Spring Things

Saturday, June 23, 2018

OK, so can I just say how can summer be here already?! Spring has been lovely, but it's over all too soon. I'm enjoying compiling my list of things to do over the coming season, but first here's how I got on with my spring things.


1. Make
I ordered two skirt patterns, and thanks to signing up to the Simplicity newsletter, I got a 25% discount on my order. One pattern is very similar to my red floral skirt which has proven itself to be a favorite of my current capsule, the other is a full midi skirt with the option of pockets. Now I just need to find the material, which is something I'll buy in person rather than from the internet. I want to see and feel the material before purchasing.


2. See the bluebells
Done! I don't think I'll ever tire of wandering through this beautiful carpet of blue.


3. Hit the beach
Andy and I went to Lowestoft for the day. I've mentioned this before in one of my Weekend posts, but I'll say again how lovely it was. It was completely unexpected and turned out to be great fun, despite slightly grey weather.

4. DIY
I failed. I spent most of my spare time in the garden, pottering, mowing grass, weeding, you know the stuff. But I do have a plan (and a list) to get lots of DIY jobs done when harvest starts and I have all my evenings, without Andy, to fill. But then you've heard that before...

5. Mend
The first thing was to mend a frayed collar on a top I'd already mended once, it had frayed in a different place, and since washing it it's frayed again. I seem to spend more time mending frayed seams than any thing else. It's so annoying. Then I shortened the sleeves on a dress, took in the seams on a top, and mended the hem on a pair of shorts. There are still plenty of items waiting for my attention, but this is good enough for now.

6. Make pasta from scratch
Nope.


7. Read 12 Books
Done. I've read some great books this season, it'd be hard to pick a favourite. Sometimes after I read a really good book I don't come across another one I enjoy as much for ages, so this has been a real treat!

8. Get stuck into embroidery
Kit purchased. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into this but I've decided to save it, to fill a few of the afore mentioned solo evenings ahead (see, I'm already I'm shirking the DIY!).


9. Have Afternoon Tea
On a beautifully sunny Thursday afternoon my Mum and I headed out to Seckford Hall and spent a rather pleasant few hours drinking endless cups of tea, and nibbling on delicious treats, all in beautiful surroundings. Can I just take a moment to talk about warm Scotch eggs? I say yes, Andy disagrees. It was my first taste of a warm Scotch egg with a deliciously runny centre and I much preferred it.

10. Host Afternoon Tea
Fully armed with inspiration from Seckford Hall, I was keen to get one in the diary, but I am a little hampered by the fact that I've temporarily lost the use of my dining room (the table and chairs are pushed up against the wall to make room for our old sofas, until they can be disposed of). So I'll just have to wait. And plan.

Spring has been pretty good. How was yours?

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12 comments

  1. Yey for homemade skirts with pockets! I agree that spring has been over too quick, is it autumn yet? x

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    1. hehe, it'll be Christmas before we know it!
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  2. You did really well! And I think warm scotch eggs sound better too. I dislike cold things if they don't need to be. Sandwiches, apples, that lark. It restricts the flavour

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    1. it was so nice after 40 odd years of cold scotch eggs... the runny centre is what sealed it for me - yum!
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  3. This year is going way too fast!

    Afternoon tea... yummy! I have no opinion on scotch eggs because boiled eggs make me throw up so I can't eat them.

    Interesting that so many of your books have blue covers :-)

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    1. WAAAAAY too fast!

      I tend to read in colour order, htat's how I put them on the shelves and, as I'm an indecisive reader, it helps me to pick my next read :)
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  4. Look at your mum's delighted face - how lovely to spend a civilised afternoon with her!
    Loving those dressmaking patterns - that's what's holding me back from sewing recently, lack of fabric. xxx

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    1. This was her Christmas present (we waited for nice weather to go). We tend to go out instead of gift giving these days. It was a lovely afternoon, I treated her to a manicure, and the weather couldn't have been better.
      We don't have many places selling fabric around here, I need to seek out a good place. I'm sure I'd make more if I had a good fabric supply!
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  5. I read A Year of Marvelous Ways when I saw you mention it here a while back - it was wonderful. Our library has an online server for e books and magazines free - hope yours does too.

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    1. I loved A Year of Marvelous Ways, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm off to the library next week, I'm excited as to what I'm going to find...
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  6. Oh yes, warm scotch eggs sound divine! Your skirt patterns are really nice!!!
    I read the Keeper of Lost things too. What did you think? I liked it very much.
    Your afternoon tea looks so nice. I booked my Dad and sister the Science Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel for their Birthday present!x

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    1. They are nice! I loved the runny yokes. I'm itching to get started on the skirts, I just need to find a good supply of fabric. I like the sound of Science Afternoon Tea, I must investigate!
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