What a Barry Crocker!!! Australians know that when we hear this, the speaker is not referring to the eponymous entertainer, rather they are saying "What a shocker!!!" We have taken Cockney Rhyming slang and made it our own!! Barry Crocker starred in the iconic film The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and he also sang the theme tune to Neighbours. There are two Barrys-worth to start off my post today:
- I am making the Shocker Socks for Barry The GardyGardener's birthday. I started them yesterday and Tuesday Morning Tea time is my deadline. They are 8ply on 4mm needles, using 44 stitches. I have to knit a full foot for the foot: 30cm!!!!
- Oh the Internet has been abysmal. Some days it won't load at all. The little green loading line thingy goes Load...Load...Load for half an hour. Later on the same day it loads instantly. I ran the Anti-Virus and The Spyware and nothing turned up. MrsDrWho is having the same problem with her computer so we think it might be an ISP problem. Consequently I had things waiting to be blogged and I couldn't. It worked last night but not this morning. Hopefully it will keep working now........
It rained two days ago and now it is raining again. January was the driest on record, so we are all glad of the downpour. The Labradors loved their walk in the pouring rain and we went for a record 35 minutes!!! They were both very wet but when we came home. Harki wanted to keep on playing in the rain and Peri just wanted to rub her wet fur over everything. When it is nap time Harki sleeps The Sleep of the Just and The Impossibly Contortioned!!! Peri has been playing with the Recycling again. She needs to get in while she can, the Council wants to change from weekly to monthly recycling. I am not sure how we will go with that.
I have been awarded Awards, and I am ever so glad I Make Peoples' Days, but I am a terrible awarder myself. I can't choose. I don't want to give an award to someone and then have another person feel sad because they have missed out. I think this is a leftover feeling from teaching: as a teacher you have to be very fair and unbiased and beyond reproach. If I read your blog and comment, believe me, you make my day!! My eyes light up when I see posts appearing to be read in my Bloglines. As MrsDrWho would say: You have Internet frie-ends!!!
I've finished my Mum's The Word socks at last and they have been posted off. They were knitted from the Old Merino Cashmere in Denim from The Knittery using 3.25mm needles. The lace pattern is Diagonal Fern from Barbara Walker with garter stitch in between. There is a 'jog' in the garter stitch at the back, I should have put all the stitches on the same needle, but I like the needles to be balanced and symmetrical, so we will all have to live with the 'jog'!! They are beautiful and soft and the wool is so lovely to knit. I haven't bought any of the new sock wool yet, but I hope it is as nice as this. (Pictures courtesy of The Subway Table Top, the Subway with no cups of tea or avocado!!!)
I've also given Mrs Madcage a Squidge Face cloth as part of her birthday present. This one in Anchor Magicline and with a double crochet edging. This picture is a bit wonky: it's not as frilly as it looks!!!
MrsDrWho has been getting ready for school, and I assembled her new bookcase: all I needed was a Phillips head screwdriver. Then I sorted out her watercolour pencils. I love sorting out the watercolour pencils. Some are nearly 20 years old. They last a long time when you are always reminding the children how expensive they are!! The boxes of 72 don't seem to exist nowadays so the two here are worth their weight in frilly knickers. At $3 a pencil that's more or less $432 sitting there!!! I am very happy to see them arrayed in all their colour co-ordinated glory!!
I am happy to announce that it is All Back to Normal on ABC almost as from today. Hoo-ray. Np more Summertime TV Blues. All my favourite news and current affairs are back in their rightful place. All my favourite shows and more, are back too. Now is the time of year when you have to watch a bazillion shows and hope the ones you like aren't cancelled. I like Burn Notice, Robin Hood 2, Life on Mars 2, for a start, and I'm looking forward to Chuck. Psych and Journeyman have already bitten the dust here.
I made Nigella's No Churn Pomegranate Ice cream. It was fine by itself, but a little insipid. It really does need an accompanying sprinkle of pomegranate seeds, or fresh nectarines as I had, or even a slosh of Limoncello, which I had too. When I juiced my fruit I had 190ml, but maybe UK pomegranates are juicier??? I juiced them and then I emptied all the seeds into a bowl and mashed them up to extract every last drop of juice.
Pour the juices over the sugar and whisk till dissolved. Add the cream and continue whisking till soft peaks form. Spoon into a container and freeze for at least 4 hours. It doesn't freeze hard, but is pleasantly soft and spoonable.