Friday, May 30, 2008
And this is Meg keeping me company in my shed. Usually I put a blanket on my desk for her to sit on because she likes to be as NEAR to me as possible (preferably sitting on me or sitting on my laptop), but I wasn't quite expecting her today so she's making do with my rug on the floor. It's lovely to have her company, but it limits my movement as she's very disapproving if I move around at all, or make any noise. But she's so cute.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
So I decided to begin by setting the scene. I lit a fire, washed the dishes and set to work making my chocolate meringues. I've been promising my work colleagues I'd make them meringues for months now. Everyone is on a diet and we decided meringues dipped in chocolate wouldn't be too calorific because meringues are mostly air.
Once I'd started mixing the egg whites and the sugar with my super new electric whisk that my mum and dad got me for Christmas I started enjoying myself.
Above is the finished result and I think everyone will be pleased with them tomorrow.I then went into overdrive and finished making three skirts. I love this.
And I especially love this: the hydrangea material my sister got me for my birthday. I think it's my favourite. It's so bold and colourful and it has a connection to my granny and my sister.
Now I just have the Kaffe Fassett Daisy Green skirt to finish, and then I will be finished all my skirts! I almost have one for every day of the week.
I'm currently reading Paradise by A L Kennedy, and so far I'm absolutely loving it. Finally, an A L Kennedy that I like! Now I'm going to watch Pushing Daisies (again), our new favourite programme, and relax on the couch with something nice to drink.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
It looks fairly similar. I had to sieve out some of the cooking juice before I added the blended beans because it was too watery. Anyway, Hagos liked it (went back for seconds) so that's all that matters.
Next week Hagos is away on Saturday night so I said I'd cook on Friday night instead. I already have the pudding planned (because after we'd eaten dinner last night he asked what was for dessert - nothing). So I think I might tend towards a lighter dinner.
I'm really enjoying cooking once a week. It takes me the whole week to plan and prepare for the one meal. And because I can't actually cook myself it means I have to follow recipes out of cook books, which means I try stuff we don't usually have.
Note to Hagos and Pete - Friday's dessert is going to be amazing!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
As well as discovering the granny square pattern I came across all these sweet patterns for making frogs, fish and love hearts, and a top, a bag, a hot water bottle cover, cushion covers and toiletries bags.
And the occasional tail.
That's what I really loved about the old magazines - they had a great mix of things to make. Not just knitting but small sewing projects as well. I particularly like the little cloth for the tray.
This is the last Rowan magazine I like. After that they seemed to lose the plot. Multi-layers and confusing photographs so that I couldn't tell what I was supposed to be looking at. All knitted garments that cost a FORTUNE to make. And no small projects to whip up in an afternoon over a pot of tea, and no sewing patterns either. A real shame.
While I was releasing a slug back into the wild that I'd found attached to Meg's underbelly (yuck) I saw this amazing creature on my bush outside our living room window. I particularly liked its furry ears. No idea what it is.
And talking of amazing creatures - look who was on hand to help me finish slip stitching the lining of my skirt to the zip. One of the most intricate jobs and Meg was there walking all over the skirt and nudging and bumping into me.
That's two skirts completely finished, and still four more to go!
Monday, May 12, 2008
The caveat is that I'm growing them now, but up until yesterday they were being grown and nurtured by our friends Janie and Ba (below, with Hagos) who are growing-things-people extraordinaire.
The chilli seeds were given to us by Hagos's brother and his family for Christmas, but we adopted them out to Janie to give them any kind of a chance at life. And yesterday she gave us a chilli plant back. We've put it in the bathroom on top of the beams where we get the most sunlight in the house, and apparently there are only two golden rules: don't let them dry out, and don't over-water them.
I was very excited when they gave us some of their potatoes as well. I can't wait till August when we can eat them! I just hope Meg leaves them alone. She was out there this morning digging in the pot.
I really love the idea of growing things, I've just never had much luck keeping house plants alive. Given the success of managing to keep the chillies and potatoes alive overnight, I'm even thinking of going to the garden centre and buying some tomato plants.
I don't know why I took a photo of everyone in a bus shelter. There were many more beautiful places to take photographs in the day, including their lovely back garden and house, and the country walk we took to the garden centre where we had coffee.
And continuing the theme of success - here are my pizzas I made for dinner on Saturday night. I also did a salad. Even Hagos said the pizzas were delicious, though he kept going on about how much raw garlic I'd put on top!
Now I just have to think of what to cook this Saturday night.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Whenever I'm nearby I always walk past my Granny's old house. She had an upstairs neighbour called Maud, who didn't have a telly. We wondered what she did all day. Listened to the radio, she said. That sounded a bit boring to us. Next door lived Elsie who made rag dolls. She made me a couple and I wish I still had them. The clothes on the dolls were lovely. And the other side was Mona who had the sweet shop, where we headed every Saturday as soon as we had our pocket money. My Granny always made the most delicious tattie soup that none of us can replicate, and had a shop bought madeira cake with icing on top. Every Saturday. I'd love to be able to go and visit her for a Saturday tomorrow.
Well, I'm a bit teary today. I'm premenstrual, which is why. I have to keep reminding myself so I don't take it seriously. But being premenstrual means I'm also vague, so I keep forgetting. D'Oh!
Friday, May 02, 2008
Above is the transfer I'm thinking of embroidering onto green cotton to sew onto the front of Keigan's jumper. I discovered the size I'm knitting is for a 1 - 2 year old, which gives me a bit more time to finish it. Though I do want to finish it in the next month if possible. I thought about embroidering his name underneath too.
With my lovely assistant Joyce to help me, I chose the green and semi-transparent blue buttons for my bag closures, along with the velvet ribbon below. There were a lot of very nice buttons in the shop. One cost £3.23. Joyce had just screeched, "For one button?" when the sales assistant appeared round the corner and informed us it had been imported from Italy. It was lovely. The other little bluey-green buttons were only 10p each and I just got them because I like them.
And now - IT'S TIME FOR BED. YIPPEE!!!