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Sunday, 23 October 2011

apples and hearts


Stourhead,
you have been here with me before.
This weekend we came here not only for a walk on a beautiful autumn day, but also to visit the Apple Day at the Stourhead farm shop, a regular annual event.


It gives us an opportunity to taste and buy a large selection of locally grown apples.
I love some of the wonderful names given to apples, for instance "Slack-ma-girdle"!


This area is also known for its apple cider and there are many producers here, old and new.
A relatively new company is  Fosseway Somerset Cider, which had a stand here today and we had a chance to sample their cider which is very nice.


 Needless to say that we came home with some of the "tastings".


I think I should explain a little the name "Fosseway".
Fosse Way was a road build by the Romans, which connected Exeter in the Southwest of England with Lincoln in Northeast.


It is possible that it was originally a defensive ditch to mark the western frontier of the Roman rule in Britain, and later filled in. Many parts of the original road still form parts of the roads today.
Fosseway runs through our county of Somerset, hence the name is used quite often here.
You can read more about Fosseway here.

Of course I could not help myself and I had to make an apple pie when back home, to keep to the spirit of the day.


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My stitching week has been taken up mainly with the small blocks for the Scandinavian Christmas border. I am now glad that I have decided to finish the quilt as per the original pattern, it will give it a nice finish.



I have found this sign in the National Trust shop at Stourhead.
I think it will go so well with the quilt.


I have also made some progress on the Norwegian design jacket.


During the week I received my order of this beautiful lace yarn, from Nimu Yarns,
a mixture of alpaca, silk and cashmere. I first saw this yarn on rubysasha's blog, thank you rubysasha for "discovering" it!
I plan to make a large scarf rather then a shawl, when I decide on a pattern.
I have a couple of lovely patterns in mind. I like both of them very much, I just need to make up my mind.


I wish you all a very good week!




12 comments:

l'alternativa said...

This post is beautiful, you've talked about many interesting things, I'm very glad I did meet you!
I wish you a happy week!!!!!!!!!
Emi

El Olor de Cádiz said...

HOLA AMIGA !!!!! HACIA YA DIAS, QUE NO SABIA NADA DE USTED. Y AHORA ACABO DE VER, ESE ESTUPENDO VIAJE QUE HIZO A FOSSEWAY. SE LO PASARIA DE MARAVILLA..... ESTUPENDA LA SIDRA Y LAS MANZANAS, VERDAD ????? ME ALEGRO DE SALUDARLA. BESOS DESDE CADIZ, ESPAÑA.

Frances Leate said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day and I bet that cider tasted good. Love your fabric selection for the heart blocks and it is going to be a great quilt. Take care.

Anneliese said...

Radka, hi, I love your post and the hearts are lovely and wonderful. They will go so very well with the quilt. Your Norwegian work is astonishing - I envy you about your ability to knit something so difficult. Your post is very interesting.

artymess said...

Happy Apple day ..the apple pie looks good .........x

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Your Autumn day trip photos are lovely. Love the apples,and all the Autumn colors and of course the pie looks very yummie. Hugs Judy Happy Autumn

cose di lino said...

Bellissimo blog!
Tante idee e ricami interessanti!
ciao
nunzia

Linda said...

Another great post Radka, interesting information and gorgeous photographs. And, a bit of history to boot, just what I like about your posts.

Your stitching and knitting are progressing well by the look of it. I really love the lace yarn you purchased, lovely colour indeed. Aisling has an interesting blog too, and so willing to share.

I can't believe how many varieties of apples are around these days. I can only remember about three making it to the shops when I was a girl. Love that apple pie, mouth watering stuff.

shirley said...

There were lots of different apple varieties...my favourite is "pink lady" maybe you dont have them there. I did enjoy reading the post, with so many interesting things to read about

Juliettecherry said...

Radka, I join everyone else on saying how very interesting your post is. Those apples look delicious, so colourful as is your delightful photography.

Your edibles always look scrummy, all well fed in your house!!

That knitting is fantastic, is this the one that has to be cut? when you spoke about cutting into knitting it sounds so scary,especially so if it is that beautiful patterned work.

That lace yarn is calling to me.

Patchworkjana said...

Mila Radko, nevim co mam driv obdivovat? Tve pekne fotografie - jako pohlednice, mnam jablkovy dortik,
uzasne blocky se srdickama atd...
Jsi uzasne pilna :-)
Bye from Hamburk!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous knitting, patchwork hearts and a beautiful shade for a scarf.

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