Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Days of our lives...

As I said last week it is autumn in the south.
Today you'd be forgiven for thinking that winter had arrived.
The temps have dropped and the wind and rain have been howling through.
As usual for Tuesday I went to little mother's group 
and then took her out to do her weekly shopping.
I thought she might decide to stay home by her fire, but no, out we trotted.
Being so cold and miserable when I got home I decided it was time to get out
 one of the jigsaws I kept at home and started doing that.

It's only 500 piece so shouldn't take too long - I hope.
Buuut there's a lot of water all looking much the same, oh well.
When it's finished I'll put it in the library at church with the others.

Of course it was Mother's Day at the weekend 
and my girls and some of their kids arrived out for a visit.
I was given lots of sweet stuff, yum, 
and some smelly candles, yum again.
And my son skyped from Japan just before they arrived 
so everyone had a good catch-up.
I had taken my little mother to church in the morning 
and she had already gone home, so she missed them all. 
She always likes to go home early on Mother's Day 
to be there in time for my brother and his partner arriving.

Our middle grand daughter is turning 18 this week
so we are going out with her next weekend for an evening meal.
We gave her an early birthday present.

You may think this is a funny gift to give an 18 year old 
but she was really thrilled as she is going away this week for the course
 she is doing and was hoping to borrow some of our luggage.
And when she graduates she hopes to be travelling some more.
So what else would we give her? And blue is her favourite colour.

What else have I been doing? 
Well I was given these...

...quinces, apples and pears fresh off the trees.
So I have been peeling, stewing and freezing a lot of it.
Some of the apples and pears I kept to eat, lovely and sweet 
even if they had to be washed or peeled to get the bird poop off. 
I have to admit that I gave most of the quinces away, not all of them though.
Because they are such an old fashioned fruit 
and not seen much I think they are probably an acquired taste,
 especially for younger people.
I gave them to some older ladies I know 
who were really quite thrilled as they hadn't had them for years.
One was going to make jelly and the other was going to stew them whole.
Everyone has different ideas about what to do with them and how long to cook them.
I just stewed the ones I kept and froze them with the other fruit.

My little mother gave me a teaset a week or two ago. 
She had already given me one she knew I liked, or what was left of it...
she used to have tea parties with some of her great grandchildren 
and I rather think they were broken then. 
So I am on the lookout for replacement pieces for it.
Anyway  here is the newest one. A Yamato fine china.
It's black, white and silver and I think it is rather elegant and unusual.


Unfortunately I'm not too good at taking photo's at night
(something I'll have to try and remedy) 
and the trim looks gold here rather than silver.

Oh, an update on Mack, eldest grand daughters wee dog.
He is standing on all fours again to everyone's relief
 but still has to be confined to his cage for a few weeks yet.
So no drastic decisions have to be made :)

joining with:

 Well I think that's it for tonight,
 so until next week I will say goodnight.


  1. Hi Diana, sounds like you have been busy. The tea set is really pretty.
    I think luggage is a great gift to give someone, especially if they do not have any.
    Have a nice day!

  2. Hi Diana and glad you had a nice mother's day! How sweet of you to take your little mother around. I used to do the same with mine. The tea set is so pretty and a treasure too. Thanks for popping in to see me and hope you have a beautiful week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. A lovely sounding Mother's Day. I think the luggage was an excellent gift for your granddaughter. Happy to hear the little dog is ok for now. I adore the tea set...such a treasure!
    Enjoy the puzzle and stay warm!

  4. You've been so busy, Diana! The teaset that your mother gifted you is so pretty and very vintage looking. The luggage for your granddaughter is such a practical gift and I'm sure will be used for years to come.

  5. Happy Mother's Day Diana!! And I have heard of quince but never have eaten one. Apples and Pears are big in the south, along with figs. I love the pretty blue luggage you purchased for your granddaughter. I received a set of luggage from my grandparents when I graduated high school so I think it is a grand gift!! Hope you are sitting all snug with a cuppa and working on your puzzle.

  6. Glad you enjoyed your Mother's Day and the gifts you received. The luggage would be perfect for your granddaughter. Love the tea set. Stay warm and cozy as winter is not far away for you.

  7. What a great gift to give luggage... I would so love that ....
    Wishing you a belated Mothers Day...

  8. I think luggage is a wonderful gift to give.
    It is a must needed and super useful gift. And very pretty.

    cheers, parsnip

  9. Diana, I too think that luggage is the perfect gift! I use to love to do jigsaw puzzles but they give me headaches now. I'm not sure why. So I will stick with my knitting!

  10. I too think that the luggage is a great gift.
    I sure did my share of jigsaw puzzles this past winter. : )

  11. Hi sweet Diana! My son and husband are puzzle lovers :) They just finished a 1,000 piece puzzle. It was on the dining room table for about a week :)

    What lovely luggage and I think it's a wonderful gift to give. Thank you so much for joining Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  12. I've always loved working puzzles too. Now I work one every night on my IPAD. And it sounds like you had a very nice Mother's day. I sure love the pretty tea set! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  13. Love the bright blue colour of the luggage--it'll be easy to spot on the luggage carousel!

  14. I like the contrast of the pattern on your china, it is unusual, but really elegant!

  15. Puzzles have done that in a long while. I think the Blue suit case is a logical thing to give a 18 year old. I love Blue too. Your tea set is indeed unusal but I like it, it nice to have something different that no one else has. Thank you for your visit i wiil join your blog list with love Janice

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Love the tea cup and saucer...Very elegant!!


  17. How busy you've been, Diana! Glad you had a lovely Mothers' Day and best wishes to your granddaughter for her 18th! The tea set looks beautiful. Most elegant, as you say.

  18. Dearest Diana; What a delightful days you had♡♡♡ My mother passed away in the year 2000 and without children; for me yours are dream life :-) I especially LOVE the teacup with sweet rose very much♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  19. Hi Diana,
    What a lovely gift the luggage is. Your china is so pretty too! Thank you for visiting me! Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

  20. Hi Diana,
    What a lovely gift the luggage is. Your china is so pretty too! Thank you for visiting me! Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

  21. Hi Diana, what a wonderful time you've been having and spending time with your mother is such a blessing. My mother passed away 15 years ago this Sept. and I miss her everyday.
    Lovely gift for your grand and happy birthday to her. She will love the case.
    Gorgeous china in the black and white. Love it.
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Hugs, CM

  22. Hi, We're set to have a chilly week and your post reminds me to start a new puzzle of ours. I really like your new china set. The colors will work for morning and evening. The suitcase is such a clever gift that will be used for years to come. I have to admit I've never tried quince. Have a wonderful week!


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