The last week of my holiday has flown past and I've now returned to work and as usual some new challenges. It's amazing how quickly you get out of your work routines and into new ones which involve tea in bed, lots of crafting and other self-indulgences. Still I'm very lucky to have the job I have and to work for a great organization so I'm sure I'll be back in the swing fairly quickly.
The weather has been so bad that it's been difficult to get any decent photos but inbetween showers I've managed to snatch a few.
There have been a few colourful dishes from my new Rose Eliot cookbook 30 minute vegetarian meals.
I actually timed how long it took me .... definitely more than 30 minutes. First time I have ever cooked beetroot from scratch ... delicious!
I finished my new green bolero shown a few blogs ago. As I also mentioned I snapped a bit of a bargain dress at the Manchester Cath Kidson shop and when I got it home and looked at the colours I immediately thought how great the lime green Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmero wool would look with it. So I trawled Ravelry and found a bolero pattern (available here bonnie bolero). I really enjoyed this knit. Its actually knitted in one piece (although you cast on from the middle and then pick up and knit from the cast on and knit in the opposite direction). It's not perfect and I probably should have knitted the next size but I do really like it and if it washes OK this is one pattern I will knit again.
... and just enjoying a rare cuppa and cake in the garden (my favourite lemon meringue cake) ... and thankfully Rosie's coat has grown a little!
Rosie and Tess will do anything for cake (or any food come to that).
While in the garden I'll just show you the vintage cup tea-lighters bought in Lewes which are now in the garden, although too wet to light.
I also made a little cross-stitch project which came free with Cross-stitcher magazine for a "Diary of an Ewardian Lady" bookmark which is quite sweet.