Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Come on ,you Blades!!

Well, yesterday's idea of a quiet day writing letters didn't go quite according to plan. At 1pm the back door opened and in walked Steve with Kaitlyn, at 2pm it opened again and Neil appeared as well. Sheffield United's game was live on TV and they'd arranged to meet up here to watch it, so it was just like old times with the four of us watching the Saturday afternoon football (soccer to those of you in the US!). Since we actually won for the first time this season there was a good deal of noise at times - I get as loud as anybody on these oocasions I'm afraid. When the boys were in their teens and early twenties the three of us used to go to Bramall Lane together a lot and standing in the Kop the shy little violet turned into a rather excitable person leaping up and down and shouting with the best of them. The Blades is the nickname of Sheffield United which is where the title of this post comes from - Sheffield of course being famous for it steel and especially it's knives, at least it was famous for them in the days when the club was originally formed in 1889.
Fortunately I'd made a couple of cakes before they arrived, an apple streusel cake

and a cherry and coconut cake
Alas, The apple streusel cake is no longer with us!

I also took this photograph of a cotoneaster in the front garden, I love these berries and so do the birds, when it gets cold it's full of them stripping the berries off. Which is fine with me as my garden is planted as much for wildlife as for me.


Becca said...

What a wonderful blog you have ... I have really enjoyed your photos and stories.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Seems like we had similar days yesterday. My 22 year old son Øystein came home for dinner and watching football/soccer, and my teenaged girl and her boyfriend was here as well to watch. So my plans of a quiet night (for letter writing - yes!) was "riuned". I plan to make it up today though :-)
And the kids are my blessings!

Remiman said...

It's sounds like you had an unanticipate but very delightful family sunday! Wtht our children spread far and wide, I cherish those occassions more and more.

And home made baked goods! Really, it doesn't get any better than that.

All 3 of my children were avid soccer players. In the abscence of any professional teams, the kids school games drew loud and animated spectators include yours truly.
I do become nostalgic for those days, but then everyday is an opportunity for new adventures.

VintagePretty said...

Hello :)

I'm not a great sporting person, although I will watch rugby if Wales is playing!

Your apple streusel cake and coconut cake look absolutely gorgeous - Autumn is a time for all things gorgeously yummy and comforting :)

Have a great week!

Granny K said...

Sounds like you had a very satisfying weekend! We had family visitors for tea on Saturday. It's the time of year for apples and baking, I think. I baked Amish Apple Cake - very sweet but yummy with custard!

Anonymous said...

It's great to be with fellow supporters at a live game, but on a cool day, watching it on TV with a hot drink and fresh baked goodies, is nice too. Especially when, if like me, you are a more mature fan..!
I like to grow things that attract and feed the birds.Is it just our part of the world, or do you have lots of berries this year too...?

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Oh yum! Now I`m hungry.