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Not drowning: knitting....

  I  thought that the Election campaign may have been an uplifting and worthwhile activity, but it has been nothing but name calling and fighting. Why are people so unkind??? I just don’t understand why we can’t all just get along.

Now, for all those sad people who have never read a Cole’s Funny Picture Book – You poor things!!! We had lots of these at home, with the rainbow trademark ‘swoosh’ on the cover.


Cole arrived out of the Murray River goldfields in the 1850s, opening a bookstore in the city's Eastern Market in 1865. But a simple bookstore wasn't enough for E. W. Cole. He opened the first Coles Book Arcade in the city's East Market in 1873 and, six years later, turned to publishing. Like an earlier businessman from across the Pacific pond with the initials of P. T., E. W. thought big. And little. One of the first in either hemisphere to realize the potential of the children's market, he began publishing a series of books. Called Cole's Funny Picture books, they were largely patchwork albums of pictures, puzzles, poems, jokes and stories from a variety of sources (no-one took copyright terribly seriously in those days). Cole was canny enough to realize that moral uplift was important to book-buying Victorian parents. So the funny picture books were shot through with poems warning of dangerous characters like the Vulgar Little Lady, Rude, Bad, Naughty, Cross, Nasty, Bold, Dirty-faced boy. The volumes proved so popular that new editions would still be published by the Cole family decades after E. W.'s stores closed early in 1929.

Www_sock_comp_book_mark It is raining. Really raining : there was thunder and lightning and now raindrops are falling on my head, and everywhere!!!  They even fell on the lovely bookmark the Westbury World Wide Sock Competition organisers sent to acknowledge the receipt of our socks. There was a very nice letter too, and they hope to have another competition next year.

This morning I bought seasons 1 and 2 of MacGyver. Sigh!! I have some wool and some needles – watch me fashion a Jack O'Neill out of them!!!!!! I also made a very yummy Plum Upside down cake. Dr_who_zuc_logo_wrong_side

The Labradors had a walk this morning and then a big play and as we all like thunderstorms we have been having positive play experiences while the thunder rumbles and the lightning strikes!!

The Dr Who ZippyUppy Cardigan, henceforth hereafter to be known as The Dr Who ZUC, has been ceremoniously started!! Well, I call casting on a ceremony!! I Drwho_zuc_sleeve_1 crunched the numbers and wrote a pattern and I have not let the fact that in 3 rows I will have 15, yes, that’s right, 15 colour changes, deter me. I am strong, I am invincible, I am mad!!! I have no knitting fear, I am like those surfers with the monster wave : this is my monster knit!! I have just been knitting and twisting wool where the colours join and it doesn’t look half bad. I have had to start a sleeve, as there are too many colours to cart the back about with me.

Oh, yes, and there are only 12 days in The Games. I should be knitting, not typing….

Plum Upside Down Cake

  • 185g butter

  • 220g brown sugar

  • 1 tspn vanilla extractUpside_down_plum_cake_1

  • 3 eggs

  • 330g plain flour

  • 4 tspn baking powder

  • 180ml milk

  • 1 large tin of plums ( or fresh plums)

  • extra 150-220g brown sugar

Grease and line a tin, I used a 24cm square. Preheat oven to 170*C (150*ff). Cream butter, sugar and vanilla and add eggs one at a time. Beat till just combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and then the milk. Mix till well combined. Sprinkle the extra brown sugar on the base of the tin and arrange the halved plums to cover as well. Top with the cake mixture and smooth to cover. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool on a rack then turn upside down and eat warm with cream and/or icecream.



So I was not the only one who found the election campaign nothing but a name calling, childish little exercise. I had to vote today as I am doing a postal and for the first time in my life I was very tempted just to write across the ballot paper that 'you are all children and I don't want to vote for any of you!!!' I didn't of course but oh boy it was very tempting.

Aren't the little book marks so cute.

Can't wait to see the Doctor Who ZUC progress reports, especially the colour bits!!

I even own a Coles Funny Picture Book but I didn't make the connection with the supermarket.

She who Smells Yarn

I am with you lot. Voting far from interests me to begin with but this year its so pathetic. Childish!!

I got my bookmark today in the rain too!!

I loved the rain and the thunderstorms!! I want more..

Cant wait to see more of Dr Who ZUC!!



I agree that this election has been worse than kids fighting in a school yard.

The politicians are sooooooooooo infantile.

I will be voting tomorrow as I will be away on Saturday and am not looking forward to it.

I remember reading the Coles books when I was young. They were really funny and a good read.



I LURVE MacGyver, I wish they still showed it.
You are very brave, all those colours would do my head in, not to mention the math.

the stripey  tiger

I used to love macgyver too - have fun watching!!! Your feather and fan scarf looks fantastic and I love your story about 'heckling' at the commonwealth games parade and endong up at the function- Go the republic games I say!! :-) Stripey

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