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It's Hip to be Arthritic!!!

Harki isHarkis_morning_tea_time going to be 8 this year, that's 55 in Dog Years according to the poster at the Hospital. Harki has jip in her hips, a little bit of arthritis, but it's definitely there. Today she had the first of 4 weekly Cartrophen injections. She is always such a good girl and had her injection and then had a special Liver Treat from Dr Tim. He pulled her legs about a bit, so she came away feeling a bit sore and sorry, but she has excellent knees, so no worries there. Harki is also NOT FAT. This is even better news. Harki is a tall, big Labrador and Dr Tim said she could lose 1 or 2 kilos, but really she is fine. We also have to have a walk every day if I can manage it: just up to the shop on the corner and back is fine on our not- Peris_morning_tea_time_1 going-for-a-walk-at-the-dam days.

We left Peri at home, inside. One minute we were all there and then she was lured inside by a bone ans suddenly we were gone and she was all alone. There is no doubt she howled like a Banshee. Last week Peri had a tick inside the flap of her ear. She was a bit sad the day after her walk. She had been exploring and came back covered in twigs and dirt and a dead spider. I expect this is where she picked up the tick. I am officially allowed to pull it off and check there are no ticky bits left. We don't really have the horrid paralysis tick in the bush just ordinary horrid ticks. I generally run my hands over Peri once a week but I have never found a tick in her ear before. So now they are both asleep after the excitement of a walk today, where we saw the herd of feral goats right in the dam reserve where we walk, then morning tea with The GardyGardeners and then the Injection trip as well. No wonder they need a nap. Today their morning tea treat was ice cream wafers. They have hardly any kilojoules at all.

The Druid socks for my Aunt are finished. I actually finished the second sock last night and I just The_druid_socks had the toe to graft, but I put it aside till today. I always expect the grafting, Kitchener stitch, to be much worse than it actually is. I like the sewing and the chanting:'Knit, Knit, Purl, Purl' It is very satisfying to have them finished.

The Druid Socks for my Aunt's birthday. My usual sock pattern, 72 stitches on 2.25mm, with 8 rows of easy lace just before the toe decreases start. I made them from the rest of the Chocolate Wool from The Knittery. I began knitting on 13th February and finished on 7th March.

The first Samuel Clemens sock is finished. By Jove it is endlessly long. And, as luck would have it, one ball was just enough for one sock, so I had to go back to The Black Spot of Doomlight and buy a Samuel_clemens_1 fourth ball so the third ball wouldn't languish forever waiting to be knitted. I can pretty much say there is no chance two Samuels will be completed by Friday teatime when I see the Madcages. Pretty much. In other sock knitting news, I only have The Second Turing sock toe to do (I have to dye a few metres of wool and so of course this has put the kybosh on the whole project) and Greenery Snicket. That's Farrah_golden_naming_prizeall!! So I feel I should be able to start another sock. I want to use my SeaLife wool. Cookie has Monkey, so I really need 'SeaMonkey'. I am thinking on a pattern, lace maybe, ferny seaweedy perhaps??

Thanks to Tori for the lovely stitch markers she sent to me for helping to name her sewing machine!! I have promised her I will try not to make them knitted in embellishments!! I will try my very best!! They are so Farrah Fawcett gold, don't you think??

The Pyrex bowl has been replaced. I bought it with the change in Vundy_and_toris_roses_bloomingthe bottom of my handbag when they were on sale at the Asphalt-get on Tuesday. I was in town early having my fringe cut as I couldn't bear it in my eyes for one moment longer so it was either that, or cut it myself with  the pinking shears. The hairdresser cut my fringe for free, made me an appointment for next week, and made me a lovely cup if tea. Tuesday was Knitting Coven Day. A good time was had by all, as usual!!

Vundy The German Shepherd and Tori-Too the Golden Labrador's roses are blooming away like all get out at the moment. Vundy's Mr Lincoln is magnificent, and Tori has Peace.

