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I've been tagged by Steph, so here we go:

The Rules:

Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What I was doing 10 years ago:

Living in a Victorian terrace house in Streatham, making things for a craft partwork (mainly fabric and silk painting), writing and designing for craft magazines, selling my own cross stitch designs and generally scrabbling about making a living.

2. What 5 things are on on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Write and post two birthday cards, buy peppers, fennel, courgettes and eggs, wind some yarn into skeins ready for dyeing, push the Dyson round, have a general tidy up round the flat (I'm a compulsive flat-surface-clutterer).

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Well, there's cheese, and there's more cheese. I'm also partial to pecan nuts and pistachios.

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire:

Let's see - I'd start by getting a good accountant! Then I'd buy a bigger flat, pay off all my friends' mortgages, open a yarn shop, give a fair amount to charity. Boring, aren't I?

5. Places I have lived:

Born in Goole, Yorkshire. Lived in Hensall and Carlton (tiny villages near Goole), Leicester, Rugby, London, Brighton, Hove.

I'm tagging Nic, Rosie, Sue P, Sue S, Yvonne

Beautiful weather

We're having some beautiful weather down here on the Sussex coast.


The sun is shining, the mercury's rising and most of the trees I can see from my balcony have burst into leaf.


This is the view looking eastwards across Hove Street - can you see that strange little roof structure on the left? I've no idea what it is, but here it is a bit closer. Any ideas?


As well as enjoying the sunshine, I've been finishing a few things socks.


Most of the pairs that have been hanging around needing afterthought heels have been heeled, but a few pairs still need grafting.


I'm a big fan of Lucy Neatby's toe chimney (heel chimney?) method of grafting, but for some reason I have to turn each sock inside out and work the grafting stitches from the wrong side. It works for me amd the result looks pretty good...

Here's Flossie on the balcony, masquerading as a brown cat in the sunshine.