Sunday, 28 September 2008
You go shopping...obviously.
Obviously, you need to stock up on yarn because the scarf is finished, pressed and folded in readiness for a drop in temperature - hasn't this weekend been glorious, though?
This scarf was a joy to knit. Lurking in the bottom of the Loop bag are 4 more balls of Rowan Cocoon, this time, Bilberry, (colourway 812) to make one as a Christmas gift for my lovely friend.
All well and good, if I ever have time to knit again...
Thursday, 25 September 2008
So, I am as prepared as I'm ever going to be. I have created written action plans with references to further reading to improve my audit marks. I have downloaded practice guides and strategies for teaching. I have bought files to keep everything in order.
I think a last dash to Borders and Paperchase is called for tomorrow. I need to buy an academic year diary and probably some more stationery (I love stationery). Then I am going to sit back and let the weekend pan out in whatever shape or form it decides...
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
I found the pattern for a scarf in this book and picked up 4 balls of Cocoon in Red Wine (shade 00819) whilst in Fishguard on our holiday. I haven't knitted anything lacy for years and it has been a comfort to sit and knit away, counting stitches and marking down rows. Relaxing into the rhythm that knitting brings.
The yarn is incredibly soft - not at all itchy, so it won't be a problem draping it round my neck. It's extra long - over 2m! Perfect for really wrapping up in.
The best bit? I think it will look fabulous with my new coat...
Friday, 12 September 2008
I've had one that went mad and clambered up its wooden post and is now making inroads across the top. I've had two that got all bushy, but didn't grow very tall, one of which got splashed alot from the pool and evidently didn't appreciate a dousing of chlorinated water... And one that didn't really do much at all.
Only one, however, surprised me with a small harvest of tiny grapes. They look quite impressive in the photo, but they are nowhere near what I would call grape-size! More blueberry... I
haven't tasted them yet, but will let you know if they are sweet...or sour! I love the duskiness of their skin.
So, it looks like we won't be getting our feet all juicy to make some wine this year...
I've been thoroughly disappointed with my home-grown efforts this year. All I really have for quite alot of hard work I put in in the spring, is a shelf of onions and shallots. My carrots refused to grow...don't get me wrong, I like baby carrots, but I just thought that with more than 5 months in the ground, I would have got something marginally bigger than my little finger! My beetroot bolted. I have a whole bed of green tomatoes - refusing to ripen under our grey skies.
Monday, 8 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Pip enjoyed the freedom of running free through the woodland surrounding the farm.
You know when you've succeeded in making your offspring forget about the excesses of modern life, when they are happy to sit on the step with a candle...