Hello! I’ve been laptop-less for over a week so I’ve been using pao’s which doesn’t have all the photo editing stuff on it that I normally use.
1. pao’s full English Breakfast at Kitch. I had the full veggie breakfast and it was delicious.
2. I’ve been madly making brooches in preparation for the shows I’m involved in this month and then in April and May.
3. A very friendly cat who I met on my travels.
4. Detail of a stone in the poetry garden of the Cathedral.
5. Pink hellebores.
6. Newly restored stone at the Cathedral.
7. Made in Whitstable Show table. My friend Tracie’s face plates look incredible.
8. New jewellery designs. I’ve been looking at different colours.
9. Cat in a box.
10. I spent a very long time tidying the house over the weekend and finally got to put my beautiful birthday present in pride of place
1. A hot-a-doodle-doo burger from Byron Burger – possibly the best burger place I’ve been to.
2. King’s College, Cambridge.
3. Cat banner in a church in Cambridge (Michaelhouse Centre) which served rather good tea and home made biscuits.
4. Sushi feast after pao was sprung from hospital.
5. Rather cool dragon outside the Lego store in Bluewater.
6. Woolly bunny and rabbit.
7. Pretty flowers.
8. New jewellery making supplies – a bit of a departure from the pale colours I normally go for.
9. New tea cup and saucer – a gift from pao.
10. Low fat banana muffins I made on Saturday. Recipe soon!
I’ve been so busy this week but I did manage a few photos
1. We continue to be battered by torrential rain here. Even Noah would struggle! This is the Westgate Gardens last Sunday morning.
2. Knitted afternoon tea – good for the diet!
3. Markings on the ground in the Whitefriars in Canterbury.
4. Miss Flomp aka Tamyra who has stolen Sirius’ spot under the radiator.
5. Valentine’s Day cards. Ready to be opened in the evening.
6. We travelled to Cambridge late Thursday evening and were amused by this little reminder of home.
7. There were 14mph winds on Saturday morning and this is just one fence panel of many that would have come down in those winds.
8. Cambridge is full of bicycles.
9. Snowdrops are now in full bloom.
10. Amused by this disabled parking spot.
11. I managed to snap these students dressed up as Dr Who characters with K9 so pao could see. He was in a shop when they passed me.
12. Valentine’s messages in a Cambridge chocolatiers window.
Just a few this week – been quite busy!
1. Cat in a sunny window.
2. Street art in Whitstable.
3. Huge Italian platter of food – arancini, calzone, mozzarella and tomatoes, chicken and prawn skewers
4. Lots of rain fall has meant we have rivers bursting their banks – I’ve never seen the river so high.
5. pao enjoying a knickerbocker glory.
IF you were coming in the fall,
I ’d brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.
If I could see you in a year, 5
I ’d wind the months in balls,
And put them each in separate drawers,
Until their time befalls.
If only centuries delayed,
I ’d count them on my hand,
Subtracting till my fingers dropped
Into Van Diemen’s land.
If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I ’d toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.
But now, all ignorant of the length
Of time’s uncertain wing,
It goads me, like the goblin bee,
That will not state its sting.
– Emily Dickinson
I love Emily Dickinson’s spare verse and had once entertained dreams of studying her poetry at graduate level. I didn’t manage it but I still love to read her poetry.
An unusual post this week!
1. I am a knitter. I love to knit – did you guess.
2. I am 8 pounds lighter!
3. I am feeling peaceful.
4. I am blessed.
5. I am happier than I have been in years.
6. I am enjoying a bag of delicious Cheetos.
7. I am working on a sock.
8. I am smiling.
9. I am reading ‘Police’ by Henning Mankell.
10. I am lucky to have a lovely husband.
And of course, I have the best cats
1. Beautiful narcissi that filled the living room with their sweet scent.
2. Deformed prawn on a sun lounger. Otherwise known as badly sewn project from Mollie Makes magazine.
3. New sock! Yarn was a lovely gift from a friend.
4. pao brought me home these beautiful roses.
5. A lovely gift from a friend with our new WI logo on it.
6. Gorgeous view from Tankerton Slopes.
7. Saturday breakfast. Scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and muffins from the Farmer’s market.
8. Vintage cotton reel haul. I collect these cotton reels and was delight to find over 20 in some charity shops. They have the most brilliant colour names – these days it is all numbers. My favourites from this haul was ‘Leaf Mould’
9. Flooding of the Nailbourne River. It has been raining something chronic these past few weeks. This bench is normally surrounded by grassland.
10. Tamyra have a rest after playing!
I am trying my best to try and get a bit fitter this year after a scary health screen which made me really think about what I was eating etc so I have taken to taking short walks when I can. This morning, we woke up to winter sunshine rather than rain so I nipped out and took a brief walk before the rain comes in an hour or so. It was gorgeously beautiful albeit chilly but I acquired a cozy new winter coat that is just perfect for this weather. You’ll see from the photos that we have had some serious flooding of the Nailbourne river but all the same it was a lovely walk.
1. Pancakes – blueberry are my most favourite but pumpkin spice are all good too.
2. Bacon and eggs
3. Scrambled eggs (only if they are made by pao) with smoked salmon if I’m lucky
4. Porridge. I love Oat So Simple because it makes it really easy to make it. My mum and I used to eat porridge late at night when I was a kid – no idea why.
5. Waffles. I have a waffle iron which is amazing
6. Eggs Benedict from Cafe Rouge.
7. Fresh baguette and French butter.
8. Fresh fruit salad.
9. Latkes with smoked salmon and creme fraiche. My friend Jan makes amazing latkes.
10. Crumpets. Another childhood favourite. My mum used to toast them with cheese on the top.
“Did someone say breakfast?”
It has taken AGES to knit these socks. They are Regia which I picked up on my travels. I still get amazed comments from people who ask me how I do the pattern
I love how they are super matchy-matchy! Someone else has their eye on them, too!
Butter wouldn’t melt, of course.
“Ha! Caught you looking away!”
Apparently they make good blankets to lie on,too!