Friday, 25 September 2009

Parmesan cheese scones

Scones 4 me

Tea for JFT

T 4 U

Soon gone......

We love cheese scones and I usually make them with a strong cheddar cheese but time for a change, today I used parmesan. The result was delisious, served warm with a little mustard pickle on the side.

JFT was busy working at his desk all day so as a treat I took them to him and they did not last long at all. I ate mine in the kitchen with the aroma of a warm oven still lingering. Mmmmm yummy.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Quilt Books

Went into town with the intention of buying a book on quilting techniques today, sadly the book shop did not have one book on the subject. (Small town) However I managed to borrow three from the library so they will be okay for now.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Kirklington Hall and Ollerton

Nostalgic Day

Before and after pictures.
Today was a very nostalgic day for my sister and I when we visited the area where our Mother was stationed during the 2nd world war. Kirklington Hall nestles in the Nottinghamshire countryside, many changes have been made since the ATS left there in 1945.
It was a glorious sunny day today and we were both very excited as we drove into the village of Kirklington but a big shock was instore for us. It is no longer The Rodney Private School as we thought it would be as noted on the web site.

As we drove up the winding drive we could see that the place was awash with many builders, stone masons and engineers. So much construction equipment around, almost enough for my sister to want to turn around and back track but I was on a mission. It was my aim of the day to have our phographs taken in the same spot that our mother did all those years ago. My sister was unsure about parking the car and concerned that we would be asked to leave the site but I have always had the belief that if you have a file or papers in your hand and look confident people think that you are busy or part of the team.

My file consisted of photos of our Mother at the Hall during the war, road maps and local information to help us during the day but it did make us look official. So.... we walked onto the very busy site, taking the photos we wanted with the builders all turning heads and wondering who we were and what we were doing. We heard the odd quip from them telling each other to smile as photos were been taken.

We were there for quite some time and eventually a very pleasant stone mason was the one brave enough to come over to ask us who we were and what were we doing. Confidence is good and always helps but when questioned I do believe in always telling the truth. He was very nice and understanding and even took photos of my sister and I together. Then he gave us a conducted tour of the site so we could take more pictures at the back of the hall. He explained that all the major construction should be finshed around November and suggested we visited again during December to see the finish result but to make an appointment next time and get permission to enter the grounds. Point taken......

The pictures on this post show my sister and I sat on a stone bird bath at the front of the house as did our mother and her friends all those years ago . Because of all the work going on we had to have ours taken from a different angle but the concrete plinth at the base shows it is the same spot. The other photo was taken at the rear of the hall with a very nice leaded bay window in the background.

Afterwards we drove on to Ollerton where we found a wonderful Tea Shop to have our lunch and reflect on our very specail day.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Here's Tito

To my Cat loving friends "Here's Tito" helping me search the web. Whenever I am really busy and he needs my attention he just comes to sit on the keyboard. As if to say, remember me.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


I am on my way to quilting..... Today I looked in my local book shop for a beginners book on quilting with no success, so decided to try online to purchase what I wanted. There were so many to choose from and without looking at the pages I was unable to choose the right book. Now I will have to go further a field to look in a larger book store.

In preparation I decided to check that I have all the right equipment ready for when I start my project. When I looked at my needle case, it was a trip down memory lane for me as it was the first thing I ever made at school. I was probably around 7 years old and I have treasured it ever since.

As a small child I spent many weekends with my grandmother who taught me so many skills, sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, rug pegging and also gardening. It was always such a pleasure being with her. I remember that she was left handed and it was rather awkward when she was trying to show me how to knit.

When I do eventually get started on my quilt it will be for my grandchildren and hopefully they will treasure it.

Lunch at Uncle Henry's

We had a lovely lunch at Uncle Henry's at Grayingham today. All local produce cooked to perfection.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Busy weekend ahead

Water Mill & Tea Shop at Ollerton
Stationed at Kirklington Hall 1944 in the ATS

Kirklington Hall in the 1930's

A very busy weekend ahead, I have to buy a book on Quilting for beginers so that I can get my next project started to keep me busy through the winter months.

Also my sister and I are going to trace our Mother's life during World War 2 when she served in the ATS. We have planned a route which will take us to Ollerton in Nottinghamshire where she spent some time in 1944 and Kirklington Hall where she was stationed during that period. The Hall is now a boarding school, (Rodney School) so with a bit of luck we may have the chance to go inside. Ollerton Watermill and Teashop will be an ideal place to have tea and remember the stories she told us as youngsters of her time spent in the forces.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

In Loving Memory

I dedicate these floral tributes to my lovely Mum who passed away three years ago today. Dearly loved, always remembered.