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!


May 27th

We are back from Scotland. I enjoyed it and had a good rest. John did not catch any salmon but liked going through the motions. I did post some photos on Facebook but, as I know you don’t all use FB, here they are again!



This is Slip on fish watch!


This is Hamish, the Harris Tweed dog that was on our bed at the hotel. I fell in love with him and have now ordered one in a different tweed, he is called Muted MacKenzie:


SInce our return, John managed to fall into the local river. He was not hurt but his iPhone was in his pocket and got soaked. We tried immersing it in a bag of rice but after 3 days there was still no sign of life and so he has bought a new one. That was not without problems as we tried to do it on-line by upgrading the damaged phone. All OK until the checkout when they wanted to send a text to the old phone that he was upgrading. As the old phone was not working, we could not see the text.  Difficult conversations with support staff in India followed with no satisfactory result. In the end we went to the O2 shop and they sorted it!

I have a new Artisano Alpaca lace yarn coming with patterns – the colours are lovely. I am still doing the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Knitalong and am enjoying it. Not sure what will happen when I have to sew it together as I am HOPELESS at sewing!

My arm is so so – OK as long as I do not lift or twist it.  Must go and finish packing now!

May 17th

We are off to Scotland in the morning. Right now I am anxiously waiting for Mr. Jackson to appear as we have to take him to the cattery by midday – it is now 10 am.  I drove myselff to the hairdresser earlier and managed OK but my arm is now aching a lot. 

We are staying here in Scotland. Slip is getting ready and keeps trying to pack her smelliest bones – I have told her this is not on, but she keeps sneaking them in when my back is turned.

It is an eight hour drive to Scotland and we are leaving at 8.0am. John starts fishing here on Monday. I expect it will be cold and I am taking all warm clothes including thermal underwear!

The Rowan rep came on Friday and showed me the new yarns and books. I am not going to post photos here as I always get a slap on the wrist from Rowan for doing this, but if you want details, email me.

More later.

May 13th

Yesterday I drove for the first time in eight weeks. It was OK – painful when I turned the steering wheel but I managed it!  I shall go a little further each day so that my arm gets used to it gradually.

New offerings from Araucania are one yarn called Laguna which is aran weight. It is 60% Alpaca and 40% wool and comes in 10 variegated shades There are also 5 single patterns:



I have just found out that the Rowan Chenille Collection and the Denim pattern book are not due until mid June. Also, Pure Wool Worsted in Soft Cream is not due until mid August!   

Jackson is in the dog house as John found the remains of a baby bird under the sun lounger – this is where Jackson always leaves his kills. I tried saying that the bird might have had a heart attack and Jackson could have found it already dead but this did not wash well! Jackson is now confined to the house in daylight hours until the nesting season is over!

Must go and feed Slip as she is hovering – she has pork kebabs for dinner!






May 11th

We went out last night to the Three Horseshoes and I had crab and John had lemon sole. It was nice – I enjoyed my crab! Today I am cooking beef in red wine followed by some brandy snaps. I have just made these and want to make baskets but I could not get the cooked mixture to mould around a glass to shape it and so have taken the easy way out and rolled them around the handle of a wooden spoon and made cigar shapes. I shall fill them with raspberries and cream.

I have one more square to finish for the Rowan Mystery KAL and then I shall be ready for the new pattern which will be released tomorrow.  Here are three of my squares


I am not looking forward to sewing them together…I hate anything to do with sewing!

This time next week we will be on our way to Scotland – it is about an eight hour journey. Jackson’s eye is better today – open wide and looks bright!  Back tomorrow.