Birthday Girls
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Runaway (In)Jury

Laurie managed to cut her lip when she dropped her iPhone on her face. We have both accidentally punched ourselves in the face when pulling an arm out of a sleeve and a few weeks ago I managed to poke my index finger up my nose when I was washing my hair in the shower and stab my nostril with my nail. Today I bit the side of the back of my tongue and there is a little bit flapping about and it wouldn't stop bleeding for ages. Now it is swollen and I feel all lopsided. I wanted to say it's a wonder they let us out of bed or the house, but then I realised all these accidents happened at home!!!! To top it all off I fell over a slab of concrete painted yellow in the car park this morning and grazed my knee: my pride hurt more than any actual injuries though my wrist, thumb and knee are boogelly. A kind man came to see if I was OK, isn't that nice and faith restorative?

I have added up the time I have to wait for the 13 books I have on hold at The Library: 2 years 5 months and 2 weeks. Not counting the book still on order.

Look away if you are offended by the KFC ad or red hair: look away now.

I think it is very strange that an ad about being the lone supporter of a cricket team, in the stands, in midst of the opposition, and then currying favour with fast food should be banned. It could have been a Hawthorn supporter in an Essendon crowd. It is about the culture of cricket, not whether we think West Indians should eat KFC, or not. KFC is a cricket sponsor and we're playing the WI soon. And while I am being controversial, the UK seems to be obsessed with discrimination against 'gingers', people we call 'Blue'. I have those wodges of colour in my hair every Winter and I have red. Really red red. I suppose I should thank my lucky stars I don't live in Tabloid Newspaper UK or YouTube America!!!

MrsValley and I had a long and leisurely lunch today in air-conditioned comfort. Who knew that time could fly so fast and that we could be so lovely and cool? MrsValley has wallabies and kangaroos and various parrots that come and visit her every day. They like to look at her through the window as she eats breakfast and make starving eyes at her. I knitted her a facecloth with a kangaroo on it. It is a little hard to see because I chose a variegated kangaroo coloured bamboo soya. It's Skippy the Bush Clotheroo. Squint.

Ms ClickertyClick has made a dress from an Enid Gilchrist pattern. I, of course, have made no dresses yet. Only a bodice with an illusion of a waist. I am now haunting on line auctions in hope of finding that  pattern book, but in the mean time I have bought another:

Enid G
I think MrsElectric may like some of these vintage styles for BabyElectric!!

Now we have the obligatory Labrador photos. We have all recovered from the birthdays and thank you for all the kind and happy birthday wishes. There are lots of treats to be doled out. It is very warm, and we are hiding from the heat. Harki has lost a tooth. You can see very clearly in this photo that she has a gap!! The tooth has been wobbly and fell out sometime yesterday. She's looking so cute because she wants some of my breakfast!!

Parker Posey

Peri is demonstrating her exceptional ear skills again. She's running to me at the dam, and I just love the way her ears have curled and almost meet at the top. Peri is the happiest of all Labradors. The grass is straw yellow. If we have some rain everything will green up overnight.

'Ear Peri Goes
Lorelai Gilmore wants some of my breakfast too. She's making a face like Oliver Twist.

Please Mum may I have some more


Here's a recipe inspired by Martha. It is very healthy, but it tastes delicious.

Blueberry Pancakes-makes 4

  • 3/4 cup wholemeal self raising flourBlueberry Pancake
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbspn melted butter
  • oil for cooking in the pan
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1 tbspn honey, golden syrup or maple syrup
  • zest of half a lemon
Put the flour into a jug or bowl, make a well and then pour in the buttermilk, butter and the egg. Whisk till smooth and set aside while you make the blueberry sauce. Put the blueberries, honey or whatever you choose to use, and zest in a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute bursts till the blueberries 'pop' and are soft. That's it. Preheat a non stick pan to medium, add a dash of oil and then 1/4 of the pancake mixture. Even it out with the back of a spoon and cook till bubbles appear. Flip and cook for another minute or so. Place each on a plate and then pour a quarter of the sauce over. 

This isn't a fine, genteel pancake. In spite of the wholemeal flour and lack of sugar, it is rather delicious when smothered with the blueberry sauce. That's why Harki, Peri and Lorelai Gilmore were so interested!!

Look at the three silly goats at the dam. They were making a terrible bleating noise, but it apparently meant 'we are having a lovely time here, look at our death defying feats'.

Silly Goats
Tomorrow is dog walking day so I hope to be out and about before the day heats up. There is a pie crust promise for lunch with Mrs Madcage, perhaps, and maybe some more small knitting or sewing.

Oh I almost forgot, there is a new puppy at KnittingNatty's place, he's the Sunshine of their lives now!!! How lucky they are!! My word there was a lot to tell today!!


Rose Red

Yes, so much news today!! Where do I start?? I was going to try to make a joke about all your injuries, but couldn't think of one and also decided that would be mean! I hope your flappy tongue gets better soon.

Love Peri's flappy ears! That is a most excellent action shot! I hope you gave Harki and Gilly some pancake reward for their pleading faces though.

