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Wool Frontal

This post was shaping up to be all about knitting, but then some other things crept in: Labradors of course, and some material, clothes and weather.

Knitting first. I have knitted the Ding Dong hat out of the Socks That Rock 5ply Merino. It is the Rainbowret, a free and very simple pattern. I did twisted rib for the band and then just knitted away until I realised I was running out of wool. I wound up two strands of my Colour Me Surprised Opal sock wool and did a few alternate rounds, which you can just spot in the middle section, and then remembered I'd stopped winding the skein of STR when I hit a knot. So I wound more and knitted a hat's worth. It is very warm and if you wear it on a nice Autumn day you give yourself a warm hat headache.

Ding Dong 2013
I actually knitted this to check out what the hat was like for MrsDrWho. She found her Lord of the Rings Royal Mythral 8ply from two Christmases ago and now I am half way through her hat- My Precious!!!

Hat and potential cardigan
The other emerald green 5ply is the wool for a new cardigan for me, Floriston. These are two pictures from the Twist Collective to whence the link leads. I think the pleat at the back is lovely, the vents in the sleeves too and it has a nice flared shape which I am learning is very flattering for me.

Floriston for me

My newest cardigan had no wool yet. It might be this wool, unravelled from the cardigan it almost is.

You only rib twice
It's Aislinn by Amy Herzog, who is my current cardigan pattern crush. MrsDrWho persuaded me to buy the pattern. I have one cardigan that just needs to be sewn up, one started in mohair, the Floriston ready to go and now I have Aislinn. I adore the pattern around the hems and the lovely lace, and as I have but an illusion of a waist, when I knit and add the ties at the end they can be at Empire Line height. And once again the photos are from Aislinn's pattern page and the link leads there.

Aislinn
So it's all about the knitting here and there has not been a dress at all this month. Luckily I had the extra dress up my sleeve. New dress material arrived from the FatQuarterShop. At $5 per metre it is too hard to resist, and nice teachery material. The fat quarters are metallic greens for something I've yet to decide on.

Dress and quilt
Peri rolled in something so smelly today that I had to drive home breathing through my mouth. Baby wipes met their match in Peri. She has her eyes closed as she blissfully rolls. This isn't the actually smelly site, that was somewhere in the bush.

Peri is blissful

When we came home she had to be washed. Again. She's on her lead because she runs away before she is dry and the weather is too cold for that. She's pretty happy with all the attention and wagging her tail at me.

Peri not so smelly
It was 1*C this morning and there was ice on the car so I used my gifted ice scraper, which worked a treat, much better than a bucket of warm water.

Ice ice baby
Poor Gilly had an issue with the big metal plates we walk across every day at the dam. She runs across them and has never paid any attention until today. She put her little paw on the icy cold metal and then would not go near it again. No treat would entice her. No nice or commanding word would do. She tried valiantly, and in the end Peri was so exasperated she ran back down the steps, growling playfully, and herded Lorelai Gilmore across.

Gilly is afraid of the cold metal
She seemed quite recovered after that.

Gilly goes wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
RoseRed
was an invaluable help in the purchase of my new Denim Leggings. Yes, that's right. RoseRed helpfully explained that they were less legging and more jean. She is right. An emerald and sea green pair arrived today in the post and as I tried them on I said a prayer to the Denim Legging gods. They were listening and fit was achieved. The colours aren't true, it was dark outside when I took this photo.

Jeans leggings
I've also had a crush on tiny quiches and lemon meringue tarts: I've made two batches of each, and more no-knead bread made with Atta flour as suggested by Jan.

Baking
There was a little special happening for a few moments at the lights on Sunday. Tony Robinson, Baldrick of BlackAdder fame, was filming an interview for one of his Time Walks. He'd been in town for a few days hosting rebellions and such like. I don't know who he's talking to, but I'll see when the programme is shown later this year or next.

Baldrick

And now we're off to bed. I slept for 3 hours this morning as I was feeling a little bit swimmy and dizzy in the head. Not poorly as such, but not quite right. And I am sure there are myriad people who would agree I am not quite right. If I'm still feeling dizzy tomorrow, it's off to the doctor for me.


