Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Kitchen Saga Day 35

35 days ago I ordered a new free standing cooker with induction hob, a cooker was delivered the next day, and I had purchased new saucepans, frying pans etc. and was keen to use it, only to find the guy had delivered a ceramic hob cooker not induction!!  No problem he would get it exchanged.

31 days later fed up with waiting I asked for my money back and he was full of apologies, came and took the machine away and refunded me my money plus £25 to buy us a meal out.

What have I been doing for the past month you may ask?
George Foreman grill, Crockpot, Combi Microwave and Steamer have all been put to good use, but I lacked a hot plate. Yesterday I managed to solve that problem with a single free standing induction hob for £29 from Ebay... I love it, plus it will come in really handy when I do get fixed up with a hob and oven if I need an extra hot plate.
The hole where a cooker should be!
New saucepans waiting patiently for a hob !
Steamer and Crockpot near at hand.

At last I have an induction hob, OK it's only a little single one, but I love it, so fast to heat up.

George is hiding in the cupboard waiting for the next steak!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Thread painting Day

Four of us decided to have a get together, with three of us having a go at thread painting.
I had been on a course to learn the technique many many years ago, so we followed the instruction I had been given, while I tried to remember enough to show Penny and Christine what I had learnt.
Pauline was busy working on a pretty blue Christmas quilt.
So much "stuff" on the tables, there was no room for the sewing machines we needed after the painting was completed.
In case you were wondering we were not having a beauty session the hairdriers were for drying the paint!
It was a great fun day with hopefully some learning along the way. All three of us wanted to try our hand at improving our techniques.

This is my sample that we were working towards

I had completed the painting previously and worked on the machining.
Love the odd poppy here and there.

As the saying goes "Practice makes perfect" 

Samples worked on the course I took at Missenden XXX years ago.

The LDS Pageant and Blackpool

Friday we set off to meet friends Audrey and Colin at the Cherry Tree near Manchester en route to our hotel in Blackpool. The traffic was light and we arrived early so were forced to visit a lovely wool and fabric shop ten minutes away from the resturant.
Sneaking in a quick visit to the Black Sheep Shop.
Opps, there was so much chatting and eating going on I completely forgot to take a photo of our friends.

Across the road and tram line from our Shearings Hotel to the sea.
It was certainly bracing in the wind but the sun was hot.
We enjoyed a number of walks along the coast.
The reason for our trip to Blackpool was to attend the Latter Day Saints Pageant taking place at Preston Temple. Were we in for a treat. Before the show there were demonstrations of quilting, tatting, wood turning, games, dancing, music etc etc.. everyone taking part was dressed in wonderful costumes, even the little children.
A few of the demonstrations taking place before the Pageant started.
When I asked if I could take her photo this quilter quickly removed her glasses as they were not of the period!
However she said she could not quilt without them.

Another quilter working on a very old Singer sewing machine and by hand
Costume dancers were asking those watching to take part in tradition dances of the 1830's
Mother and daughter working at the loom
As the time for the pageant arrived we all made our way down to the temporary staging area. The place was packed, not a seat to spare, I was glad I had acquired tickets well in advance.
The pageant depicted the story of the first members of the church arriving in England
 and spreading the word of the restored gospel.
Six hundred members of the church took part in the show  all dressed in costumes from the 1830's.
Complete families took part, including babes in arms through all the ages of children to adults.
The singing was so good at first I thought it was recorded but then saw high on a mezzanine level the choir.
Stage production and dancing were faultless.
I am proud to be a member of this church.

 All the performers, choir and back stage people were volunteers, in fact everything was free, the seats and even the programmes. If there is ever another Pageant [ it was on for two weeks] try and get to see it,you will not be disappointed.

August IAM

Seven of us managed to keep the August IAM day free, holidays and grandchildren seem to be taking over the school holiday months! Not that I'm complaining I love having the granddaughters to stay and of course love holidays. The IAM day was such fun and there was much laughter.
We all loved Penny's cushion

A UFO Penny completed after ** years!

Shirley had been keeping her crochet hook busy

Pauline was busy working on a quilt

Another quilt finish by Pauline

The Hamtune star quilt also by Pauline

Love these baby cuddles by Ann

Fleece baby quilt by Ann

Cupcake fleece by Ann

Button card also made by Ann

What are these two doing?
Did you guess? They are filling socks for Splat the Rat!!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Girls come to stay

Monday the girls came to stay for three days, and although I am still recovering from all my bumps and bruises we have managed to have fun.
There has been lots of game playing, raspberry picking and movie nights.
We ventured out on Tuesday to Wistow Maze, not really knowing what to expect. We were told it was the best crop they had had for some years and the maize was over seven feet tall. The plan of the maze is Sherlock Holmes and the clues found on the way lead to 'who dun it'. I joined the girls and Chris for a little while but my badly bruised knee meant I could not walk far, as we had two maps I took one to return to the "get out of jail free" while the others raced ahead finding clues.
Needless to say I struggled to find my way out and a family took pity on me and navigated me to the start and out!  90 minutes later Chris and the girls found their way out!! They had all the clues and entered the competition of 'who dun it'.
It was great fun and we were all glad we had prepared dinner before we left, so it was quick to have food on the table when we arrived home.
Highly recommend this for a great day out.
Three monkeys on the way in!

Maize as high as an elephants hide

The first clue they found

Sherlock Holmes the theme for this year.

The Kitchen Saga Day 35

35 days ago I ordered a new free standing cooker with induction hob, a cooker was delivered the next day, and I had purchased new saucepans,...