We visited Charles Darwin’s home on Saturday which is something I’d been wanting to do for a long while. He is a very interesting character and his home was so great to visit as it had exhibits on the voyage if the Beagle as well as natural selection and some of his collection of taxidermy. He seemed to be a good father to his ten children preferring to play with them rather than bowing to social mores which indicated children should be seen and not heard. He built a wonderful slide so his children could slide down the stairs and spent a lot of tim with them. He also wrestled with his theories and how they affected his faith preferring to keep quiet for many years before he finally published them. Unfortunately, there was a no photography policy in the house but I thought you’d enjoy seeing the grounds and outside of the house.
I think there are only two I want to see.
1. the Muppets
I loved the series which was on when I was a kid in the 70s.
2. The Artist.
I’m fascinated by the genre and the concept of a silent movie these days.
I’m not a big movie goer. I prefer DVDs at home but loved going for the Harry Potter films and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
I finished my shawlette very quickly after unpicking it several times and it took just a few days to finish once I’d figured out how it was meant to be in my head. I’m hoping to have it ready to show off as my Monthly Apparel project for February.
It is incredibly attractive to the kittens!
We decided to have a stroll by the river today. I’d been chatting to someone who was extolling the virtues of a lovely new path by the River Stour and pao and I thought it sounded like a good chance for a stroll. We walked about two miles although back to the car wasn’t as scenic but it was nice to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the mild weather. It has been exceptionally warm this week and I even went out without my coat on Thursday.
It was slightly overcast but nice to walk by the water.
I’ve not made any socks for a few months and I couldn’t resist the lovely Knit Picks Felici sent by Chris and Jeanne any longer and cast on today 🙂
A brief nod to making winter this weekend. I saw these snowdrops poking up through the ground and they really made me quite cheery as they herald a new season. It has been unseasonably warm in Kent this month which is strange as it is more like April than February. I’ve even noticed the days lengthening which is wonderful. I hated it being so dark morning and evening. It is so cheery!!
We were away on our church weekend away at a gorgeous mansion house called Ashburnham Place. I was struck by the many beautiful gates at the place. There is a song we sing at church sometimes which came into my head when I was looking at them which has the words ‘swing wide you heavenly gates’ in it.
I used to adore writing letters but i haven’t done for ages so I figure that I’m not the best authority on how to write letters but I know what I enjoy about receiving letters so I’m going to try and think up 10 things 🙂
1. Lovely stationery. One of the pleasures of receiving a letter is the paper it is on and how it looks.
2. Take time to sit and collect your thoughts. A cup of tea or good coffee can help.
3. Find some nice stamps to put on the envelope. It is one of the nicest things to receive a personally written letter and that experience starts from reading your name and address on the envelope and seeing exotic stamps from faraway places.
4. Enclosing a surprise. I love to get surprises and it could be as simple as a little card with a nice saying on or a little treat like a bookmark or postcard.
5. Use a nice pen – it makes me feel good to use a nice pen and ink when I’m writing a letter.
6. Funny stories – think of what will amuse and delight your reader.
7. Different colours or pictures in the text make things more amusing and personal. I had a letter someone had written me once where they used some stickers in place of words. It was one of the most thoughtful letters I’d received.
8. Origami shapes can be a nice surprise.
9. Share recipes or ideas that might interest your reader.
10. Send snippets from magazines or newspapers which your friend might enjoy. Even a cute photo out of a magazine can say a lot.
Wow! I actually made it to 10. I thought I’d struggle a bit but I did enjoy thinking about writing a letter. I think I’d like to write one now! Emails are great but there is nothing quite like a letter!
I was so in love with the yarn and the idea of a lovely Snowflake shawlette that I cast on straight away in the car on my way down to Sussex for our church weekend away. Three frogs later, I finally worked out what was wrong and I’m merrily on my way down row 6. What I’d missed was a solid line delineating the pattern repeat.