Friday Food: Char Siu Beef with Greens

There is so little actual cooking in this, it barely qualifies for Friday Food. It is, however, so fast to make -  less than 10 minutes from start to finish and I was really tired today and needed something quick and good.

I couldn't find any Char Siu sauce in a bottle so I made do with some out of a sachet: beggars can't be choosers. Though the recipe specifies broccolini, I think any greens can be substituted and I had some pak choy already. I am not a coriander fan, so I left that out and I had almonds instead of peanuts.

Oh and I can't let a day go by without using an onion. I love onions and so I added one to the beef.

And that's pretty much it, so here's the recipe from Taste.com.au and originally from Delicious magazine. And I actually think this does serve 4.

 

Char Siu Beef with Greens   serves 4

  • 100g rice or glass noodles, the kind that cook in boiling water
  • 400g beef mince, or pork or chicken if that's what you have
  • 20ml oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 60ml Chinese rice wine/Shaohsing
  • 60ml Char Siu sauce, Chinese BBQ sauce
  • 2 bunches of broccolini, or whatever greens you fancy
  • 1/3 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 long red chilli, sliced into rings, seeds removed if you like chilli cooler.
  • coriander to serve

Cook the rice noodles as per the instructions. I just needed to pour boiling water over my noodles and leave them for 5 minutes before draining.

Noodles
Heat a frypan or wok over a high heat, add the oil, ginger and garlic and then the mince. Break the mince up and stir pretty constantly for 3-4 minutes. The mince should be very separate.

Frying
Once the beef is browned add the rice wine and Char Siu sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

Adding rice wine and sauce
Add the greens. I like to slice them on an angle because they look nice. Stir to coat with the sauce and cook until they are slightly wilted and tender.

 

Greens
Drain the noodles and place on each plate. Top with the beef mixture and then garnish with the chilli, coriander and peanuts. And then eat and enjoy.

Char siu beef


Sheffield of Dreams

I am always extra tired during the School Holidays, but I can't pass up a chance to catch up with my friends.

On Monday I went on a pre-excursion day trip with MrsDrWho and her mother. We went to Sheffield, the mural town, where I saw a baby alpaca, found and returned the bank bag to the Lolly shop, minded the Marble shop for five minutes and had an apricot slice with the most deliciously flaky and crisp layered pastry. Oh, and we looked at lots of murals.

This is my favourite at the moment:

Mural
The caption reads:

Caption

We visited the new Bass Strait Maritime Centre where I was (Pirate) Queen of the World.

I'm the queen of the world
Inside the ship there are computer screens and for $2 you can have up to nine minutes of sailing a steam ship (I think) simulation.  We called into the Axeman's Hall of Fame, but by them I was too tired to tour and finally we late lunched at the Raspberry Farm. I came home and went to bed and slept like a log. We went to bed at 10pm on Tuesday night as well. I think I may have caught up on sleep now.

Yesterday I lunched with Bella'sMum and MrsMauritius, whom I have known for twenty-four years. I met them when I started teaching here. We try to catch up more or less every holidays and when we do, it is as if we were just at school together yesterday. I had delicious club sandwiches and we all shared the chips!!! I had a marinated lamb wrap with local cheese and relish at the Raspberry Farm.

Lunching with ladies
At long last, momentarily, Peri settled down on the warmy bed. I am not sure why she hasn't liked it this year, maybe she wants her little quilt as a cover?? Peri is so very beautiful, I love her ears' expression!!! Oh, and all the dog hair on the rug. Acrylic rugs just attract the dog hair like all get out.

Peri finally on her warmy bed
I found Miss Lorelai Gilmore asleep in my spot on the couch yesterday. She has the whole other end of the couch, but she likes her pillow in my spot and sleeps soundly and happily.

Gilly is in my spot

They have been running around and playing in the cool Autumn weather. It was 2*C this morning. If we don't meet any of their friends they play chasings and locate lots of smells together. Oh and go under the wire fence of course!!!

