Friday, 19 August 2016

Interesting tea spoons

Hi everyone

I had a lovely market browse while visiting friends in the lovely Shropshire town of Ludlow recently. I love browsing markets  & we were looking at various cutlery bits when I saw these.

They are fun with their royal / British symbols & I was happy to take them home

They will be brightening up my tea cups very soon ...

Would you use them for tea or coffee or does it not matter anymore?

Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to leave a comment,
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Crocheting a rose brooch ...

Hi everyone

Are you enjoying summer where you are? We have been promised a heatwave but it has yet to materialise.

However, I am loving my time off work to just catch up with friends & things for a change.

I recently showed you my tentative crocheting efforts following some beginner lessons. My late Mother & Grandmother could crochet & chat at the same time & they were always making something while muttering about my 'idle hands' ....

I am ambidextrous so I do some things with my right, some with my left hand & it so I skipped certain skills (knitting as it was easier to get my Mom to do it)

However, the lovely crochet tutors have been brilliant & have let us find the way that we are comfortable with ... my thread holding works for me is all I am saying.

I saw a workshop to learn to crochet a rose brooch & talked my friend Liane Pearl in to joining me at a local craft shop. It was intense to get the rhythm of the pattern .... 5 trebles ... 2 doubles ...  5... 2

Amazingly, it took on the shape & I was even impressed with how neat mine was - progress!

One leaf done & then time for a crochet button for the centre ....

Finishing them off & putting the backing pin on - fabulous achievement.

Oh yes - a great evening was had by all, a new pattern learnt & a lovely brooch too.

My lifelong learning aim continues this year ... I need to practise this while it is fresh in my mind because it is so effective!

I am sure I am not the only one learning new skills. Do you figure it out yourself or are you happy to enrol on a new course? Tell all & thank you for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment.

Dee ~♥~

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Streetlife time on the sideboard

HI everyone

I hope you are all enjoying Summer. It is the time I have my break (I am a tutor) so I get the opportunity to catch up on things that fall by the wayside with my busy schedule.

I have not changed my sideboard in a bit & so today I decided on my favourite Royal Stafford Streetlife china, designed by Petra Tilly.

It is a set my regulars will recognise it from breakfast posts with the family

It was collected for me by the daughters with pieces gifted over some time to make up a lovely set.

I love the drawings which reflect life so well  - keys, phone, socks ..... 

Ahem ... car washing ...

I love how cheerful the set is - fun & modern ...

Reading in the garden with a squirrel running about - my garden ...

The large platter is a favourite view with interesting snippets of life

Designed by Petra Tilly who is well known for unusual designs ..

An uplifting collection that is meant to be enjoyed ...

This cluster reflects the dilemma of the Olympic coverage - TV vs vacuuming / work or is multitasking best?

Fresh & fun - I will use it when it is out on the sideboard - this set is an indulgence that is fun ...

Do you have a favourite set? Which image above is your favourite?
Dee ~♥~

Friday, 12 August 2016

Come Vizslas .... and Tuppence

Hi everyone

I am always an early riser - I love the stillness of early mornings, I find the quiet & peace very calming;  in Castle 'La Bergelière' France, I would go quietly downstairs to be greeted by excited dogs in their runs in the kitchen.

The dogs had heard my footsteps on the many stairs down to the kitchen ...

I would pop on the kettle, make some tea then take the 3 excitable dogs for an hour long walk / run / play in the chateau gardens while everyone snoozed on.

Vizsla Apollo & Aura adopted Ms M's Cavachon Tuppence as one of their own - see A Wondering Star's account of Tuppence 

Each morning I would greet them with 'Come Vizsla's' & Tuppence would trot along beside them, part of the Vizsla pack but stay to the side during their energetic ball fetching times ...

The Chateau provided such great space for the dogs to have long runs, safely off lead as I was confident that they would respond to commands if need be.The energetic Vizslas enjoying the morning time too ...


The bells of the adjoining church at La Flocelliere would rouse the others & they would wander down to join us in the garden


Castle 'La Bergelière' in La Flocelliere,  France A wonderful setting for a family getaway with space for well behaved dogs too ...

The lovely chateau with its extended gardens was a perfect spot, especially for a large group & some energetic dogs ...
Dee ~♥~

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Grapefruit - a spoon or a knife?

Hi everyone

I love unusual cutlery & while browsing a cutlery stall in the lovely Ludlow market with a friend this week,  we saw a serrated knife & both speculated on its use.

The helpful stall owner came over & informed us that it was a grapefruit knife? 'Really?'was our surprised retort!

I use a elongated, serrated grapefruit spoon at home but he said the knife had replaced it  even though he is asked for the serrated spoons on a regular basis.

I bought the knife to see if it is an improvement on the spoons I use.  I bought some grapefruit from the nearby fruit stall so I could test them out - I know, I like to do such things!

This morning - test time ....

 My usual grapefruit spoon - easy to use & it gets right down, even if it has to be done in stages.

The serrated curved knifes is surprisingly quick & easy to use - much faster than the spoon ...

The spoon removed it right to the skin, the knife left some behind. However, I use the spoon regularly so this probably helped. However - the knife was much quicker to use ....

An interesting test - I think I will be using the knife a lot even though I was originally very sceptical about it. It is quicker but both do the same thing ....

Are you a grapefruit eater?  How do you peel yours?  Do you find strange cutlery interesting?

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read & comment
Dee ~♥~