Friday, 23 October 2009

Time Tested Beauty Tips

Below is Audrey Hepburn's favourite poem and one written by the author for his grandchild.
Makes me cry every time.

Time Tested Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows! --Sam Levenson

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Knitting Matters

How proud am I of this knit - the Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket.
Such a wonderful pattern to knit, such a mystery as you knit along trusting all will come right !
And WOW did it come right, think I need to cast another on.

Socks for O, the first pair I have ever knitted him ... how silly is that after all the pairs I've knitted.

WIP - another dishcloth.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Free Food Friday - Fighting the Cold

Getting the Winter Cold Defensive on the go.

Huge bowl of Elderberries (thanks S) sorted and into the pan with some sugar for syrup, a spoonful a day will (fingers crossed) keep those germs away.

And if all else fails, something to warm the belly.
Sloes + Sugar + Gin, my kind of maths !
Have some more sloes in the freezer ready for mixing with vodka too.
Happy Autumn Bounty.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Painting the Season

Funny, it doesn't matter how many different colours O has, the end result is always slushy brown !
Big plans for these master pieces.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Autumn Work

I love the Autumn garden cleaning, cutting back, gathering of leaves, building of bonfire and then warming suppers of chilli and a new fav - apple batter pudding.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Book Sharing Monday - The Autumn Collection

Have been forgetting Book Sharing Monday for too long now, so thought I'd do a round up of our Autumn favourites ( I do remember it but not until about Wednesday/Thursday ! )

Autumn by Gerda Muller - This simple picture board book holds the joys of the season on each page, apples to eat, kites to fly and friends to play.
Brambly Hedge, Autumn Story by Jill Barklem - I could look at these beautiful pictures all day, the wonderful details, so much to see, brambles, rose hips, blackberries and a lost little mouse.
Woody, Hazel and Little Pip by Elsa Beskow - The magic of the season captured in stunning pictures and a delightful story. A favourite round here.
Pleasant Fieldmouse's Halloween Party by Jan Wahl - One of my best charity shop finds.The woodland animals are planning a party with treasure hunts, fancy dress and apple bobbing.
The Jolly Witch by Dick King-Smith - We love the Jolly Witch and all her adventures but this one is extra special, holding memories of reading it to my children and their friends around a Halloween camp-fire in our garden complete with hot chocolate and plenty of goodies.
The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin by Betsy band - A wise old woman out-wits the animals of the forest.
An Acorn for Tea by Julie Sykes - O's favourite. The animals of the wood are too busy to go collect their own dinners so ask Rufus to find them leaves, nuts and berries while gathering his own.
What Autumn inspired books are you enjoying ?

Autumn Seasons Table

Loving the Autumn colours, definitely my favourite season.
Such riches from the Earth, crisp, fresh mornings, bright, clear days and evenings that are now cold enough for lighting the fire.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Hair today, Gone tomorrow.

Yesterday was hair cut day, it's been due for awhile now, a loooong while.
But I have had a reason for wanting it to get as long as possible over the last couple of years, so I've left it and left it until finally I felt it was time.

So yesterday, it was cut, all 20" of it.
Leaving me feeling alittle light-headed and abit chilly round the neck but it was worth it.

My hair is being sent here, The Little Princess Trust, to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.
I feel very proud and honoured that my hair will be used in this way and as always with these things I do, I do them with love for my daughter Emma Joan in my heart, may her 39 minutes on this Earth touch many lives, letting her memory live on.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Glorious Autumn Days

Glutney Chutney simmering on the stove, HFW style.

Afternoon treats from Auntie T.

A day at Clumer Park, admiring the veg patch.

Running round the walled gardens.

And watching Lady Autumn paint Mother Earth in her new colours.