Peri and Gilly swerving
The Boo!! socks are coming along nicely. Here's a night time photo, but I knitted the rest of the leg white watching the Finals episode of The Great Sewing Bee tonight. I decided I wasn't up to the Eye of Partridge heel section until tomorrow. I am really enjoying knitting these socks, the colour changes are such fun. And see how they match???

Boo socks continue
Here's what I knitted in the car on Monday. Now you see it,

Now you see it
and now you don't.

Now you don't
I realised the sock was going to be way too big for me, that the Socks That Rock mediumweight is 5ply, and that with no nylon in the mix at all it would be better as a hat or cowl. I have knitted some lightweight STR socks and they developed holes quite quickly.

I have some Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce to soothe my addled knitting nerves. A neckwarmer/cowl is in order. I bought this from Jellywares. Excellent service and free winding-into-a-ball.

Soft wool
Spotlight had a spot sale of all sewing patterns for $5. I bought two of these three dress patterns, the third is on order- still for the $5 price. The middle dress pattern takes 6m of fabric. I shall have to buy something on extreme sale, maybe from the FatQuarterShop. I bought some pretty green fabric for $5 a metre there. Both Vogue patterns have Custom fit for the upper nether regions. Yay.

My new dress patterns

I shall sew skirts for other people with these two patterns and once again, the second one is on order.

Skirts for others

And of course today is ANZAC Day. There were Dawn services and marches. I'm not big on ceremony. I thought of my dad, and how we dressed in our best clothes and went to watch him march. He'd come back and give us all a kiss and then go off to the pub with his friends. I realised yesterday that I have spent more of my life without my dad, than with him. I am lucky he was such a great dad in the time we had together. When I talk to my psychologist every month, I frequently reflect on how lucky I was to have such a happy childhood, with my mum and dad and sister. We had all we could need or want, and more.

I ate some cheesy bought biscuits this afternoon and that's why I've been so thirsty- lots of tea and raspberry cordial later!!! I succumbed to their lure. I shall eschew them again until I forget why I am doing it. I'm going to start a loaf bread tomorrow and think of something to cook for Friday Food. The week has passed so quickly. Only one more week to go.


Monkey See, Monkey Through.

Unbeknownst to Peri, she has been educating Gilly on a means of escape from the dam area. Peri is an expert under-the-fencer, and Gilly has been extremely interested in mastering this skill. For quite a while she was flummoxed.

Gilly sees Peri escaping
But Gilly has learned well and achieved success.

Gilly can escape into the bush now
So now they both travel between the two dimensions just like in Timeslip. I remember watching as a child and being both terrified and fascinated. I have never seen it repeated. It is a good TV memory.

Peri crawls under expertly
Gilly crawls under not so expertly
The weather is now alternating between cold enough to wear jeans (Friday) and warm enough for just a dress (Saturday and today). The nights are cold enough for the doona and hot water bottle and Peri and Gilly have to be under their quilts, no matter whether there is room for them on the bed or not. I have knitted three whole pairs of socks and they all have the ends sewn in and are ready to wear. I also have two individual socks. One is The Clock Sock which has a ball of wool so I can knit the partner. It is part of my "Knit all the socks in The Knitter's Book of Socks" project. The other is a random green sock- no, it is not. Somewhere it has a partner. That's 4 1/2 pairs of socks!!!

Frankie goes to Sockywood
My Purls before Swine socks are not the correct green colour, the I Let Leaves are fine and so are the Colour Me Surprised.

I have knitted 85% of my Podracer convertible mitten by Glenna C. The fingers are short because you knit a mitten top that flips open to allow for dog lead manipulation and treat distribution. They are for iPeople with iDevices who need their fingers and thumbs. I have made a Podster thumb on my right hand but I will make an ordinary thumb for my left. It can be difficult to take a photo, sometimes very difficult, especially when Miss Lorelai Gilmore is helping. And I use the word helping in a sense in which it is almost never used: as in NOT helping. She's a funny sweet girl.

