Bursts of summer colour

This year my end of term was accompanied by a deep sense of melancholy instead of the usual exhilaration. The adrenalin that had carried me through the last few weeks evaporated over night and instead of eagerly diving into holiday projects I sank into total inertia for a week. Dreary weather and a sore back didn't help, but I'm gradually finding my way back to positivity and looking forward to a family break in North Yorkshire in August! 

My Cosy Stripe lockdown blanket was completed, admired, hugged; judged as far too warm for July; then finally folded and stored prominently on the bedding shelf, where I can smile at it every time I need fresh sheets between now and the autumn.  So then I turned my attention to my EPP hexi patchwork that was begun several years ago....
I had originally planned to piece enough "flowers" to make up a whole quilt, but quickly got bored and choose to set the flowers I had made among randomly placed pieces in charm pack fabrics. I'm ve…

And suddenly it's all over

Looks delicious! 

 I've been cooking lots recently, experimenting with mainly veggie dishes. Above there is a yummy roast tomato pasta containing our first crop of peas and broad beans, chickpea burgers (I think they were a Bill Granger recipe which I can't find online) and a vegetable ragu fromJamie Oliver . All totally delicious. We aren't vegetarian but probably about 40% of our meals are. I do like to experiment, especially now that our peas and broad beans are ready.

I got a lovely surprise a few days ago.... a beautiful bunch of flowers from D. courtesy of a lovely lady called Meryl at Nodding Violets florist in Halifax. She grows a lot of the flowers in her own garden and they are stunning. Still going strong a full week later. They have brought be so much pleasure in this generally rainy week!

 The first of our fruits are now ready for harvest - we have had strawberries, cherries and blackcurrants, with many more to follow. I need to get my jam-making act on!

 I think …

Midsummer mood

Phew! My delicate Northern English constitution really didn't like the heat we had mid week. In fact, by Wednesday we weren't even doing our daily walk. The furthest we walked was to the Triangle Bakehouse to pick up our loaf. My thoughts turned to salads and cool drinks rather than my usual preferred hearty meals.  The salad was from a favourite book, Bowls of Goodness by Nina who writes at Nourish Atelier. It was butternut squash, lentils, red onion and spinach in a surprisingly hot oriental dressing. It was amazing! It's really nice to eat in the garden under the shade of the cherry and apple trees. We picked our first crop of strawberries - other fruits will follow in the coming weeks. They were small and very sweet, contrasting well with the sharpness of natural yogurt. 

By Friday though, the weather had turned. Still hot, we had thunderstorms and heavy rain. At last, cool enough to walk! But we got soaked through and wind swept. A neighbour commented that it was like &…