Friday’s Hunt

Hi. Sorry for the lack of posts but I am still suffering with a cold and cough.

Here are this week’s themes from Eden Hills’ Friday’s Hunt.

1. Starts with a U – upstairs.

Taken from the upstairs back bedroom window.  It has been much colder here this week, and this was the first proper frost on the back garden with some lovely sun and autumn colours.

2. Week’s favourite 

I cooked smoked salmon, prawn and vegetable risotto and took quite a lot of ‘work in progress’ photos.  Very tasty.

3. Nature.

Some little hidden bits of colour still in the garden.  Berries on this tiny shrub and a primula flower.

I hope to resume more frequent blog posts this week.  Enjoy your weekend.


Tuesday – grey and cold, so let’s have the drive cleaned!

Last night we had the first ground frost of the year here in the Midlands.  The outdoor temperature dropped to -5° C last night, and was still below 0° when the sun rose.

Here is a picture of the garden – not very clear.

We had arranged to have our front drive cleaned today, and I must admit I felt sorry for the workman in this weather, but he was well wrapped up.  Here are the ‘before’ and ‘nearly done’ photos.  He will return tomorrow to re-sand it.

Obviously it looks cleaner, but it also removes all the weeds and moss which can be slippy in icy weather.  The change of colour in the right hand side is where we had the drive extended and the bricks have weathered slightly differently.  Anyway a really nice result.

Velvet is also feeling the cold weather, and has slept by a radiator all morning and has now climbed into the gap between by computer tower and printer and is sleeping on some balls of wool!

He is so black that it is difficult to see which way round he is!

I am having a ‘keep warm’ sort of lazy day, with a church warden’s meeting this evening.

Sunday – 3rd Sunday before Advent

I am posting here for Edenhills Friday Hunt and also to catch up with some of today.

1. Starts with an S

Apologies for repeating some of yesterday’s post but it has to be the Shih Tzu crochet dog which I started/attempted yesterday at the TOFT Alpaca workshop.  Here is what is should look like when finished:

And here is my WIP after 2 hours:

It should be noted that the loops will be cut at the end to form the long dangly fur.  Great fun!

2. Week’s favourite.  The weather here has started to turn colder and very Autumnal, and we had a very light frost one morning with a glorious sunrise.

The garden is looking lovely and R has worked hard at tidying and cutting back.

3. Amazing.  R and I sing in several choirs.  R sings in our church choir, which is men and boys.  Here they are looking amazingly smart in our lovely church.

Today is the 3rd Sunday before Advent.  Here is the music list:


10.00 a.m. Responsorial Psalm: 17

 Caesar: Missa Brevis

 Let thy merciful ears Mudd

 349 625 313 114

6.30 p.m. Responses: Reading

Psalm: 40 (1-13) Lang

 Dyson in F

Thou wilt keep him S.S.Wesley
367 362

And I had the first reading from The Book of Job 19. 23-27a. Probably my shortest reading ever.

Please follow for mor Friday Hunt.

Monday morning

A very misty start but nice to have a light morning, at least for a while. 

I cooked soup from the vegetables in the fridge plus leftover potatoes.

This is before blending.

The sun has tried to come out and the garden looks lovely.

After lunch (nice soup) R went to his course and I went out, put the Micra through the car wash, after figuring out how to take the aerial off.  Then fed Hermes, and came home and polished and hoovered the inside of the car.  The new hand held vacuum is really good for that.  So feeling productive.

After R’s singing lesson we had dinner of sausages with sweet potato and apple which was nice, then off to choir.  Scarily we only have 1 more rehearsal before the day of the concert.

So an intense rehearsal.

Then home to watch university challenge and a new eggheads.  I didn’t sleep very well, intense dreams and waking up every hour or so.  But never mind.