– 145 – ‘Siv’ socks

Have you come across ‘Laine‘ magazine yet?  If you haven’t, click on the link and have a look, it’s full of beautiful photography and great wearable patterns. Siv is the 2nd pattern I’v knitted from issue 1 and it’s fabulous despite the fact I’ve suffered from a very severe case of 2nd sock syndrome which…

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– 144 – music Wednesday

When I was 14, still living in Italy and attending highschool, during the days before MTV entered our lives and approximately 6 months before I even knew who Bruce Springsteen was, a new programme appeared on television every lunchtime at 2.00pm.  Right after lunch (and didn’t it make us eat quicker or what) and before…

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– 143 – shall we walk the dog?

You know me by now… I love travelling and exploring new places.  I find it most refreshing and invigorating.  When life gets a little humdrum… I need to do/go/learn something new. This doesn’t mean that  I don’t envy people that always holiday in the same location (hey I’m a gemini after all it’s my prerogative…

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– 142 – indoor gardening

I’m not a gardener. I enjoy being in a garden, I love sitting and reading in the garden, I love waltzing around cutting flowers and then going back inside and put them into vases… but that is the extend of my skills.  The fact that I don’t know much (anything) about gardening might be where the…

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– 141 – how many is too many?

Houston we have a problem. It’s the scarves.  There’s too many. I did a half Mary Kondo… I collected them all and dumped the big pile on the table Quite a frightening sight to be honest, things had obviously gone completely out of hand, but with the help of a few baskets and a rubbish…

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– 140 – poetry Monday

Morning Poem (by Billy Collins) Why do we bother with the rest of the day, the swale of the afternoon, the sudden dip into evening, then night with his notorious perfumes, his many-pointed stars? This is the best— throwing off the light covers, feet on the cold floor, and buzzing around the house on espresso—…

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– 139 – apple cake

Not an apple pie, not an apple tart… just a simple, old fashioned apple cake. Delicious. In my old and tattered cookery book there’s the copy of an email that my mother sent me on Nov 18, 2000.  Seeing the delivery address makes me feel funny… a month later I would say goodbye to my…

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– 138 – giant knitting

I’m probably the last person to jump on the giant knitting bandwagon… but better late than never, right?  I’ve always admired the oversized wool from afar but it was only when I saw one first hand at The Village Haberdashery than I really understood.  I literally saw the light in between the giant stitches. Giant…

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– 137 – hydrangea wreath

I love wreaths on doors.  I love how they make doors more friendly, how they mark the change of the seasons or express the personality of the owners or simply make things prettier. Yesterday, because it’s September and September is the month of new beginnings (January, schmanuary) and because we’ve been away so much this…

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