Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Let's sit and have a cup of tea

August has been a busy month so it's lovely to sit and have a cup of tea together and share our news.  I think we had better sit inside today as it's a bit cooler today and there seems to be a fine mist in the air.  Autumn is probably on its way.
As I put the kettle on to boil, I feel sure that Coco will be excitedly greeting you.  She loves visitors, especially is there is a chance of some cake crumbs to share with her.  There is a tiny piece of my daughter's birthday cake left from the weekend.   
I can't believe that I have a daughter who is 27, it makes me feel old!  She had a lovely birthday despite being under the weather on heavy duty antibiotics. She had a crowd of her friends over for drinks, then they hired a minibus to take them to Kanaloa Club in London.  It's owned by Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud and they had a great time.  Came home with their Hawaiian Lei around their necks.  Which may have ended up as a blog header and certainly ended up as a dog decoration.
 
I'd try not to bore you with tales of our holiday, which already seems so far away.  But I would certainly show you the quilt that I have made to give to my son's girlfriend for her birthday in October.  I'm really pleased with the way it has turned out.  This is the third one I have made now and I think that with each one I find a new way to do something and improve.  I'm already planning a chevron one to make with the off cuts from the one I have just finished.  I've been so inspired by Abi's fab quilts and the chevron idea is definitely copied from hers.  I do hope I don't have to email her too often for help and/or advice! Have you tried any new skills this year?  I do love to learn something new. Isn't it amazing what tutorials you can find on YouTube?  But oh, how time flies when you click on 'just one more'!
 
I'll be offering you a top up and would probably be telling you that this time next week I will be back at work.  Taking part in a CPD day and not feeling happy about it.  Secretaries have never had to take part before and so we enjoyed an extra couple of days holiday just as the students do, but the head had an idea that teachers and support staff should be treated exactly the same so we are lumbered with having to go in.  You can tell I'm not keen.  It's pitched at teaching staff and I'm not convinced that non-teachers will gain much from being there.  I hope I'm proved wrong!
 
I'd ask if you were taking part in Rinda's Scavenger Hunt this year and tell you how I have all my photos now.  I am going to a crop in a couple of weeks time and intend to have them printed off so I can spend the first part of the day working on the mini album I bought to keep them in.  The hunt is so much fun and there was a part of me that was sad when the last one was found.  I wonder if we can talk her into doing a Winter one too?
 
Well, the pot is empty and the cake is eaten; the dog is scouring the floor for the smallest crumb and eyeing up any drop of tea left in the bottom of the mugs - she does love a cup of tea!  But if you are still thirsty, pop over to Abi's and see who else is taking part this month. 
 
 
 

 

13 comments:

Sandra said...

Thank you for the tea and cake. Oh I've loved looking at your quilting, and of course playing with Coco ... Can I come back again please :)

Amy said...

From what I have seen, your quilting is already fabulous!
We always have to go in for PD days - but I suppose we are in the classroom and directly working with the children so it makes sense .. I usually enjoy them and I find it helps to forge stronger relationships with other staff members ie we can all roll our eyes at the Principal trying to tell funny jokes etc!

Sian said...

The cake looks almost to nice to eat..I'm glad it's already cut into and I don't have to feel too guilty about asking for a slice :)

Cheri said...

I'd definitely commiserate with you over the feeling old and wondering how we got to the point where are children are adults! And I'd admire your quilting and wonder if that is something I want to get back to. Not anytime soon. Too much else I'm learning!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I would love to admire your quilting and I would tell you about my own sewing plans. You've done well with the scavenger hunt and still nearly a month to go. I'm almost there now, just 3 left I think, including that elusive cloud!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Hi Deb,
I wanted to ask you about something to do with quilting, but I can't find a way to contact you via your blog as you're a 'no reply' blogger. I wondered if you would mind emailing me instead? I'm at angelfishcrafts{at}gmail{dot}com
Thanks x

Abi said...

Thank you for having tea with me Debs. That cake made my mouth water! I am so excited about all your quilting. I think you are quite the expert by now but would love to help if I can! Hope that CPD day goes ok. I can imagine how annoying it is that you have to go. We used to have to go to teacher training days as Gap assistants and it was always dull as it was aimed at the teaching staff! ah well!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Your dog is so cute, and I really, really want that cake!
No winter scavenger hunt this year, but I will definitely do another next summer!!!
Rinda

Kirsty.A said...

Thanks for tea. Yes, a winter scavenge hunt would be such fun. Maybe we should do it, if Rinda won't. Hope the CPD day is better than you expect

alexa said...

What an amazing cake! A great baker as well as quilter then :). Very much enjoyed your holiday stories by the way, so meeting you in person over tea would be - dare I say it ? - the icing on the cake :).

Karen said...

Delicious cake and your teapot did make me giggle. Lucky son's girlfriend to be the recipient of one of your gorgeous quilts. Looking forward to seeing your photos and the finished album at the crop x

Sinead said...

Thank you for tea Deb, and how I'd love to have a slice of that AMAZING cake in reality! Best of luck with the quilting, it's something I've wanted to do for a long time so I can't wait to see your results. Best of luck with the CPD day and being back to school next week x

Ifa said...

27 ? Really ? I see that Hawaiian thingy found a worthy recipient! Hope you days with the teachers will not be a total waste of time.