How we take photos of podracers
There may have been an accidental lay-by of more green jeans. Three pairs in, respectively, lime, sea green and sage. The first is a thick but stretchy denim and the second and third stretch cords. That makes nine pairs of green jeans/trousers. There have been the long dark years of no green jeans though. I worry about being too consumerist. (Is that a word??)  But they will last for years: the coming long dark years of no more green jeans!!

Jean Jeanie check them and see!!
It is school holidays and MrsDrWho and I are going on a short day trip to assess possible excursions and write some questions for the children to consider. I am presently winding up a skein of Socks that Rock so I can knit in the car tomorrow. It is medium weight Merino wool in the Bella Coola colourway.

I'm  in the market for another knitted neckwarmer. I wear the one I have to walk The Labradors and don't have to worry about an Isadora Duncan moment with a car, tree or kangaroo.

I fear there will not be an April dress. I have one up my sleeve, but I'd like to whip one up from the new Knit pattern. Oh, I've made the picture a clicky link!! I think....

1653I'll finish winding the wool, make a cup of tea and cast on for new socks while I watch Doctor Who. Then it will be early to bed for everyone, as I have to be ready to leave at 8-45am in the morning and there's a walk to be squeezed in for Peri and Gilly before then.


Friday Food: Cherry Ripe Brownie

Oh my, this looks just like a giant Cherry Ripe and I am assured by the people who ate it that it tastes Cherry Ripe-ish as well. It's from the March 2013 Good Taste magazine. I shall have to search out their February magazine as they had an Iced Vovo tart.

I think this recipe has the most photos I've taken for a while, but it is not daunting. It has stages and while one part is baking, you can start the next stage.

I didn't have a working 22 x 7.5cm bar tin. Mine has been used for fudge and it is a bit warped. I wasn't able to buy one either, so I settled on a 30 x 7cm and the result was fine. You do need a high sided, fairly narrow tin though. Other than that, unusually for me, I pretty much followed the recipe and was extremely happy with the resulting brownie bar.

 

Cherry Ripe Brownie Bar    serves 15

  • 60g butter
  • 52g Cherry Ripe, chopped
  • 250g dark chocolate, finely chopped (Divide into 120g and 130g)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 45g (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 100g red glace cherries
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) sweetened condensed milk
  • 65g (3/4 cup) desiccated coconut
  • 4-6 drops red food colouring which is optional

Grease and line a 22 x 7.5cm bar tin. Make sure the lining is very high at the sides.

Melt the butter, 120g of the chocolate and the Cherry Ripe bar in a pan over a medium heat. Take it off just before it is all melted and stir to dissolve any lumps of chocolate. Cool a little. Preheat the oven to 160*C.

Base melting
Whisk in the sugars and the egg and then sift in the flour.

Add flour eggs sugar
Pour into the bar tin, smooth the top and then bake for 20-25 minutes. The recipe says cook until crumbs stick to a skewer inserted into the centre. I found I needed to cook mine for 30 minutes. I did check frequently as I didn't want the brownie to over cook. Set aside to cool.

Base baked
While the base is cooking and cooling, make the cherry topping. Finely chop half the glace cherries and then halve the rest. Place into a bowl with the condensed milk and coconut. Mix till well combined. Then decide whether you want to add some food colouring. I decided to add some. I used 6 drops in the end. Mix so the colour is evenly distributed.

Cherry topping
Carefully spoon the cherry topping over the brownie base in the bar tin and smooth. Bake for a further 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Take out of the oven and leave in the tin to cool completely.

Top the base and bake
Remove from the tin. I then trimmed the ends and the top edges to make the bar more even and smooth. Melt the remaining 130g of chocolate and put about 2 tbspn in a ziplock bag to use later. I put the bar on a cake rack over a plastic container so the extra chocolate dripped off easily. Pour the chocolate over the bar and spread it over the top and the sides.

