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Saturday, February 02, 2008

How was January for you?

Well my goodness already a month of the year has gone - where does the time go?

In view of the fact that it seems to have sped by, I thought I'd have a think back over the month to see where it all went!!

Well I have been knitting furiously, so that accounts for a lot of the spare time - the Sunday cardi was finished (I'm wearing it now and it's snug!!) and Mavis was started and finished..... AND I've done the back and one and a half fronts of the Graffiti hoodie. I also made a little bag, for a round robin gift exchange on the forum, and made two dishcloths for another swap, one knitted and one crocheted. Hmmmmm that does explain some of the swift passing of the month then!

In making Mavis I finally learnt how to do matress stitch properly - and boy am I glad I did. I referred to my Stitch n Bitch book (which is great in times of crisis as the instructions are always sensible and easy to follow) and I am so happy with the result. I have always hated sewing up with a passion, not because of the time it took, but because to me it always spoilt my knitting - frankly I was crap at it!!! In recent years I've taken to knitting most garments in as close to one piece as possible and it has for the most part, worked. But knitting huge pieces can be tedious, and in some instances can spoil the shape........ so I'm REALLY happy that I've finally learnt to sew up properly. It did take a long time - and I got dreadful back ache (I was doing it on the ironing board - well let's face it, it needs to feel like it has a purpose in life), but the result was so pleasing and I'm chuffed. (Can you tell?)

I also registered for the race for life this month - and have been training 3 times (yes only 3, but hey it's January, it's dark, it's cold, and the race is 5 months away... and I started the month with a cold (sniff).......... okay I know that's not quite the attitude, but come March I'll be much more pro-active!)

What else happened??? - Well I had to work a bit, which is always time consuming.... and has culminated in the filing of a self assessment online on a website which apparently doesn't work when more than three people try to use it! (Or some other such reason for it being down on the 31st Jan) Honestly the slogan of "tax doesn't have to be taxing" has never rung so untrue!!! - I wouldn't mind but it wasn't my fault it was left to the last minute (something I don't usually do - the last week maybe, but not the last day) but I was let down by the accountant when I needed an answer to a question........ which took him a week to answer. I know it's his busiest time of year, but I was doing him a favour by filing the SA myself anyway - he should have been doing it. Methinks we will be finding a new one!

So that's kind of where January went!

February is already shaping up to being an exciting month! - I have decided to raise some more chickens. Some will be table birds (sorry !!) and some will be to extend the laying flock, especially as apparently the hybrids don't lay too well after a year/18months. I want to raise these new chickens from eggs though, and, what's more, in a natural way with a broody hen, not an incubator. So the first thing to do is to find a suitable hen for sitting, which I think will be a silkie or a silkie/sussex hybrid, which apparently turn broody at regular intervals through the year. Then as soon as she is settled and hopefully goes broody in a month or three I will get some hatching eggs of different breeds. (I really want an egg basket of different coloured eggs, so am looking at Legbars, barnvelders, and Dorkings - for blue/green, dark brown, and white eggs respectively ...... if I've got my breeds right!! and Sassos for the table birds) If the silkie doesn't go broody - well at least I'll get a few more eggs!!! LOL

So that's how the time has passed round here - how was the start to your year?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Race for life starts here!

Well as you may have noticed, my little widget is back for this year's race for life! And this year is special..... oh yes!

This year I will (just) be 40 by the time I take part. I know that 40 is nothing, but the ever increasing aches and pains, and the length of time it takes me to get up if I should be so silly as to lay on the floor with my nephews or the dog, tell me that the passing years do have a little effect!!! For those of you who were reading here last year, you will remember that I ran half the 5km distance (in run/walk/run intervals) and completed it in 38 mins.... Not bad, but I felt I could have done better. So having done it once and now being more aware of what is involved, I am training with an aim to run the whole 5km this year, and in so doing gesticulate in a very unladylike manner at 40!!!

So far I have realised that I am nowhere near as fit as I ended up last year - but I am starting my training with plenty of time to ....... errrrr...... get into my stride!!! I found a great training schedule called Couch to 5km in two months. Which seems to suit me better than the race for life training schedule. I am also mapping my training routes on so that I can monitor how far I am training. I am hoping that by June, I'll be able to do the 5km in 30 mins !! (I'm so far managing 3.5km's in 30 mins so only another 1.5 km's to fit into the same timescale.... easy!!! LOL)

I have also been awarded an award by Gilraen and Terri

How lucky am I? Thank you both so very much. I love reading each and every one of the blogs in my list over there on the right (the exceptionally long list) and whilst I don't comment as often as I used to, I do read each and every post! so if you're name's over there then I hereby present you with this award.... 'cos you all make my day!

There's not much else to fill you in on at the mo.... I've actually been working a bit (really!), and I've started knitting this hoodie in some DB merino that I purloined off the blogless Pictish when she was bargainously de-stashing!!!

Spot and the chickens are doing well... Spot's been in a funny mood lately, whenever I enter a room she disappears into another, when I go in there she re-locates to where I've just left!.... she seems happy enough though so perhaps she's just like a teenager who needs her own space! She doesn't go anywhere she's not allowed, doesn't go upstairs or anything, just likes to be in a different room to me.... Funny little girl! (perhaps I should check my deodorant is working!)

(as an aside in just putting that link in for the deodorant, which I have used avidly since I was a teenager.... as it actually isn't an anti-perspirant, which I am passionate about!............ I've noticed the difference in price in the USA - I pay £4.55 here..... I don't mind 'cos it lasts ages and works well, but perhaps I should try buying from the States while the exchange rate is so good!)

Right I'm off now to watch "The Lakes" on ITV3. Hope you have a good evening, and a lovely rest of week....... Oh and they forecast snow - YAY!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How lucky am I?

Today I received my dishcloth(s) for the swap on the CTNY Forum. Aren't they special?! Can you see the pictures on them, my swap-partner knows me well!!!