Thursday, August 07, 2008

Present time

The garden is going a bit crazy at the moment.
Garden Aug 08

1. Today's produce, 2. Runner Beans, 3. The Squash (I think), 4. Longest Tomato stem in the world, 5. Cucumber, 6. The Squash (I think)

I have more courgettes than I know what to do with (any recipe suggestions greatfully received). The tomatoes and cucumbers need picking almost every day. In a weeks time we will have more runner beans than we know what to do with. The tomato truss is trying to escape out of the greenhouse door and the butternut squash (I think that is what they are, but they could be pumpkins) are getting bigger every day.

I'm not complaining though. It is very satisfying when you can work from home and go outside to pick your own lunch. Yum.

Being at home today (our office is being refurbished) meant that I could sneak outside and take some pictures of my new sewing project before it is gifted at the weekend. I saw the ones SussexYorkie had made and had to have a go. The sale at Cath Kidston in Selfridges left me in no doubt of what to make my friend for her birthday on Saturday.
Cath Kidston Tea Towel Market Bag
Cath Kidston Tea Towel Market Bag
The tutorial is here.
I bought a purse to match the tea towels and figured I could probably put a clip on the loop for hanging the tea towel so the purse could be attached inside the bag. I also added a magnetic snap fastener.
I must have one for myself.... I think I may be off on a tea towel hunt as I want to make one for my Secret Pal and my UK Swap pal. So if you see any good tea towels let me know!

Talking of secret pal. A parcel arrived from Finland for me today.
Secret pal 12 Parcel
Some gorgeous wool/silk lace yarn, a popular Finnish brand I'm told and sweets with Moomins on. How cool are they???? Thank you secret pal. It was a perfect parcel.

Lastly, I couldn't leave you without a blanket update picture. 16 squares down.
16 Squares
Another pregnancy announcement today means that you are going to be completely sick of blankets by January!


Esther said...

what great veg! My runner beans were a non starter (sorry about the pun) this year. Most of the plants died :o( What a great package from Finland - the Moomin sweets look like liquorice - lucy you!

Dawn said...

No recipes I'm afraid, apart from plain or in a ratatouille style stew thingy, or roasted with other vegetables. What a great package you have there, all that lovely lace yarn! The blanket is coming on in leaps and bounds and looks fabulous, makes me want to do a bit of crochet!

twigletqueen said...

Love your bag, the attached purse is a really cute idea. I eat tons of courgettes with pasta. My favourite is grating a courgette and frying it with garlic, then mixing it into the pasta with 3 tbsps of double cream and 1 1/2 tbsps of lemon juice and LOTS of parmesan cheese. Not incredibly healthy, but full of Yum!

Roobeedoo said...

Ooh wot a big one, missus! How will you decide when to pick them? There is a book :

That might help!

Ling said...

What yummy veggies. We eat lots of courgette in this house - and my favourite recipes are the simple ones roasted with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil; Fritata; in pasta sauces and stir fries and Cheese and courgette bread.

Looking forward to seeing more blankets - I love them

stitches and hos said...

hello my name is Sara Fowles and I run a knitting night in Birmingham called stitches and hos. here is our new blog

I am getting in contact to see if you would like to team up knitting nights so to speak and do an event for national knitting week in October

you can email me at sara[at]

Anonymous said...

Your tea towels look lovely, like the addition of a purse. I am still in awe of your crochet skills!

Anonymous said...

Try this

if the link doesn't work got to my blog and find Madalyn.

It's a recipe for Ratatouille.

Your blanket is coming on beautifully.

machelle said...

Oh what FANTASTIC veggies! I'm so jealous! I wish I had somewhere to grow my own food :(
I love your knitted lacey pieces...
I've written a post about my favorite blogs and have given you an I *heart* your blog award!
(dated on 17th August)
btw, can't wait to see the finished blanket!