Another Saturday afternoon

That was June; suddenly it's August. Much of the summer this year has been too darned hot for comfort as far as I'm concerned. I spent a fair amount of it skulking in front of an electric fan with my Kindle in hand re-reading books ranging from the Harry Potter series to Melvyn Bragg's biography of Richard Burton. 

Knitting-wise; there have been pairs of plain vanilla socks (far too boring to blog about) and several shawls. Output much as usual then.


One for me - Heavy Weather, a lovely shawl pattern by Goddess Knits called Einin, worked in Wollmeise Lace in dark-grey-almost-black. Renee's patterns are a delight to knit - good instructions and large, clear charts.

Meanwhile, Flossie's as disinterested as usual. Must be time for another snooze...


Now, what have I been up to?

A lot of crochet and knitting, mainly for presents so unbloggable at the moment. Projects on the needles include a Nuvem (Rav link) which is about half done; it's growing very slowly now with umpteen stitches to a round. I haven't counted the stitches because the enormous number would seriously put me off doing any more and I don't want it to lurk unfinished...

The weather has been fairly unspeakable until a couple of days ago when the big yellow thing in the sky appeared for more than a couple of minutes at a time and the wind changed to a gentle breeze. In spite of the lousy weather, my balcony pots are looking lovely - mainly pansies and violas in white, lilac, purple and yellow.


I've finally got rid of the pigeons - 30 quid's worth of bird spikes has done the trick and I can now enjoy sitting outside in peace without pigeon crap everywhere. My balcony does have a certain Alcatraz feel to it though...


Flossie's very happy and enjoying the outside world and the sun. Here she is, soaking up the last bit of yesterday's sunshine.


Staying at home


The weather's pretty rubbish today; not particularly cold but horribly windy. I can hear the wind whistling outside my windows and plants on the balcony are getting a serious battering. I don't mind cold weather, rain or even snow but I absolutely hate windy weather and you get an awful lot of it down here on the south coast. Grumble.

So I think it's a day at home for me today. I'm waiting for the next installment of Huldran due out later this afternoon and listening to this which is slightly disappointing and has the distinct whiff of a potboiler.