Today I thought that I would answer some of your questions, and ask you a few too! It isn't a quiz, so don't worry, you don't have to get your thinking caps on.
Some of the questions and answers are just for fun so I hope you will take them that way, but some will give you real answers to real questions and some might give you a bit more insight about my home.
I was asked about a random single daffodil that we have coming up amid the snowdrops on our lawn "Was it a small bulb that hid amongst the galanthus, or one that fell into the wrong place when they were carried out?"
The area where the snowdrops grow - and the single daffodil - used to be a sort of border in the garden. It went all the way across the middle of the garden and comprised a low brick wall that had soil and lumps of concrete piled up against it. There was nothing growing there apart from the snowdrops. So we cleared the lot and laid it to lawn. The snowdrops are what were left underground and I assume that the random daffodil was also buried there too.
How do you come up with your ideas, how do you do so much?
I am lucky that I do have a fair amount of time and can also do things like crocheting at work when I am sitting waiting for visitors to arrive. As for my ideas, I mostly make things up as I go along. Being rubbish at following rules - and therefore patterns. If I have followed a pattern I give the information and/or inspiration, otherwise I made it up for the most part. I am starting to add in links to my tutorials and patterns in the sidebar - over there on the right. Click on the picture and it will take you to the relevant blog post.
"Aren't the golden bunnies lovely?"
Yes, golden bunnies are one of the best things about Easter!
Are you on Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter?
Yes to some, no to others. See the About Love Made My Home page to see where else you can find me. For the things that I am not on it is probably because I don't know how/don't want to use them and in the case of Instagram, I don't have the right sort of phone!
Will Five On Friday be back?
Yes, it will return in two days time! I hope that you are busy thinking of your posts and that you will join in again. I decided that for Good Friday I would not do any sort of post and will also not do a Five On Friday should Christmas, Boxing Day or New Years Day fall on a Friday either. Feel free to do your own post though and to then link it in the next week if you wish - you can do two links in one week as long as they are both for Five On Friday posts.
There were lots of questions about Maple Syrup, the rising of sap and the availability of Sugar Maple trees in England and the possibility of getting them to produce sap and then syrup in England.
You all mostly answered each others questions in the comments. I can tell you that the sap rises when the weather is the right temperature during the day and night and it depends on the difference between the two - I think that is right. Yes, you can buy Sugar Maples in England, Dawn bought some, has planted them and has named them after me! Whether or not they will make any sap to be boiled into syrup remains to be seen, but if anyone can do it Dawn can!!
If you have any more questions go and read the comments on the post as I expect that someone else has already given the answer to another reader! You are a very clever group of people.
The calendar which featured in the Maple Sugaring post is The Lang Folk Art Calendar, purchased in America last year. They are produced annually I believe. I don't want to show too many pictures, but if it fits with a future post I might share some more as and when.
"Your bleeding heart is a nice dark red variety, mine are more pink. Did you know they also come in pure white?"
I did know that they came in pink, white and red. I have a pink one, and had admired the red ones and am pleased to now own one. A white one is something I would like one day!
"Breakfast for dinner ? How should we interpret that ? Sleeping late ;-) ??"
Alas no sleeping in late, just having what you might normally have for a cooked breakfast for dinner. In America they call it Breakfast for Dinner, here in England it would be an All Day Breakfast. Delicious at any time of day!!
I was asked about my Easter Tree "Did you grow the forsythia?"
No, the Forsythia in my Easter Tree is artificial. We do grow Forsythia in the garden, but cannot rely on it being in flower at Easter - being the moveable feast that it is! - so I use these artificial stems. They are several years old now, but hold up well and make a good base for hanging the eggs from. I have seen some wonderful interpretations this year with real twigs and crocheted flowers they are great too!
In answer to several of you, yes, Springy, Springish, Eastery and Easterish are all words as far as I am concerned! Use them at will!! You can also add Autumny, Wintery, Winterish and Summery to your vocabulary too!
Do you have patterns for the mandalas that you have made?
No, I have made them all up out of my own head. Someday if/when I get the time and/or inclination I will write some patterns and will be sure to let you know. In the meantime I am afraid that I cannot help!
"Did you make the bunny twins?"
Yes, I did make the Bunny Twins. I made them last year using kits from Hobbycraft. They have spent the time since last year in storage waiting to come out again.
OK. I think that is all of your questions - serious or fun! - to me for now. If I have forgotten some vital answer that you are awaiting remind me in the comments!
Now, my questions for you. Again, some serious, some not so, but I would like to know what you think.
If you eat takeaway fish and chips at home, do you use a fish knife and fish fork, do you use your normal knives and forks, or just your fingers...
Do you mind that I don't answer your comments unless it is a specific question - which I do try and get to, although I am rather slow sometimes - sorry!
Are my posts too frequent for you? I do post most every day, but I don't assume that you will read them all. In fact I am always amazed and honoured at the number of people who do read and comment. Thank you so very much.
Did you know that you can spell the following words from the letters that make up Easter - Steer, Rest, Star, Rat, Rats, Tree, Art, Arts, Rate, Rates, East, Eat, Eats. I am sure there are loads more. That is what happens to you when you stare too long at the blocks that spell Easter on your windowsill...
Is it bad that I am so far behind on my WIP list that it isn't even funny, and I keep starting new things...
There you go, what lot of questions, and what a lot of answers and answers yet to come!! I really need to know about the eating of fish and chips by the way!