And Spring is here and it is raining and windy and the camellias are sad. It has been raining all day, and hardest of all this evening. The daffodils at the dam are very happy, they bloom regardless.
It isn't cold really, but it is quite wet. Peri and Gilly are quite wet. I popped next door to have my shoulder to shoulder measurement taken for a new Knit A-Long. The Labradors cried, and sooked and stood at the fence for twenty minutes and were soaked to the skin. They even worked together to open the gate into The Forbidden Zone. Rascals. We filled up the wet and muddy swamp at the fence with two bags of wood chips and now Peri can poke her head through the gap at the top of the fence. Gilly is not tall enough, she's a short Labrador. This is what you see from the other side of our fence. No wonder they are always scamming seaweed rice crackers, they look so sad and needy.
I am joining the Pour Moi KAL. I had such trouble buying the pattern with The PayPal and I cannot thank the pattern's author, Lori, enough for her help and kindness!! I have some gorgeous Merino Fleck 5ply Heirloom, and it knits up so beautifully in the tension square it promises to be a lovely cardigan. My tension is 23/29 instead of 22 stitches and 30 rows over 10 cm. I am just going with that as I am too lazy to knit a whole new square for one stitch in width.
I am knitting lovely possum socks for me in dark green Waikiwi. It is quite a dark green, so I can only knit during the day, else I have to spend time fixing all my mistakes the next day. Being possum, I have named these The Dame Edna Everage socks. It amuses me.
At last, I made time to sew some shopping bags for myself. I made two from skirts (top two) and the others from material I found in The Spare Oom. The bags are surprisingly roomy and strong.
Peri and Gilly have been enjoying their walks. They like Mondays and Thursdays best as there is a build up of unsmelled smells to be sniffed and horrid things to be rolled in. I am not quite sure what is inside the old shed at the dam and I am too afraid to look.
I love coming home to be greeted at the gate by Peri Naughty and Miss Lorelai Gilmore. They love meeting me, and always hope there may be something in my bag for them.
Last week there was something for me in my bag: a lovely breakfast cup and saucer from V&A. It is called Borage and is stable enough to resist Labradors and large enough to hold well over a metric cup. I have some delightful aged Earl grey tea, a gift from MrsDrWho from Numi.
MrsDrWho's new house is set on a circle with a village green in the centre, rather like a Midsomer Murders setting. Last week I spotted a plover, a rather fat plover, on her front lawn. Lo and behold I was right to be suspicious: two plover chicks were hiding under the plover's wings. I am afraid of plovers, I have been since they used to chase us off the oval at Primary School. The dad was on the green, limping. MrsDrWho says he is perfectly well, and limps to draw attention away from the rest of his family when he thinks they are in danger.
Oh, new shoes, new shoes!! I bought new Summer shoes at Lead'em Footwear, and I only went in on the off chance. I mention the name because they are so very helpful and always especially look out for green shoes for me. These weren't even unpacked and they went up the ladder to the ceiling to fetch them for me. For a day or so I could only find one, but today I found its pair. They are very green, with embellishments and a nice grippy sole and a wedge heel: perfect.
Peri and I both have hay fever. Peri can take people's tablets from the chemist. I can't. We are both sneezing and have itchy eyes. Gilly is well, so we are relying on her to be the one in charge: what has the world come to?? Thank goodness for Gilly!!! The Labradors are in bed already, so it must time for us all to go to sleep anon.