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A Week Of Bits & Pieces

Noddy Ready To Embellish,Rocking Dog

Noddy Ready To Embellish

Rocking Dogs week has been one of bits and pieces. I have been sewing Vintage fabric Christmas stockings. Jolly 1960’s Noddy material has been joined by small check gingham and woolly ric-rac. The stockings will be given hanging loops and some jingly bells. I made another stocking from a vintage tablecloth printed with the words and pictures for “Waltzing Matilda”. I lined the stocking with silk embroidered with images of broom. A mustard coloured fringe finishes the stocking. So now it is looking for an Aussie friendly house this Christmastime.

Whilst I sewed, tree surgeons took down three 50ft conifers in our back garden. We started life at the kennel with about 20 conifers (the work of the devil!) Shortly after we moved in, Andyman came home to find i’d sawed down about twelve of them and was in the process of chopping them up. Over the years we have removed more, and now there are just three left to go! With the tree surgeons having packed up their chain saws for the time being, we can concentrate on planning and planting a kitchen garden. There are going to be espalier fruit trees and old cast iron baths for raised beds amongst other features. I loved the beans growing in a little community allotment that I spotted whilst walking Real Live Rocking Dog. I also enjoyed eating the most voluptuous and delicious figs grown by our lovely neighbours. Definitely food for thought for our garden.

Beautiful flowers arrived through the door (thank you Ella and Josh) whist I bought a remnant heavily embroidered with flowers (thank you to The Boys That Sew at Whittaker Wells). In an ideal world i’d put it with an amazing copper bath, basin and is there such a thing as a copper loo? I’d add dramatic lighting, amazing flooring, mirrors stop,…..stop!

When not sewing I have been planning some forthcoming cooking sessions with Young Adult Carers. I have also set myself the challenge of researching all the names on the local War Memorial. I am looking for any knitters or crocheters who would kindly make me some poppies for this project. Thank you.

We have been enjoying the World Athletics Championships and last weekend saw Bolt run his last solo race. I think everyone expected him to go out in a blaze of golden glory – but alas it wasn’t to be. It was all rather flat but we did have the funny memory of a streaker ripping his trousers off Full Monty style and running down the track. He was eventually tackled to the ground by a tangle of security staff!

Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope it will be relaxing, sunny and happy.

Love Rocking Dog x

Winter Fuel,Rocking Dog

Winter Fuel

Summer Blooms,Rocking Dog

Summer Blooms

Embroidered Blooms,Rocking Dog

Embroidered Blooms

Garden Planning,Rocking Dog

Garden Planning

Magic Beans,Rocking Dog

Magic Beans

Fabulous Figs,Rocking Dog

Fabulous Figs

World Athletics,Rocking Dog

World Athletics

WW1 Research,Rocking Dog

WW1 Research

Baking,Rocking Dog

Baking

Rocking Dog 350th Blog Celebration

Piggy Pud', Rocking Dog

Piggy Pud’

Rocking Dog enjoyed a lazy afternoon at The Pig near Bath yesterday. What better way to celebrate this, my 350th Rocking Dog Blog post! After a hectic few weeks it was lovely to venture out for lunch with my longest standing friend. I have known Teri since 10th March 1980. I can be certain of the auspicious date, for it was the day we met on a train travelling to Aldershot. We were somewhat nervously about to embark on our Army Basic Training. I remember her wearing an enamel Roxy Music badge. I expect she remembers the fact that I had far too much luggage!

We started this visit to The Pig with a wander around the kitchen garden. I loved the beautiful wreath’s on the doors of The Apple Shed, treatment huts and even the chicken coop. The gardeners were busily planting cabbage plants into the damp cold soil. Kale, chard, onions, sprouts adorned the large walled plot, winters’ jewels.

A Virgin Bloody Mary and Raspberry cocktail were sipped by a roaring open fire whilst we perused the menu. We nibbled on pork crackling infused popcorn. It all felt very decadent!

We ate in the lovely conservatory and enjoyed truly yummy things and reminisced about 36 years of friendship. We ended the meal with a mint infusion taken by another roaring open fire. Perfect.

The sun was descending, and we glimpsed a transient amber-pink ribbon of sky through bare ancient beeches. Such a lovely afternoon.

I cannot believe that there have been 349 blog posts before this one. I am sometimes all too ready to throw in the towel…but here I am, still blogging for all my sins! I hope that there are posts that you are inspired by and hope you’ll keep hanging in on there for the ride! Thank you x

Teri and I decided that this is to be an annual pre Christmas meet up. It’s all too easy to get overly caught up in the mayhem that is Christmas. Breathe. Breathe and eat pork crackling infused popcorn!