Oh Enid Gilchrist! I discovered my mum has some EG patterns (for toddler garments I think) so I shall be collecting those from her very soon! Good luck with your eBay search for that excellent EG book!


eww i hate those flappy bits! you are a bit clumsy lately huh?

cool old-school kid patterns

the fact that americans have found that add offensive proves that they are racist, not the other way around.


Oh such a sweet little puppy!! He really does have 'puppy eyes' doesn't he??!

What silly things goats are. One of them looks like it is going to fall off the edge LOL

I laughed at those 'feed me' eyes of Gilly....Daisy also makes out like that as if she hasn't had a decent feed for a month LOL I love Perry's ears...she looks like she is smiling don't you think? She is certainly enjoying her freedom. Poor Harki now looks like a gummy 5 yr old :)

I have some of those old Enid Gilchrist patterns. My grandmother used them all the time & gave them to me when she wasn't able to sew any more. I remember she even used to make our underwear :D

Our family has spent some time this evening debating that KFC ad. Even though they have since 'pulled' the ad....they have certainly still got lots of free advertising out of it, haven't they.

Sorry Cindy I can't see skippy on the dishcloth, but very appropriate colours. Lucky MrsValley getting a lovely handmade gift.

I just don't leave my bed on days when I'm like this....I'm always afraid I'll hurt someon else as well as myself LOL I hope all your various knocks & bumps heal OK Cindy....although I'm sorry, but I had to have a little chuckle to myself :D

Looks like you've got a bit of reading to catch up on there.....I hope they arrive for you to read in a more timely manner....Cindy take my advice next time you are a threat to yourself & mankind & just stay in bed & read some of those books....I don't know if that would prevent you biting your tongue though ROFL

Thanks for giving me a giggle!!


Blueberry pancakes are a favourite here but I've not thought of making them wholemeal. I shall rectify that at once. WEll, on the weekend at any rate.

Flappy tongue = ouch. I hate tongue bite injuries!!!

That action shot of Peri is a winner. You should frame that!


I thought the pups couldn't get any cuter, but I was wrong. Harki looks very cute with her gaby mouth, Peri looks REALLY happy with her ears flapping, and Gilly REALLY looks like she's' dying of hunger any second now, if you don't share! :o)


Gosh, I thought I was having a bad week - I keep bumping into things, gave myself a big shock with the car (a tiny electric shock but the mental shock was worse!!), and then bashed my head on the bonnet. Mr Bon banged his head into a glass lampshade, and rolled his ankle. But you still win!! Hope you feel all better by now :)

MrsValley's place sounds lovely!! I don't understand all the fuss about the KFC ad either. It's a KFC ad - of course it's fried chicken he's handing out!! It's not exactly going to be fish and chips.

Harki looks extra cute with the missing tooth, and Peri - how does she does that with her ears?? Speaking of ears - I've never seen Gilly's ears so far down, what a sad face!!

Ooh I'm so happy you posted that recipe!! I have two blueberry plants and Mr Bon likes to make crepes, so we have been meaning to find a good blueberry sauce recipe to go with them - yay! It will be a while before I have two cups of blueberries though :)

Jennifer Rose

ouch! but its nice to know that there are still people out there that will help others :)

thats just stupid pulling that ad. more people will search it out to see what the fuss is about and anyone with half a brain will figure it out. and now I want KFC :P

Lorelai "please sir, can i have some more?"
very cute :)


Harki definitely wins the sympathy vote for the missing tooth - poor love! MrValley had trouble seeing the kangaroo but I found it for him and he was suitably impressed and also loving the very lemony coconut balls which are delicious straight from the fridge :)


Oh, I'm glad I'm not the only accident-prone person. I had a coffee-cup-related injury last year that required an injection!

While I agree with you about the KFC ad, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree about the red-headed thing. There was a family in this country who were hounded out of their home because they all had red hair. Some people think it's funny but replace the word "ginger" with "black" or "disabled" and things are a little different. This may because my grandmother was a red-head before she went grey and I feel the need to fight their corner! Unless of course I'm mis-reading what you've said and I'm too doped up on pills to actually understand anything (perfectly possible!)


Oh dear, you are in the wars! I do strange things to myself at home. Once a sewing machine needle broke and twanged up and stuck in my lip! Another time I squished a scorpion and its guts flew in my eye! You have my sympathy.

Anti-ginger comments annoy me no end! They are a dying race and I happen to love one very much! And I am with you on the KFC ad. Context people!!

Argh the heat today! Where is the promised rain?


Actiuon ears strike again - you have been in the wars! My most interesting self injury was getting a waterproof mascara wand wedged up my left nostril while applying mascara on a sydney ferry - I had to spend the day with a sort of half hitler moustache which wouldn't wash off!

Laurie (Moo!)

I can't see the Skippy, either but I'll take your word for it that he's there.

It's been 3 days since I've hurt myself. Maybe we need to make up one of those signs, like in the warehouses and grocery stores. Reach some kind of record.

Poor KFC. There's just not enough money in the world to hire the "fine tooth comb" folks to weed out ANYTHING that might offend. It's chicken, people!!


I slipped on a banana peel at the grocery store once. Right next to the Olives Of The World display. I thought slipping on banana peels was something you only read about that happened to other people.

Lorelai looks as though she's wasting away. Poor Gilly.

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