Monday 20 November 2023

November feels like November. Darker, cosier and time to change some seasonal behaviours. There is less gardening and more looking at what needs doing in the house. 

Limping - on with my table vase challenge but this one looks surprisingly bright. It has the last of my dahlias before the frosts come and a couple of rogue roses I cut before pruning the whole bush. The lightness of the vase comes from the dill fronds and the open cosmos which are now all finished.

Changing - views are very different in November. It can be misty, clear, windy, bright and clear.

Making - a new blind for the kitchen window. I got a bargain piece of Orla Kiely fabric for £37 and so far I have made a blind, a couple of tea towels, and a draining mat but I have loads left over. I have painted the kitchen wall too because this is the wall around the cooker with the distinctive grease/dust combo that builds over time in a kitchen. It instantly lifts the room and I can slowly paint the rest white over winter.

Having - our patio re-laid. I had booked to have it done in Spring but the builders had a window and came to do it early. It has made such a difference to our overall view from the window. Hopefully, I can keep the weeds down now and there won't be any more wobbly ones. 

Lighting - our first fire.

Sewing - up a Marnie blouse which is one of my favourite patterns. I make a lot of sample garments which means I have lots of left over fabric so I like to use it up. It has sort of become my signature style. I have also added a new ribbed sweater to my winter wardrobe to replace an old grotty pink one.

Knitting - a little cardy for a friend who is having a baby. The pattern is from a black and white vintage booklet but so wearable today. I love those old patterns.

I have finished my fair isle knit but it deserves its own post and I have a stinking cold so not really feeling like I have photo vibes this week. Catch you next week. Off to check out your news.

Jo xxxx


  1. Sorry to hear that you are a little under the weather. There are lots of cold bugs going around at the moment. Hope you feel better soon.
    Pretty blouses, a new kitchen blind and a sweet knitted baby cardigan - still lots of creativity in your corner, Jo.
    Enjoy sitting around your cosy fire x

  2. Such pretty flowers. I have a monster dahlia that I might dig up. The huge flowers are so heavy at this time of year when they get wet and they droop right down, even if staked, and they're earwiggy at other times of year. Yours are a lovely size and very delicate looking. Your view blows me away every time I see it. I think a nice view is probably my number one thing on the list if I was looking for a new place to live. CJ xx

  3. Hi Jo, lovely makes and I love the orange wall. I have just spent today painting my dining room and a wall of it in a deep teal, I cut in and thought oh no but now I like it. Getting a few jobs done for me. Have a lovely week. x