13 Jan 2017

Five on Friday

I'm joining Amy's Five on Friday - thank you Amy for organising the linkup once more - although I'm rather behind today in writing up my blog post as I suddenly decided to sort out all the plants in the covered yard, sweep and clean in all the corners and wash the windows.  I think it must be a response to being relatively inactive recently and the covered yard certainly needed a bit of a Spring clean.



2. We've just finished the last of the tomatoes that were brought in on the vine to ripen indoors in the kitchen and I took these sweet peppers off the plant in the pot in the covered yard.  They'll be used to flavour some stews or a roast  in the next few days.
      

3. We woke up to a slight fall of snow this morning which soon melted as the sun came up. Looking around the front and back gardens the bulbs are beginning to appear as they push up through the soil.


4. I've finished another six squares of my blanket this week and have another panel of six which I left in Italy.  I usually do some crocheting in an evening and complete one square each day, but there's no rush to get the blanket finished.  I think I might start on my embroidery instead although that needs more concentration than crochet work.

5. I've nearly finished reading my book for the book group that meets at the local library, The Last Runaway.  I read it when it was first available in our library and see from my notes that this was in May 2013 so it's a refresher read. Actually, there's a lot that I had forgotten so I've enjoyed the re-read and was especially interested in aspects of Quakerism and also the descriptions of various types of quilting and the making of quilts that is an important activity for the women of the community when they're not busy with the farming in the need to be self-sufficient. 
I've read most of Tracy Chevalier's book and I like the fact that the subject of each book is different and well researched.  I've also read her latest At the Edge of the Orchard which is also about a pioneering family in Ohio who in order to settle on a piece of land must grow a certain number of apple trees in an inhospitable area called the Black Swamp. 


In The Last Runaway Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely venture out of 1850 Dorset when she impulsively emigrates to America.  Opposed to the slavery that defines and divides the country, she finds her principles tested to the limit when a runaway slave appears at the farm of her new family. 

Many of us are hoping that we won't get heavy snow in the next few days or if it has already fallen that the snow will soon melt.  Thankfully, the tidal surge along the eastern coast of the UK that hit late this afternoon did not cause as much damage or flooding as expected.
Wishing everyone a good weekend,
Linda :)


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  1. Lovely to look at and read your post.
    People have been very worried about the weather here in the UK. We woke to light snow this morning and very slippery paths but the sun came out at lunchtime and it always seems better then!

    Wishing you a good weekend to come

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you. It's always better to be prepared and thankful when things are not as bad as expected. Have a good weekend!

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  2. Lovely photos. It's wonderful to see the garden still growing!

    I'm glad the tidal surge wasn't as bad as thought. I was listening to Radio Suffolk this morning (from here in States - originally from Ipswich, Suffolk) and they were saying that they were bracing themselves. My family lives in inland so no flooding but it can be devastating along the coast.

    Thanks for sharing your Five on Friday!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I'm glad you can keep in touch with your family in Suffolk and that all is well.

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  3. It was lovely seeing your plants flowering during winter. I love the colors and design of the blanket you're making. Deramores had free shipping to the US this week, so I bought some new crochet thread. I hope you keep warm. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat. I'm pleased with the blanket/throw so far. I hope you enjoy what you make when your new crochet thread arrives.

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  4. Lovely post - your sun-room looks so inviting and I am coveting your red transfer-ware tray. You have made a good start on your pretty crochet. I do hope your snowfall is not as bad as expected. I am quite tired of snow....Stay cozy, hugs xo Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen. Stay warm yourself and have a good weekend.

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  5. Your covered yard seems a lovely place to sit while it is too cold otside. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. The covered yard is a useful space. Double wooden doors at one end makes it a sheltered place for the plants and an extra place to sit. Have a good weekend yourself Riitta!

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  6. Lovely to see you are still getting harvest from your garden, I do have some winter lettuce but that is about all. We were certainly thankful the tidal surge did not materialize as expected apparently the wind direction changed for which I am thankful.

