I thought I would start this post off with some lovely memories of the summer sunshine as there has been a definite nip in the air this last week reminding us that the season it is a changing and Autumn is coming whether we like it or not
Have we all been keeping up with GBBO. D doesn't even quibble anymore he just knows that once Bake Off is back on the screens that that one hour on a Wednesday evening belongs to me and he's even started commenting on the bakes so I think he's getting just a little hooked himself.
There are some very strong contenders this series aren't there, and up to now I think the right person has been sent home, it will as we all know only get tougher for Paul and Mary to decide.Can't quite make up my mind yet as to who could be the potential winner.
In honour of the GBBO and the fact Autumn is upon us I made my Ginerbread Loaf last weekend and what better than to have a slice with a frothy coffee whilst watching on a Wednesday evening.
There are definitely more signs of Autumn coming. Getting up in the morning and it's already dark outside.
It was an extra early start for me on Thursday so I got to see the beginnings of a beautiful sunrise. That's the one good thing at this time of year, the skies are just beautiful whether it be in the morning or evening.
Another definite sign is these teetering on the trees ready to fall anytime soon, although I'm sure they weren't quite this early last year but I suppose if I looked back to this time last year I would be saying exactly the same thing then too.
I have started my Autumn reads and this week I had a little one on one time with Mr Fry. I have read his previous two memoirs, Moab is my washpot and The Fry Chronicles. His latest memoir takes us from the age of 30 to the present. I do like Stephen Fry and all three of his memoirs have been good reads.
Last weekend I also had a delivery of new colours for two more baby blankets. Heather at Little Tin Bird came up with the Elmer blanket full of lots of vibrant colours and a tutorial to boot. When I found out another two blankets were required for babies due at the end of the year I immediately thought of Heather's Elmer blanket. It was also Heather who came up with the very clever idea of colour pegs in order to put colour combinations together. Having adopted this nifty idea I have to say it works very well and is something I will continue to use in the future.
More progress has been made on The Fairy Queen, I am now two thirds of the way through with the stitching, there is more bead work to be done and more backstitching to finish her off and then I will be onto the final one in the series The Earth Goddess. My challenge for this year was to complete one cross stitch project and it looks like I will achieve three so I am more than happy with that.
This 'Let's Quilt' cross stitch is going to be a gift for a friend who always helps me out with anything required on a sewing machine, I can just about sew in a straight line. It's her birthday in December and when I saw the chart at the Festival of Quilts I knew I just had to buy it and make it for her as a surprise. I have added more stitches to it since taking this photograph and I think it may well be a ta dah moment in my next post.
And lastly I just thought I would share this photographs having a bit a a lie in yesterday they just looked so sweet cuddling up to one another.
So that's me until next time.
Stay safe and warm