Briefly – busy, busy, busy. Merino/Tussah almost spun, but lots getting in the way. Banished from office for much of time so getting plenty of rest for my arm. That’s good. To be banished all day tomorrow again. Which means…

1) I can finish the roving and ply my two bobbins together.

2) I can get some time in my workroom and get on with some birthday cards that need doing

3) I can get a skate on with my new knitting project

New project?

Yep. I cast one one more time. I have identified what I want to do with my BFL handspun and I cast on a test piece tonight. There are no gauge details, so I am knitting up a repeat or two and will cast off and treat my small triangle as a swatch and see how it blocks out and if I need to change needles.

I am doing a Cascading Leaves Shawl ( by Vicki Mikulak ( – and I may bead it. I shall visit R and see if she has any suitable beads.

The shawl will most likely take priority on the knitting front. I am very keen to have something knitted from my own handspun.

Oh, it knits beautifully! The yarn is soft and silky and just slips through my fingers. It looks very nice since I washed the skeins.

Tomorrow will be a wonderful “me” day as I shan’t even be cooking lunch – Mr L has an all day teleconference training session. He’ll be getting sandwiches at half time.

One more thing – identified today a sweater pattern for myself. I shall be spinning the yarn requirements as my next spinning project. I’ll probably do it in Shetland as I have a mass of that in various shades, ready-carded. All I have to do now is to learn how to turn out a reasonably consistent yarn of approx Aran weight. I shall be asking for help with that on Wednesday!

How the Leaves Came Down

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I really am a poor blogger these days, aren’t I? Sorry. The notion that I would keep a Nature Diary here soon fell by the wayside. A pity, that. Perhaps I will try again next year, The thing is, we packed ourselves up and wandered off in the van again and when we came back we were, for various reasons, at a low ebb. Energy has been lacking and especially the mental variety. I amContinue readingHot, hot, hot



Having chosen to live in France, I try hard to live French. I really do not want to be that Brit – the one that moans how they can’t get such-and such in France or that some-other from the UK is better… Certainly, in my humble Brit opinion, there is so much here that is better than back in Blighty. Bread and butter for one two things, for instance. However, I do have a beef:Continue readingB-B-B-B-B-Bovril

Recent movements of the: Two Snails

It’s coming…

It’s coming…

We are getting ever closer to our new van. It is supposedly 13 days away. I say “supposedly” because we have been here before and I shall not quickly forget the horrors of last year when Mr Snail had to stay near Paris for several nights after travelling up on the train at 6am and… Continue reading It’s coming…

Well, that was unexpected…

Well, that was unexpected…

I was confiding that Heidi’s days with us are numbered, we had picked out our new van and that Mr Snail was taking her to Cognac to get a PX price… Things did not go to plan. Heidi was looking gorgeous, considering her age, and we both agreed that the fact that they had asked… Continue reading Well, that was unexpected…