Saturday, 22 September 2012

Where there's a will...


We planned to go to a country fair this afternoon, but got there and found we'd misread the website info, and it was actually tomorrow. Doh! So instead of a wasted journey, we decided to go for a walk along the River Wey, which is always a fun thing to do. There were so few people today, and the weather was fabulous. My eldest is on her DofE this weekend, so we were one short, but it was good to think we were doing a little walk while she was doing her major one. :)

Anyway, the hedgerows were so full of blackberries. I used to love autumn blackberry-ing, but there's not been a good crop near us for some time. Not in Sept/Oct that is. And because we'd planned to go to a show, we didn't have a bag, or anything on us. I certainly didn't want to go home without. So, we improvised. We wove a bracken basket...

It doesn't look much, but honestly, it is a woven bracket basket. I love bracken, having spent many hours falling into bracken as a child (sad?!)... but the littleuns began to accept bracken could be very comfy to lie in. Didn't it used to be used for beds? I think my lovely friend over at Dancing on a blade of grass could help on that - I'm often awed by her knowledge and skills of detection.

We also tried weaving rushes, but it was taking a lot longer to make a basket.

But the bracken worked a treat. I got my blackberries...

We also saw this lovely site on the way back:

which I think I'd love to do one day. It looked very peaceful, with no noisy engine.

As for the blackberries, we added them to the last four apples from the tree in our garden, and they are cooking up ready for a blackberry and apple pie.

Yummy. Surely one of the nicest pies ever and always fab with hedgerow berries. Free and improvised afternoons are often the best of family days, methinks.

Friday, 21 September 2012

What a sewing bargain!

I popped into Lidl last night - it's a little out of my way, so it's not a frequent stop, but I was passing. I was so thrilled to see this selection of sewing threads - 28 bobbins and matching reels (plus a bit more) for £3.49! I bought three metal bobbins recently and the cheapest I found were 18 p each. So a true bargain. It's also lovely to have them pre loaded.
If you have a local Lidl and love sewing, it's worth popping in this week.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

The mess in the kitchen - am I alone?

Well, I decided it was time to do some major sorting out and chucking out in the kitchen. With a busy family life, I'm a little embarrassed to admit I don't always stay on top of my kitchen cupboards. I couldn't possibly show you one of my cupboards full, but this was halfway through pulling everything out. At this point I begun to wonder if other people have this problem, or if we're just not very good at controlling what we buy (and we try!). I found this...

...we don't use gelatine very often, but most people have a packet hidden away, don't they? But then I found these:

...and of course everybody also needs leaf gelatine, don't they?!

I also discovered some empty packets. Now, empty packets of sweets, I can blame on the children, but who would have put this BACK IN THE CUPBOARD?!!!!! Completely empty... and it wasn't alone.

And even I was surprised to find this in the back of one of the cupboards. Why on earth did I think I should carry a packet of Gofio back from Europe (and this was from a few years back as well!), and what is it still doing in the cupboard? I don't even know what I'd do with Gofio!

Another curiosity. Why have we essence of rose water. What would I use it for? One 'helpful' suggestion was turkish delight?! I hate turkish delight.
I have no idea how it crept into my cupboards.

Does anyone else discover unexplained gems like all these or am I just hopeless when it comes to controlling my kitchen cupboards?

And this is also annoying - why was this put back? It has nothing left, and has sat there for goodness how long.

So, I'm halfway through. I wish I'd tackled the cupboards more regularly. I don't feel very domestic goddess-y! In fact, it's left me feel pretty hopeless. :(

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Going incognito...

Strange thing was, nobody gave us a second glance! :)