Antler Wreath, Rocking Dog

Antler Wreath

Fork To Plate,Rocking Dog

Fork To Plate

Fireside Drinks,Rocking Dog

Fireside Drinks

Stockholm Gingerbread,Rocking Dog

Stockholm Gingerbread

Pig Gingerbread,Rocking Dog

Pig Gingerbread

Pretty Eggs,Rocking Dog

Pretty Eggs

Pretty Pear,Rocking Dog

Pretty Pear

Twinkly Pig,Rocking Dog

Twinkly Pig

Sunset At The Pig,Rocking Dog

Sunset At The Pig

Pretty Puddings At The Pig At Bath

You're So Pretty! Rocking Dog

You’re So Pretty!

What pretty puddings we ate at The Pig at Bath on Sunday. The piggy bites and the mains were lovely too, as was the occasion we were celebrating. Our neighbour Symon had reached the dizzy heights of being 40.

The weather was truly gorgeous and so puddings and coffee were eaten alfresco. We eventually retreated to a more shady spot, and the boys debated how easy it would be to build a pair of Adirondack chairs. Get on it boys!

We could have sat there in that beautiful garden ALL afternoon. If it wasn’t a full Pig-out you were wanting, there were delicious pizzas being baked outside in the wood fired oven. The Pig is child friendly and it was lovely to see siblings happily swinging in the hammock, doing hand stands and playing hide and seek. Meanwhile fallow deer with their fuzzy antlers and swishing tails were grazing in a nearby field. We eventually left our sun soaked seats and headed into the walled kitchen garden.

For me the kitchen garden is a good reason to come to The Pig for lunch. I love eating and then having a leisurely pootle to see just what is growing in the garden. That fork to plate vision is something I really love. All types of summer fruits, herbs, globe artichokes, rainbow chard, rocket were all ready to pick.

Another gorgeous visit to The Pig and we all left with a warm glow! 40 isn’t that bad after all is it Symon!?

PS The pretty puddings were a Summer berry focaccia with a berry ice cream, a Gooseberry fool with gingerbread pig and a Garden mint mousse with chocolate ice cream. Yummy!

You're So Pretty Too!, Rocking Dog

You’re So Pretty Too!

Gooseberry Yumminess, Rocking Date

Gooseberry Yumminess

Piggy Fours, Rocking Dog

Piggy Fours

Cocktails, Rocking Dog

Cocktails

Sunny Coffee, Rocking Dog

Sunny Coffee

Out Front, Rocking Dog

Out Front

Exotic Peas, Rocking Dog

Exotic Peas

Spiky Vegetable, Rocking Dog

Spiky Vegetable

Potting Shed Treatment Anyone ? Rocking Dog

Potting Shed Treatment Anyone?

Belated Anniversary Lunch With Andyman

Sunbathed "Pig", Rocking Dog

Sunbathed “Pig”

Andyman and I enjoyed a belated anniversary lunch date at “The Pig” near Bath yesterday. It was lovely to return to the hotel for delicious food, gorgeous interiors, wonderful kitchen garden… and the extensive wine list! So a really quick run through what we ate (Food crit’s are SO boring!) Garden herb infused oil with sourdough, Venison carpaccio, Lyme Bay potted crab with egg mayonnaise soldiers, Roast Beef and trimmings x2, Apple crumble with thyme ice cream, Lemon and verbena mascarpone terrine with candied beetroot and beetroot syrup, coffee. It was all truly yummy. Conversation unsurprisingly centred around our lovely brood and the wonderful spring day beyond our table.

The date ended with the now inevitable wander around the kitchen garden. Greenhouses beckoned to be peeked into, blossoms cried out to be smelt, and plant labels begged to be scrutinised. I truly love the fork to plate ethos. We ended our stroll with watching the eggs being collected from The Pig hens. Palest blue, nut brown, speckled and rust these freshly laid ouef’s were worthy of being given spectacular names on a Farrow and Ball paint chart!

It was a lovely afternoon, Thank you Mr F!

Unctuous Oil, Rocking Dog

Unctuous Oil

Good Pud', Rocking Dog

Good Pud’

Pig Footwear, Rocking Dog

Pig Footwear

Springtime Thrones,Rocking Dog

Springtime Thrones

Pig Hens, Rocking Dog

Pig Hens

Hen To Plate, Rocking Dog

Hen To Plate