Friday, September 11, 2009

In Pops Garden- Part 2

Pop was a fantastic cook. He learnt early in life that to keep a family together they had to be fed well. Sunday lunch was a tradition and Nan would be waiting at the back door, in her apron and there would be scones in the oven for morning tea. Pop would have a roast cooking and all the trimmings and you wouldnt be able to move after you had eaten....he fed us well. Sometimes there were others that joined the table but there was always room, lots of laughs and conversation and always heaps of food.
And he made the best jams, relishes and sauces. His pantry was full of jars of preserved goodness. I used to make my own when I was first married but they never tasted as good.
You would never find Pops house gracing the cover of "Home Beautiful" but it had beauty, warmth and love. It was an ecclectic mix of all that was comfortable and practical. If it broke you fixed it, if it got a hole it Nan knitted a blanket to cover it, but walking through that back door you knew you were home and I loved every minute I spent there!!!!
There was no need for fancy tools and gadgets in Pops garden, he just had what he needed and used what he had. To help myself through College, I started working part time in a Garden Centre and it was a treasure trove of tools etc for me and even though I brought him these new super duper sprinklers or pruners he still used the ones that he had had for years.
He would spent all day in the garden, planting, weeding, pruning, watering and harvesting. Now that tap was an important feature for us kids. You would wander round the garden and pull a radish or a carrot and wash it at the tap before eating it and they always tasted so good. Of course helping to harvest the fruit usually left you with a bellyache cause we ate more than we should!!!
Ok that was block 2 and 3, more to share next week!!!


  1. This is such a lovely quilt and I am enjoying you story of Pop. What wonderful memories you have of a very sweet man. Lucky you!

  2. Paulette has just said it all, I cant wait for this one to come out.

  3. You've jogged my memory some more too of my lovely Pop! The blocks look so beautiful.

  4. oh wow Rose these blocks are looking terrific-such gorgeous stitching and what wonderful reading it is to learn about your pop,cheers Vickie

  5. This is truly a quilt from the heart. Looking forward to future blocks.

  6. What a great way to keep someone close by stitching blocks filled with precious memories! I'm am feeling your fondness of "Pop" as you tell your story!

  7. Thankyou for sharing your lovely memories.

  8. Rose, the blocks are beautiful, as is the telling of this day's story of Pop, makes me sorry I never knew him. Barb in western NC

  9. Your pop...special...quilt with his memories...even better.

  10. I'm really enjoying the stories that go with these wonderful blocks. Wonderful memories!
    cheers Julz

  11. I never ever had a pop, but reading your blog is making me feel like I'm living through old memories of what he might have been like. Thank you for's very therapeutic...for all of us!
    By the way, I love the blocks.
    ;o)Wendy B

  12. Wonderful tribute to a very special man! You are soooooo talented!

    Mary Jo in Iowa


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