Yesterday, I very sensibly deployed the slow cooker and made some mince and tatties – leaving them to cook while I prepared for, and went out to, spinning group. The island is under a rare white blanket and rib-sticking food seemed appropriate.
Well, the weather here is still a talking point. Beth’s marooned by the sea and I’ve kept the horses in as the wind and rain were so bad this morning. So, soup was called for. I have a recipe that I use for lentil soup and I adapted it slightly to accommodate some parsnips that [...]
Oh dear, I find myself in a quandary. As you may know, I have done some test knitting for some notable designers. I have been trying lately to minimise the amount that I do, as it requires fast knitting – that means intensive knitting. This is bad for my hands and I have a feeling [...]
Twhit is finally properly finished, with all its eyes attached. It has been FO’d before, I know, but as we have new photographs and it is Friday… and I have nothing else to offer since knitting has been in short supply recently… The new blog kept me busy for a few days but activity there [...]
Surprisingly, it seems to have an OK rise. I love the rustic appearance from the cane banetton, and the surface cracking. Destined to go with a ripe Brie and some tomatoes for our tea.
Spinning Group this morning was largely dedicated to baking chat. We had a new kilo of fresh yeast to divvy up and I introduced the notion of bulk buying flour as a group. I suggested that the ladies come along and take a kilo or two of the sack that I had delivered, to see [...]
Yesterday’s bread was very successful. We had some stinky soft cheese and baby plum tomatoes with our bread and butter, and washed it down with a bottle of cider. SImple meals are the best. Despite the fact that the bread only came out of the oven mid-afternoon, it did not induce indigestion. This was nothing [...]
Sorry to be absent, I hurt my back last Friday and have not been feeling up to much. I am vertical once more, I am happy to say. Things are still pretty much of an effort, but I did kind of manage this today. Just out of the oven, and smelling wonderful. Last week, I [...]
The not-a-balaclava did not make as much progress as it should have yesterday – due mainly to icy fingers. I managed to get 50 rows of the main part completed, with 20 to go before joining the round and adding the collar. We resorted to a hot bath and an early duvet in order to [...]
Lots to do today, and only one pair of hands to do it, so I am going to be brief. The Knitty Surprise patterns are out. I am taken by the Fractured Light hat and mitts and think Manos Silk Blend would make a good substitute yarn. I have some to use up, so watch [...]
Yesterday was very much a day of mixed fortunes. Gill’s day certainly did not go to plan; her Land Rover failed its test for a start… Let us start at the ferry, and with that sock. It was the Varagen yesterday morning. We like the Varagen; we can sit in the cafeteria, in plain daylight, [...]
I’m leaving Mr L to fend for himself tomorrow so I thought that the least I could do would be to stay home and cook lunch for him today. We finally had that soufflé. Despite being called away at a crucial moment, to answer the door and buy poppies (“There’s somebody here for you“), it [...]
Mr L says our doctor is a nasty, nasty man So. The meds that Mr L is taking include steroids – he has been advised to take a minimum of 30 minutes exercise daily and follow a reduced calorie diet, to guard against weight gain. That’s not so bad, is easily coped with, and I [...]
It’s another stunning Autumnal day today. I long to be in a forest, kicking up golden leaves, or on top of a hill, looking down on the swirling mists. Some things, I miss – conkers, blackberries, windfall apples… markers of the season. Never mind, the geese are in the bay again - should we forget [...]
Despite the day’s generally chaotic nature, I did actually knit a few rounds on my mitten yesterday. Not many, and the thumb gusset is still a way off. The bus was collecting me at 9:30 and Mr L’s plane was leaving at 9-ish. I had the dogs to settle and so it seemed best if [...]