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Archive for January, 2015

Yarn along!

A new book and new knitting. I finished the bamboozle cardigan and started one in Sirdar Tiny tots yarn from my stash. New yarn order placed yesterday. Darn, I was out when it arrived today and will have to wait till tomorrow!

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The book is Lamentation by C J Sansom. I love his writing, Tudor mysteries abound! Does anyone else have problems with the dust covers on hard back books. The idea is surely to keep the book looking nice, but I am frightened of tearing them, so take then off whilst reading the book, and put the cover on when I have finished the book, which surely destroys the point of a dust cover? Have I missed something here?

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along


15 for January.

January has indeed proved to be a month spent in waiting and hoping for news, and in dealing with family matters.Things have happened, but oh so slowly, two steps forward for one back. And I would like to thank everyone who has left me encouraging comments, about the time my family and I are having at the moment.

Having my 15 for 2015 list helped provide me with some focus on life beyond the problems, so grateful I have it. So now it is  time to reflect on what has been my January.

15 minutes walking, four times a week, achieved but only if I count walks to town for shopping, but it has prompted me into going out, which I do love. And also encouraged me to go out in all weathers. Somehow with my week down South I managed to miss the snow wherever I went, which is a shame cos I like snow. So I was glad to catch the tail end of it when I came home, on my favourite short walk.

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14 bags to a charity shop. None gone yet, but we have started to clear the garage and two car boot loads of stuff have gone for recycling.

13 animal photos. Best I managed this month was some of my Mum’s cat.

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Known as Mr Tom Socks.

12 meetings with friends. Yes, I went to a friends birthday lunch and met some fabulous new people. Lovely time, lovely food and terrific conversation. Tell me anyone else met a man this month who made theatre props, including a rat? Did me so much good. Brilliant.

11 new savoury recipes. Yes. I made spicy coconut chicken. Bit bland for my taste, and a bit like a curry recipe I already make, but Mr E loved it and ate up the leftovers for his lunch the next day.

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And the first time I cooked with poppy seeds, not certain they added anything to the dish.

10 handwritten letters, I have hand written several thank you letters this month, but I am not counting them, they were just plain good manners.

9 hand made cards. Yes two, one birth card and one birthday card

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8 sewing or embroidery projects. No, when I am worried I can’t be creative, something just freezes up inside me, but I can still craft.

7 new yarns. Yes. I used Bamboozle yarn which contains bamboo, it is a dream to knit with and gives a wonderful texture. But the King Cole yarn and pattern I followed wildly over estimated how much I would need and I have a lot leftover.

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in close up

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I have ordered some Alpaca wool now , for me, but I have four other items to do before I get to the Alpaca.

6 trips to museums, art galleries etc, none yet, but some good ideas.

5 projects for charity. Not certain if I should count the Great British Bird Count which I participated in at the weekend. I had my best tally ever, so the birds certainly benefited, and the RSPB is a charity. Do I count this , what do you think?

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rubbish photo, but best I can do with my trusty little camera.

4 new walks, no but I have cut the directions for one from the local paper, but as it involves a tearoom at the end of 7 miles I thought I should wait for Spring.

3 craft workshops, none yet

2 new cities, no

1 railway journey, no

0 impulse purcaheses, yes, or do I mean no? No impulse shopping, yes!

Leaving you with a picture from my snowy walk, and wondering how everyone is doing with their good intentions for 2015, love to hear.

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Bakes like Berry!

So pleased the Great British Bake Off did well in the TV awards! During January my mind always turns to Marmalade, must be the Seville oranges that appear in the greengrocers. And I always have to tell myself not to make any as we just don’t consume enough of it. I had half a jar in the cupboard, and all of a sudden this week I fancied a marmalade cake. Time to turn to my Mary Berry cookery book. This one is YUM!

Marmalade Traybake

Cake tin 12 x 9 inch or 30x23cm, greased and bottom lined with baking parchement

Oven at 180C (fan 160C) gas 4

175g soft butter

175g caster sugar

175g sultanas

175g currants- I didn’t have any so used up the dried cranberries

3 large eggs

250g SR flour

11/2 tsp baking powder

50g glace cherries

2 level tbsp marmalade

3 tbsp milk

I creamed the butter and sugar, then added the eggs one at a time then the rest of the ingredients. Put in tin and bake for 40-45 minutes.


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Mr E liked it so much he had TWO pieces! Maybe not as marmaladey as I would have liked but jolly nice after a walk with a cup of tea.

Would love to hear of any other marmalade recipes, if you have any.


Yarn Along!

Finally able to start some knitting. the yarn is called Bamboozle and contains bamboo. Lovely lovely texture to it. So glad I decided to try new yarns this year.

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The book a thriller by John Grisham called The Brethren. Thoroughly enjoyable light and easy winter yarn!

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

Well used crochet!

After a weeks long charge around the south coast of England, I am pleased to say that my family crisis management has a light at the end of the tunnel, I hope, fingers crossed., etc etc.. Not out the woods yet but maybe soon , one day?

But some good news- I finally managed to catch up with my Mum, who has made a wonderful recovery with the help of her carers and day centre and befriender, from her stroke last summer. Her meds have improved her memory and she is so much happier now.

Mr T came by with his family and we had a lovely Sunday lunch out at The Bear In Crickhowell, Wales. Here is Mum reading to her great grandson Master T.

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Now note the moggy sat on the back of her chair. He is Mum’s third cat, and so is the  third owner of a crochet cushion I made cat number one, many many moons ago.

And here is the cushion looking not so bad I think.

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and the other side

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made from the look of it from remnants of the baby jumpers I made my boys and my nieces, which would make this cushion around 30 years old. Now I like the thought that something I made from wool could last that long and fulfill its original function.


Lovely start to the New Year with the arrival of my FIRST great nephew on the FIRST of January. Here he is with his Mum and two sisters.

nat and the babses

Cue my FIRST wooly make for 2015.

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And a handmade card, making this the FIRST of  the 9 handmade cards as planned for in my last post.

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Linking back to Laura at Made in Oxford, who put me up to 15 in 15!

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