Sunday, 3 November 2013

Home alone

I've been home alone this weekend as Chickpea was away on a residential course. Yesterday, I made the most of it by pushing aside all the furniture to lay out the fabric pieces for my latest quilt. The colours are brighter than this in reality but the light was poor what with all the rain, thunder and lightning!

This morning I ground up some spices to add to coffee (recipe from The Simple Things).

And then curled up on the couch to start a new book, unearthed in a charity shop this week.

Before long, baking called as I had a plan to use up this chocolate orange and make...

Popping candy rocky roads - perfect as a Bonfire Night (day) treat for my colleagues at work (with a few left over for us).

The morning rain eventually cleared away and the sun lured me outside. The lawn really needs mowing but is still too damp. In the meantime, I can admire the mushrooms sprouting up all over the place. I have a post featuring some amazing mushrooms coming up soon.

Lovely red berries on the berberis.

Then it was time for a stroll around the lake.

Time to pause to gaze at the sky through the leaves that survived the winds last night.

And to smile at the ducks in a frenzy as a mum and her daughter threw them bread. I love the ducks, they're just so funny and endlessly entertaining :)

Finally, back home to once again curl up on the couch with the last of the sun's rays warming me as I waited for Chickpea to arrive home. This is the first time I've knitted with circular needles and I'm quite enjoying it.

And that was my weekend - well, apart from the dull stuff like washing, ironing and hoovering. I'll be back on Tuesday with more biscuity treats to enjoy by the bonfire. x


  1. Sounds like a lovely weekend :) Lovely photos and the rocky road sounds good, I love popping candy!

  2. What a lovely post - I really enjoy these sorts of glimpses into peoples' weekends. It's reassuring and nice to know that we're all up to similar things - dodging showers, baking, crafting. I don't know what I'd do with a home alone weekend, it would feel weird. Weird but very nice. x

  3. It sounds like a perfectly wonderful weekend - so simple and so fulfilling.

  4. Sounds like a good weekend. I love the colours you've chosen for your quilt, can't wait to see it finished, beautiful. I love ducks too, but then most animals make me smile :) xx

  5. Your quilt is beautiful, I love the fabrics you're using and how colourful they are. I look forward to seeing photos of it when finished. Looks like you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

  6. Popping chocolate? What in the world? Never heard of it, what is it?
    So you can make quilts too, you are so talented! xx

    1. Popping candy is a kind of candy which crackles and pops in your mouth. I think we used to call it space dust when I was younger and you bought it in packets to eat on its own. Have to say it didn't work so well in the rocky roads - needed a lot more adding I think. x