Oh my!

Just a short post today so say thank you for all the offers of squares (here, on Facebook and in person)… I’m going to have a fantastic blanket. I had a message from one friend this morning to tell me that she had already made her square, but I know other people are thinking hard about the yarn and design.

I had to make at least one that's snail-themed!

I had to make at least one that’s snail-themed!

It looks like the final masterpiece will include squares from people who have taught me and whom I have taught, fellow diploma apprentices, friends who live close by, friends who live far away, friends old and new and (I’m hoping) some of my family. I have been asked about yarns and the answer is, I don’t mind (so far I have used a whole variety) but if you use something special or for a particular reason, do explain it in your note. As far as designs go, I don’t mind either as long as it’s 15cm square, and it doesn’t matter if different people’s squares are similar because each one will be special. As for timing – any time in the next few months will be great (apparently lots of people are busy round about now… I can’t imagine why!)

I am conscious, however, that not all of my friends can knit or crochet, so if that’s you, but you would like to contribute something to the project, I would love something in writing to put in my scrapbook… ideally something handwritten so it’s personal.

So, thank you again for all the offers… when you are done, send me an e-mail and I’ll let you have my address.


I was reminded earlier today that having the opportunity to grow at least some of my own food is something that I should be grateful for: thank you Shakti for your comment.

So much to value in the garden

So much to value in the garden

It’s easy to moan about the slugs and the rain (or lack of it), to despair when something doesn’t grow, or the chickens eat it, or because I don’t have enough space to plant all the things that I want to, But that simply doesn’t get you anywhere in life… as Johnny Mercer once wrote you should ‘accentuate the positive‘! So I thought that I would make a little list of (a few of the) things that I am grateful for in my garden:

Having space to grow some of my own food

The joy of eating crops that I have just harvested

Collecting warm eggs that have just been laid

Knowing that what I’m eating has not been exposed to pesticides

Feeling close to natural cycles

Knowing my hens are happy

Eating strawberries straight off the plants, still warm from the sunshine

Storing potatoes and squashes for the winter

Feeling the soil on my hands

Composting… making waste material into something useful

Leaving the soil better than when I found it

Being able to find fresh herbs even in the depths of winter

There are so many I could add, but I’d like to hear some from you…

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