Friday, 7 March 2014
I'm looking forward to a much less frantic weekend. Still some painting to be done but it is nearly all finished and a sewing class to prep for but, compared to the last several weekends, it should be much less a case of trying to work my way through a very long list.......and it might include some downtime too. Phew. What are your plans for the weekend? I do hope you have a good one.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Byers Hill (more of a hillock really) - good for blowing away the cobwebs and feeling a little touch of sun*.
I am becoming more and more conscious of just how beautiful East Lothian is. I have been lucky enough to live in some lovely parts of Scotland (including Argyll, which is arguably one of the very best) but East Lothian is home - I have spent most of my life living here.........and my children don't really remember being anywhere else. I wonder, now, whether I'll always think of here as home, no matter if we settle in our new location for the rest of our lives? Only time will tell. I am sure though that we will be very happy in our new area - it is extremely beautiful and we will have easy access to hills, mountains even, and sea. In many ways it is a Highland version of East Lothian. John's job will be in Inverness and we plan to live in The Black Isle......the exact spot is yet to be decided although we do have a few small towns (probably villages in the eyes of many people) in mind.
We still have a lot to do before we all move up there but we are getting closer. I'm hoping to have the house on the market within the next fortnight (just a bit more organising, clearing and decorating to go - and the final touches to our building work, which thank goodness is almost complete - fingers crossed). John and I, every now and then, look at each other and wonder if all the cost and upheaval is really a good idea, but, each time, we reach the same conclusion that it definitely will be. We think we can offer the children a wonderful outdoor life up there, not too far from family and friends (only three hours) and with a big enough population nearby that they can continue their sports and hobbies.
I have another sunny (yes, properly sunny!) walk to share, hopefully soon. Thank you all so much for your lovely words after my last post. They really mean a lot.
*Byers Hill is just next to our favourite sledging spot - look at all that snow, wow.....it was fun!
Thursday, 30 January 2014
I do love the word fankle. And my new yarn. I certainly got into a real fankle when I tried to wind my skeins into balls. I remember seeing a yarn swift somewhere online a few years ago and wondering why on earth it was worth having one.....surely it couldn't be that hard to wind a skein by hand? Well,as I now know, it can be pretty tricky but it isn't impossible.
I am so much enjoying my Quince and Co Finch (colourways Pomegranate, Split Pea, Kittywake and Bird's Egg - bought here). I asked for the wool for Christmas after seeing this scarf. I love the colour combination and had a shawl in mind. I was a little thrown when I found that the shawl pattern was charted and far harder than I had anticipated but in many ways that became a little bonus. I spent a few very happy hours, over the Christmas holidays, searching Ravelry for a new perfect pattern. I eventually settled on the Serena Shadow Shawl (but I won't be short of shawl patterns to try once this one is finished, there's some lovely designs out there).
I'm enjoying the pattern, which is very simple and really suits my life at the moment.....which at times has felt like it could be getting into a bit of a fankle too. But it isn't and it will all work out, it is just rather hard to see quite how we'll get to that point. We're on the move - up north* - which will be wonderful, but John** starts up there pretty soon and we still have a house under scaffolding and a fair bit more work to be finished outside before we can sell. And really, we need to do some work inside too to show our, very unusual, house at it's best. But we will be selling it in great condition which is more than can be said for the condition in which we bought it. I'm not sure we'll be taking on a mid 1700s house again for a wee while!
So, I suspect I may be a bit quiet for the next wee while. I won't be disappearing altogether and I'll try to pop in when I can. I will also be reading all your lovely blogs, but maybe not commenting quite so much.
Sorry for the murky photos, the light here is terrible and the wool colours aren't very true. I'm longing for some blue skies and crispy weather.
** John has a wonderful new job, I can't tell you how proud I am of him
*** Books - presents from John for my birthday and Christmas. Flora Celtica documents the relationship between Scotland's people and plants. I have longed for a copy for years and the new paperback version is perfect. The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland is a guide to each of the Caledonian Pinewood remnants - a subject close to my heart. My university dissertation was based on one of the larger remnants, The Black Wood of Rannoch.