Saturday, 4 July 2015

10 Things: Week 26

1. Read: I have moved away from my kindle of late because it's developed an annoying fault that I can't seem to solve. Despite trying various things on forums. Basically it's taken to freezing. I'm unable to move on to the next page or go back or do anything else. Necessitating a reboot. Then when it comes back online it's not remembered where I read to. Frustrating if I have to click through a lot of pages to find my place since it logged it before. I'm trying to remember to keep coming out of the book so it saves my place on a regular basis. But it is frustrating. I even left the device to see what would happen if I didn't reboot it. Would the home screen saver come on? Would it start working again? No, it just rebooted itself and my place was still lost! So I've moved on to The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah. I have mixed feelings about Sophie Hannah books. I find I devour them quite quickly but they do tend to make my brain spin with all the detailed character analysis. There is invariably a (female) character that I can't stand. This was a gift though so I felt obliged to read it. Next I've moved on to Strangers by Rosie Thomas. It's about two people that go out Christmas shopping first thing in the morning and get caught up in a terrorist bomb blast. Having never met before they find themselves laying beneath rubble in the basement of the store, only able to touch each others fingers and taking comfort in each others presence. They talk to each other. Tell them the secrets of their lives and hearts. I can't wait to see where this goes.

Latest read

2. Made: I am lucky enough to be part of a sort of bee-come-swap over on flickr. PIP: Project in Progress. Suggested by my lovely Scottish Twin Lynz because quite a few of us miss the way we interacted on the old style flickr. I've stayed with flickr, but am conscious that many people found it just too difficult from their various devices and I firmly believe that the changes in our lovely sewing community first started when we didn't have the cohesive base of flickr to hold us all together. Anyway, PIP is going to be a round robin swap where we all make small blocks of our choosing and send them on to be added to - whether that's an addition in the form of a new block or some embellishment to the existing ones. It's a cracking bunch of talented ladies in this group and we're already inspiring and bouncing ideas off each other. For my first block I couldn't help but want to do something bird related. So I made a reduced scale Anna Maria Horner feather. I reduced the two page pattern so it would fit on one page. It still seemed too big so I reduced that so it fitted on half a page. It made for some fiddly piecing and I messed the first feather I attempted up because I taped a pattern piece to another and I shouldn't have done. I only realised my mistake too late to sensibly put it right. But being such a quick block I decided to start over.

This is my #pip piece so far. Too small at mo so I'm contemplating adding to it #feather 

3. Watched: The second episode of Black Work. Seeing that Sheridan Smith was in the lead role and everything she's touched of late seems to be golden I had high expectations of this series. But by episode two I'm thinking: Hmmm haven't we seen this all before with different characters?

4. My Garden/Flowers: My garden is looking weedy. I need to find the time to get out and dig up the clumps of this pale green grass that seems to be invading parts of the borders. Seeding itself right in the middle of plants I'd really rather save. However, I fear I need to dig them up and risk losing them to eradicate this perennial invader.

5. Eaten: My brother and Niece invited Mum and I to a BBQ. I think niece had the idea in her head because I said I'd never seen her dads new gas BBQ bought mid-season last year. She was convinced we'd been down for a BBQ last year and I said we hadn't. Bro did us proud with yummy sides and great BBQ food.

BBQ cooking


 6. Visited: My brother has a totally different style of garden to mine. He likes neat and tidy and order. His garden looks excellent though. Although he still thinks it's not at its best. I've never know anyone get hosta's looking as good as he does. It was like visiting a show garden. Ironic thing is my brother does not like gardening. But he's motivated to do it because he likes a nice garden.

stripy lawn

Bro's Garden

Bro's Garden

Move over alan titmarsh. Bros got green fingers

More corners of bros garden 

7. Recommended: Eating outside. It doesn't matter what it is it'll taste better in the fresh air. Well I think so anyway.

8. Stash: In: 0 Out: Scraps.

9. Birds: Nothing of note to report.

10. And Finally...I seem to be taking more pics on Instagram than ever before so if you want to check out the random stuff I post over there I'm isisjem there too.


  1. Ooh, I like the sound of the strangers book - I shall look out for your review! *g* I have a good idea of what I'm adding to your feather block (tweet!!) and your brother must spend hours watering all those pots!!! They do look lovely, though.

  2. I'm so glad my parents stopped trying to buy me books they thought I would like, there were definitely more misses than hits!

  3. brother's garden looks great, but then so does your own. I love your feather block. And for me, I have been rereading three men in a boat by jerome k jerome, still really funny

  4. I read Little Face by Sophie Hannah and I have the next one in that series, not sure what I think of her writing to be honest but I will give the next book a go.


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