MrsDrWho's father: who is either GreatUncleMrCaptainArcher or FatherMcGyver, commanded me to make two steamed golden syrup puddings in his own inimitable way!! I bought two new lovely pudding bowls and away I went. I had forgotten how easy steamed puddings are. You can add dried fruit, or grated rind, chocolate, fresh fruit etc, and substitute jam or marmalade for the golden syrup. It does take 2 hours to steam, but you can go away and do something else for the half hours in between topping up the water. My best tip is to trim the covering foil and paper after you tie the string (or wool!!) and turn it up toward the top as best you can to stop any water seeping in. I don't have a picture, but here's the easy-peasy recipe!!

Steamed Golden Syrup Pudding.

  • 100ml, more or less, golden syrup
  • 150g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 185g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tspn bicarb soda
  • 2 or 3 tbspn milk

You will need a 6-8 cup pudding basin, string, baking paper, foil, a saucer or trivet and a large pan with a lid that is deep enough to hold the pudding basin standing on the upturned saucer.

Put the saucer upside down in the base of the pan and half fill the pan with water and bring to the boil as you make the pudding. Put the syrup in the base of the pudding bowl.  Then in another bowl, cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs and extract and then stir in the flour, sods and milk. The mixture should be easy to drop, add a little extra milk if it is stiff. Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl and press a circle of baking paper over the top of the pudding.

Now, take a piece of foil and a piece of baking paper and place them together and fold a 3cm pleat across them both. Then place this carefully over the basin. Lie a double strand of string across the top, this will be tied later to be a lifting handle. Then, using a friend, tie string around the pudding bowl. there is usually a little indentation or lip. When it is tied tightly pick up the 'handle' string any tie them together firmly. Trim the foil and baking paper to about 2cm. Lift carefully into the pan, make sure the water cones 1/2 way up the pudding bowl, put the lid on firmly and bring to the boil, turn down to simmer then. Cook for 2- 2 1/4 hours checking the water level every 30 minutes. I add boiling water from the kettle. It is cooked when a skewer comes out clean. Serve with custard, cream, ice cream or whatever takes your fancy.


amanda j

My goodness when you get busy you get busy! Where did you find the sock yarn at you know where? I went back and it was all hidden! Monkey is fun, I can vouch for that.


Heavens, you do write a long post, but very enjoyable. The socks are lovely, the recipe sounds yum, thank you.


Yes, it is long!! I felt chatty. The Labradors took up a lot of my thinking today: as per usual!!


My 11.5 year old (in human years) lab is just starting to get the arthritis. It doesn't seem to bother him much, but we do have him on the glucosamine-chondroitin supplements and think that they're helping a bit.

I did learn from our vet that it is very normal for older dogs to lose muscle mass in their hind ends as they age, and now that he told me, I have noticed it with that dog. I dare not ask my doctor if that's going to happen to me as I age!


Great chocolaty socks! And ggghghshshdhhgh - pudding ....


socks-flowers-pudding; I'm taking notes on writing interestingly varied blog posts!
hubby made vanilla rice pudding last night (I notice her never says my delicious mags are a waste of space), so we have gallons of comfort food in fridge and freezer - I need more glad containers!
ps I am mini-thuja-ing at the keyboard this morning - onto the foot and cruising :)


Glad to see you back to your old self - busy as a bee. The pudding sounds yummy & I have to give it a try. Lovely socks as usual & I just receive my skein of chocolate yarn from the Knittery.


Poor Pup. I used to give my dal Gert a bit of glucosamine for her arthritis and it really helped her out. It's a shame when they start to get those little aches and pains. Make pudding? Not as long as they sell it at the deli ;-)


I am glad that Harki is doing well with her injections and Peri is OK after the tick. Your socks look great, and I love your roses -- just beautiful to see as it is winter where I live.


Oh oh! I've been meaning to try steamed puddings. I've never done one. This sounds like an excellent place to start!

She Who Smells Yarn

socks look great! I doooooo like!!

Poor Harki!! Lets hope her arthritis doesnt get too bad.

Lovely roses! my favourite flower.

You really are a wordly woman! And I mean that in a good way!!



I feed Sheeba low fat ice cream all the time - she loves it! Thanks for the pudding recipe. x

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