"With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam?While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage,And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home."*Beatrix Potter

Monday, 30 November 2015

Winter's Here

Autumn has now lost her bright colours,
bare boughs stand tall against the clear blue November skies.
This time of year is spent inside the cottage where books, knitting and fires are so tempting.
The quiet beauty of December awaits us, along with the joy and business of Christmas.
This is becoming a family favourite.
Ruth Motts boiled fruit cake.
I really recommend her Recipe Book which you can find second hand on line.

The twins have two new 1930's bow scarves.
I love this vintage pattern and it is quick & easy so I might be making a few more over the Winter months.
They chose the colours to match their Winter coats.

Mary & Kitty concentrating.
They love doing crafts, here they are making a wind chime & trinket box.
There were some sticky fingers & many beads on the floor.
I love having them at the table with me while I bake.

Last Sunday afternoon we took a walk over the village farm fields.
The sun was glorious.
Beautiful sunlight through the trees that line the farm lane.

The young wheat seedlings have been planted.
The fields look beautiful with a glow of fresh green.

Getting Sunday tea ready.

It's lovely what you find antiquing.
Mary has a new puzzle that is full of snow!!
She has been having lots of help from the family & is nearly finished.

Rocks Cakes.
This is a old recipe that we have used since we were married.
Put 8 ozs of self raising flour & 3 ozs of white sugar into a bowl.
Then rub in 3 ozs of butter.
To this add 3 ozs of currants or raisins & mixed spice if you wish.
Mix to a very stiff dough with one beaten egg & a drop of milk.
Place heaps of the mixture on to a grease baking tray & bake for 20 minutes at 425of.
Serve spread with butter & a cup of tea.
I finally finished the 1930's cardigan I was knitting.
It did take a while especially as I had to redo the sleeves.
I would like to make a bright felt 1940's flower brooch to go on it, I have some lovely patterns to do these.
Things are starting to look a little Christmasy.
There is always a lot to wrap.
The twins advent calender's for this December.
I have had these since Easter and was so pleased to find the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady calendar.

Thank you dear readers for all your kind comments.
I just love this time of year with all the excitement & joy it brings.
Keep warm
Fondly Michelle