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    1. I'm glad all is well with you re. the weather. It is a concern though. No more produce in the covered yard now, but we have some greens, leeks and parsnips in the raised bed veggie plot outside that will stand up to the cold weather.

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  7. I always enjoy Tracy Chevalier's books but I haven't read either of those so must look them up. My favourite was the one she wrote about Mary Anning. It feels good when you have sorted out and spruced up an area in the house or garden. Your blanket squares are a lovely colour. I think we had more snow than you did it is still hanging around today:)

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    1. I enjoyed Remarkable Creatures about Mary Anning and fossil hunting. At the time of reading one of our grandsons regularly holidayed in Lyme Regis and was fascinated by fossils so we would talk about the subject. I've also enjoyed Falling Angels and Burning Bright although I left that one in Italy as I hadn't quite finished it last time I was there. Tracy Chevalier is an author I don't mind re-reading as I learn something new from the information she includes in her novels.

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  8. I hope that you haven't had lots of snow to contend with. Your crochet is beautiful, gosh you are a fast worker, I wish that I could go that quickly!! I love your covered area in the garden, what a nice place to be on cooler days but still feel that you are outside too, the plants must appreciate it too.

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    1. The slight sprinkling of snow has gone and it's another bright day with some sunshine. We appreciate the enclosed area between the house and the garage. It's very useful as we can go in and out from kitchen to the garage and the yard without going outside in bad weather.

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  9. I loved the last runaway. One of my favourite Tracy Cevalier books. We had at the edge of the orchard for Christmas. I'm looking forward to it. She's such a good writer. Your crochet blanket will look lovely when it's finished. B x

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    1. I've just finished my re-read of The Last Runaway. Now I'm looking forward to the local library book group meeting. We usually have a lively discussion well led by one of the librarians. I hope you enjoy At the Edge of the Orchard.

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  10. My windows are desperate for a cleaning... your crochet is looking good.. I really love your porch or covered yard or whatever that beautiful space is called. I would love to sit there and enjoy

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    1. I'm still in the mood for Spring-cleaning, but one room at a time is best!

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  11. Hello Linda. I like the look of that book. Sending love. Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. It's always good to hear from you. I think you would find the book interesting and thought-provoking. I hope all is going well with you. Linda xx

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  12. Isn't it great to see the daffs coming up! How useful to have a covered courtyard, you must feel like you are outside but really be cosy inside. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Yes, it's good to see the shoots of Spring bulbs breaking through the soil! Thanks and I hope you're having a good weekend yourself.

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  13. I love your covered yard. It is wonderful! And to behaving the last of peppers and tomatoes, what a treat. The book sounds like one I would really like. Your crochet looks lovely. And your bulb flowers are really growing. I think ours are probably stunted until the snow melts and the sun comes out. It has been right at or below freezing the past couple of days and the snow is not melting. We finally dug out car out today and drove to a nearby restaurant for dinner. That is the first time to have the car out since Tuesday. Take care and I hope you don't get a bunch of snow now.

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    1. What a lot of snow for you had to deal with! Glad you were able to dig your car out of it in the end and go out. We have not had any more snow other than the slight fall during Thursday night. Have a good week Marilyn.

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  14. I'm glad the tidal surge was not too strong. We've had sun, but lots of cold weather here. This week the temperatures will rise and there is rain in the forecast. Your crocheted blanket looks great!

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    1. Thank you Lorrie for your visit and kind comment about the crochet work. I hope you get less cold weather. Have a good week Lorrie.

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  15. How nice to have an indoor gardening space. It must help to to get through the cold winter months. It has been very very cold here this year, not a lot of snow where we are but long frosty days that haven't gotten warm enough to melt off the ice. I am hosting our church book club in my home on Monday night. It's so nice to spend time with friends sharing a good book. Blessings to you.

