Greetings! Earlier in the year I visited a beautiful fabric shop in Wallingford in Oxfordshire to buy some material for my Apple a Day mini-quilt. At the time I was too embarrassed to get my camera out in the shop but I did promise to be braver if I ever went again. This week saw me doing a return journey to buy some fabric for a festive table runner - I know, I know, I shouldn't even mention the 'C' word before December but, as I'm not the World's fastest sewer, I thought I should plan ahead! This time, I was indeed courageous and out came the camera.
It was a little tricksy getting a view of the outside owing to a large lorry inconveniently parked. This is the best I could manage:
Some shots of the interior:
They have an entire room dedicated to that 'C' word!
... and even a space for workshops:
It's a lovely shop if you're ever in the area but be warned - it would be extremely easy to get completely carried away and spend a fortune. Here are my purchases - I was proud of being so restrained!
Other happies this week:
My little haul from the farmers' market:
I normally can't bear goat's cheese but R bought this one and I didn't mind it too much. It was a blue variety and the blueness overpowered the goat! One of the squash went into a 'pumpkin' and tomato laska - recipe to be found here. It really was scrummy and I'll definitely be doing this one again. The Romanesque cauliflower was delicious in some macaroni cheese, not to say colourful, and the damsons went into a crumble. The recipe recommended not wasting time stoning them but, as E has braces, I spent a merry hour prizing the little blighters out!
L's hat is coming along. She spent the weekend in London with a couple of friends from uni and came home having dyed her hair with henna. It looks great but I'm not sure the colour of the hat will complement the new 'Weasley look'!
Lastly, this week's library books. More of the gorgeous Nigel Slater, this time about fruit and it's just as good as Tender volume I. I was initially disappointed with the Rick Stein, thinking his veggie chapter was a little lacking. It was only on closer inspection that I realized that there was lots of yummy stuff in the mezze section, so I'll forgive him! 'Howards End is on the Landing' is about author Susan Hill's year of refusing to buy any new books, rather rediscovering her own collection. Sounds like a great idea to me - there must be hundreds in L's room alone that I haven't read or have completely forgotten the plot of. I've been known to get most of the way through a book before realizing that I've already read it - does anyone else do that?
Toodle Pip for now. x