Monday, 26 July 2010

Have a Bit of Sense!

Welcome to A Time for Stitching (just to reassure you that you haven't come to the wrong blog)!  The previous template wouldn't let me alter any colours or styles so I've changed to a new one that does.  I love the orange as it's my favourite colour but I hope it isn't too hard on your eyes!! And the layout is a little wider so the content doesn't look so cramped.
Here's some more orange in the form of my little muffin book.  Lis from Online Quilting asked me about the recipe for my Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Muffins. As it wasn't my recipe I couldn't oblige but here's where I got it from along with the recipe for the Beetroot Muffins in the picture (and all the others I've shown previously).

If you're a Jane Austin fan I would advise you not to read any further to avoid offense and must now introduce a disclaimer to say that the following is purely my personal opinion. I might be missing something or just not on the correct wavelength but this is how I see it.

After somehow managing to not become acquainted with Jane Austin (in print that is - I've seen P&P on TV) until my 47th year, I have recently read Sense and Sensibility.  Quite honestly, I found it disappointing and nearly gave up half way through even though it's not a very long book.

There wasn't much of a storyline and the continual references to the eligibility of certain characters (mostly in financial terms) became a bit wearing.  How unfortunate they were that they could afford only 2 servants!!?  Perhaps servants weren't human beings in those days - I can't imagine what squalor they had to live in (they were probably a lot happier than the characters in this book!).  Imagine a whole life filled with visiting, being visited and matchmaking - how shallow!  It's an interesting look into the way of life of the era but in it's day that wouldn't have been the attraction of the book.  I imagine that if the phrase 'chick lit' were around in the early 1800s this book would fall into that category (another disclaimer coming up - I'm not saying there's anything wrong with 'chick lit' just that I don't know what all the fuss is surrounding Jane Austin).
Now I've got that off my chest I just have to sit back and wait for the backlash.  Next book is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson.
By the way, the other 2 photos are from the Flower Festival held in my church the first weekend we were away on holiday.  I managed to pop in for a quick look before we went but these are the only photos that were any good.  The flower-filled welly boots were provided by the local school children.
And one last thing - A big welcome to new/recent followers. I hope you enjoy your stay and that I haven't offended you already because you're a stalwart JA fan!!
Bye for now
Teresa x


Lis said...

Thanks for the info about the book - beetroot muffins sound very yummy too. At the moment we have loads of courgettes so I'm thinking I could try those in muffins...Love your rant about Jane Austen!

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

I like so much your blog,now is colorful...
Have fun.

Joanne said...

I popped over from Leslie's at Wayside Wanderer, and just had to read your review. Although we are Jane Austen fans here, I totally understand where you are coming from.
I also wanted to say what a delight it was to browse your blog posts...very homey!
Love your blog!
BTW, two years ago my daughter and I were in Wales...the best experience of a lifetime! We took/drove winding roads off the beaten path (through the mountains) to land in Hay-on-Wye...fantastic experience!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

wayside wanderer said...

Hi Teresa, I love your new look! Orange has recently become one of my favorite colors and I really like the cheery look of your blog.

You JA rant doesn't offend me. It actually makes me smile. I think her writing is not for everyone and the books are certainly NOT quick reads. I applaud you for finishing it even when you were NOT feeling it! :)

I have never heard of a flower festival at a church before, but what a wonderful idea. I hope I don't drive you crazy always mentioning the things I don't know about.

Little Green Doll said...

Beautiful colour for the template!!! I love orange too, and it's the favourite colour of my sister, she says it gives her very good energy!