Monday, 30 July 2007
Busy busy tonight as we have people for dinner tomorrow evening, a family that lived next door to us 10 years ago and have kept in touch from Cheshire ever since. Be good to spend time with them, even though it is a school night for me and it was a lovely surprise when they appeared on the doorstep last night. They are staying in a holiday cottage up on the hillside, almost under this bit of sky.
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Socks are quick and easy, ideal knitting to take when travelling as you only ever need to carry one ball, the needles are short and best of all there's no sewing up. I admit I don't enjoy the finishing process, blocking and stitching, better to travel than arrive as far as I'm concerned, which is strange as according to personality questionnaires my team role is that of completer finisher.
I have aspirations to spin, I've been a couple of times to meetings of the Edinburgh Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers and been amazed by the wonderful yarn and garments the members produce. By the second lesson I was able to actually use the wheel and it was really exciting to turn a cloud of fibre into some knittable yarn, but I don't think I'll be investing in a wheel while I'm still working because (a) I don't have the time to dedicate to it and (b) I have a huge stash of wool already (and OK (c) I'm still buying wool on ebay). Besides, I have an Opal mountain that needs to be reduced.
Friday, 27 July 2007
My niece, who is also my goddaughter, was married on 07.07.2007 at the church in the village where I was born, as was my father, my grandfather and my great grandfather. The sun shone and the day was perfect. She had been planning this event for at least two years, knew exactly what she wanted and got everything she wanted. Guests ranged in age from 2 weeks to 94 years and everyone had a wonderful time, particularly the bride and groom who apparently partied until 2 am and were a little tetchy next day according to the bride's sister who was her gorgeous bridesmaid.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
I’m due to retire in just over a year when flip flop life will really take off, until then I’m counting the days and make mental adjustments towards not having a structured life after 40 years of office work. The prospect of not having a regular earned income is daunting and my pension arrangements are not great, but hey I’m ready to give it a try. I calculate I have enough knitting wool, enough paperbacks and enough gardening clothes to last me the rest of my life, which hopefully will be quite a while, though maybe I haven’t taken into account how quickly I might devour these with all that extra time on my hands.
I’m living in rural Scotland, not too far from Edinburgh where I work, but am fortunate enough to have a house in Italy where I hope to spend more flip flop time once I do retire. I’m originally from Yorkshire and yes I still have my northern accent and personality. I have a husband of 37 years and a middle aged to elderly cat, the former is up for more time in Italy, the latter not but stays at home and is well looked after by resident house sitters when we are away.