09 September, 2013

Friendship across the miles,

Anyone who loves quilting/patchwork and reads blogs will probably have heard/seen or met Katy from Im A Ginger Monkey .  Her and her family have had a rough few weeks and her DH has had an emergency operation, (he's recovering at home slowly but surely), anyway, she commented on twitter that neighbours hadn't offered her a cake or brought round a dinner etc, like you see in the movies/tv.
We had a tweet convo and I sat and realised just how lucky I am. Our neighbours and I swop home grown veggies, cakes, crepes, biscuits, cheeses and to be honest anything we think each family would like. (pickled onions, chutneys, swiss rolls,Cheddar along with brit sweets, creme eggs lol)
We've been known to swop hairy bikers Christmas vodka for chocolate truffles.
Both sets of our neighbours are really nice and I know would help us out if we needed any and we them. (DH helps them quite a bit with mechanical stuff). We shared water when we had frozen pipes heheh and now we share school run duties.

I really couldn't believe that no one had taken a cake or even a meal she could just heat up, what has Britain become or is it the same in your homeplace ??? it's at times like that I feel a bit useless not that I could really help her anyway if we were in UK, I lived in the south and she's up north lol...but it's sad that people aren't more *neighbourly*

That got me thinking to the awesome act of friendship and generosity that Luisa (A quilter I'd never spoken to or met IRL sent me over a 100" square log cabin quilt) heres's my original post   I got the quilt back out of the box and took a photo while the sun was out
This gorgeous quilt was gifted to me by an older Italian lady who I've never met/talked too,will find blogpost,need a blue/cream backing for it vintage perhaps ???
It's going to be a struggle to get it on the frame as it's max is 98" and the quilt is 100" but I might be able to improvise with it, now i'm going to look for a vintage sheet or two that would be appropriate for the backing.

Then the doorbell rang, it was our neighbour giving us cucumbers, aubergines, yellow and green courgettes and offered some tomato's too. I definitely counted my blessings again and will try to appreciate just how lucky we are to live where we live alot more that I do at the moment. The fruit of my labours resulted in these gorgeous Chocolate and courgette muffins, it's a new to me recipe (I usually make one large one with a chocolate ganache that is yummy too but more complicated recipe) and I reduced the sugar to about 200-250g. Truly yummy and the kids that don't like courgettes much loved the muffins.
#chocolate and #courgette muffins for gouter this afternoon :)

Now if only I was closer, I'd be sending a batch over for Katy to try :)

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10 comments:

  1. I wonder why we don't miss England!! I have a great recipe for beetroot chocolate muffins if you want it, and if you lived next door, it would come with a hundredweight if beetroot too!!

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  2. Isn't it shocking that no-one called on her! Those muffins look delicious and the quilt is just amazing

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  3. It is bizarre. Sadly our very friendly neighbor across the road died last year. The people next to him (directly opposite us) have spoken to us twice in 12 years! Luckily we have some good sets of friends nearby and I know they would help in any way, as we would for them. Funnily though, taking food round for neighbors really doesn't seem to happen, I don't remember it happening when I was a child even. I think it's cultural! Maybe we need to change that, one plate of cakes, or a casserole at a time? Have you heard of the casserole club? Sounds like a fantastic idea to me. :-)

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  4. It is bizarre. Sadly our very friendly neighbor across the road died last year. The people next to him (directly opposite us) have spoken to us twice in 12 years! Luckily we have some good sets of friends nearby and I know they would help in any way, as we would for them. Funnily though, taking food round for neighbors really doesn't seem to happen, I don't remember it happening when I was a child even. I think it's cultural! Maybe we need to change that, one plate of cakes, or a casserole at a time? Have you heard of the casserole club? Sounds like a fantastic idea to me. :-)

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  5. It is bizarre. Sadly our very friendly neighbor across the road died last year. The people next to him (directly opposite us) have spoken to us twice in 12 years! Luckily we have some good sets of friends nearby and I know they would help in any way, as we would for them. Funnily though, taking food round for neighbors really doesn't seem to happen, I don't remember it happening when I was a child even. I think it's cultural! Maybe we need to change that, one plate of cakes, or a casserole at a time? Have you heard of the casserole club? Sounds like a fantastic idea to me. :-)

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  6. In crowded areas people tend to appreciate isolation (privacy) more than in rural areas.
    And not everybody likes having their neighbours around ( all the time)
    Anyway, here you just walk in the back door and you geta coffee no matter what time of day.
    I hope he (Katy's hubby) gets well soon.
    And about that quilt: hadn't seen it before, love it!
    Goodluck quilting

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  7. I think it might be a British thing, having lived in Leeds for 6 years I have not managed one friendship, one neighbour speaks when they want to and keeps chickens and when there are lots of eggs he gives me some but I have never been over their doorstep, have knocked once or twice and took flowers round when Margaret came out of hospital following a knee replacement but they keep very much to themsleves. As for the other neighbours well they do not even say hello when i do!! I follow Katy and have had her and the family on my prayer list, and yesterday did a review of her book on amazon for her. Cities can be the loneliest places on earth thank goodness for my blogging friends I say. You must of one of the best fed families around with all the lovely food your neighbours share with you.

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  8. my neighbours are a mixture of long timers (like me) and letters who come and go fairly regularly .. however we mostly smile and say hello x I do have family and friends who "share" with each other though.. some quilters included in there x yesterday I got 6 (fresh ) eggs and a carrier bag full of (fresh picked that day) damsons .. so I will count my blessings xx

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  9. I have always been brought up to say hello to everyone even complete strangers. Here in Kent they are wonderful. Good luck with quilting the lovely flimsy.

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