Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year !


Monday, 21 December 2009

Final Countdown!!

Well, here we are!  The final few days before the Big One!! Like probably every household on the planet we are running around trying to get everything finished and sometimes it feels as though we're not achieving anything at all :-)

Last jobs are going to cut some holly and mistletoe and getting the outside tree decorated now the snow has gone !  Yes, it rained during the night and the Winter Wonderland has left us and though it makes things a lot easier getting out and about - it ain't nearly so pretty!!!!

So before things get any more hectic............

A little something from me to you



              Merry Christmas ! 

Nadolig Llawen   Nedeleg Laounen
Happy Holiday     Joyeux Noel

Saturday, 19 December 2009

White Christmas ?

 It all started yesterday like this

 Then came this....

 ...and this

 ...and this!

 This morning's view from the bedroom window......

  ...not a sparrow in sight !!

Don't think it's going to last until Christmas Day, but it certainly is a Winter Wonderland at the moment !!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A Little Sewing

 I've actually managed to find some time to hide away and get some sewing done and at last I've got a finish to show !

My Vintage New York Beauties from the book 'Radiant New York Beauties' by Valori Wells.  A fan of paper piecing I am not (!), but I'm glad I kept at it as the end result is worth all the frustration!

Like lots of quilters I've been collecting selvages, don't know why or what I thought I would do with them, but at least now I have something to collect them in (VBG!) A fun bag to make and too pretty to keep hidden away I think !

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Fall Quilt Swap

With everything that's been happening in the last few weeks,  I haven't mentioned the Quilting Bloggers   Fall Inspired mini quilt swap

Luckily this is one thing  I managed to get  finished and off to my partner Lynne  in the UK whilst it was still officially Autumn - but only just !  Unluckily  I forgot to take photos, so 'borrowed ' these from Lynne's blog

It's always difficult making for someone else, particularly when there are no guidelines as to preferences, but I think that Lynne is pleased with the little quilt !!  As I still had some of the lovely Cider Mill Road fabric, I though a basket of apples would be appropriate - the colours haven't come out as good as in really life unfortunately, but all in all it made a nice little quilt and one I found difficult to part with !

Thanks once again to Michele of Quilting Bloggers for organising the swap!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Picking Up The Pieces

Well, I can't believe that almost a whole month has gone since I blogged -and a very strange , unsettling month it's been too, but hopefully now all is behind me and I can settle down into a more normal life - or at least what passes for normal this time of the year!! Less than 3 weeks to Christmas - can you believe it ????

First up, thank you to everyone who sent messages after my last posting, they were very much appreciated and its always good to know that you are out there!
Secondly, a very belated 'Thank You' to Nannette , my partner in the recent Friendship Bag Swap, for the wonderful parcel that I eventually received!

Now, that comment is in no way a reflection on Nannette, but  would you believe that , courtesy of La Poste , the package crossed the Pond twice!!  I was just starting to wonder why I'd not received anything in this swap when Nannette contacted me to say that she had indeed posted it back in early October only to have it returned to her a month later !  Why this happened remains a mystery - it certainly reached France and was correctly addressed complete with post code.The local PO are adamant that it never reached them so how the word 'inconu' came to be written on it is very strange, but luckily the second word 'retour' at least got it back safely  to the US!!  I guess we'll never know what happened, but I am so glad that Nannette not only got in touch, but resent it and that it finally arrived safely -  I am sure you'll agree it was worth waiting for!!

Stuffed to the brim !!

 Looks good from the back doesn't it , but look at the front!

 Cute or what?

Lots & lots of goodies, how lucky am I ?????  Thank You once again Nannette for being more than generous!!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Taking a Break

I'll be taking a some weeks off from blogging as I have a bereavement and related family issues to deal with, but I will be back !

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

At last - a 'quiltie' post!!  My Blog seems to have changed from being sewing related  to a travelogue lately, but although I am sure you'd rather be looking at scenes from Brittany (!!) today you have to suffer my latest (finished!) quilting project :-)

I actually got a quilt finished for October, but it hasn't stopped raining over the last few days,  so the photo had to wait for the next 'dry' day - today!!

The Nine Patch Sampler is from the book 'Strip Delight' by Suzanne McNeill,  and the fabric collection is Moda's 'Wild Rose'.  I've changed the pattern slightly to accommodate my fabric ,and  though I was a bit doubtful about it all whilst making the blocks, it' s turned out OK and  the lovely rich colours , which are much better in real life, have made it the kind of quilt you want to curl up under!  It's certainly a quick quilt to piece if you want something in a hurry.

