Sunday, 23 October 2011

Strange goings on :o)

Good Morning dear bloggy people :o)

I hope this post finds you all fine n dandy this Sunday morning :o)

Autumns here at last!   I love the crisp, cool, frosty mornings, but again this weekend is an extemely strange, warm morning for late October.
Just take a look at the contents of these photos for October in East Dorset..

Ok, ok, only joking!  ;o)
The above photo is from last year, but i just thought I'd remind you all of the gorgeous snow we had last December before we go on...;o)

Now, the one below is real! Taken this week in my garden..

It's my native hazel bush that I've grown from a nut..

See it's dying leaves..just a few left..?

Well, look closer, and you'll also see on the bush at the same time

some new buds, and catkins!  -Along with the dying leaves!

What's going on? These catkins aren't supposed to appear before next spring. Does this mean we will have no buds next spring?  As the frost will soon kill them off.. :o(

And also in my garden last week..

Look, my forsythia with it's autumnal leaves, and it's January flowers!!

Forsythia flowers normally appear in January *before* the leaves come on the branches, but as my leaves are curently dying, so my flowers are appearing!

I also have strawberries coming out now..

These type of strawberries are usually out in July/August.

But my dahlias are just pretties..

and they can come out until November apparently if the frosts aren't too bad :o)

Remember my half finished hand warmers from my last post? Well, I finished them,

and have crocheted 3 more pairs since then, but unfortunately I haven't photographed them.

I've been busy making more bits for my Etsy shop too.
*Pin wheel brooches*

*Christmas cake picks*  I've made all sorts of these..snowflakes, butterflies etc..

*Pentagon christmas crochet bunting*

And *zip brooches and hair grips*

Although I have to say I've been somewhat of a 'slacker'  (as Jennie would say;o))
in the listing of products in my shop.
I mean I *still* haven't listed the makes I made during the summer holidays!

And in a couple of weeks my eldest daughter is going for a short stay in Kings College hospital London, so I'm not sure whether to list now, or now wait until we come out!
Honestly, sometimes I do make life hard for myself :o)

I also haven't forgotten my recipe from my last post for the quiche/tart.
I've taken some lovely photos for it, and I shall get the recipe up on a 'stand alone' page as soon as I have time.

This weekend has been all about tidying. As I'm staying at the hospital with my daughter I need to get everything ship shape at home so that hubby and the other two children don't have to do much whilst I'm gone.
And I have some custom bunting to make for a 40th birthday too, which needs to be done before I go.  But I'll tell you more about that in a few weeks.
Well, anyway, that's it for me today.
I have loads to write about, as I haven't had the heart to blog these past couple of weeks ..I don't know why. I mean I've been about, just didn't feel much like posting. And I think sometimes when blogger is going wrong and you can't comment and stuff, it all gets a bit frustrating!  Maybe I just give up too easily lol.     Do you ever get like that?

Well, have a lovely Sunday everyone. And if your children are off school this week for half term like mine are, have a gorgeous autumny time won't you?

Take care all of you,

Love Donna xx


  1. Hi Donna
    Love the Christmas cake picks. Hope all goes well at Kings College, such a long way for you to go. Take care of yourself and don't rush around too much will you! Have a great Sunday.
    Jo xx

  2. HI Donna
    Like you I haven't felt like blogging lately, nothing really wrong, just not in the mood. lol
    Just want to wish you a safe journey to Hospital and hope all goes well for you both.

  3. Hi Donna, the weather has gone crazy, i only hope we dont have the late winter we had the the begin of the year (im not very good in the snow!). Amazing pics from your garden.

    I think we all lose out blogging mojo from time to time too. Scarlett x

  4. i loved the weather today - being at market! wow you have been busy. and now after your lovely pictures i wish i was green fingered. xx

  5. Huh--so strange. Your plants are probably trying to tell you something, but what? That's really remarkable, Donna.

    I love your latest Etsy makes. Especially those pinwheel brooches. List them sooner than later. You have so many new items to offer, so space your listings apart. Howabout make a goal to list one thing per day or every other day? Good luck with your daughter. I wish you all happy health, Victoria

  6. Mother Nature must not know if she's coming or going! I also noticed a tree the other day with new buds while the old leaves were still there, very strange.

    I love your pin wheel brooches.

  7. I hope all goes well for your daughters stay in hospital xx

    I have so many house things that need doing because its just got pretty messy these past few weeks. The boys have promised to help tomorrow - thank goodness for 1/2 term!!

  8. Hi Donna!
    Yes what is going on in the garden at the moment??? All most bizarre, the plants think its spring!
    Dahlias are looking lovely.
    Goodness, you have been extremely busy making things - love the wristwarmers and the brooches, especially the zipper one - so clever!
    Hope all goes well for your daughter in hospital - so glad you can be with her.
    Gill xx

  9. The gardens are certianly confused aren't they ? Good luck with the hospital stay xx

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