Sunday, 3 November 2013

This Week

Hello,  the weather's still very changeable and the summer seems a distant memory now.  House moving plans have stalled for the moment and I've done as much sorting and clutter clearing as I can for now, so to take my mind off things for a while a new project was needed.  Yes, there's a pile of crochet squares to turn into a blanket and umpteen quilty WIPS to finish, but I really wanted to start something new using lots of my palest rosy fabrics.  Not sure how it will end up yet, but just playing around with them makes me happy!


Other things I've enjoyed this week include more dramatic skies and lovely rainbows.


Yummy warming porridge for breakfast with honey and fresh fruit, or lots of homemade gooseberry compote.


Fruity flapjacks made with odds and ends from the baking cupboard.  Very moreish and quite nutritious!


And a great book by Kate Adie about women's roles in the First World War.  Full of information on everything from dangerous munitions work and engineering, to the land army and medical help, often close to the front lines and unpaid, or for much less than men doing the same job!  


The story of women's football was new to me.  With all the young men away fighting, many women's teams sprang up and drew large crowds, probably for the shocking sight of bare legs!  I love this team photo with their mob caps.


Hope it's not too windy where you are.
xxx

27 comments:

  1. I have to agree, playing with fabric is a lot of fun, even if you never get around to making anything, the playing is fun! :)
    Delicious looking flapjacks!
    V x

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  2. Now that Kate Adie book looks like a perfect Christmas gift - love the team photo! Jane x

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  3. I've just started reading 'Jambusters' by Julie Summers, a history of the role of the Women's Institute during World War 2, after a very inspiring talk form the author. I've just popped over to the Hants library website and placed a reservation for the Kate Adie book. It'll be interesting to do a comparison. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    1. Sounds like an interesting book. There's a bit about the beginnings of the WI in Kate's book, just one of the many organizations set up to help on the Home Front.

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  4. The fabrics look beautiful, I am sure you will make something lovely with them. The porridge and flapjacks both look delicious....perfect food for the weather now too. Thanks for mentioning the book, it does look very interesting.....I never knew about the women playing football during WWI!
    Helen x

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  5. Love a glimpse into your week. I saw a spectacular rainbow last night, glad you did too.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. Beautiful fabrics, can't wait to see how it works out.
    Jilly

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  7. Your flapjacks look delicious! But your fabrics are beautiful too, it is such fun to think about what to do with them, it certainly will be something beautiful!

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  8. Looks like my breakfast porridge and blackcurrant compote for us and those flapjacks look yummy!

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  9. I am glad the weather is turning cooler so that I want to be inside instead of playing on the beach. I am in the mood to make a sweet little baby quilt.

    Your bits of fabric are lovely.

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  10. That's a lovely looking breakfast, I love porridge especially at this time of year.

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  11. I love that photo with the autumn colours and the rainbow. And the fabrics are lovely. I'm doing something similar with my wool stash. Must be getting colder.. brrr.

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  12. Sounds like an interesting book! Thank you for letting us know. The fabrics look beautiful!!

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

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  13. What pretty fabric and I love your rainbow photo with the autumn colours, just beautiful. Your flapjacks look moreish... yum!

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  14. ooo, I am besotted with those lovely pretty fabrics! I can't wait to see what you do with them...as always, your photos capture the seasons so beautifully, whether it is the flora and fauna of your gorgeous garden, or the autumnal delights in your kitchen! Your book looks so interesting - I met Kate Adie at the Hay Literary Festival a few years ago, a trio of us at a table had an interesting conversation about feminism and chivalry and if the two could actually exist together...but that's a conversation for another day, get back to your book and flapjacks! ;-) Chrissie x

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    1. She has had such an amazing life and has a great writing style. Very inspiring! xx

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  15. Those flapjacks look delicious! Looking forward to seeing what you make with the pretty fabric! Maria x

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  16. I love porridge and have it every day. Your flapjacks look gorgeous and I'd like to read the Kate Adie book.

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  17. Needing those Flapjack they look de- lish

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  18. Just love your collection of pale rose fabrics! Great if someone like you has the skills to sew something nice out of them.
    Here in Southern California the weather has been quite nice last week, mostly warm sunny autumn days with a little bit of rain. Nonetheless I enjoy eating porridge almost every day for breakfast as well, since the mornings are relatively chilly even here.
    Christina

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  19. You're making my mouth water with the porridge, compote and flapjacks. Which reminds me, I was meant to make some yesterday. Your book looks really interesting, I will have to get that one and your fabrics are so pretty, I will look forward to seeing what you create.

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  20. Must look out for that book, there must have been so much accomplished by women that went relatively unrecognised at the time and then later became invisible, as the guys returned to pick up their own lives.
    My own mum said it had been both scary and exciting to work away from home in a big city at munitions work and shed found it boring when she returmed to village life afterwards.
    Love the florals..........theyd be perfect for my hexi floral bed cover Im making ( slowly lol) .........now if I could just pop in and sweep up your offcuts? lol

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    1. Yes, they did so much, but once the men came back they were usually dismissed with no thanks. My family lived in Woolwich and I know many of the men worked in the Arsenal. I'm going to try and find out if any women did, but not sure where to start!

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  21. That looks like an interesting book you don't usually hear about the women in the First World War.
    Sarah x

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  22. looks like you had an amazing week!
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  23. oh my. the last time i saw a rainbow was in June, but it feels like forever ago.

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