Sunday, 17 January 2021

2021 week #3 ~ Stitching...shopping...and shoots

 All of the snow has left the garden...

...and it's back to looking rather boring and damp!

Indoors, at least it's warm and cosy...

...and I have managed to get another biscornu finished :-)




I still find them a bit of a fiddle to put together...
...but I love the results...
...and there are a few more lined up for assembly!

We took a run out to a) do some shopping...
...and b) give the car a bit of exercise (as it sits on the drive for days and days right now).

We went down to Cashells (our usual shopping haunt...if a few miles away)...
...and stopped to take a few photos on the way back home.







It was so nice to have a change of scenery.

Outside yesterday...

...amid the drab mizzly surroundings...
...there were some signs of life!!



Organic garlic that I put in at the end of 2020 :-)

Things are moving forward...

Nights are drawing out bit by bit...

...and some tastes and colours can still be found here and there...





Weeks still stretch on with no sign of a let-up in restrictions...

...but I am doing my very best to remain positive.


Things "Medieval" are calling...

...maybe I will have some of that to show next time...


Meantime...

...please keep safe and well....and POSITIVE!!


x C

Sunday, 10 January 2021

2021 week #2 Squash~Stitching~ and Snow

 It's been a bit of a "strange" week...

...almost 4 seasons in seven days...

...but...the "winter" one is always my favourite.

Throughout this awful period, a welcome constant has been our weekly Riverford Organics delivery...

...every Monday a box full of veggie (and sometimes fruity) delights turns up meaning that it extends the time that we can stay away from supermarkets and contact with larger numbers of people.

They have been so good despite having been inundated with new customers/orders. I do hope that they keep many of them and that not too many are "cherry-pickers" who will drop them like hot potatoes when things return to "normal"!

Back a few weeks before Christmas we had our usual indulgence in a couple of "Squash Boxes"...

...which see us through well into February if we keep them warm enough.

This week I've used two small "Sweet Lightning" squash to make a delicious chutney to accompany an equally delicious board of cheese picked up in Ludlow just before we found ourselves "locked-down" again!!



Method and recipe all rolled into one for you...

2 Sweet Lightning (or other small) squash – quartered and de-seeded

Put in a roasting tin/tray; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over a mix of 
¼ teaspoon each of ground cumin, ground coriander, dried thyme and salt.

Bake in a 200 degree fan oven for 45 minutes or until nicely browned and caramelized. Leave to cool and then scoop out the flesh.

Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a pan and fry one medium yellow onion chopped finely – it needs to be translucent and soft but not brown. 

In a saucepan put 100ml raw organic apple cyder vinegar; 80 gms soft brown sugar; 50 gms golden sultanas; 25 gms slivered almonds; ½ teaspoon black poppy seeds.

Bring to the boil to ensure the sugar is well dissolved.

Add in the onions and squash flesh. Mix well to heat through.

When hot, spoon into a couple of prepared glass jars.

This is just lovely with some freshly baked bread and a chunk or two of great cheese!!



It's a good idea to accompany this with a chunk (or two) of home-made bread if you can...
Mine is made with flour from Matthews Cotswold Flours who have a home delivery service. 
You can buy a box of 1.5 kg bags of a selection as well as 16 kg sacks I can heartily recommend them!


 
Enough of the kitchen...
...let's go outside...
...where it has looked simply gorgeous!











Stitching indoors has echoed the scenery out-of-doors too...




"Snowy Winter" by Little House Needleworks supplied by The Patchwork Rabbit...

...who have a wonderful range of charts and supplies to keep us all happy through difficult times!

And...

...last but definitely NOT least...

...is my newly acquired (used) copy of Nigel Slater's "Tender"...

...which will be a constant companion through this coming year of garden adventures :-)




I do hope that you are all managing to keep safe, well and occupied.


Until next week...


...with love from Ty Mabon


x C
 

Saturday, 2 January 2021

2021 week #1 New Beginnings

 Well Hello...

...and I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I really hope that 2021 will be a lot better ...

One (probably) positive thing to come out of the awfulness that was 2020...

...is that it seems to have set a lot of us thinking about "things".

Certainly I have come to a number of decisions...

...about things that need to change.

This blog is where my "new start" begins.

I will still be showing "things textile"...obviously...as the title of the blog is TEXTILE BUTTERFLY after all!

Notice that the little words below that title have changed now though...

..."Tales from Ty Mabon".

During last year we (along with all others) had to spend a lot of time at home.

So...we spent some dosh and completely transformed our back "garden" area.

I put garden in commas because, previously, it was nowt but a mass of ugly concrete that had never been loved!

Now though...it is decked and I have had a whole load of raised bed boxes made so that I can do my "Nigel Slater Kitchen Garden" bit around here!

Also we have installed a number of bird feeders and ...

...some very special little people to occupy and help the space.


This...of course...is moi.....on my alternative eco-friendly transport...


Ho-Tai


Ganesha


Isn't he just gorgeous!!


another Ganesha


...and another...


Kwan-Yin


Sheepy


Winter cabbages




...all making the space feel just lovely


I will be posting updates from the garden...

...as well as the workroom...


...and the kitchen (now and again).


I do hope that you will enjoy my new journey...

It will be lovely to have you along for the ride


x C

Sunday, 20 December 2020

The end of 2020

 ....and looking forward to 2021 with a LOT of hope...


...that things will be very, VERY different!!


I've been keeping myself occupied with various bits and bobs...


...and have many more bits and bobs to be carrying on with over the next couple of "lockdown" months.


Cross stitch adventures include a couple of new biscornu...





...and a "Little House Needleworks" panel called "Sweet Shop"




...very sweet indeed!!


I have also been motoring along with my sketchbooks for the Near & Far expo (still hoping it goes ahead in March!!)















The "Wearable" piece is also coming along...


...but I'm not ready to show that just yet....


I am so glad that I have all of my creative pursuits to keep me sane!!


...and I hope that you all have a happy and HEALTHY New Year!


Sending love and virtual BIG HUGS to everyone who reads my little blog.


xxxxx C 

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Red Cross Stitching....and Christmas Town

 It's been a busy, BUSY stitching time around here lately!!

I had the need to make two wedding pieces...

...and a couple of other bits...

...for other purposes :-)


I used one of my new Gold-plated needles...

...only to find that it is now merely a silver-colour again!!

(Should have bought some from the Cross Stitch Guild I suppose!!)

Enjoy the fruits of my labour.




Wedding ceremony duly witnessed...

...we went down to The Bear in Crickhowell for lunch...

...to find this wondrous display mounted on a very large Welsh Dresser.









I REALLY wanted to bring it all home!!


Have a good week peeps.


x C