Monday, 4 February 2008

A working weekend.

My giveaway presents arrived on Saturday from Annie at a Sauceful of Secrets.They are so lovely. Many thanks Annie and here they are. Forgive me for not being the best photographer in the world. First there is the cat picture, lace and ribbon.



Then lovely old buttons.
Then the majestic cat that is now guarding my mantlepiece.



For my 50th post I thought I will do a giveaway with a cat theme as everyone knows I am a cat person. Ours are still hibernating unless you go out into the garden with them when they follow you around!! Its been very cold here of late. It tried again and again to snow Thursday/Friday but never stuck and I was so looking forward to building a snowman! Not much gardening has been done but I have started planning and even bought some seeds. Much junk has now been thrown out or recycled. The wallpaper in said bedroom is now almost off and husband is doing all the jobs I hate you know sanding and filling etc before we decorate.
I spent some time at weekend going to a friend's 50th birthday party and seeing lots of old workmates. I also made some marmalade for the very first time. It's quite bitter as I did not put the full amount of sugar in from recipe but used jam sugar so it has set OK. It will bite back on your toast!
Well that's it for today as I have loads to do. Whoever said retirement was quiet and easy!!

6 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

Oh your pretties are so pretty and I love that ferocious looking kitty guarding the mantle! Lovely. Marmalade, yum! I made lemon/grapefruit marmalade last year...talk about biting back! But good...can't wait for your package from me to get there...Mary Isabella received hers Saturday...so soon now, soon
hugs
Sandi

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Hi Mary, glad you like the cat things, did the cup and saucer suvive the journey?hope so.Shall visit again soon, best wishes from Annie x

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Everyone I know who've retired seems to be busier than ever! But at least you're doing nice things in between,I've never made marmalade but my daughter has just discovered she likes it so I might have a go sometime.

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Everyone I know who've retired seems to be busier than ever! But at least you're doing nice things in between,I've never made marmalade but my daughter has just discovered she likes it so I might have a go sometime.

Sandi McBride said...

And now you've got me laughing! Egads, how many times did I get caught by the window washer in pj's? It didn't help that he was a fine strapping lad, too! Mac always said I did it on purpose till I pointed out that if I were doing it on purpose I'd have on other than old flannel jammy bottoms and one of his discarded tee's! Silly man
hugs
Sandi
ps, you're right, nothing attractive about bed hair!!!!

Vienna for Beginners said...

Your marmelade pots look lovely! The best marmelade I ever had was from the Vatican supermarket (yes, they have a big shopping area underneath St. Peter's, no kidding!), a brand from Scotland, nicely bitter and made with Whiskey! *dream* Never ever found it outside the Vatican walls!
Don't apologize for the pictures, they illustrate nicely what you want to show us. You could look up your manual, there should be a low-light and no-flash setting that would enable you do shoot indoors without flash. No flash photography in artificial light works quite well with digital cameras, which was not always the case with the old analog ones.
With a special load of spring air from Vienna,
Merisi