Tuesday, 8 April 2014

It's been a while

It has been a while since I posted to my blog.  Time just seems to fly past.  I have been busy with classes.  They finished a week or two ago and I won't be teaching anymore.  I have decided to spend more time on my own projects.  I am still going to keep in touch with my Monday students but I won't be back until late September.

Apart from that I have started on the Latte quilt again, it's been a while.   I have also made a start on a painted quilt spurned on after purchasing Linda Poole's new book.  

We have been busy up at the allotment and made it ready for this year's planting.  

All the beds are looking good.   Yesterday I planted 3 varieties of onions as they had started to sprout, they are covered with mesh so if it does got cold and we have frost they should be OK.  

I took the chitted potatoes to plant but the ground is a little too wet at the moment maybe later in the week if it stays dry.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

A New Addition to the Kitchen

I have a new addition to my kitchen, a Kitchenaid mixer:

do I need one, probably not, but I just couldn't resist it.  Too many colours to choose from but this one matches my tagine.  I am busy collecting new recipes to try out.  Perpermint Chocolate Cupcakes sounds a good place to start.  I am always a little apprehensive when I have a new toy so I shall be a little cautious.  (It took me months to pluck up the courage to use my food processor, silly me).

Friday, 22 November 2013

The Last Clinic by Darla by Gary Guisick

The book starts right away with a murder.   Rev Aldridge is shot whilst protesting outside an abortion/health centre.  The centre provides health care for women not just abortions and Aldridge and his fellow protestors are keen to close it down.  
Darla Cavannah, a detective, moved to Jackson with her pro footballer husband who was tragically killed in a vehicle accident.  Still grieving Cavannah was assigned to the case to solve the murder.

I am keen to see how the romance between Darla and Stephen progresses if indeed it does.  Perhaps we will find out in future releases.

I was drawn into the story from the beginning and found it difficult to put down, a sign of a good read. 
I received a review copy from Netgalley.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Canton Elegy

Stephen Ah Nom was born in China and aged 6 was sent, by his grandfather, to  the US to get a  good education.  On completion of his degree he was unable to gain employment because he was Chinese and so returned to China.   Stephen wanted his children and grandchildren to know about him and so he wrote what was in effect a really long letter to them.  He kept it hidden and it only came to light after his death.   This is one of the most heart warming memoirs I have ever read.  Canton Elegy was a wonderful read.  Stephen and his wife’s courage  is truly amazing.  

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Forget Me Knot

I have just finished reading Forget me Knot by Mary Marks.  It is a wonderful mystery.  I love how quilting was interspersed with the murder mystery. I enjoyed all the little quips like the reference to Poirot.  I also liked the detail of quilting like how Martha used an 11 needle to stitch.  Something I use myself.  It was full of intrigue with many twists and turns.  It started when Martha Rose, the main character, and two of her quilting budies went to the home of a fellow quilter, Claire Terry,  and found her dead.  Although the police were involved in the search for the murderer Martha just couldn't help getting involved.   I loved the idea of the quilts telling the story of Claire's life. At risk of her own life being taken Martha continued her search for the person who killed Claire. Very clever using the French knots to guide Martha to the killer.   It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.  I look forward to reading more from Mary Marks.  If you love a mystery and enjoy quilting this is a book for you.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Experimental Flowers in Watercolour

I loved this book.  Ann Blockley explores experimental techniques and explains the texture of various flowers and vegetation.   The accompanying photographs in the book are clear and made me want to get out the watercolours and brushes.  A beautifully presented book.  I loved the use of gesso and cling film in some of Ann's work.  This certainly was something a little different.  A must for any artists's bookshelf.