Trim, chocolate
Cut a tiny corner off the ziplock bag and use it to pipe stripes along the length of the bar as the chocolate is setting. If you start too soon the stripes will just melt into the covering chocolate. Set aside until the chocolate sets and cut with a hot non-serrated knife.

Chocolate and then cherry ripe stripes
Here is one poor photo and a reasonable one!!!

Cherry Ripe Brownie
I sent this off to be eaten in MrsDrWho's staffroom so I don't have a photo of the finished brownie bar, but it looked  like the one in the magazine. So here it is.

Magazine photo


I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Bread.

I made bread. Edible bread. Bread that is not a solid rock, or a damp squib. I was idly browsing the Bloglovin' popular posts when I spied the bread.

My bread
It is No Knead bread, and I started it yesterday.  As the weather is cooling I made a warm place for the dough to rise in a foil lined supermarket bag that is meant for carrying cold things home. I microwaved a towel, wrapped it around the bowl and then zipped it into the bag overnight. I renewed it in the morning. I cooked the bread in my new cast iron casserole that came with the new saucepans. I am most impressed with my rustic/artisan bread and it tastes delicious. I am looking forward to toast and soup tomorrow.

There's a video here and some written instructions here.

I see more bread in my future. I want to use some other flours, like spelt and rye. We will see how that goes.

Peri and Gilly have been sunbathing. They sunbathe on the black foam tiles until they are hotter than Mercury and then they come inside, drink a barrel of water, and cool down. Repeat all afternoon.

Peri in the autumn sun
I try to sneak up on Gilly, but her young ears are alert and she looks up and wags her tail furiously.

Gilly in the autumn sun

I've started crocheting a blanket. I'm using two strands of Shiver, which is 12ply I think, and a size 15mm crochet hook. I am limiting myself to one ball's worth a day as the crochet hook makes my hand hurt after a while. I think I am up to round 4 or 5??

Good enough for me round 4
Last night I started knitting The Boo!! Socks with Opal Surprise in rainbow colours. I could not stop knitting until I had circled through one whole colour repeat. It is very addictive. I made an Eye of Partridge heel flap.

Boo!! socks number 1
I sewed a DPN Project Keeper thing to stop the needles poking through my handbag all the time. There's a tutorial here. I tweaked it by turning a little hem to the inside before sewing the sides together so that all the raw edges were encased. My needles are 15cm long, and I cut the elastic 15.5cm. Next time I will just cut 15cm.

Dpn project keeper
Tomorrow I am having Morning Tea with Jet's mum.  I am looking forward to it. Peri and Gilly are looking forward to their walk as Wednesdays are a day off.

I am also going to buy some wool for my new emerald green cardigan and seek out green jeans. I have found more!!! I am overwhelmed with the variety of greens available. I am glad to feel happy and well. Oh, my toe is behaving, it's not totally better, but I can wear proper shoes again. Hurray!!!

There are two new shoes (Edited  a bit later on: Thank you Lois, they are in SHOWS, wearing evil shoes!!!) about serial killers: The Following and Hannibal. I've recorded them, but I am not sure if I want to watch them. There is enough horror in the actual real world. Maybe I am over crime TV shows?? Instead I am catching up on The Great British Sewing Bee Part 3 and knitting the Boo!! socks.


Error and Error, Forever And Error You'll Be The One.

I was tempted to type: You'll Beeeeeeeeee The One, just as Demis Roussos sings. And now I have.

My sewing machine has Error 6. Error 6 means the motor is straining because there is thread caught somewhere. I can't find thread caught up anywhere. So my machine will be off to be looked at. Luckily MrsDrWho has a spare sewing machine, so I picked it up when I delivered some cakes this afternoon. She is very kind to lend it to me.

Error 6 interrupted my quilt assembly. I sewed the strips between some blocks and joined two rows.

BOM continues
It is all slightly wonky as I blithely cut 1 1/2 inch strips and they should have been 2 inch and then I had to trim the back. Wildly inaccurately.

