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Cigarettes and queue-skey and a wild, wild woman!!

Camera Obscura : or why I can't see my camera for looking

So here is where there should be photos of  all the people from the celebratory birthday BBQ. And there would be if I hadn’t left my jolly camera at home. I thought I had taken it and looked in the car twice and my bag innumerable times. I would lose my head if it wasn’t screwed on.  Bah Humbug.  BBQ in the rain, of course!! We just all went inside and ate and chatted there, though there was a brief withdrawing to the outside area again to view the excellent bubble-blowing machine. It blew big bubbles, no trouble, all over the courtyard. Very cool, though Aunty Suzanne isn’t allowed to take it inside as it leaves a watery residue everywhere. She made a great salad, one I made about 15 years ago. I had forgotten how nice it was : unusual, but tasty. Recipe follows if I can remember!!!

The Labradors have been for a walk to the dam where Peri was carrying something unidentifiable apart from its unspeakability. She is a good girl now though, because she dropped it and left it and ran ahead with Harki.  Once she would have just pocketed it and run for the hills!!  I sawed the rawhide bone in half with my tree saw and they had half each as a sop, so to speak, to the weather being too wet for playing outside.

Lemon_muffins I made a delicious Mud Cake and a batch of Lemon muffins with lemon curd inside. ACMA, there are a dozen languishing at your house just dying to be consumed. I have a picture of them, of course.

On the Knitting front, you can listen to the voice of the Yarn Harlot in a short 6 minute interview. I have been working on Project : Voldemort to the exclusion of everything else. I might pick up Creek later on, though I have a new set of sock needles, lovely extra sharp double-pointed 2.25mm so I can start the second Wizard sock and begin a new pair with my green Opal. I am not sure of the name. Oh, OK, I could look on the label???? It is Opal Prisma though I am not sure what pattern Opal_prisma_about_to_be_a_pair_of_socks_1  I should knit. Well, I will do my normal top down fits me perfectly pattern, but what texture or lace?? It is a conundrum. Will a pattern take away from the effect of the yarn?? I will have to decide soon as I want to start, like, now!!!

So I am sitting and knitting and watching tape 151, catching up on the Agatha Christie docu-drama from a fortnight ago. I have tapes 152 through 159 to catch up on plus some Food, How To and 2 episodes of KnittyGritty. I can’t leave the house for about a week. I actually don’t feel too bad today. I’m not sure if this augurs well or not. Is it a false dawn, or will I still feel well tomorrow?? A restful afternoon and many cups of tea will no doubt help. Today I am drinking English Breakfast (Twinings loose leaf) and also Peppermint (Twinings teabags).

Banana, Bacon and Apple Salad

  • 6 rashers of bacon, chopped

  • 2 apples, chopped

  • 3 firm, ripe bananas, chopped

  • 1 tspn grated lemon zest

  • juice of ½ a lemon

  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped

  • 3 spring onions, chopped

  • 2 tbspn parsley, chopped ( OK everything is chopped!!)

  • ¾  cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup plain yoghurt

  • ½ cup nuts – pecans, we had cashews

Fry the bacon till crisp and drain on paper towel. Combine with all the other ingredients and mix well, if gently.  That’s it. It is delicious. Vary the ingredients to suit your taste or the season.



ohhh I am feeling Opal yarn lust....
I am Earl Grey-ing it today courtesy of my SP. Would you like a cup?


What about Magknits Jaywalker for your opal?

(trying to buy felt on-line is a PITN)


ooh..that salads sounds yummy although i don't really fancy spring onions :)

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What about these socks for your Opal yarn, they are fairly plain but have an interesting lace panel down the side.


Hope you're having a good day!

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Doh! I just noticed that half the url was cut off, try this one:


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