Getting a bit Christmassy

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Well, there's Christmas bunting across the living room window and coloured lights round the door. I live in a tiny flat so there's no room for a proper tree but I do have a jar full of tree decorations catching the light on the windowsill.

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There's a little more sparkly stuff over on another side of the room and that's about it!


Folksy shop

I have a shiny new Folksy shop!

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Christmas themed sets of stitchmarkers for both knitting and crochet are for sale in my shop, all with free postage. I have non-Christmas stitchmarker sets and some gorgeous hand-embroidered jewellery almost ready to upload, so watch this space!


November's entertainment

Longstone (DCI Ryan #10) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Moor (DCI Ryan #11) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Borderlands (DCI Ryan #12) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

17 Carnations [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] [Re-listen] by Andrew Morton, narrated by Cameron Stewart

Agent Sonya [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] by Ben Macintyre, narrated by Ben Macintyre

Secrets & Lies [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] by Douglas Thompson and Christine Keeler, narrated by Sophie Cookson

The Glass Hotel [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Emily St. John Mandel, narrated by Dylan Moore

The Patient Man (Jackman & Evans #6) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by Joy Ellis, narrated by Richard Armitage

Bedlam (Alexander Gregory #3) [Kindle Edition] by L. J. Ross

In the Woods [Kindle Edition] by Tana French

The Warehouse [Kindle Edition] by Rob Hart


October's entertainment

Angel (DCI Ryan #4) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

High Force (DCI Ryan #5) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Cragside (DCI Ryan #6) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Dark Skies (DCI Ryan #7) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Seven Bridges (DCI Ryan #8) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Hermitage (DCI Ryan #9) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Death on the Nile [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh

They Disappeared (Jackman and Evans} [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Joy Ellis, narrated by Richard Armitage

With Clough, by Taylor [Kindle Edition] by Peter Taylor

Imposter (Alexander Gregory #1) [Kindle Edition] by L. J. Ross

Hysteria (Alexander Gregory #2) [Kindle Edition] by L. J. Ross


September's entertainment

A Mind to Murder (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Cover her Face (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Oliver Twist [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Charles Dickens, narrated by Martin Jarvis

Holy Island (DCI Ryan #1) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Heavenfield (DCI Ryan #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Lazarus Prophesy [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by  F. G. Cottam, narrated by Saul Reichlin

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill, Carol Jordan #10) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by Val McDermid, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Beekeeping for Beginners (Mary Russell Mysteries) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Laurie R. King, narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

The White Forest Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery) [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Nidderdale Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #5) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

Cut Short (Poe and Bradshaw short stories) [Kindle Edition] by M. W. Craven

Close to the Bone [Kindle Edition] by Susan Wilkins

Before the Poison [Kindle Edition] by Peter Robinson


August's entertainment

The Crown in Crisis [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Audible] by Alexander Larman, narrated by Richard Trinder

Chaos [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Audible] by Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring, narrated by Kevin Stillwell

The Peer and the Gangster [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Audible] by Dan Smith, narrated by Andrew Cullum

A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Devices and Desires (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

The Crown [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by Robert Lacey, narrated by Alex Jennings

Babes in the Wood [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by Graham Bartlett and Peter James, narrated by Leighton Pugh

The Kennedy Curse [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen, narrated by David Pittu

Persons Unknown (DS Manon Bradshaw #2) [Kindle Edition] by Susie Steiner

Remain Silent (DS Manon Bradshaw #3) [Kindle Edition] by Susie Steiner

The Berwyn River Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery) [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

Home Fixtures: Writings to support the Homeless World Cup [Kindle Edition] by Ian Rankin, Nick Hornby et al


July's entertainment

The White Russian [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Tom Bradby, narrated by Robert Powell

Walking the Wire [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by David Baldacci, narrated by Kyl Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Too Much - Never Enough [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by Mary L. Trump, narrated by Mary L. Trump

Forced Confessions (Benson & de Vere #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Fairfax, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Blacklight (Dark Yorkshire Series #2)  [Kindle Edition] by J.M. Dalgleish

The Dogs in the Street (Dark Yorkshire Series #3)  [Kindle Edition] by J.M. Dalgleish

Three Women [Kindle Edition] by Lisa Taddeo

The Cutting Place [Kindle Edition] by Jane Casey

The Murder Game [Kindle Edition] by Rachel Abbott

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon Bradshaw #1) [Kindle Edition] by Susie Steiner


June's entertainment

The Poet [Unabridged Audiobook] [Re-Listen] [Audible] by Michael Connelly, narrated by Buck Schirner

The Black Tower [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P.D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Ice Station Zebra [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Alistair MacLean, narrated by Jonathan Oliver

Body Breaker (Avison Fluke #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by M.W. Craven, narrated by John Banks

Summary Justice (Benson & de Vere #1) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Fairfax, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Blind Defence (Benson & de Vere #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Fairfax, narrated by Daniel Weyman

The Curator (Washington Poe #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by M.W. Craven, narrated by John Banks

Black Sun [Kindle Edition] by Owen Matthews

The Mathematical Bridge (Nighthawk #2) [Kindle Edition] by Jim Kelly

The ZigZag Girl (Stephens & Mephisto #1) [Kindle Edition] by Elly Griffiths

Nazi Wives [Non-Fiction] [Kindle Edition] by James Wyllie


May's entertainment

The Magpie Murders [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner

To Catch a King [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Charles Spenser, narrated by Richard Trinder

Born in a Burial Gown (Avison Fluke #1) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by M. W. Craven, narrated by John Banks

Witchfinder [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Andrew Williams, narrated by Richard Mitchley

Dark Sacred Night (Renee Ballard #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Michael Connelly, narrated by Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver

The Royal Baths Murder (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #4) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

In the House of the Seven Librarians [Kindle Edition] by Ellen Klages

The Devil's Cliff Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery) [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Great Darkness (Nighthawk #1) [Kindle Edition] by Jim Kelly

Divided House (Dark Yorkshire Series #1) [Kindle Edition] by J. M. Dalgliesh


Whiling away the time...

