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Anne Donald
The land of coast and castles
Wife and mother, very crafty (in a good way)
Interests: knitting, holidays, cooking, reading, sewing
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Yesterday there was a stunning sunrise with all sorts of colours in the sky which changed from minute to minute then this morning, we were greeted with ....... snow! we were fortunate that we only had about two inches, but... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at frayed at the edge
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Yesterday morning we went for a slightly chilly walk on the beach at Alnmouth. Although it was two degrees, the wind made it feel much colder. However this little dog was happy running about the beach we had only been... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at frayed at the edge
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If you are being good and eating healthily, you might want to scroll down past the next four photos, and not torment yourself with so much delicious sconnage! I got to eat all of this first scone, as I was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at frayed at the edge
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Just before Christmas, the lovely Lucie gave me her Super Quilter, which she no longer used now that she has her longarm machine. Fortunately she had the full instructions for setting up the frame. At the weekend Malcolm did the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at frayed at the edge
The joke in this house is that we were the ones who grew up and left home ..... we went to live in Indonesia, leaving Stuart behind as he was at university! I can't think of any advice to give you that doesn't sound trite, so just think of the things you won't miss - one of the things for us was the lingering smell of late night kebab when we came downstairs in the morning!!
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2018 on Mind the gap! at love those cupcakes
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...... beside Newbiggin-by-the sea! As it was a clear bright (and somewhat chilly) morning yesterday, we headed over to Newbiggin for a walk along the seafront. I wasn't worried by this notice, as there was no way I was going... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at frayed at the edge
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Yesterday I took down and packed away all the Christmas decorations, and now all that is left is the Christmas cactus and the poinsettia - amazingly I have managed not to kill this one, and so far it has only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at frayed at the edge
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........ Friday after Christmas! it started to snow after breakfast and just went on and on! as it started to get dark, large amounts of crows started to appear on the tall trees in the distance while several dozen starlings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at frayed at the edge
Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2018!!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on Goodbye to the old at love those cupcakes
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After the success of last year's challenge, Meredithe and I had a flurry of emails whizzing between the UK and Australia, before we came up with this year's challenge. We thought we would make it more fun by adding in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at frayed at the edge
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Where did the year go? It only seems five minutes since Meredithe and I came up with the idea for this year's challenge ........ and suddenly it is time to do the end of year report! So, here is my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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Can the Baking Boy please come and make me a gingerbread house! I could lie and say I have iced my Christmas cake - but I don't think covering it in ready-rolled icing counts as "icing the cake"! I'm sorry that you have had medical problems - I do hoe it is all sorted out soon, and with as little pain as possible! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2017 on A Christmas list at love those cupcakes
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I had bought a bottle of pomegranate juice to use in cooking a lamb dish, and when the bottle was empty, I thought it would make a good snowman. So I raided the store cupboard for some salt to fill... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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I thought I was organised, but you are far more organised than me!
After the success of our 17UFOs in 2017 challenge, Meredithe and I decided we would issue another challenge for next year. But what would the new challenge be? After a flurry of emails between here and Down Under, we formulated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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Although we didn't have any snow over the weekend, it was decidedly chilly ........ just the weather to stay indoors and be busy. I finished the baby quilt - it was a reasonably quick and easy make, as it is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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Malcolm went off to the flat yesterday, leaving me in peace to decorate the house. Of course, this is our first Christmas here, so I had to decide where all the decorations would go. I took down the quilts that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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Said in a Craig Revel Horwood voice - a-maz-ing and fab-u-lous!!!
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2017 on Passage To India, part 2 at love those cupcakes
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........ smell a lot like Christmas! On Monday I baked the Christmas cake. I don't do much baking, but I do always bake our cake. First, I assembled all the ingredients - the fruit had been soaking in brandy for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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Because of the snow, we stayed at home on Saturday, then went to Berwick on Sunday ........ so to paraphrase football commentators, it was a weekend of two halves! We went up to Alnwick on Saturday morning, to find there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at frayed at the edge
What a joyful post to cheer me up ....... we have snow on the ground, and it is cold and miserable!! Taylor's cakes are wonderful - she is a very talented baker. Enjoy the spa (she says through gritted teeth, as she is green with envy!!)
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Another catch up.... at Just Like Martha
Welcome home - I have missed you! Mumbai looks a fascinating place to visit. The photos reminded me of Indonesia - great wealth and abject poverty side by side. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your adventure!
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Passage to India, part 1 at love those cupcakes
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Yes, I know that snow looks pretty, and people who live in places where it doesn't snow wish it would ....... but is a pain in the bahookie when plans have to be changed because driving conditions are bad. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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I have been working hard for the last two weeks to catch up on making progress on my remaining UFOs. First up on the design wall we have my pathetic attempt at Mrs Billings I have finished stitching on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at frayed at the edge
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I forgot on Monday that I would be doing my November report on my 17 UFOs tomorrow, so for today, just a quick post. Malcolm has finished recovering the dining chairs ........ and what is this, I hear you cry,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at frayed at the edge