Wednesday, 10 July 2013

If I could offer you only one tip for the future ...

... sunscreen would be IT.

So why didn't I listen to the tip?  It didn't actually seem that hot and I didn't know I'd be out there that long.  Perhaps just putting on some sunscreen as a matter of course would have been the best idea, but as I thought --- well, I didn't think.

Subsequently, I have very sore and sunburnt body today.  It makes me wonder what it must be like if I was cannibalised.  That would hurt - a lot.  And no cream on earth would help me to cool down.  I wonder what I'd taste like?  Would I be sweet and tender or tough and leathery?  What vegetables would I go best with or might I serve up well with pasta or rice.  In or out of a sauce?  What kind of sauce?  The questions go on and on.

In the meantime, I'm very sore with my burnt bits.  I looked up natural remedies for sunburn on the Google and came away with these ideas.  If anyone of them worked, why do I need eight though?  The one I'll be trying [tonight at least] is the lavender oil bath.  One of my favourite essential oils which seems to have so many uses - balancing is a word that comes to mind.

I think the bath will be in fairly cool water.  I had a shower yesterday and the hot water cascading from the shower head felt like rusty nails hitting my skin.  The other things to remember are not to use a loofah and to wrap yourself in a soft towel afterwards.  Otherwise I may as well just sandpaper my body all over right now!

Finally, I saw this cartoon and couldn't resist sharing it with you.  Perhaps if I think of this, there won't be a next time in the sun without any barrier cream.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Reading ...

 ... the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.

William Styron

My last post was to ask some questions about Google Reader which is going to be coming to an end at the beginning of July.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any comments [which is quite common as I get the feeling I'm talking to myself both at home and on the blog sometimes].

HOWEVER, I am still using it for as long as it will let me and one of the people I took to reading lately is Cherry Heart and happily, although she probably didn't see my entry about Reader she has written about what's not going to replace it so what we should do.  You can look at it here.  I think it's quite helpful although there is some jargon which I don't understand [again, that's not much of a surprise, I don't understand very much in techno-land].

I will sit down later [I am actually sitting down now but I'll try to have my learning hat on later too] and study the entry in more detail.  I'll probably even make a few notes as that's my learning way.  Is that visual learning?  I never know with these things.

Also on reading, I've just read Gina's blog entry about Kaffe Fassett.  She's writing about the exhibition of his work at the V&A Museum which is currently showing.  I probably won't be able to get there myself as London's a bit of a treck so it would be a long and rather expensive visit just for a day but I did recently read Mr Fassett's auto-biography 'Dreaming in Colour'.  It's a fairly large tome and not one you could fall asleep  reading easily without doing major damage to your face but well worth looking at for both the text and wonderful illustrations.  He's obviously an extremely talented man who I imagine has been touched by the gold brush in living the life he's been able to.  I borrowed it from the library so didn't have to spend, spend, spend to get it even at a reduced price.  It only cost me 60 pence to have for a six week loan period.

Do feel free to leave me a comment if you would like to.  It would be lovely to know what you think.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

There are worse crimes than burning books... of them is not reading them.

Ray Bradbury
After yet another L-O-N-G break from Blogland I discover that the 'reader' facility from Mr Goggle is about to go into retirement. 
Now I know that you are much better at these technological things than I am and wonder if you might be able to assist me in my quest as to if anything going to be replacing it and if so, what?
I have another question too; still about 'reader'.  I know how to add various blog http address thingies to it but my list is so long and some of these people I used to follow don't even even blog any more [at least I'm consistently intermittent at it].  I'd like to delete these ones but again, due to my technical prowess, have no idea how, so if you do, could you provide me with childlike instructions please?  Actually, best supply the old person instructions since children are super whizzy at all this whereas I am not.
Life was much easier when it wasn't quite so progressive.  Perhaps it's back to the drawing board [again].
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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Can I have a 'P' please Bob ....