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Working my way though the DVD collection is proving rather enjoyable during lockdown. I spent a lot of last weekend's Bank Holiday enjoying a Star Wars marathon, now I'm onto old black and white movies. Last night, it was Lost Horizon, tonight who knows?


April's entertainment

Secret Service [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Tom Bradby, narrated by Juliet Aubrey

The Great Train Robbery [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Michael Crichton, narrated by Michael Kitchen

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Stephanie Cole

A Pocketful of Rye (Miss Marple) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Joan Hickson

And Then There Were None [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser

How to be a Footballer [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Peter Crouch, narrated by Peter Crouch

Lockdown [Kindle Edition] by Peter May

The Snowdonia Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery)  [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Harlech Beach Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery)  [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Dee Valley Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery)  [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

No Place to Die [Kindle Edition] by Neil Broadfoot


Seaside and architecture

It's lovely seaside weather at the moment, warm but feeling comfortable because of a strongish breeze.

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Hove seafront looking west towards Worthing.

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One thing I love about Hove is the wonderful jumble of domestic architectural styles. This is St Catherine's Terrace, a stretch of houses along the main coast road.


Opera in the kitchen and crochet

I love the free Nightly Met Opera Streams from their archives. Each opera streams for 23 hours and because of the time difference, I'm off to catch up with Wednesday's offering after I finish this blog post. It's Puccini's La Rondine starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna from January, 2009. Pic is from one of  last week's operas - Gounod's Romeo et Juliette - which had fabulous costumes.

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There's been some crochet going on. This is my variation of Katya Novikova's Summer Memories shawl pattern. The body is worked in Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash, colourway Ooohm, with stripes in Amazonas and Campari Piccolo. 

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That's about all I have to report. Life goes on much the same day after day and I'm doing my best to stay cheerful and keep busy.  

 


March's entertainment

A Silent Death [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes

The Guest List [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Lucy Foley, narrated by Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble, Aoife McMahon

Original Sin [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

The Lantern Men (Ruth Galloway Series) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell

The Prisoner of Zenda [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Anthony Hope, narrated by Peter Joyce

The Mirror and the Light (Wolf Hall #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Ben Miles

Penshaw (DCI Ryan Mystery) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Quartet Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #2) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

The Murder at Redmire Hall (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #3) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

The Catch (A Slough House Novella) [Kindle Edition] by Mick Herron

Three Rivers [Kindle Edition] by David Blake

The Long Call (Two Rivers #1) [Kindle Edition] by Ann Cleeves


Walking

I'm making the effort to get out of the flat every day for fresh air and exercise. Walking the streets round where I live seems to be the best way as the seafront and streets leading to the sea are busy. I suspect this might change when the weather turns grey and rainy!

Yesterday's walk was along Eaton Road (how could I resist?) past the cricket ground.

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The Sussex Cricketer pub is boarded up ready for some redevelopment at the ground.

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Staying at home

i don't really mind staying at home (I'm over 70, so being very cautious about Covid-19). Self-isolation feels rather like working freelance from home which I did for many years but this time it's without the work! 

My studio table is tidy and today's plan is to get out the pdf sewing patterns that I've printed on paper and stick the pages together. I'm in need of new clothes and have lots of fabric washed and ready to cut out.

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Apart from sewing clothes, I have plenty here to keep me occupied and happy. Music, books, audiobooks are all essential to my mood (thank goodness for Spotify, Kindle, Audible and library apps) and there's a sizeable yarn stash to keep my fingers busy.


February's entertainment

Black Summer (Washington Poe #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by MW Craven, narrated by John Banks

How the Dead Speak (Carol Jordan/Tony Hill #11) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Val McDermid, narrated by Saul Reichlin

Familiar Rooms in Darkness [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Caro Fraser, narrated by Steven Crossley

The Scarlet Pimpernel [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Baroness Orczy, narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt

King Solomon's Mines [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by H Rider Haggard, narrated by Toby Stephens

Princes at War [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Deborah Cadbury, narrated by Cameron Stewart

Wolf Hall [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Simon Slater

Bring up the Bodies [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Simon Vance

Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome #5) [Kindle Edition] by Sarah Hilary

All the Rage (DI Fawley Series) [Kindle Edition] by Cara Hunter

A House Divided [Kindle Edition] by Rachel McLean

Too Close to Breathe [Kindle Edition] by Olivia Kiernan

The Couple Next Door [Kindle Edition] by Shari Lapena

The Body in the Dales (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #1) [Kindle Edition] by JR Ellis


Process or project?

I'm mainly a process knitter/crocheter. I enjoy the actual making of items rather than wanting the finished products. There are exceptions though. I knitted a Find Your Fade shawl (Ravelry link) for a friend's 50th birthday and hated the process (all those damn rows of garter stitch...) and swore never to make another one.

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That is, until I tried the shawl on and realised I had to knit one for myself, this time in greens and purples.

Fast forward a couple of years and I've knitted another for myself.  Mad or what?

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This one's mainly shades of light and dark blue with soft, yellowy browns. The yarn ends are all sewn in and the shawl needs blocking. But first, I have to clear the studio table. I may be some time...