I've been busy in my den whipping up all manner of pretty and fragrant lavender sacks for a lady starting up a new business. Exciting stuff indeed.
There have also been changes in the garden. The lawn is looking decidedly brown but the raspberries are looking very red!
They are a yummy topping on my cereal of a morning.
Aside from the days, it's been a relief for the evening to come, bringing with it slightly cooler temperatures than the 31 degree heat we are experiencing here in the capital during the day. It's wonderful to be able to spend the evenings outdoors. A proper Summer.
A bit of Lola Lamour singing '40's tunes on the iPod...
A bit of home grown mint on the Jersey Royals...
A bit of bunting and plenty of flaming torches and hanging lanterns (but the beasties still seem to find me irresistibly delicious!)...
And of course, my very own bbq chef...
Ah yes, lazy Summer evenings are made of such things; along with chilled rose wine and a good mag, of course!
This month's BBC Homes & Antiques mag is an excellent, vintage-themed read and I particularly enjoyed this feature on the 1940's weekend at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which you may recall we attended last year.
I think the heat must have got to my brain as I was seized by a desire to finish the patchwork quilt I started oodles ago. The quilt top has been finished for a while but I've been trying to psyche myself up to assemble the quilt "sandwich" and get on with the actual quilting. I love piecing the quilt tops but the rest is done by reason of necessity.
You see handling this 82" square quilt in this sort of heat is no mean feat. It has a nice woolly batting layer and I used a thick home decor weight backing as I intend to use this quilt mainly as a picnic blanket so I wanted it to be good and sturdy. It weighs a ton!
Getting it through the machine takes quite some work, aided by propping the quilt across a stool next to me. I had forgotten how much I like this quilt top though, it's so bright and fun and contains lots of pretty fabrics, a mix of modern and vintage, some bought, some thrifted, some old clothing, some gifts from my sister and my lovely customer Louise.
I wanted us all to be able to stretch out in comfort on this picnic blanket come quilty thingy. I was so disappointed by the size of the Cath K picnic blanket I bought last year that I was determined this would be a monster! As I fed it through my machine to quilt it, it was snaking out through the open window!
Ah, a helper?
Of course, Jacky Ginger is no help at all but the Muchkin proves to be surprisingly handy at getting down and taking out all 400 pins from the quilt sandwich once it had been quilted. He is closer to the ground, after all! In true child-style, he declared "This is FUN!" Give children all the toys in the world and they'll find something else, something free or strange, that they prefer infinitely more!
The guest room is resembling a (rather nice) junk shop, I have to push all the furniture to the edges to get enough space to lie the quilt out to make the sandwich. The Munchkin gets a bit distracted by the light fitting! Oi, back to work!
That done, he seems to be in an arty and crafty mood and keeps coming into the den to ask what animals he can draw for me. He then presents me with a veritable masterpiece!
Next, he decides he's going to design some "vintage style packaging" (his words!)
And finally, this afternoon I keep him out of mischief by providing him with a box of freezer labels...
Further proof that I've lost my marbles is that I spend the late afternoon dabbling in a bit of raspberry alchemy. There's nothing like standing over a boiling hot pan of bubbling jam in this heat!
What a team we make: we pick the raspberries in the garden together, I make the jam, the Munchkin designs the labels!
Have a wonderful weekend!