Thursday, November 14, 2013

mid November musings....

....I have had a lovely week, a dear friend came down from Auckland and stayed and we had lots of chat and catching up.

"To know someone here or there
with whom you can
feel there is understanding in
spite of distances
or thoughts unexpressed
that can make this
life a garden."



Sweet William

Yesterday another friend came and we spent the day together, a little looking through books, some stitching and a little shopping, a walk around the garden , a posy swap .... a perfect day.

posy from a friend....cute little bird popped in.

"If instead of a gem,
or even a flower, we
should cast the 
gift of a loving thought
the heart 
of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give."

(G MacDonald

I believe a lot of my friends are ANGELS....

As we were having a day together I made some of my favourite muffins, Lemon Crunch Muffins, very quick and   tasty and also quite ladylike!


2 cups self raising flour
three quarters a cup of sugar

put these ingreds in a bowl

in another bowl combine,

75 gr melted butter 1 cup of milk
1 egg
grated rind of 1 large lemon

lightly mix wet and dry ingreds put into muffin tins
bake at 200deg c for 10 mins

while hot and still in tins drizzle over

a quarter cup lemon juice and a quarter of a cup of sugar.

....these muffins keep really well.

Serve on a pretty plate, with lots of laughter, a cup of earl grey tea and happy chat! and a little vase of flowers .....
I was so excited to see my friend forgot to do the photo with all of the above !!!

There has been some crafting this week too, I knitted up a bath mat from a thrifted duvet cover, I do love making these.

and so nice to stand on...especially barefoot...

or in soft red shoes!!

....and another little hat... I really have to stop!!

When shopping at A Little Bird Told Me (she is on facebook)

my friend gave my friend and I some old music and some little old battered much used hymn books, so delightful, it will be fun doing something with them..

the music will be good for cards etc and the wee books will look lovely tied with string maybe and gracing a little table....

...nice at Christmas.

Behind the leaves beside the path.... a hidden nest, more eggs were laid and some little thrushes hatched...


..I watch the mother from the kitchen window and she is so busy.

A lot of my |Viburnums are flowering ..this is a very lacy one....

... I love this antiqued one...its blush of pink and almost tarnished looking foliage looks beautiful in silver containers and just as it is ... the garden.

This shy camellia was hiding away but too pretty not to be noticed.

Another visiting friend who makes the tiniest most exquisite tussie mussies gifted this little sweetie to me this week... lucky am I!

 I have cut out and got ready to stitch up the Beatrix Potter quilt tops, will go and get on with that in a very soon moment!!!  it is sunny and warm and I have the french doors open, I can hear the fountain, the birds are singing , the donkeys call out every so often, there is a gentle breeze blowing the washing ... there is a faint hint of roses and lavender in the air...a simply simple and lovely day.

have a happy week.



  1. Hi Margarita, thanks for your comment, hope you have had a lovely week too.