Archive for April, 2011

Back to the usual schedule…

April 30, 2011

…well for blog posts anyway.  The last few weeks have been far from usual, and we’re still in the middle of bank holiday territory, so there’s more (very welcome) disruption to come.

I cannot now think of anything to report since last week…been busy working, commuted to Bristol twice, despite only working for 3 days.  I have contacted Theresa and arranged a visit to Plymouth to meet baby Mia.  That’s really exciting 🙂

Also…huh…snooker, knitting, walking…nothing exciting, but all lovely.

In knitting news I have almost finished the first knee-high stripey sock, which just needs a toe.  I had planned to take a picture, but decided that to do these justice they both need to be finished and worn in the picture.  They are a little crazy.

For some reason, my knitting mojo has no idea of time or weather.  I am knitting knee-high woollen socks, having just finished a blanket and a pair of bedsocks, right at the point that all those things become unnecessary for several months.  I’m also knitting a stole which I have no reason to wear unless we can come up with a couple of thousand pounds for a cruise.  Never mind, I’m enjoying it.

Finished this week was the bunny/sock combination for Steven’s baby:

Now I have to get hold of Steven or his Mum to hand them over.  I’m almost too scared to meet this little one, in case I fall for him as I did when I first set eyes on Steven himself!

This coming week…tonight we have Gethin to stay.  Monday is another bank holiday, and also the final of the snooker world championship.  In fact, this weekend may be lost to snooker altogether.  I’ve already done the housework, so I can settle down with my socks to watch the rest of the semi-finals guilt-free.  Until the Boy turns up of course!


Knitting Catch-Up

April 23, 2011

As well as all the going-on-holiday, being-really-busy-at-work, getting-out-for-long-walks and seeing-wildlife over the last few weeks, there has of course been knitting. 

I think, since my last knitting post, I have finished 3 projects and started another 2.  Finishes first:

Yes, those are the fluffy brown bedsocks which I so disliked knitting…finally done.  Now of course, thanks to the unusually warm April we’re in the middle of, it’s too hot to wear them anyway.  Never mind, they’ll keep until autumn. 

These are the SQL Socks, so named because I started them while away on a SQL cubes course.  I enjoyed knitting them and they seemed to be finished really fast.  The yarn is from Laughing Yaffle, one of my favourite local dyers.  It is soft to knit with and lovely to wear. 

Also finished, back before we went on holiday:

It’s a ten-stitch pattern, done in zigzags, by Frankie Brown.  It’ll be perfect for tucking around visiting babies when they’re cold.  Except…of course…that probably won’t be for a few months now! 

Anyway, new starts since all of these finishes include a pair of stripey knee-high socks and a bunny/tiny socks gift for my friend’s new baby (yes, another baby).  I’ve also made some progress on the Forest Path stole I started ages ago.  The jumper is languishing in a bag though, as I lost interest really soon after I started it. 

So, after an action-packed week last week (including litter-picking with the local Wildlife Trust), it looks like another busy one to come.  Today we’re getting a skip, to get rid of all the accumulated junk in our garden, including the tumble-down shed.  Tomorrow we’ll almost certainly be clearing up the rest of the garden in the aftermath of skip day.  This week there is work, despite the two bank holidays, with 2 visits to Bristol.  Plus…there is snooker!  I may not be seen for a while 😉

Things we saw on holiday…

April 20, 2011

…originally titled ‘Wildlife we saw on holiday’, I decided to rename it and include one or two of the 100+ photos we took 🙂

So, amongst the usual list of rabbits, small birds, large birds, coastal birds, (all of which still get us really excited as well) we saw:

  • Ravens
  • Dartford warbler
  • Stoat
  • Dolphins
  • Yes, that’s right, dolphins!  Right there from the centre of Westward Ho! town.  Dolphins!

I’m sure there was more, but those were the most exciting highlights, things we’ve never seen there before. 


I’m missing it already, after less than two weeks at home.  We’ll retire there someday.  I swear it! 

We seriously did take over 100 photos…if you want to see more of the beautiful Westward Ho!, they are all on Flickr.

Things I’ve learned this week…

April 16, 2011

…these few weeks really:

  • 9 month olds who go to nursery always bring germs with them (yet another cold).
  • if not restrained, A will eat unlimited numbers of Hockings ice-creams.
  • if you sit in direct sunlight for 2 hours at lunchtime, you will get sunburn.  Yes, even in early April.
  • the quote for the fence is never right first, or even second, time.  It will increase.
  • routers are temperamental and contrary.
  • I quite like my job, when I’m busy.
  • blackbirds and pigeons aren’t easily put off if they know there’s a food source.
  • nothing happens in Facebook-world, even when you don’t log in for 2 weeks.
  • if I buy a cheap and easy puzzle book, I’ll spend every spare moment doing puzzles, and forget about knitting.
  • I get insanely excited about snooker, which probably almost the dullest ‘sport’ in history.  The World Championship starts today! 
  • when I remember to use my camera at all, I take a lot of pictures.
  • I am so much healthier (colds aside) than I was just six months ago.  I’m not in pain any more!  We walked miles every day while on holiday and I didn’t suffer for it 🙂  That hysterectomy was clearly the best treatment I could have had. 

To follow…things (wildlife) we saw on holiday last week.  And finished knitting projects.