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!