BOM back
I did make my own biased binding. I needed it wider than my machine biased binding maker and so I just used one of the Clover tape makers. I cut bias strips from the left over batik fat quarters and then sewed them together randomly and made biased binding. It is the best fun ever. I shall be making biased binding for all my dress hems I think. I've been watching The Great British Sewing Bee. It is no end of fun!!!!

I'm biased
Not much work on my cardigan, but I just have to graft the toes and my socks are finished. I knitted the toes after the photo was taken.

Sock just needs a toe
Peri and Gilly have been playing together on their walk lately. When I call they both come running.

Here we come...
You may notice that this morning Peri rolled in something smelly. Gilly did not. If you are a Labrador and you come when you are called, a treat is required immediately.

Here we are
Fish fingers: not with custard. I tried Jamie Oliver's fish fingers. They are from sustainable fishing areas it says and when you open a fish finger it is one whole piece of fish. I like fish fingers and fish finger sandwiches. There's always a few left over for Peri and Gilly too.

Fish fingers
Tomorrow I am having a rest. Today I cooked raspberry cupcakes and Cherry Ripe Brownie for MrsDrWho's Morning Tea turn. I sewed at the weekend and did some jobs too. I think I shall stay in bed and have some Earl Grey tea and read a book. Or two. The weather is still warm during the day - dress and no cardigan, but at night it is staring to cool down. Peri and Gilly must, must, be under their quilts now. I think they are under their quilts too early, they do have thick coats and thicker undercoats, but who am I to argue?? Their quilts are swooshed out and they turn around on the spot and then complete a mid-air manoeuvre and curl up ready to fall asleep.

I may have to break out the hot water bottle in solidarity.


Friday Food: Mini Pizzas

This is one of those recipes that I know I can make very quickly in an entertaining emergency, and the tiny pizza squares are always tasty and very acceptable. I saw this recipe years ago in a Better Homes & Gardens magazine in a Retro appetiser section. What I especially love is that you can use whatever you have in the cupboard or fridge and somehow they always turn out well.

I made some for Sewing supper on Wednesday and I had pineapple, hot salami, tasty cheese, ham, tomatoes, cheeses etc. These were made with the leftovers and were so yummy. I had them for tea last night with some soup.

There is no measuring per se. I am using just one sheet of puff pastry, but the recipe idea is easily adapted to your ingredients and numbers. And yes, I just love tiny cubes of Philadelphia cream cheese on these tiny pizzas. It's perfect, even though it seems strange.

 

Mini Pizzas   makes 16 small squares

  • a sheet of puff pastry, almost thawed
  • 50g of tomato paste. I used 'no added salt' because of the cheeses
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • tiny tomatoes, sliced
  • pineapple, diced or sectioned
  • ham, salami, chicken, smoked salmon etc I used 75g of ham
  • cheeses: Philadelphia cream cheese, feta, tasty, Parmesan
  • basil, parsley, rocket, baby spinach: finely chopped
  • lemon juice
  • seasoning to taste

Preheat the oven to 200*C and I also heat my oven tray at the same time It helps to crisp up the mini pizza bases. Oh, and cut some baking paper to fit the tray now.

If you are using pineapple or tiny tomatoes, it's helpful to slice them and use paper towel to soak up the excess moisture. It keeps the mini pizzas crispy.

Tomato all round
I mix the tomato paste, onion and garlic and use it as the base for my pizzas. Onion by itself seems to burn easily and this say it can be distributed evenly across the puff pastry. Remember to remove any plastic backing from the pastry sheet before you begin. Once the tomato mixture is spread over the pastry, divide it into 16 little squares. I do not measure, I just eyeball it.

Base and topping
Then start adding the toppings, I add the ham, then tomato and finally the cheese. I like to top it all off with a tiny amount of grated Parmesan cheese.

Topping eh what
Now whip the hot tray from the oven very carefully, line it with the baking paper and arrange the pizzas with a little room between them. Turn the oven down to 180*C and bake for about 20 minutes. I turn the tray at 10 minutes and start checking at 15. The tomato paste can burn quickly.

