Friday, January 20, 2017

A Bit of This and a Little of That - Five on Friday



Today's five will be quick. 
1. Another photo from our beach walk last Sunday. I find the arrangement of detritus washed up by the waves endlessly fascinating. 


2. Progress on the Granny Square quilt. Playing with the various combinations of fabrics is probably my favourite part. I don't think any two squares will be the same. And some, in the end, may not make it into the final quilt. 


3. Recent reading. A Country Road, A Tree is a fictionalized account of Samuel Beckett's experiences during World War II, in France, working with the Resistance. It also focuses on his writing and how he distilled his words. I really liked it. Belgravia and Heirs and Graces were both enjoyable, quick and fairly predictable narratives great for relaxing reading in the evening.
I discover many of my books through recommendations on other blogs and others' reading lists. How do you decide what to read?


4. The grape ivy on the piano. I think I enjoy my indoor plants most in January. I love the green freshness they provide. This one needs repotting. 


5. More reading, in my favourite spot in front of the fire. I discovered Britain and take it out of the library from time to time. It fuels my desire to return to the UK with stories of places that seem wonderfully interesting. 

Linking with Five on Friday, hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home. I'll be reading the posts later today - now I'm off to work!

33 comments:

Coastal Ripples said...

Loving your granny quilt. The fun part is all the arranging I think. Can't wait to see it completed. We seem to be very similar in our reading choices. Just read a wonderful quick read called First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. Jane Austen crossed with Agatha Christie! Have a good weekend. B xx

mamasmercantile said...

The Granny quilt is a delight, a beautiful make. Looking forward to seeing how it progress's. I too am a fan of indoor plants, it brings a little colour into a dismal season. Have a great weekend.

Gina said...

Lorrie, your quilt is beautiful! I've never quilted before. Thank you for posting about books. I am always looking for new books/authors. I will add your choices to my list!

Amy at love made my home said...

Love your quilt blocks! They are very pretty. I have never heard of Britain magazine, I wonder if it is only abroad, I am intrigued now! Belgravia is in my book pile, glad to know it is a good read!

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Lovely colours in your granny quilt, it will look beautiful when complete. I love the textures and colours of your first photo too. Have a good week.

Margie said...

I'm a fan of Downton Abbey so I'll have to check out Belgravia from my local library. Thanks for the suggestion! These days, I select my books based on recommendations by other bloggers, friends, and professional reviewers. Have a good weekend, Lorrie!

Marilyn Miller said...

I have a weakness for magazines and would love that one. We end up with lots of plants in the house during the winter and by spring I am happy to send them back outside. Books, I love recommendations, but also check when I find an author I enjoyed to see if they wrote other books also. Have a good weekend.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I read a number of books recommended by fellow bloggers and if I like the writer, I'll check to see what else they've written. I enjoy magazines, it's the photos I like when I just want to look at pretty or interesting things.
Have a nice weekend.

Deanna Rabe said...

The books you showed here caught my eye! I'll have to write them down.

Lovely photos.

Have a nice weekend!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Loved, loved your quilt pieces -- the colours grab me.

Your books look inviting, and like you, I often find new titles or authors from other bloggers.

I see you're taking care to keep thoughts of England close to heart with that delightful looking magazine by the fireplace.

Wishing you a delightful weekend...
Brenda
xox

Sharon Koole said...

Wonderful Five on Friday post. Love the quilt pieces. The colours are lovely. I love taking walks along the lakeshore. It's amazing what you can find! Great magazine read. I get homesick all the time and tend to indulge in English mags and food when the urge hits.

NanaDiana said...

It will be fun to see your granny quilt come together. I haven't made a quilt in such a very long time. I love to see what washes up on shore, too....especially after a storm!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt. It looks like fun and I'm looking forward to following along as you finish it.

Gracie Saylor said...

You have inspired me once again! I admire your quilting, sea treasures, and reading choices, My most recent book I'm reading was mentioned on a blog. You are brilliant to check out the magazine from the library! I have never thought to do that. I got hooked on the British version of Country Living magazine, but to get a subscription delivered here in the states is expensive so I gave it up last year. Maybe I can get it on loan from the library! Happy Weekend to you and yours. xx

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Looking forward to seeing that quilt once it is done! Beautiful beginnings. Reading by the fire and green indoor plants are also favorites of mine in January. I always enjoy your 'bits and pieces'!

Blondie's Journal said...

Thank you for the book recommendations. I used to devour books weekly and finally...I'm carving out time again. So much requires me to turn off the TV and phone. Sad that something so powerful has to be hidden away to get back to our true interests.

Keep up the good luck with your quilt. It's going to be beautiful, Lorrie!

Jane

Crimson Kettle said...

Your quilt is coming along nicely.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Interesting collection for Five on Friday. I take out magazines from the library too, certainly saves a lot of money on subscriptions. The quilt is making good progress.

Jill said...

A nice assortment of photos and topics, have a great weekend!

Rosie said...

Five lovely things. I always find natural beach detritus fascinating. I too look for ideas for new authors from other blogs and on line reviews I also have a number of authors I follow and read their books as they are published:)

My Little Home and Garden said...

I don't know how to quilt, but I fully appreciate their beauty have one my mother made and another from my sister-in-law. I'll look forward to seeing it once completed.

Enjoy your weekend,
Karen

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Your plant photo reminds me I've yet to buy my January plant. I try to add a new plant each January and have yet to get one. I decide what to read in much the same way. I try to keep a list on a computer file of things I'd like to read as well so I don't forget. Hope you are having a nice weekend.

podso said...

I wish I could read like you do. I manage our book club books and sometimes a few more that are recommended or look good. I love that cup of yours I spot on your blog from time to time. I think one time you did a post about those cups.

krishna said...

I like your five on friday.. Even I'm reading a book on World War II..

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Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Your granny squares are coming along quickly! :) When I did mine it was a here and there thing spread over time but oh yes playing with the fabric was so much fun.

kyllimarjaana said...

Inside the house, I go to another window, I'm bored. I thought that nothing will please me today. I was wrong. Your post did it.

Bee Lady said...

A friend of mine does a very nice job at recommending reading material, but other than that, when I go to the library I check out a lot of books. If I don't like one, I just go on to the next. That way I always have something to read. We aren't allowed to check out magazines at our library. Very nice post.

Cindy

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

The quilt blocks look very beautiful, Lorrie!
A magazine called "Britain" must be interesting. I don't think one could find it here but English home & garden magazines are very much appreciated and sold everywhere.
The soft sand in the first photo makes me dream...
Have a happy new week!

Poppy said...

Your granny squares are charming, Lorrie; I would include them all! You are so right about appreciating greenery in the winter - that freshness of something growing indoors really does something for the psyche.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,
Hugs,
Poppy

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh those granny squares look lovely, what a fabulous mix of colour.

Isn't natural beach detritus amazing ...
If we use our eyes nature provides so many wonderful sights.

All the best Jan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I need to look for that magazine; I know I would love it. A good book, a cup of tea and a warm fire could almost make me love winter weather. A beautiful way to hibernate.

collettakay said...

I love your quilt squares! It has been a while since I've played with fabric but I do have some Valentine fabric to make into an apron. I look forward to it :)

Thanks for stopping by Colletta's Kitchen Sink!

Colletta

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

I'm catching up Lorrie - this is a lovely Five with the seashore, fabric, books, plants, firelight, lots of things I love. x