Thursday, 8 November 2018

Thursday Pearls

 "Take time in this season to escape from the chaos and demands of life and reflect on and invest in the things and people that are truly important in your life."
 ~ Sally Clarkson 

Thursday blessings to you, sweet readers...

Sunday, 4 November 2018

childhood friends and birthday delights


Childhood friends, ah! how I treasure them.
Last week Nancy and I were delighted to welcome two dear old friends to our little home for a couple days.


 Picnics, walks on the beach, antique shops, singing together in front of the piano…laughing till our cheeks hurt and watching The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society…just a few of the wonderful things we got up to during Miss J and Miss M’s visit. 


 One of the main reasons for this long overdue visit (it had been three years since they last came to stay) was to celebrate Nancy’s nineteenth birthday on October 14th. 

 ^ The lovely birthday girl... 

Sunday morning saw rain clouds on the horizon and not long after, a thunder storm of note broke out.   
All our hopes for a picnic and walk in the Botanical Gardens went out the window…
However, by the time we had finished baking our carrot cake and mini quiches and everyone had gotten dressed and done their hair and make up, the sky had cleared and it began warm up.
Off we went in high spirits to enjoy a delicious celebratory picnic under the trees...
 

 

Nancy had a music lesson in Sedgefield on Monday morning, so on the way home we stopped for a long, refreshing walk on Wilderness beach.  
 
Some of us (ahem, yours truly) had forgotten a warm top, so by the time we got back to the car we were chilled to the bone.   
We had planned on picnicking on the beach, but ended up cosying up in the car to enjoy our lunch.  What a sight the four of us must have been as we giggled and munched away ever so happily.

























Tuesday was the day I had been eagerly anticipating...  For months I had wanted to drive to Mossel Bay (about an hour away from George) and browse the antique stores, stop in at a quaint coffee shop and have a simple picnic on the beach front.  


We enjoyed our drive through, laughing and singing along to Josh Groban’s Bridges all the way…
We decided to go for coffee at Fynbos Café first, and seeing as it was a fairly warm day, we opted for coffee milkshakes.

 

After looking around the gift shop, we walked to the first antique store where Nancy fell in love…with a typewriter.  After watching Guernsey, we all agreed that a typewriter would be perfectly delightful.  

 

 I came across a gorgeous vintage Singer sewing machine.  I am still dreaming about it…
And Miss M’s mind constantly wanders to the beautiful teacups she found.



Afterwards we headed to a big second hand store where I found two more books for my growing book collection and we lost track of time as we wandered down rows and rows of every second hand items you could ever imagine.
We then decided it was high time we had lunch, so we made our way to the beachfront where we had a wonderful picnic while watching the waves. 
It was a perfect day.

All too soon the visit came to an end.  We were grateful to catch up on some much needed sleep seeing as we had laughed and chatted to the small hours every night…

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Gifts for booklovers...

The other day I received an email from Melissa, the lady behind Literary Book Gifts, a collection of gifts for literary lovers like myself...
 
She does her own designs and recently launched a range of literary inspired T-shirts and tote bags...


Personally, I love her Far from the Madding Crowd tote bag...both the book and movie are among my favourites...


My sister would love A Tale of Two Cities tote...she is a devoted Dickens fan!


And of course..who wouldn't love a Little Women tote?

 

*sigh* What  could be better than a Pride and Prejudice T-shirt?



Here is another Pride and Prejudice design...

This lovely typewriter design reminds me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society...perfect for a writer friend!  {{Smiles}}

Each 100 % cotton T-shirt comes in different sizes and selection of colours...

I think that these lovely tote bags and T-shirts would make excellent Christmas gifts for literary friends, wouldn't you agree? 

Melissa has very kindly offered you, sweet readers, a promo code for 20% off your order...  
All you need to do is use this special code, KellyCountryDiary20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order!

Visit Literary Book Gifts over here...

Blessings and love to you, dear friends...
Kelly-Anne

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Monday, 29 October 2018

The coming of summer..


I am sitting outside on the grass, enjoying the peacefulness of a late October afternoon.   
There is a slight breeze blowing which brings welcome relief from the terrible heat of the past few days...

This morning I awoke to raining ash.  The mountains are ablaze and several other fires have sprung up in our area…  How strange to think that just a couple weeks ago the majestic Outeniqua mountains were topped in glimmering white snow - what a beautiful sight that was.

Yes, summer has arrived in all her splendour and hot, sticky days are upon us once again.
My little garden welcomes the warmer weather.  We have been harvesting radish and lettuce as well as one or two ripe strawberries every day.  Rocket, parsley and spinach will soon be ready for harvesting too.
I was more than a little put out when I discovered that a pesky Hadada (a large, noisy bird we get here in South Africa) had sat on my lettuce and proceeded to stick his long disruptive beak into all my beds in pursuit of earthworms (I have an abundance of earthworms in my soil), squashing the flourishing lettuce in the process.  Oh, I could just cry…

In other news I thought I would share pictures of my some of my recent creations.   
How I am enjoying my sewing, sweet friends...  The Christmas market we’ve been working towards is only seven short weeks away and my sewing machine is whirring incessantly as I hurriedly work to make all that I need to see my through the week long market.

My reindeer are just about finished now.  I have thirty in need of buttons and then they are ready to go…  I have almost finished making my goal of fifty mini ellies and I am doing well with the snuggle bunnies and ellie softies too.  I do still have bunny rattles to do as well as clothing for my Miss Lettice and Farmer Boy rabbits.




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When I am not sewing which is seldom, I am pottering about in my garden (usually early in the morning before it gets too hot) or tidying up our little flat.  It is slowly but surely beginning to feel like home.  I also still work at the shop on Fridays and Saturdays and au pair one afternoon a week… 
We are settling into a steady rhythm of life and adjusting to a much quieter life…

Now the evening is drawing to a close. Crickets are chirruping and the sky is growing darker.
Nancy is playing a pretty tune on the piano and I have moved from my spot on in pursuit of a comfier seat.
Coffee in hand I sit back, close my eyes and smile. Truly, this is the perfect end to a summer’s day...

Blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Gratitude Challenge

Hello sweet friends...
A blessed Saturday to you...

My sweet friend, Jeanette, who writes at Only By Grace, shared a lovely gratitude list earlier today...I was inspired to do the same...

I gave myself six minutes to compile the following list...

 
coffee...of course

a sunny day

family...although they are far away, we talk every day

uplifting music

being a girl {{smiles}}
 
pretty dresses

the piano being played by my sister...

good books...

cute I love you messages from my little brother

a cosy little home to come home to after a day at work

time spent with precious friends...

surprises...

my sister 

a kitty to cuddle

God's grace

doing what I love every day...

my little garden, growing so happily...

funny stories shared with family members...

walks on the beach...

picnics

smiles

a car to get me places...

 concerts

an upcoming getaway...

another trip to China early next year to be with the family...

What are you thankful for?
Do share in the comments below...

Blessings and love in Christ,
Kelly-Anne