I have to own up to having some help in backing it though !!

Two more 'small' finishes for October, both of which are going to the Cat Rescue fund raising Christmas Fayre


Original pattern for this tote is on the  Moda Bakeshop site, and the Black & White mini tote is a Penny Sturgess design

Now all I have to do is decide on a finish for November !!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Little Gems !

I am continually amazed at the 'treasures' we keeping finding on our wanders around the countryside and our latest discovery is certainly another little beauty -  let me introduce you to La Chapelle Sainte- Brigitte!

We found the chapel in a field on the edge of a farmyard when walking on part of a Green Way  which runs through the centre of Brittany (scroll down for info) and with nothing else in sight but a couple of houses !

Whilst there are many of these little chapels dotted around the countryside, this one has rather an unusual steeple...

It was disappointing to find the door locked, but then I spotted ' Monsieur' cutting back his hedges and trotted over to pass the time of day and ask if the chapel was open at any time - would you believe he was the key holder!!!  This very obliging man not only shot off  to get the key but  handed it over for our own private visit, and I can tell you the inside didn't disappoint!

It was so tiny inside that once you allowed for the altar ( marble and covered in a snow white altar cloth edged with hand made Breton lace and a silver crucifix & and candlesticks)   I doubt  you would  get 20 people in there, but it was absolutely perfect!!!  Walls of the palest blue and the neatest pews you have ever seen!!  I would guess they would seat  3/4 persons a piece, made of oak with lovely fretwork backs and sides, so different from normal church pews!

Monsieur also told me that the upkeep of the chapel is totally down to volunteers and that ever year on the first Sunday in July they hold a Fete Day to raise funds - it's already noted in next year's diary !!!!

Friday, 30 October 2009

The (Very) Early Bird!

On days that we don't have any exploring planned,  I like to walk first thing before the world wakes up and enjoy the peace of the countryside .  This morning however I discovered that I wasn't the only early bird around as when I opened the curtains this is what greeted me!!

The start of another beautiful day perhaps.....

......or something more sinister - maybe an alien craft?????  Best wait for a little more light!

No!  Not Martians this time, just our (insomniac?) neighbour starting his day very early and ploughing 
away at the crack of dawn !!

Not such a quiet start to my day after all!!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Images of Autumn ...contd!

Patience has never been one of my strengths (!!)and I am sure I'm getting worse as I get older, thus disproving the theory that we mellow with age :-)

I was so annoyed and impatient with Blogger's  nonsense on my last post that I just signed off and left it as it was.  However, just to show that there is more to Autumn in Brittany than a few dead leaves lying around, here are the photos that didn't make it!

Enjoy !!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Images of Autumn

Sunday we were up on the hills, yesterday it was back to the Nantes-Brest canal on another  beautiful sunny day.  Today - it is raining!!!!! Don't you just hate weather forecasters when they are accurate with bad news!

Sorry about the layout ,no matter what I try I have no control at all - Blogger has certainly got a mind if its own today!!!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Autumn Sunshine

Our lovely Autumn weather is still with us, but not for much longer by the sound of the long term forecast, so it seems only right to take advantage of it while we can !  Yesterday saw us back in the Broceliande Forest and another ramble over the hill tops for views like this...

......and on the top, like this !

It was all a bit  'follow your nose' as we just picked a pathway and off we went!  To be honest when we got home and checked the map we were amazed at how far we'd been  - would you believe 6 miles- not bad for a 'little stroll' on a sunny afternoon!!  It was such a lovely day though and the surroundings so beautiful we didn't noticed the distance :-)

Did manage to get ourselves a little bit lost, but were lucky enough to find the little river that flows into the lake shown at the start of this post

Did I say river  ??  You can see from this how dry it has been for many weeks now, even the lakes were well down from normal levels.

Now - which way is home???

By the time we got back to Trehorenteuc the village was crowded with the usual Sunday afternoon tourists and these fellows were doing a roaring trade with their vintage 'horse powered' bus taking rides around the village

.....passed the superb  Arthurian mural on the wall of the Tourist Office.......

........the old 'Manoir'

...and of course the village church or la Chapelle du Gral.  Built  in 1614, what you can't see unfortunately are the wonderful stained glass windows depicting scenes from the  Round Table  stories,  together with biblical scenes such as the Last Supper .  

A lovely bonus afternoon even if we were glad to take our boots off at last !!!!