31 March 2014

[The Garden Series] Chives

When you plant chives from seed you may - at first - be disappointed or think you have done something wrong. But chives just need some time to develop and become strong. I planted my seeds in spring 2012 whilst living in Manchester, they came with us to London in a small terracotta pot and I left them with their few fine chive like hairs with hope of something happening. The pot looked empty by winter and I forgot to clear it out, well boy, I'm glad I did! By spring 2013 they were coming up stronger than I ever imagined and by summer I gave them a new bigger pot for a home. They thrived and started to grow the beautiful purple flowers. I chopped them down and used them in potato salads galore before winter came round and they disappeared again. But with hope comes chives and from January - March they have grown and started with flower buds quicker than ever. Chives can be your friend as long as you have faith. I hope that by knowing they are not a plant that grows as easily as you think will give you the patience to grow them to their fullest. Enjoy and make plenty of tasty potato salads this spring. If you need to store the chives so there is no waste at the end of the season, chop them up and put them in ice cube trays with olive oil and freeze, pop out when needed. 


My Mums Potato Salad

Waxy or good boiling potatoes
Creme Fraiche (My addition)
1 Onion
Salt and Pepper
Peel the potatoes and cut in half, boil in salted water. When cooked allow to cool, chop into cubes then mix in the mayonnaise (as much as you want) Dice the onion and mix in to the pots. Chop the chives and mix through, then sprinkle some chives on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Make some cucumber sandwiches, a flask, pack a blanket and head out for a picnic with a book!

9 February 2014

Waterside Arts Centre OPEN 2014 Exhibition

After another two years flying by, the biennial exhibition The Open is back at Waterside Arts Centre. Two months of submissions from many artists, a long selection process, the work curated and finally a private view was held for the opening on 7th February 2014. The night started with a presentation and handing out awards for best in Trafford, highly commended and winners of 3rd, 2nd and 1st prizes. 
The galleries were packed with guests filling the air with talking about the art over a glass of wine and within a few hours pieces of art were being snapped up and red stickered left right and centre or more to the point, Lauriston, Corridor and Bar galleries. With an eclectic mix of mixed media, etchings, pencil, acrylic, ceramic, sculpture and many more one off pieces, there’s no wonder there was a rush to buy. 
The exhibition runs until 24th May 2014 and I’m sure there won’t be much left available by the end, so come over, have a look around and if you see something you like then get yourself some art red stickered.

Butterflies Out of Darkness - Sarah Malone

Birds and Flowers - Julie Stevenson

The Assignment - Alison Scott

Afternoon Tea in Blue and White - Jenny Rydell

The Village - Charles Hickson

Entry: FREE
Ends 24th May 2014

29 January 2014

Cath Kidston Travel Sewing Kit

Sewing kit tour

A hard case covered in the heart rose oil cloth 
material, perfect for traveling as it's pretty and 
you can pop it right in your handbag.

 It has a press stud clip for the opening which is nice 
and sturdy.

 Inside, a thing of polka dot beauty. Safety pins, needles, 
embroidery scissors, a thimble, a stitch picker (Natterer), 
a thread plait and a tape measure.

I love this thread plait, keeps the cottons nice and neat.

There is plenty of space for tucking a few extras inside for 
the sewing traveller.

Perfect for me on my journeys each week up and down the country. 

Thank you for my gift Darren & Drew

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