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    1. Hello Gloriade. Thank you for your visit. I'm sure you'll have a good evening hosting the church book club. I used to belong to a book group which met in friends' homes in an evening, but now I don't drive any more when it gets dark. I'm enjoying the monthly early afternoon book club at the library instead.

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  16. I do love your covered courtyard, what a great place to protect plants from harsh weather,and soooo pretty too. I do wish you'd pop around here and sort my windows......good to hear you have so much energy, that's a great indicator of good health. Toms and peppers, in January? Way to go girl! What interesting reading material!xxx

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    1. The yard is a great, sheltered area for Mr. P. to potter with his plants! The tomatoes were taken from the vine in December in the hope that they would finish ripening in the kitchen and most of them did!thanks, Dina, it's good to get some energy back.

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  17. Oh how I wish we had a covered yard like yours and we were still getting produce!

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    1. No produce in the covered yard at the moment, but it's useful for overwintering tender plants, growing seedlings etc. and it's the first area Mr. P. goes to in the morning to sit and have a cup of tea!

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  18. A lovely Friday Five Linda. I enjoyed each and every one and the photos that go along with them. Happy week to you and your family, and thank you for the very sweet comments you left on my blog.

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    1. Thank you Denise. Thinking of you and your family. Lx

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  19. Hi Linda,I love to see the pictures! The flowers are gorgeous! I would like to read the book the last runaway!
    After 30 years I have started crocheting and I won't stop. I have made crafts to my daughter and I'm making squares to a cushion. I love yours!

    Sandra xxx

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    1. Thank you Sandra! Happy crocheting!

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  20. Hi Dear Linda! Your flowers and your covered porch are so very pretty, and I love your crocheted blanket squares. You are very industrious to complete a square of an evening because they look good-sized. I wasn't familiar with The Last Runaway so will look into it. I always enjoy getting recommendations from other bloggers! Hope this finds you well! Blessings, Bess

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    1. Hello Bess. Thank you for your visit and for leaving your kind comment. I've not been blogging much recently and instead have been reading, crocheting, resting, making visits to the medical centre and hospital etc. The squares are 8 rounds of shells so not as big as they might look in the photo. Once the 6 squares are joined up I've crocheted several rounds of the shell pattern to make an edge. When I've done enough panels to make a bed cover/throw I'll join these up too. Every blessing, Linda x

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    2. I do hope you'll soon have to go for a lot less medical appointments, Linda. Thanks for the input on your crocheted rounds! We call them granny squares here, do you? Some day when I have the funds to splurge, I hope to buy enough yarn to crochet such an afghan. I guess I could be checking out the thrift shops for yarn! Your daughter's afghan shown in a previous post is very pretty, too. May all be well with you and yours, Bess

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    3. I hope you can get some yarn at a discount so that you can do some more knitting and crocheting. Yes, we also call them granny squares as well as afghan squares. Blessings to you and yours, my friend.

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  21. Your crochet looks very pretty! I read "Girl With The Pearl Earring" by the same author you car reading. I like her style of writing.

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    1. Hello Angela. Thank you for your visit. I've been doing quite a lot of reading lately. I like to reading those authors' writings that I've enjoyed in the past as well as authors writing for the first time.

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  22. Hello Linda, I just wanted to see how you are. Hope you are well.xx

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    1. Hello Kezzie. Thank you for your visit. I'm fairly well thank you. I haven't been blogging much lately as I haven't had anything much to share. Hopefully that will change as the weeks go by and Mr. P. and I get out and about more.

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  23. I like your picture of peppers on the rose dish – it makes for a very pleasant photograph. I also like your selection of colors for your crocheted blanket. I have so much yarn waiting for me to knit or crochet but time is at a premium for other tasks, plus here we do not get cold winters. Tomorrow we are expecting to be in the 70s or 22 C; daffodils and other plants are already blooming.

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    1. Hello Vagabonde. Thank you for your visit. Your climate sounds very pleasant.
      We're looking forward to warmer weather here in Yorkshire.

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