You might have to look at these for a minute to work out what they are. Clever eh? Saw in an Antiques Centre
Making : nothing. Sigh. Not a little fed up about it. Total craft ban enforced by Hand Therapist as it’s “too intense”. I can’t tell you how much I want to knit or crochet some winter woollies
Cooking : lentils, quite a bit lately. Spicy lentil soup. Cheesy lentil loaf. Chicken, BNS & Green Lentil stew
Drinking : little alcohol since Dry October. None until Christmas Eve
Reading: just finished The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman. A book I picked up from a pile at a booky meet up and didn’t have any expectation of; I just thought I’d give it a try. Realised I’d read another of hers: The Drowning Tree, ages ago. I’ll keep an eye out for more. I like her style
Two perfect creations, thanks Delia
Wanting: to make something else woolly, I did ahem…begin another thing a few weeks ago, which I want to wear, but it was stupid and made my hand hurt. I grumbled and packed it away. (Confession: I did get it out again yesterday and considered rebelling again. But good sense prevailed)
Playing: Coldplay: A Sky Full Of Stars – loudly, it makes me spin around in a circle, fast
Deciding: to carry on blogging when I feel like it and not worry about no craft content. Still getting new followers, despite no wool! Hello newbies, welcome to the waffle
Wishing: for more sunny days like this. It’s lovely and crisp
Enjoying: twinkly lights everywhere. November is one of my favourite of the darker months
Waiting: for deliveries. Christmas comes in a van, aka Margo Leadbetter (tried to find a clip of that on You Tube, I expect one’s there somewhere, if you can find it…)
Liking: The Kominsky Method on Netflix with Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Love his work: dry wit and perfect timing
Wondering: when, how much longer
Loving: The Haunting of Hill House, also on Netflix. So gripping and made me wave my hummus bowl in the air last night in fear!
Pondering: family Christmas wish lists
Considering: mini sparkly things
Buying: the above for one who
is developing has developed into a sarcastic, but funny with it, nearly-twelve year old
Watching: a group of Red Kites (Info here) circling and diving at each other above the nearby woodland
Hoping: it stays dry Sunday for walking
Marvelling: at my own organisation. There’s bound to be something vital I forget!
Well, it wouldn’t be a fully-rounded blog post without a pic of my sourdough, would it?
A homemade crocheted pot-holder I made ages ago for my friend’s canal boat and some starter for her to make her own loaf
When you’re hungry and it’s well past lunchtime and then the rain pours down, so you decide to shelter in a cafe. Cake & cappuccino is a balanced meal, isn’t it?
Cringing: at the news of 2 hour queues getting out of some supermarket car parks. Online groceries, folks!
Needing: hot chocolate with mini pink & white marshmallows
Questioning: how I’m going to cut down on sugar in January!
Smelling: orange blossom perfume
Following: well, this just changed as I went running downstairs because apparently a group of juvenile long-tailed tits were queuing up to use the dining room mealworm window feeder. I counted 5, it was marvellous seeing them swoop from feeder to feeder in the trees too (as long as they haven’t pooed on my pjs which are on the washing line!)
Knowing: I will crochet again one day, but April to …. is now months
Thinking: of all the things I have been enjoying: visits to The V&A, reading, baking sourdough bread for my loved ones, seeing friends who make me laugh, dancing to Coldplay, loving my nieces antics and humour, admiring all the Christmas lights
Admiring: my neighbours’ new and improved house, they’ve been living elsewhere since Easter while it’s added to and completely renovated. The first thing put on the new fancy kitchen shelves was a jar of Marmite! I like their style
Often get an ‘I’ve cut the new loaf’ lunchtime pic and this pinged in as I was walking past this new artisan bakery on Baker Street, London
Mid-November and London was all a twinkle. The Regent Street angels swoop the length of the road
The Royal Festival Hall, on the South Bank from Hungerford Bridge. Popped in and caught a steel band and dancers performing for a while
Getting: sellotape and wrap ready, knowing my grand plans to wrap early always, always go astray and I’ll probably do it on 23rd…
Bookmarking: podcasts. Discovering some goodies. Btw: have you heard Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast? Pick an episode with an author you know, to try first. There are lots to choose from now. (Link for Android users here)
Coveting: a new bit of expensive technology
Disliking: the way Apple slow down iPads at a certain age, it’s wrong
Opening: new loose leaf lemongrass tea my friend Phil gave me. I liked the spearmint one a lot too
Giggling: at I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here. I prefer it presented by Holly and Dec
Snacking: on a Cox apple. So juicy it’s running down my hand, right now
Helping: buy presents on someone else’s behalf this week
Hearing: a bird chirrup
Worrying: there’s no point. What will be, will be 🎶
Waddesdon Manor, National Trust, Christmas House, Market & Light Trail
Sparkly and sumptuous, Waddesdon Manor always looks beautifully dressed at Christmas. The garden light trails and the Christmas fair were the best ever this year too
Slicing: carrots, cucumber, red pepper and radishes for hummus
Celebrating: family time on Sunday, all enjoying spending time together. Playing a Kids’ Charades game was really fun. We all seem to have a thing for starting a scene with opening and closing a door. Neat framing or pedantic weirdry?!
Forgetting: what?! What?!
Winning: something with an order I placed this morning, it’s random but I can’t tell you what as I’m going to pass it on…
Pretending: to consider what to read next, but knowing it’s likely to be Bleak House. Dickens is perfect reading this time of year. Last year it was The Old Curiosity Shop and Great Expectations. A Christmas Carol the year before.
Sneaking: nothing. Honest Guv’
Embracing: sugar! Hurrah!
How are you? Was your November a good one too? I hope so – you’re too nice to have a rotten time. But if it’s not been the greatest, let’s cross our fingers December’s better.