August 7th

Just had some rather depressing news. A surveyor came to see us about applying for permission to develop our land. He said that there is no chance – the land that our house and our neighbours house stand on is green belt.
So that means we either stay here and hope we are dead before the development gets to us or try to sell the house and land now. Because the development will be all around, the value of the house and land will be much less than it is at present surrounded by open fields. Any prospective buyer will be told about the future housing estates that will surround this house. Not quite sure what to think – I will have to let the news sink in.

On a brighter note, there are six new shades of Kidsilk Haze Stripe coming in September

John found a heap of mouse carcasses in the greenhouse – just bones and the odd eye. Mr. Jackson has obviously been taking his catches in there and eating them.

Going to cook a Paella now!

August 3rd

At last I have sewn the Rowan KAL throw together – what an awful task! I still have some ends to darn in plus I have to finish knitting the cable trim and then sew that on. Here it is so far:

Yesterday John noticed a lot of dust on the roof of his car in the garage…like fine wood. He climbed up and looked at the rafters and we have woodworm. He is now dressed in his bee keeping equipment and spraying the infected wood.

Today I am cooking sliced potatoes and onions in garlic and cream with giant prawns in olive oil and garlic. For pudding I am making an apple and blackberry pie. As John still has gout he does not want to eat any meat at the moment.

My local Waitrose tell me that they will no longer be selling cooked fish – prawns, crabs, kippers etc on the fish counter. This is because of an EU directive which says cooked and raw fish cannot be sold together! I buy a lot of prawns and crabs and so will have to send away for them.

Ian from Designer Yarn is coming to see me tomorrow. They are going to start selling KnitPro needles…..not sure quite why as there are already 2 or 3 UK distributors.

Now I must start cooking and then get on with knitting the trim!

July 30th

Here I am, as promised!
My arm gets a little better each day and I can do most things. Taking clothes off over my head is still hard and painful and I often get stuck halfway. Driving is OK as is carrying light bags or boxes. I can now sleep on that arm too. The surgeon said 6 months and it is nearly 5 and so I guess he was correct.

We are going to Ireland for the day on August 14 to look at a house – see it is a large house – lots of empty rooms for me to store yarn in plus outbuildings! We ccan do the trip in a day if we catch an early flight to Cork and a late one home. Jackson can stay here and Julie will have Slip for the day.

I have been knitting the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted afghan as part of a KAL. The knitting was OK but now I am sewing the thing up! 48 squares to join. As some of you know, I am hopeless with a needle and am finding it hard but am gradually getting there. Then I have to sew on a cable trim. Not sure what on earth I shall do with the blanket…maybe Jackson will like it!

I have been buying clothes ready for St.Lucia…..only 5 weeks until we go. I thought I had better buy a “formal” dress for the gala dinner that is held on Sunday nights and ended up with this


It is black crepe and swings out from the waist. I thought I could dress it up with one of my Artyarns shawls.  I also have a very pretty cardi that one of my customers knitted for me

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I have also bought sundresses and shorts.  I bought the shorts online from Gap and got confused between US and UK sizes. On checking the confirmation of my order, I saw that I had bought UK6 when I wanted US6. Oh well, I could send them back if needs be. They duly arrived and I can fit into them fine.  I have lost weight since my fall principally because I am not drinking so much.  John keeps an eagle eye on my consumption and I am only allowed 2 glasses of wine with 3 at weekends.  No vodka at all!  But I still look longingly at it in the supermarket!  Wait ’til I get to St.Lucia – I shall make up for lost swallows!

Jackson is well. Unfortunately he has been catching birds – mainly baby robins that have just left the nest. I have found 3 recently and have managed to dispose of them before John saw them.  Reminds me, there is one in my kitchen waste bin right now – I must empty it.

Slip has been swimming a lot. It has been very hot and so we take her to the fishing lake most days and she has a swim.  This weekend there is a big music festival in the fields around the lake and access to the lake is closed. Details of festival are here :

Must go and pack parcels and then get dinner prepared – Toad in the Hole for John and a crab for me – I have to dress the crab!

