Monday, December 21, 2009

All I want for Christmas...

.....fortunately I am still in possession of my two front teeth so I reckon next on the list would be an Internet connection at home. I'm tired of not being able to post photographs!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

What I did on my summer vacation...

I moved... that's what I did. I still don't have an internet connection at home and lately I've not had much time to post to my blog.

I have had time to read "The Painter of Battles" by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte. I'm not sure I would recommend this to everyone, but I would recommend it to any one with a creative mind because it really demands thinking outside the box, off the page, beyond the cubicle and definitely across the street if not the ocean. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the creative process the antagonist goes through to craft his painting and was glad the plot wasn't hampered by the inclusion of a huge cast of characters and the all-too-common desire so many authors have to write as if they're trying to sell something to Hollywood. It definitely brings an insight into the world of war photography as well as the painting of battles.

I've also, as usual, read far too many mysteries to list. I've knit another pair of socks, started on a scarf, made a pillow or two, sewn most of a quilt and given some serious thought towards what need to make for Christmas gifts. Is it really only 2 months away?


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Expanded Horizons

I can't believe how quickly this month has flown by. It's like a wave, swirling around my feet and flowing away to other shores. I'm in the process of packing to move into a new place. I'm moving in with my best friend from high school and her wee one. Some folks think I'm a bit crazy but I think it's going to be a non-stop tea party. Anywho, I get a lovely attic "flat" to decorate however I want. In the meantime, I've been to Sandbridge to celebrate my nephew's graduation from high school and managed to get a few new pics of sunrises and sunsets. I've also managed to read quite a few books. Absolute stacks of mysteries. The latest Susan Wittig Albert -"Wormwood", a couple of Alexander McCall-Smith's "Precious Ramotswe" series, Margaret Maron's "Hard Row", Raymond Khoury's "The Last Templar", about 3 Lillian Braun "The Cat Who's" and a couple of Carola Dunn's "Daisy Dalrymple" series. I just finished reading Agatha Christie's "Sleeping Murder" and started "Murder At The Vicarage". I'm sure I'll have to make a run to the used book store before the long weekend.

Here's a look at what I did on my summer vacation:
I saw the sunrise over the Atlantic

And the sun set over Back Bay....

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


I just spent the weekend in New England with my mother's family. We were all gathered for a memorial service for her cousin Hank who will be very greatly missed. He was the one who was always at a family gathering no matter how far, how long or how short a time it was. I think he would be delighted to know that we all had a wonderful time this past weekend, seeing folks we hadn't seen in a long time and getting to know the ones we'd never met. We did get to spend a little bit of time travelling around the area. I have fallen in love with Newburyport, MA. Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up to a view like this every day?

The other alternative might be a nice little cottage along the shore at Seabrook Beach, NH.

We also drove around Haverhill a bit and had a look at the house my grandfather grew up in. That neck of the woods has very sadly gone down hill -- I'm sure between the city and what ever absentee landlord owns the building now they obviously couldn't care less. How's this for a before and after!

It's nice, though, to see that the house is still a sort of greyish-lavender. Grandma Alice would be very happy in that regard.

And speaking of happy, I can't tell you how happy Malcolm and Charlie are that I'm home. You know I came back expressly to cater to their needs 24/7!


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Where's my pith helmet?

Today we've been on a safari in the back yard showing off Esmerelda's new dress. Mostly we were attacked by "oak worms". I just love this time of year!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just a little crazy....

....about working in miniature. Some of the fabric I've used is hand-painted and some is hand-dyed using Colour Vie pigments.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I don't normally link to other people's blogs -- primarily because there are so many wonderful things out there I just don't have time to pick and choose. But this smocking tutorial on Marie Grace Designs is just too fantastic to miss!

The first part is here:

And the second part is here:

Now I know what I'll be doing on my next day off!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Little Knits

I completely forget when I put things up on Ravelry that I should probably post them here as well. I made this little sweater not too long ago (infant size pattern from LionBrand sized down with smaller needles and a finer gauge yarn) to see if I could make something similar to one my grandmother made my aunt back in the '30's.
I'm currently working on a human-sized version in blue which I'm going to put a little brass button on but I'd like to make more miniature versions. Perhaps even smaller -- I like the idea of making it as small as possible.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Space Bug... Oh Space Bug

I'm sure there are some out there who think Blythe is from another planet... Could this be proof?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Today's post brought to you by the letter "M".

A fun little game going around the web now -- and I somehow managed to draw the letter "M"! I got this from Karen's blog. You are supposed to list 10 things you like/love beginning with whichever letter is chosen for you. If you'd like to play, leave a comment.

My Mum

My moggies, Charlie and Malcolm


Miss Mollie




Mist-covered Mountains

The Moon


Thursday, February 05, 2009

Maymont again....

I sent this picture into Victoria Magazine per a request for winter garden pictures from readers. They chose my picture for their series and this time I get credit. Woooohooooo!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack O

Finished - 11:00am, EST. PHEW! Oh... you're wondering what I finished? The sox. They're made from a lovely wool blend called "Berroco Sox". Great stuff, that.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I am not a number!

A true independent is gone from our world. I hope his legacy continues to influence people through the ages to make more original and creative TV shows.

I have to admit, it was rather spooky when my MP3 player chose this as the last song to play on the ride home this evening.

Requiescat in pace, Mr. McGoohan.