Monday, 2 January 2017

new things and a new year.

New Year's Eve Knitting.

New Year's Eve walk

New yarn photographed with new macro lens for my phone

New crafts. lino cut goat anyone?

New experiences. I am now the parent of an adult.  

New traditions. 18th birthday =18 presents and a Fantastic weekend away

New Year.

I hope it is kind to you. 

thank you for being here this year. I know I haven't been around much.  t x

Sunday, 16 October 2016

knitting news

this week has been mostly about knitting. 
and mostly hats. Three so far.

hats and cats. 
this one is helping me wind a centre pull ball. 
he really is.... 

note to self. egg shaped balls are fine.... no you don't need to buy a yarn winder.....

waiting impatiently for postie to bring new circular needle provides ample time to mess about with knitting trying to photograph stylishly, or making Harry Potter symbols.

cat two, and hat two. 
cat in the hat. 

please excuse me, I'm off to cast on hat four......

Monday, 19 September 2016

September so far

Sepember so far. I have a new part time job at a local farm where they produce beautiful yarn from their goats and sheep The sheep like to keep an eye on me to make sure I am doing everything properly. "No sheep, I never make your yarn into terrible tangles........ of course not........"

The yarn dances around on these swifts looking like a circus field of carousels, and is measured onto the winder where it becomes lovely soft and squishy skeins. So soft. Such wonderful colours. I must learn to knit better so I can actually use some of it.....

The children are back at school. It is Miss K's last year. How is that possible? It was surely only a few weeks ago that were buying her first ever school shoes... Now we are overwhelmed with UCAS applications or apprenticeships or ??? E has to start thinking about A level choices or college applications or ???

Faced with the responsibility of such impossible parenting we did the only thing possible.
Sent them to stay with friends for the weekend and ran away.....

Thursday, 1 September 2016


ok, so let's gloss over the 2 month absence and look at some lovely August happenings, list courtesy of Hawthorn Spellweaver.

eye -  I may be little but I'm watching you....

feet - my feet are a bit scary....

button - a button like flower? happily growing in my garden. along with the nettles and the creeping buttercups..... which sound pretty, but trust me, you don't want them.....

something handmade - well I made these skeins, and I made the most incredible tangle in the process. does that count?

green - the lakeland fells, as seen whilst supervising a Queen's guide expedition. So green. So beautiful. And in case you're wondering, that water - So cold...... also pond weed. and possibly a lake shark....

glass - sweetie jars in an old fashioned shop on the Yorkshire coast that would be well suited to a home on Diagon Alley. (Harry Potter fans will understand....)

floor - the paths at Saltburn are embellished with fossils, Huge ones!

blue - skies above Whitby Abbey. We were so lucky with the weather this year. Glorious.

Favourite - my favourite holiday destination. We've been to the same cottage for 8 years now, I checked in the visitors book.

my choice - the view from Holy Island. or lack thereof. Still gorgeous.

August you were lovely. xxx

Friday, 1 July 2016

June's photos

I don't have the right words at the moment, so instead photos. 
Taken by E, joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver.








his own choice.

we're missing "view" there isn't one in the garden apparently....
and "garden". because all the photos are already in the garden..... 
more teenage logic.....

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

catching up

good grief it's been a while since I wrote anything here. 

so quick update

  • mouse problem resolved. finally. the cat re caught it.....
  • slugs - so far my yeast/sugar traps, and all the other protections seem to be just about working.
  • now I need to stop the pigeons eating all the spinach.
  • I sang in a choir concert at the Sage, Gateshead - amazing place. Wonderful acoustics.

  • It's allium flowering time. Oh how I love them.

  • And cow parsley. love that too. although the pollen gets everywhere. even the cats have runny eyes.....

  • yesterday was hubby's birthday. We carried a birthday picnic all the way to the top of this hill, which has amazing views over the Cheviots, and the Northumberland coastline. Also huge thunderstorms We got very rained on, and carried the picnic back to the car and ate in the car park listening to the rain hammering down on the roof.... although I was less worried about wet and more worried about the lightning...... I had to make an extra large cake when we got home to recover!

Friday, 13 May 2016


  1. I wrote a blog post about coeliac awareness week. and then deleted it. it was really boring.  you're much better off going to  they've got loads of great information.
  2. one of the cats brought in mice. two mice, at the same time. no idea how. whilst I caught mouse one in a box mouse two hid somewhere in the kitchen. he's still there, I saw him this morning run from under the fridge towards the washing machine. he is super fast and super tiny and occasionally the cat looks at the washing machine in a slightly puzzled way and then wanders off bored....... the teenagers want to keep it as a pet.
  3. the teenage boy had a haircut. after years of wanting to have long and shaggy curls he suddenly asked for it really short. . he has filled my phone with selfies trying to look at it from all angles............      when he walks into the room for a second I don't recognize him.... does that make me a bad parent.....
  4. the teenage girl has suddenly become obsessed with baking. I suspect it is because the exam revision is making her go slightly mad. 
  5. I am preparing to wage war on slugs. Claire has already had slug casualties. All slug repellent ideas welcome. Also mouse removal expertise appreciated.

hope you have a lovely weekend, with lots of cake.  and no mice. or slugs......