27 August 2014

Let's sit and have a cup of tea

Hello, come on in, can you feel that nip in the air? It has dropped a few degrees around here and we are definitely starting to think of Autumn.

I would lead you through our lounge, waving at my little brother and into the kitchen where the AGA is toasty, the pot of tea is already on the table and fresh brownies are cooling on the side.

Sitting back I would pour you your first cup and tell you that it has been a bit of a whirlwind month.
We got back from holiday last week and had the most magical time. The weather was lovely, Boston was beautiful and it was great to have family time. Smiling I would tell you stories of walking through the 'dodgy' end of town just to reach a fabric shop. Of the time we were so tired from walking that we decided to head back to our house and straight to the ice cream parlour down the road. Or that time when we ran to get the train on the subway only to find, once on it, that it was going in the wrong direction!
Smiling you would laugh and probably tell me that these are the stories that make a holiday and become a piece of family history and retellings.

As I offered you a slice of brownie I would ask you about your holiday. Did you get anywhere exciting?

As I say though, it has been a whirlwind few days. No sooner did we get back from holiday than I hurried off to the farm to see my very favourite person. The farm at this time of year is magical.
It's harvest so it is very busy, but man, it is something else to see that huge combine harvester, collect in all the wheat and leave behind a trail of stubble and dust. It's noisy yes, but exciting.
As I cradled my mug in my hands I would tell you how good it was to walk across those golden fields with the boy. Despite the noise of harvest, it's peaceful and remote and oh so good for my soul.

Listen to me whitter on! Your tea is gone and the pot needs a topping up.
Whilst I do that, fill me in on your crafty plans. What have you created, what are you planning?
Me? Well I don't mind telling you that I am in a rut with project life. A lot of photos to scrap and a bit of project life block if you catch my drift. It will come. I'm not going to force it.
My current project is a bit of sewing. Clothes sewing. Exciting I know. I have very nearly finished a sweet little top and have big plans for a tunic dress. This was my first time following a dress pattern and was far simpler than I first imagined. I envision a whole new world of craft opening up for me!

We would continue chatting, pausing over this and that, laughing hard and munching through the cake. Time would probably fly and all too soon, the clock in the hall would chime and we would smile at how quickly it goes with friends.

I would walk you to the hall and we would embrace.
"come again soon" I say, "I promise." you reply.

If you were sitting down for tea with me today, what would you say?

I am looking forward to seeing some of you at the bloggers retreat soon and sharing in an actual cup of tea! What a treat is in store! 

If you would like to write a "tea" post please add it to the linky at the bottom so we can all sit and share with you! The linky will be open for a week so you have plenty of time! 


Miss Smith said...

Oh Abi, it sounds like you've had a lovely summer. I would love to visit Boston one day, and the farm does indeed sound quite magical.

Have a wonderful time on retreat, and I look forward to seeing a few fabric creations in the future :D

Karen said...

It does sound like you've had a lovely summer. Our holiday was postponed until October, but we've just begun planning next summer's adventure which will be an exciting trip out west. I just finished my April PL pages. I'm not finding it hard to do even several months later, thanks to good daily notes and an organized photo library!

ally said...

What a fantastic summer, boston sounds cool along with the farm. Catch up next month

Sandra said...

My visits with you are always such a joy, you make your guests so welcome. You've bought back happy memories from our trip to Boston too ... Goodness that was a time ago, bet it's changed so much.

Sian said...

..more happy memories of my first trip to Boston here too. I love how you bought some sewing stuff as a souvenir. The best kind!

debs14 said...

Looking forward to seeing what those lovely fabrics turn into. Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday and all relaxed and ready for that big return to uni.

Theresa said...

Haven't made it to the New England states, although I've managed the other 3 corners just about, glad you had a good time in Boston - we'll face anything to track down a crafty place wont we?! Looking forward to hearing about your dressmaking adventures, I'm debating whether to return to dressmaking, but it's been nearly a decade, perhaps I'll just stick to my other 101 pastimes!!

scrappyjacky said...

What a lovely summer you've had...you certainly make me want to visit Boston.
Thanks for the tea.

Ruth said...

Boston and a farm? A perfect combination, if you ask me. Thanks for having me round.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Thanks for the tea and the catch up, Abi. It's so fun to see the US flag among your photos in this post! So glad you had such a lovely vacation in the US and also at the farm with your guy. Gosh, you must be going back to university soon, eh?

Lovely fabrics you've shown here too! xo

Louise H said...

You sound like you have had a fun AND restful holiday. I would love to be able to dress make but can barely sew a button on - in fact if flair would stick to clothes I'd use them!

Jane said...

sounds like you've had a great time, the farm sounds wonderful x

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Thanks for a lovely catch up Abi. Looking forward to seeing your dress making projects. There are so many great online resources to be found if the going gets a little tricky. I thought of you when I saw the maxi skirt project in Love Sewing this month.I have a skirt and a dress cut out ready to go once my two are back at school and this week's classes are done and dusted.

Miriam said...

Thank you for tea and a lovely catch up. Your holiday sounds wonderful and the fabric is just gorgeous. It can't be long before you head back to Durham?

Susanne said...

What a joyful month you have had. We've not had the temps cool here yet, but maybe in September. I hope you enjoy your sewing and share your creations with us. I can just imagine you making wonderful things with those lovely prints.

Beverly said...

Oh, I would insist that you show me allll the fabric you purchased over here for I know this can't be all! Life has been very busy this last half of summer with working on 2 houses. So glad you had time for a visit to the farm before heading back to school.

alexa said...

That's lovely photo of you! Delighted you've had such a lovely holiday and your stitching adventure has the potential to run and run ... looking forward to the finished garments!