This morning I saw this post from Kate of the bloody excellent Foxs Lane blog and it inspired me so much that I grabbed my iphone and took some very random photos during the rest of my day.
I relate when Kate writes from time to time that she’s doubting the whole blogging thing and wonders who’s interested, why she does it and feels that it’s purely self-indulgent. I often feel the same, pause for a bit, then whack a post out into the ether and get busy in real life again. The often interesting, lovely and thought provoking comments which come back from you guys, plus all the connections I’ve made in the bloggy world, make it feel like a totally good thing, and so those feelings pass again for a while.
What I didn’t mention when I was rhapsodising about my porridge habit the other day, was that even though I leave it cooking on the lowest setting I often burn it in the pan. I’ve got the knack of stirring it, very carefully if that’s happened, and pouring it out so there are no black bits in my bowl! I must look out for a small non-stick pan.
I love daffodils and buy lots of bunches every year. These were a present from the market on Saturday. I always think they’re smiley happy flowers, a bit like pansies who have the cutest little faces.
The knitted poncho has been used plenty. It’s so good for pulling on when I feel too lazy to go upstairs and get a warmer clothing. But the rhubarb ripple hasn’t really ever been used since it was crocheted. It’s been folded with other blankets at the end of the bed in the little room because it doesn’t really ‘go’ at all downstairs. The other day I decided to grab it because it was so chilly when I was sitting knitting and watching tv. It’s now downstairs to stay this Winter – so soft, warm and big enough to snuggle!
A very small section of the many books in The Works which is becoming the place to browse and actually buy craft books, as opposed to looking elsewhere and going home to order more affordable copies online. They have Kat Goldin’s Crochet at Play (it’s where I bought my copy,) Lisa Comfort’s Sew Over it and The Great British Sewing Bee book (NEW SERIES begins next week) as well many other well-known and not-so well-known titles.
I had to choose a plant for my summer pot for the porch so it can slowly grow on. It was nice to contemplate fuchsias (last Summer’s choice) lilies and geraniums.
I opted for this beautiful apple blossom geranium. I’ll chose some complimenting trailing plants nearer the time of potting up. Some gorgeous verbena (aztec dark pink magic) plants have caught my eye. They’re definitely on the short-list.
Annoying! The back door is jammed, the lock has a fault now for some reason. A guy came to fix it last week and broke the key off in the lock. I came home to half a key on its keyring on the kitchen worktop, which made me giggle despite myself. Let’s hope he does a better job of sorting it out on Friday!
You’ve seen this meadow here many times, but it’s never been this flooded in all the years we’ve lived here. It’s now turned into a lake really, especially further out. I’m glad to see there are still green bits showing as there’s still somewhere for more water to go. (Not thinking about the water table.) I read recently that if it hadn’t done such a good job as a flood plain over the centuries the centre of the city would have been under water many times.
A cheering end to my 10 random things: my Winter pot of violas with the bulb shoots showing through. Despite the appalling weather it’s actually very mild here, snowdrops and other Spring flowers are appearing early. We’ve had up to 80mph winds and battering rain here, this pot sits in the front porch which is not enclosed, but these fragile little beauties must have a hidden strength!
I hope this hasn’t been too random to read. It is definitely self-indulgent but is the most fun I’ve had in a while making a blog post. Do you feel like doing one too? I’d love you to link to it here in the comments, or just let me know if you have.
I must have a look in The Works sometime, thanks for the tip! Love the violas, roll on springtime.
Do check out your local one. There’s also quite a range of craft supplies too.
I always make porridge in the microwave. Two minutes on high. Keep a sharp eye in case it boils over. Sometimes needs another minute. Never scrub a pan again, just a plastic jug for the dishwasher. I should try it in the beast really… Apparently you can put it in before bed and it’s done by morning.
Oh no, long slow cooking for really creamy porridge for me. Microwave for oats so simple if I’m in a hurry.
I love seeing your world. I am so sorry that I haven’t replied to your email yet – we are just home from lots of little jaunts and no internet… can you image!
URGH. Refreshing to begin with and then like missing a limb! No worries. Glad you had a good time.
Random is good. It’s the stuff of life, in fact. And I think it’s a great idea for a post — especially if you’re having more fun doing it than other posts. I think it’s a terrific idea, and I can feel a 10-random-things-post coming up on this side of the pond (lake?) right now. (((“Self-indulgent” – ? You say it like it’s a bad thing.)))
Have a wonderful, random and self-indulgent day :-)
Excellent! Looking forward to your bit of randomness.
I’m afraid to say – I make porridge in the microwave too, and have taught my kids as well. The glass jug is a lot easier than the pot to clean. I love those random posts – I think my life is just too boring for o e though. Do you really want to see pictures of my vacuum cleaner, or my dirty dishes.
Yes, absolutely! What kind of Hoover do you use? What colour are your dishes? 😉
Your pansies look so pretty – make me think of Easter. Here in CT we are waiting for a “northeaster” snow storm to come in. We are promised 12-18″ of the “white stuff” by the end of the storm early Friday. Get out the snow shovels!
And the hot chocolate and marshmallows at the ready!
I loved this post so much, I just had to do 10 random things too, with a link back to you!
Here they are
self indulgent to the writer maybe – but i’m learning that that is never the case to the reader. I LOVED this post. So much information, so interesting, so different to life here right now. Thanks heaps for playing. xx
Thanks Kate :-D
Goodness…I hope that meadow is drying out. You have obviously had a lot of rain in your part of the world.
Boy I’ve enjoyed dropping into everyone’s blogs reading their ten randoms!! It’s a great way to find new blogs to follow.
PS I love daffodils too.
I’ve taken to darning in the ends as I go and it was a blogger whom I met at Yarndale that recommended that approach. Now, what was her name…. began with R, I think?
I don’t see that it can work with granny squares as you will see the thread lying along the open part of the top of the round below. Was it me?!