the wording.

Meanwhile, using quite other techniques, I am preparing some resources for the children at church.  Buried treasure! After making some coins, they will fold some paper to make a “box” to put them in.

Then, a field to bury the box in!

 

Two different kinds of progress!

The regency stays I have been making are ready for the final fitting – this really will be the moment of truth!  If they are OK, I will add eyelets for the lacing.  If not – start again 🙁

The shoulder strap is a long way from the tab.  When I try it on myself, they might come closer, but if not, I’ll need a long lace!  I won’t be wearing them over a turquoise t-shirt, by the way, that’s just so they show up in the photo.

Most of the eyelets will be down the two sides of the back, where the stays will be laced.

Meanwhile, a cactus which I was convinced had died has flowered!  Here it is awake:

And here it is asleep!  Isn’t nature amazing?