It was pretty chilly last night so we set the thermostat on an anti-freeze temperature setting and hopped into bed with my lavender wheatie-bag pre-nuked for some warmth. Tonight is predicted to be even colder so I am more than happy that Tracking tells me that my new microwaveable hot water bottle will be in today’s post.

We have some sun today but the temperature is hovering at around 5 degrees. I have a set of thermals on and today for the first time dug out a sweater for a top layer. Until now I have been in cotton tops and sweatshirts. I have my Warriston smock out and donned it to walk along to Reception to alert them to an imminent courier delivery. Gousto tell me that my week’s menu will be here between 12:30 and 14:30. It feels like Christmas! All parcels and new jumpers.

Mr L was chatting to a permanent pitch client earlier and she was able to tell us that there are no problems in getting Tesco to deliver here and that the Farm Shop that delivers is excellent. I foresee more time in the forest and less time on the bus with shopping.

In Other News, Gill is sending me emergency yarn and roving supplies so that I can make myself some thrummed slippers. I am looking forward to those. I do hope that I have the right needles with me!

Also in Other News, Mr L’s blood test for Lyme Disease has come back negative. However, this was expected as it often shows negative in the early stages. He has to complete his course of antibiotics and then return to see the doctor in mid-December. The bulls-eye rash has now completely gone and he is otherwise symptom-free still.

Nell and her dad are out in the forest, geocaching. I am here waiting for my Gousto box and have every some intent of reading about Stalin whilst they are gone.

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 27, 2020 at 12:32PM

Apparently Aragon has locked down travel today. Seems we made the correct decision in getting back to France quickly. Yesterday was tough but we seem to be moving on again without resting. The Aire was not very lovely and the noise incessant. Half Term effect is in full throttle. As well as children being alarming,… Continue reading October 27, 2020 at 12:32PM

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  1. webhorus
    November 7, 2016

    What a lovely pattern! Is it quite easy? – I don’t do much knitting these days, because Hands, but I’d give that a go.

    • November 7, 2016

      The Warriston? Pretty simple, very fast, mostly stocking stitch in the round, so nearly all knitting. Seamless – just pockets to stitch up at the end. . I struggled over grafting the few stitches under the arm because I am spatially challenged and ended up with a line of purl bumps instead of a smooth graft and had to go back and do it again. Kate Davies writes an excellent pattern, clear and unambiguous. This was a test knit in cheap yarn before I commit handspun to it. I would happily do so but I have seen another smock pattern that perhaps I like even more than Warriston – the Norfolk Slop

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