June 11th

Sorry that I have not written lately – the days fly by plus I am still hampered with my arm which aches a lot.

Designer Yarns are going to distribute Juniper Moon Farm yarn in the UK.  The rep came yesterday and showed me some samples. I especially liked the lace weight which is 50% Merino wool and 50% Silk.


It comes in 100g balls with 748 yards per ball and will retail for around $20 a ball.  2 balls is sufficient for a cardigan.

We seem to have had a series of mishaps at home. On Sunday John went to fill up the Land Rover and then took Slip for a walk around a lime pit that is near our house.  He was gone for ages.  When he eventually returned on foot with Slip, I thought he had crashed the Land Rover or something.  No, it would not start.  On checking his receipt from the garage, he saw he had filled it up with petrol when it should have diesel.  Steve came and towed it back home from the Lime Pit.  Rather than fiddle about trying to do it ourselves, we contacted a company that specialises in removing the wrong fuel from vehicles.  A man duly appeared 20 minted later and siphoned the petrol out.  The whole episode including wasted petrol and replacement diesel and Mr. Siphon cost John the best part of $300.  Glad it was not me who did it!

Then I had an episode with a dress.  I had bought a new dress and did not try it on in the shop as I am so slow dressing and undressing. Last Friday John and Slip had gone fishing and so I thought it was an ideal time to try it on at my leisure.   I put it on with difficulty as I cannot lift my left arm up.  Yes, it looked good and fitted. When I came to take it off, I got it pulled up over my half of my head and bust and then I was stuck.  I could not pull it down again or get it right over my head.  Panic set it and I was about to rip it off…my arm was swelling up from being trapped. Then the doorbell rang.  It was the postman. No worry that he would see my undies – I had to be released.  I opened the door and asked the bemused postman to help.  He did and I was freed!  Only downside is, I don’t think I shall be able to look the postman in the eye!

We have a nest of young robins that have vacated the nest – they are too young and cannot fly. I keep finding them on the lawn and put them back in the bushes….Jackson is confined indoors during the day because he would make short work of them.

I am offering free worldwide shipping on all yarns – both current and discontinued – for the rest of June.  No codes to enter -it will just happen. I am about to set it up so give me a few minutes if you are reading this right away.



June 2nd.

Ugh!  What a day!  We decided to go to look at house we had seen in the newspaper. It was about a fifty minute drive away. We are not really ready to buy yet, but John likes to see what is available in our price range. So we decided to go and look at this house – 6 bedrooms, outbuildings, stables and 11 acres of land. The details said it was in need of updating but we are not too concerned about that!

I told John the postcode which he said he would tap into the sat nav in the car. Off we went!  All went fine until the last bit – the sat nav guided us up a dirt track and announced we had reached our destination!  No way was this right.  We had no map with us as we were relying on the sat nav.  We drove up and down country lanes -we asked people – no sign of this house. In the end we gave up and came home!  I looked at the sat nav menus and saw that John had entered the post code wrongly – no wonder we did not find it.

Undaunted, we are off again to look at another one later in the week – here is a link to it and this time I shall enter the post code in the sat nav.

When we got home John decided to wash the greenhouse glass and went to get the hose. It is stored high up on a shelf in an open fronted shed. Mr Jackson often sleeps in this shed.  On top of the hose was a rabbit – half eaten and crawling with maggots!  Obviously Mr. Jackson has a secret larder!

Must get on as I am behind!

May 31st

Firstly, for those who do not know, Marie Wallin has suffered a heart attack. She is OK now but has been in hospital. You can read about it in her blog. One never knows what is around the corner.

Tonight we are going to the Salisbury Arms in Hertford for dinner.  We have not been out much lately and so it will be nice.

Jackson is in John’s good books as he caught a squirrel!  I watched him pursue it up the walnut tree. I could not take it from him – he growled at me and I could not part his jaws.

Nothing really new on the yarn front – I am still knitting the wretched squares for the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Knitalong – six in the same pattern each time is rather tedious!  Here are my bobbles and doughnut ones:


The pattern for the next square will be issued on Monday.

Going to make some meringues for lunch tomorrow now!