Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Spring gardening

On a walk on lovely Sunday morning last, I just had to take a picture of these beautiful anemones in flower in a neighbour's garden. The colours are so vibrant and really herald the coming of Spring and Summer. Amidst all the beautiful yellow daffodils its lovely to see the shades of red, violet, and purple also.
Had a burst of energy and did lots of work in the garden. Spent the last 3 days sweeping, tidying and scrubbing the deck. It was really dirty and slippy with dampness and moss created over the winter. It had to be done before I could sit and relax. Its great to work in the garden at this time of the year when everything is peeping up from the clay. The growth is only beginning and there is space to see everything emerge. Later in summer there is, hopefully, so much growth that the chance to really see buds appear is slightly lessened.
Off to cut the grass now!
"Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe"
Thomas Berry.

Sunday, 25 March 2007

Wuthering Heights

I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- www.bookrags.com/notes/wh - for last month's Book Club. I really enjoyed reading it this time round. Had not read it for years and years. I think it was for my English exam in Leaving Cert. I thought it was ok then, but I got a lot more from it this time. It provided for some great discussion at our meeting and everyone got something different from it. Not sure that I would agree it was romantic as the blurb on the cover suggests, but it sure is passionate. How anyone lived under these curcumstances is unbelievable even for that time in the early 1800s. Nellie the housekeeper is the only 'sensible' one among them if a little sly and clever, even though Heathcliff and Catherine are among the most well-known characters. Although these names are repeated through the generations, making the read a bit confusing at times. For anyone who likes to read the classics, I would recommend this one.
Book for April is also a classic - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Knitters Treat Exchange

Hello everyone,
I've signed up for the Knitters treat exchange organised by tea and cakes and tangelled angel.
I'm looking forward to it as I have never participated in anything like this before and am a blogging novice and only set this one up December last.

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What's your favourite type of yarn?

I prefer the natural yarns, cotton, linen, silk and some wools and wool mixes/silk

2. What's your least favourite type of yarn?

Man made fibres such as acrylic, polyester, and nylon. Although I have used some mixes containing viscose/rayon from time to time which can be quite good.

3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop?

Unfortunately I don't often have the opportunity to visit new yarn shops because there are not that many here, but when I do I love to look at new pattern ideas and feel/touch any new yarns. Accessories appeal too, buttons, ribbons etc.

4. What other crafts do you do/would like to do?

I've done tapestry, sewing and I've tried a little bit of crochet. I would like to take the time to try some more crochet. As tapestry is so slow I'm not that inclined to do so much now.

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to?

I don't subscribe to any at the moment, but often buy Prima crafts when it's issued and have bought Knitting, and Simply Knitting, and food magazines.

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference: Knitting/Crochet/Other craft/Food/Home/Fashion/Celebrity gossip/Garden

Knitting, food, garden, other craft,home, fashion, crochet, celebrity gossip.

7. What items do you like to knit/crochet?

Anything really, clothes for me and my youngest daughter who is 17, hats, gloves, socks, bags both felted and unfelted.

8. Are you allergic to anything?

Definitely mohair, and some wools which I can't wear next to my skin.

9. What do you like to smell of?

Lavender, vanilla and citrus.

10. What's your favourite way to relax?

I knit to relax and while watching tv, I love walking on a beach when I get the chance, reading especially and having coffee with friends.

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style teashop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery or a dainty tea room. Where do you go to first?

An Italian cafe for sure.

12. What do you come out with?

Satisfaction, especially if the cappucino is good, and a nice almond or maple croissant with it.

13. Where do you go next?

Probably to the bakery to take home some yummy crispy bread for everyone and maybe a cake for a treat.

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal?

I love new natural yarns and will try some soy and bamboo in the future. My colour preferences are pastel, pinks, blues, creams, light greens, swirly colours etc. I love coffee, chocolate. I like all handmade things including soaps, lotions etc.

Saturday, 10 March 2007

Technical Tantrums and Eating Yummy things

Although I don't blog too often, its amazing how much I miss it. This week our computer is completely acting up. Its impossible and I am posting this blog from my daughters account on it. There are five of us listed but only this one works. As I am a complete technophobe, I can only barely post text and cannot upload my photos now.
Finished a pair of socks for myself this week and I'm really pleased with them. I used Opal sock yarn in grey, green and a stripe of coral. The colours are a little dull, even for me! But I am going to use them in my gardening clogs as my feet get quite cold in them. I've really had enough of sock knitting for a while. Have started a cardi for myself in a lovely shade of turquoise blue cotton/viscose mix yarn which I purchased in Lidl on one of their specials. Its really soft and I sure hope it keeps its shape.
Have you ever had the problem of having tidied up your stash and even putting some in the charity bag, and the trunk lid won't close? I cant imagine why! Maybe its because I found space for the yarn I bought in Avoca on huge cones.
DH is so busy at the moment with his thesis and study for his finals coming up in May. He's out just now and I have Dire Straits playing at full blast. Don't often get the chance to play it so loud. Spent today in Co Wicklow. Drove to Greystones and Kilcoole where the temperature reached 18C. It was really lovely. Took a takeaway delicious mushroom soup from Avoca at Kilmacanogue on the way, along with a fresh fruit cream meringue. Yummy, yummy. I took it to the beach at Kilcoole where I spent a lovely hour eating and reading my book.

Friday, 2 March 2007

Spring 07 - Glendalough

As its such a really wet and horrible day today, I thought I'd post some photos I took last Sunday while walking in Glendalough, Co Wicklow.
It just goes to show how unpredictable our Irish weather is. One day glorious sunshine, if a little cold, then miserable, wet and windy.