The Splendid Sampler …. starts

I have decided to take part in the SPLENDID SAMPLER quilt-along.

100 quilt blocks over the course of a whole year starting on Valentine’s Day 14 Feb 2016.

Block 1


Block 2


Block 3


Block 4


alternative Block 4


and a GIANT Block 4


Block 5


Block 6


I think this is a bit aggressive to go with the other blocks ..

Block 7



If you want to read more about the SPLENDID SAMPLER click HERE


Adios Alison, Vaya con Dios

Adios Alison, Vaya con Dios
Today my dear friend Alison and I spent a pleasant day retracing steps taken when our children were small and we saw each other every day. Since those days I have continued to live in the same house in the same place. She has been a bit of a vagabond, moving 4 times since we first met back in 1990. And now she is off again, this time completely out of the country to spend three years in the Dominican Republic to work amongst people who don’t worry about what to wear but rather if they have anything at all to wear, and don’t worry about what they fancy to eat but if they will eat. Food for thought!

On Top of the World

Godolphin Hill has always had a magical sound to it but so far we have never ventured up its slopes. This week we decided to go for it at the beginning of our week in Cornwall rather than risking being rained off towards the end of the week.

Once you reach the top you can see see both the north AND south coasts of Cornwall. And in case you are wondering, no we didn’t find a Cornish Pisky sitting on a stone on the summit, this is our daughter who is recuperating from a broken collarbone. The one-armed climb tired her out so much that we are having a lazy day today, or rather she is and I am doing some gardening which is more or less stationary but provided a bit of a work-out as I had to carry 3 big bags of compost from the car, across the car park and along the patio.

We popped into the local last night and shared a table with people from Newyln and Mousehole. They have recommended that our next Cornish ascent should be Trencrom

Muriel Spark Week continues ….




Muriel Spark Week – Day 2


I have just finished reading my first ever Muriel Spark, “The Only Problem”. I am still digesting it but felt sure that I must have at least one other Spark title lurking somewhere in the house. I was just about to give up but just as I was half-glancing at the foreign language and translated shelf near the door, my eye dropped down to a slim orange Penguin, originally sold for 3/6.

So I hope to at least get another Muriel under my belt this week.

The wonderful Penguin cover of my copy is by an illustrator called  Terence Greer. You can see more of his covers, many for Muriel Spark books here. Enjoy.





Muriel Spark Reading Week … is here




I have Muriel Spark’s “The Only Problem” (first published 1984) on my TBR mountain so this seems a good time to ascend this slim volume.

On the second page, a character with my name appears so I will take that as a good omen.

Character No.1, Harvey Gotham has a theory that I find somewhat disconcerting:


          … people have an effect on the natural greenery around them regardless of whether they lay their hands

          on it or not; some people, he would remark, induce fertility in their environment and some the desert,

          simply by psychic force.



Others joining in with Muriel Spark Week are:


Simon (the instigator)




Annuzza A Girl of Rumania


My grandmother gave me a book called “Annuzza, a girl of Romania” by Hertha Seuberlich

(later published as “Candle in the Wind”)

She lives on a farm and is supposed to take care of the precious chickens but instead she prefers to read. She wins a scholarship to a (boarding) school in the city and has a tough time because everyone is so rich so she invents a rich family for herself.The book had line drawings to accompany the text that helped to set the scene. I think the fascination with the book was my inability to imagine what it would be like if I wasn’t encouraged to read.

Quad Time by The Joy of Box


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