The last seven days

The Winnie the Pooh exhibition at the V&A was lovely. It’s so interesting to see E.H Shepherd’s original pencil drawings. What talent. There were many illustrations that I’d forgotten, but which were instantly recognisable when I saw them again. Winnie was a big part of my childhood. The exhibition is on until April 8th.

We saw the film Darkest Hour last weekend. It’s good. As good as the media hoo-ha and talk of an Oscar for Gary Oldman. It seemed a good time to see the Winston Churchill exhibition at Blenheim Palace, (his birthplace, home of his grandparents.) En route I noticed there are daffodils beginning to appear. It won’t be long before they’re everywhere in bright clumps of yellow. I love them!

I was held up in traffic on Thursday morning and quite glad when I noticed a large patch of snowdrops in a wood, on the hill at the side of the road. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity if the traffic had been better.

The joins make me think of those foam play mats we have for blocking.

I’ve spent a bit of time playing with my yarn leftovers and planning out my next strip of moss stitch (aka linen and granite) blocks. I thought it might be easier than trying to do it in the pub at Knit & Sip, in the semi dark. We ended up not meeting anyway this week, but no matter; it’s quite nice to have a plan. The fewer brain cells used during the evening, the better I find. It’s not my brightest time. Nor is very early in the morning. My optimum time seems to be between 10-3pm! This isn’t new either. I’ve always been the same. Are you at your best in the morning, evening or middle of the day?

A friend made me smile yesterday as she said she’s having a break from going to Slimming club. Her evenings are precious and she’s fed up hearing the same people complain about how hard it is to lose weight, when they don’t eat fruit and veg. I had popped into the garden centre to buy the birds a mealworm feeder and found myself wanting to shout ‘salad dodgers!!!!’ at the top of my voice. I refrained.

I haven’t made cheese scones since at least last summer. Yesterday I made a batch and this was the last three, with what I always call the knobble, made from the last bit of dough. The fact I haven’t made any for ages has been remarked upon lots. I reckon I’m close to being asked to sign a legal document, requiring me to make them at least once a month.

Once, years ago, I made heart shaped cheese scones for Valentines Day. Don’t do this; they look like bottoms.

The Hitchhiker is coming along. I laid it out to compare with mine. I still can’t believe it was finished and now look, so much still to redo! Ah well. There were nine teeth to knit yesterday, now only seven. ‘A tooth a day and it’s done’ I say to myself.

I came downstairs this morning to a surprise bunch of daffodils. Lovely. On Monday I collected David Sedaris Theft by Finding Diaries, vol 1 from the library and it’s a whopper of a hardback. A real brick.

If you haven’t read any of his other writing, I would suggest you start elsewhere. It’s not as funny, but I’m enjoying the insights into his experiences. Some of it’s pretty grim and sad.

What are you up to? Have you had a good week?

10 thoughts on “The last seven days

  1. Did I miss why there is a picture of the post box?
    Love the Winnie the Pooh drawings, Tigger was my favourite character, Mr E’s is Eeeyore, now what does that say about us.
    Love the shawl, so pretty, keep going!
    MMM cheese scones, I do love a cheese scone, but not bottom shaped ones!
    I am ashamed that I never visited Winston Churchills’ grave in Bladon when we lived so close.
    Have a good wekend.

  2. A wonderful post! So much jealousy from my side of the pond – about the spring flora already coming up (ours starts in April), the V&A visit (after college I lived in South Ken for 6 months … why did I leave?!), and those gorgeous scones. I’d love to see the heart/bottom-shaped versions!

  3. Ha ha….. Salad dodgers!!! Thing One was looking for pictures of bottom shaped scones!!! I think it’s safe to say I will never knit a hitch-hiker…. It would take me forever, I’m such a slow knitter. They look very lovely next to each other…. Good colour combo… You could wear them like that on particularly cold days!!

  4. How fun to see the Pooh exhibit. I do love him and his rumbly tummy. I’ve knitted a Hitchhiker but haven’t worn it a lot which usually happens with the shawls I knit. I do love the yarn it’s knitted in.

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