Saturday, June 23, 2012

almost there

I am so pleased with myself!!  have been very industrious and hardworking..achieving sampler goals! and its almost finished...I ran out of cotton for the last of the strawberries, will pick some up in town tomorrow...not many stitches left to do!

We had a trip 'home' to the Taieri this week, the man of the house had a shoulder operation.  He is feeling really good and relatively pain free! great!
One of the things I have missed the most since moving here to Southland is the view of the Maungatua's a range of big hills at the end of the Taieri Plains  that were always changing. cloud coming in, snow on the tops, the colours etc, the first glimpse of them always gives me a funny feeling in my chest.

clouds rolling in

We had the whole day free before the anaesthetists  appointment so first stop was Caversham where one of my favourite second hand shops is.  Bills Antiques.  The last couple of trips to Dunedin I had looked at a picture in his window...this time it came home with me.  I love her, she is a Pears Soap print and I think there is a real bohemian, gypsy feel to the print.

She needs a new frame I think.

Next stop the south end of Princess Street in Dunedin itself.  Strolled over to a second hand shop a few steps up Carroll St..... and in the window a book I have tried to obtain for years, I first fell in love with this book when I got it out of the library, and got it out of the library, and got it out of the library...if you know what I mean! Then I put my name down with them in case they should ever want to withdraw it....and there it was, not priced as yet. Should have saved hopping up and down small squeaking excited behaviour until it had been, but at $12 its still a snip!! 

...turning out to be a very good day indeed!

Over the road to Halfpenny 's  and a dear wee Carlton Foxglove set for a very reasonable sum, no chips and even the little mustard spoon, I have a small collection of this Carlton ware that comes out in the spring, it looks so fresh and I adore Foxgloves.

...turning out to be a very very good day in fact!

Almost next door to this shop was another and the name has slipped my mind, in the enticing window this pretty tapestry cushion...perfect for adding some colour and warmth to the spare bedroom.

...wonderful day!
It makes going to work so worth while to have a wee shopping expedition like this !!!!   ( note to self: remember this tomorrow morning early, in the frost and dark and cold shop!!! lol)

I had time early in the week to try out some new  craft supplies.  It is a 2 pot resin I had sent away for and some moulds.  I love them but I haven't  quite perfected the method yet, think it might take more mixing at the pre-pouring stage.  Its quick though, no lengthy unpicking required if a mistake is made. It turns out looking like Ivory and the detail is incredible.  I think they will be lovely attached to cards and parcels, they will be lovely made into jewelry too.

A few more hours in every day and a couple more days in the week would be most helpful for getting time to do more crafting.

To cheer up the convalescent  a large pot of vege soup has been on the simmer, and some of his favourite home made savouries.
These are really tasty and very quick to make, especially if you cheat a bit like I do and buy the pre-rolled pastry.  They are great for using up leftovers too.

Pinwheel Savouries

in a bowl beat an egg, add finely chopped onion, bacon, grated cheese, mashed potatoe, left over peas, carrots, corn, etc, ( you can add red peppers, mushrooms, anything really that you like)

salt and pepper to taste.

Unroll the pastry and stretch it out a bit, spread with the filling mix. Roll up width ways to make a long sausage, then cut into slices, put onto a greased baking tray or onto a tray with baking paper, and cook until golden at about 200 deg C

These freeze really well too and are a good standby to have in the freezer.


NB cool slightly on a cake rack when you take them out of the oven to avoid soggy bottoms!

This week promises to be good, a painter is coming to  paint the bathroom, the thought of being tidy and having everthing back in its place hopefully by next weekend is such a cheery thought.

early morning bird gossips!
pretty sky this morning.

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