Possibly my favourite was a creation of Theo's in the river. Not purely because of the end result, but also because there had just been a bit of a spat between the children on whose turn it was to be in our little dinghy, and Theo had basically stomped off in a slight sulk. After a few minutes brooding and muttering about the unfairness of being one of four children, he started moving stones around and arranging them. Very quickly he became engrossed in what he was doing.
And by the time he'd finished, he'd forgotten about how unfair life was.
As well as Theo's creation, the girls and I have played around with leaves a few times. These 'spotty' leaves caught our eye on one outing.
And another time there were some beautiful fallen leaves, with gorgeous colours already. We strung these together very simply with some nearby large gorse thorns, and then hung them from a tree.
I say 'simply' but it didn't feel all that easy at the time, gorse thorns aren't the easiest things to work with, but then it didn't help that I'd just been swimming in a contender for chilliest river I've ever been in, and my hands were shaking with the cold!
But it was quite addictive taking photos of it as the sunlight caught it.
And I'd like to think that, with all our Land Art efforts, maybe other people passed that way and spotted them and enjoyed the sight.
2) We're enjoying quite a few windfall cooking apples at the moment. If you're the same and are looking for alternatives to apple pie or apple crumble, this pudding is very popular round here.
Baked Apple and Almond Pudding
1lb cooking apples, peeled and sliced
2oz brown sugar
4oz ground almonds
4oz caster sugar
2 large eggs
Place the apples in a saucepan with the brown sugar and 1 tbsp water, simmer gently until soft, and then arrange them in the bottom of a prepared pie dish.
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and then beat in the eggs a little at a time with the almonds. Then spread this mix over the apples and bake for approx 1 hour at 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4/ 350F.
|Very good with custard!|
3) The garden is a lovely place to be right now.
Our beans are still flourishing and providing lots of munching opportunities.
|Spot the tiny carrot too!|
We're still waiting for our first sweetcorn, but they're getting so, so close! Perhaps this weekend.
A few green ones, both large and small.
And lots of yellow ones:
These all get inspected on a daily basis to see how much they've grown!
Cucumbers are carrying on producing nicely but my tomatoes are still a worry. I have lots and lots of green ones, and they've been green for weeks. I think they've desperately needed more sunshine. I've been incredibly brutal in stripping off any shoots with no fruit at the start of this week, and we're actually having the sunniest week for a long time this week so I'm still hopeful. I like my tomatoes red not green!
And this week I've also been busy clearing out the potato/broad bean/onion part of the veggie patch.
Bit more work to be done but there's another raised bed well under way.
4) So many photos from the last couple of weeks that I could include here. But here was a very special day. The boys were off elsewhere so it was just the girls, my Dad and I. After an afternoon's swim and play at the beach, we headed off for fish and chips and some crabbing as the tide came in high.
|A feisty crab!|
|The light was really magical.|
It was just beautiful.
And my photos don't really do it justice.
Very much an evening to remember.
5) More fish sewing is going on again.
Including some scrappy patchwork fish. I had quite a few, thin strips of fabric, mostly from Maria's quilt, too thin to use in standard patchwork.
I just sewed these down on to a thin scrap of cotton, overlapping them slightly, raw edges exposed.
And then cut out my fish shapes from this fabric.
But if you have long, thin scraps like this (or maybe discarded selvage strips), then they'd work in this way for lots of things, not just fish. I've cut simple tree shapes, birds and hearts in this way before, either to then sew down on to something else, or to use as they are, perhaps in a garland. (If you want to do this then use a thicker backing fabric, rather than thin cotton, or possibly a layer of wadding too, and then just sew around the cut out shape a few times to secure it.) It's something quick and easy and yet strangely satisfying too.
As well as the fish, a giant squid has also appeared...