I don't know how long it's been back but Blockbusters is again on our television screens.  This used to be essential watching many years ago and the quiz master was Bob Holness.  'Can I have a P please Bob' always used to raise a laugh and it doesn't seem to be any different today although Bob Holness is regrettably long-gone and has been superseded by Simon Mayo

I happened upon Blockbusters quite by chance.  It was on at prime time [230 in the morning] so the powers  that be couldn't have perhaps thought it was going to be particularly popular with the same kind of viewers that it had been 'in the day' and of course, not many school age people will be up and about at that time [but you never thought I was one though did you] and it's now for the grown-ups.  Not in content but the competitors, for this series were in their 20s.  Still, it's called progress and if you've never seen it before it might be worth using your recorder if you're not up that late to give that a try.

Simon also hosts the Drivetime programme on Radio 2 which is very listenable, especially for the Confessions and the Homework Sucks sections. I'd recommend trying the show which runs on weeknights from 5 until 7. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Mr Mayo has also done a bit of writing and no, I don't work for the Simon Mayo fan club - I don't think he has one - I looked.

On a completely different subject, have you ever seen Jessie Chorley's work?  It's very unusual and I would love to visit her shop or do a course with her.

Jessie also has a new website and there's a guest book page on there and from there I found a link to a blog with the most delightful, if similar, embroidery and stitching on it.  Do take a look at either [or both] if you have time.

But of course, nothing ever gets done if all I do is talk, and type, about it.  Which sums me up completely!

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Once you start pulling loops through loops ...

... why ever stop?
Vashti Braha

The book I mentioned in my last post has now arrived.  While I was eating my lunch just now I was leafing through and trying to decide what I'd like to make.  Then I leafed through again and tried to decide what I could make.  These are NOT the same thing.
There are loads of lovely patterns in here.  I like the Springtime Jumper which is granny squares joined together for the back and front and plain sleeves.  Then there's a delightful little blanket called Ophelia in a striped ripple design.
Looking more realistically at the patterns though what I could make is Billy Bear or the Happy Stars Cot Garland.  These wouldn't have to be necessarily for this imagination baby either as they're very sweet accessories for any age.
Then finallly, what I more than likely am capable [at a big push] of making are the baby washcloths.  They don't look THAT hard and because they're small I can practice my skills [hmmm].  If I ever get my camera fixed I could even post some pics of the completed items too.  Watch this space [just not too carefully].
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Friday, 11 January 2013

We'd like to be unhappy but ...

 ... we never do have the time.

As ever, been spending time moving around from one blog to another in order to distract myself from doing anything that actually does need to be done. 

One of the blogs I look at occasionally is Inverleith.  This recent post is all about crochet in particular and as you know, I've been trying for some time to master the hooky art, mostly without much success.  However, this blog post shows a cute little pair of boots and mentions a book called Crochet Baby Clothes. 

I looked to the Internet for more details about this book and found that I could actually make a purchase relatively cheaply from The Book People so I've ordered one.  I have had books in the past from the Book People and was awarded points.  In this case, points really do make prizes because I had enough points to order the book for free - even better husbandry.

Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes - 9781908170293

The strange thing though is that I have no  babies, either cute or easy, to make things for - but thought it would give my crochet skills [in the loosest term of the word] a turn trying to make something of a small size and  should I be successful, I'm almost more than reasonably certain that I'd be able to find a cute and easy baby to pass it on to. 

I did wonder briefly about the title of this book - Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes - is this with reference to the patterns or to the babies for whom the clothes are intended?  It's written by the same person who wrote the Passion for Quilting one I recently had from the library so she's obviously, unlike myself, NOT easily distracted from her course of action as she finds time to do lots of different crafts.

Incidentally, she also finds the time to write a blog of her own as well as run workshops and I believe a company called the Laughing Hens.

I wonder if she has a workshop or written a book on how to add all these extra hours to her days - I might even participate if I had the time.

And finally [Cyril] do try this video - it could have been written especially for me.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The only thing we have to fear is...

... fear itself .... and spiders.

I was looking at Angry Chcken's blog just earlier and she's taken part in a quiz.  Just for fun I thought I'd have a go too and discovered that I am a spider!

My powers [and I had no idea that I had any] are that I have artistic genius, ability to see patterns and sense trouble from a distance.

As a spider, I am artistic, intuitive, and independent - maybe even a little eccentric.  I can become so absorbed in my endeavours that I lose track of the outside world and the people in it.  But what I give in return is magic, pure and simple.

If you'd like to have a go at the quiz too you can by going to this link.

Oh, and as a number of people have already probably said to you and will continue to say for a while yet: happy new year.

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