And baking
I like to sprinkle them with some fresh herbs, or even baby spinach or rocket, and then a good squeeze of lemon juice and you are done. These are also just as nice warm or cold the next day- as attested  by MrsDrWho with glee as she packed the leftovers for her lunch on Thursday.

Mini pizzas


I Dream Of Green Jeans: I have Light Brown Hair.

This week I collected my two lay-bys and I am very pleased. It was worth paying twice the price for the teal boots as they feel so comfortable, so soft and look so good. And I almost have both boots matching jeans.

Not quite matching
The colours are not accurate because by the time I got my act together and took photos,  it was almost dark outside. I have some beautiful 10ply that matches the teal coloured jeans and boots. It's Debbie Stoller and I shall have to rummage about and find it. I may have a better emerald boots match in one of the four pairs of jeans I put on lay-by yesterday: Khaki, Menta(???) Emerald and Sea green. Yay!!

Dream jeans
I have never seen so many green jeans and I am going to go madly wild. I can't miss the opportunity to have green jeans. I've knitted two balls of the mohair and made a lot of progress on my cardigan with the long, long rows. It should match well too.

Cardi

Me-Made-May is soon beginning, well obviously it is, it will soon be May. It's a bad month for me. I would rather have Me-Made-March or Self-Stitched-September because May is the last month of Autumn and I shall just be wearing jeans (green!!) and tops and cardigans. Really, there is little excitement in wearing and showcasing a cardigan every day. I am thinking of having my own Self-Stitched-September this year when I will be wearing dresses almost every day.

Our Sewing group has gone ahead in leaps and bounds and we have made so many nice blocks in our semi-Craftsy BOM 2013.

BOM thus far
BOM4
Soon it will be School Holidays and we're having a catch up day. With glasses of wine and lots of nice food. I am aiming to make two blocks each month and so I have to catch up on two blocks myself.

I don't know where the time goes. Monday disappeared in a long nap, Tuesday was Leukaemia Support Group, yesterday I readied myself for sewing and today I did some jobs. And of course, The Labradors.

Peri and Sandy played Pride and Prejudice: will Peri accept Sandy's invitation to a brisk run?? Will she, won't she?? Yes, she will. Huzzah!!!

Gilly accepts Sandy's invitation to run

Running is such fun for Peri, I forget she is twelve and a quarter now. I love the joy in her eyes.

Peri, running happily
Lorelai Gilmore has been seeing off the big bunnies, or wallabies as humans call them. She's always on the look out for them.

Gilly is alert
She thinks she has bravely thwarted the evil wallabies and their dastardly plan to hop through the bush. She doesn't even woof at them, but shivers with excitement and her tail is long and brushy.

Gilly sees the bunny off
I have had my 'new' car for two years and seven months. Today my odometer read 18,000. I average 20km a day. It has taken me approximately 940 days to work out that my remote locking has two different modes when locking and opening. Whilst out at the weekend I had to go back to check to see if my car was locked or not. MrsDrWho said she was sure I should be able to tell remotely. So today at the dam I opened and locked the car a few times and yes, it's two beeps when it opens and one when it locks. It is just as well I am not in charge of being alert and observant and have Gilly to do that for me!!

And 2 years 7 months later
My car still feels new and I have made a big effort to keep it clean and tidy, apart from the dog hair. Sigh.

My toe is still not properly better. It is not worse, it is slightly better. I am sitting here typing and soaking my foot in Lectric soda, or washing soda crystals and warm water. Even if nothing happens my feet are so soft and clean.

Oh, I forgot that I also prepared my Friday Food today. I already know what I am cooking for next week too. It's for MrsDrWho's to take to school and I am very excited to be cooking it, though not half as excited and the people I mentioned it to when I was making chocolate crackle Easter eggs!!!

I don't think anything special is happening tomorrow so we shall have a lovely walk, a nice nap and then maybe catch up on reading some blogs. The weather is still sunny and warm, I wear a dress and don't need a cardigan yet, so Peri and Gilly will no doubt spend the afternoon sunbathing and I shall read a book and drink cups of tea.