I’ve been feeling a bit poorly of late – very tired, virally, not in such good shape so pao has very kindly been cooking a bit more. On Sunday, we saw some photos of a very lovely looking set of scones at someone’s house and he was up and in the kitchen making them. Very light and fluffy and tasty they were, too! In case you are wondering, here is the recipe!
I love pizza and when I saw a recipe in a checkout magazine for homemade pizza, I thought it was a nice idea. pao made the dough with my KitchenAid mixer and these huge dough balls awaited me when I got home this evening.
pao and I don’t like to give each other chocolate for Easter. For one thing, we love us some really decent chocolate at almost any other time of the year (check out Madame Oiseau as a point of reference) and we love giving each other much more memorable gifts for Easter. One year, I received all the yarn for a cardigan; this year was a ring-making lesson with Canterbury Ringmaking.
He very kindly allowed me to make a ring with a stone which is what I’ve secretly been hankering for ever since I saw someone else’s on his Facebook page. Normally, you get to make a beautiful silver band on his workshops but he gave me some extra time and the materials for this moss agate ring.
First step was to bend the ring into a ring shape and file the cut bits so they fit together. I was thrilled that my ring was starting to take shape. A bit of soldering and curing in some acid meant my ring was a ring!
Using a mandrel and a leather hammer, I was able to shape and stretch my ring a little to fit my big tree trunk fingers (I’m a size Q, don’t you know? [thought you ought to know if you're ever inclined to make me a ring]).
We then put the stone in the ring and basically pushed the silver until it held the stone in place – quite a process. Guy was very kind and helped me do this as it would have taken me an age to do. Et voila, a beautiful ring!
Thank you very much, Guy, for teaching me (he is a very kind and patient teacher) and to pao for giving me this wonderful gift. I can’t stop looking at my finger and admiring the ring I made Hurrah!!
And here is the mostly finished dress. I sewed in the loose bits by hand at my Knit and Stitch group and just need to find a little button and sew a button loop on. It is a touch on the trim side but a few more days of ultra heat will cure that as it is too hot to eat!!
Max is actually this cat’s real name!
Max presented me with a little surprise. For weeks I thought Kevin was around a lot. It was only when I saw him and Kevin together that I realised there were TWO cats! Max’s owner made me laugh when she told me that she and her neighbour owned six cats between them and most of them black and white. Oh my… that is a lot of cats on that journey and I haven’t seen that many of them in that case!
So this is my cat walk to work. Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I do. I’m often in a little hurry once I’ve gotten past the kitty-laden section of my walk as many of them, particularly Kevin and Martin, who love a bit of affection. It is nicer on the way home in the evening as I’ve got longer to chat to them and little Molly who is out more in the evening!