Thursday, April 24, 2014

Back to the Old Routine

I needed something quick to get me back into the knitting groove.  Nothing like some instant gratification.  I saw this pattern, knew I had just the right yarn, and it was off to the races.  I planned to add 3 buttonholes, but after finishing the last one, within just a couple rows of the end of the body, I decided they looked too sloppy and were too closely spaced.....so rip, rip -- out they came.  The second time around I just made one, using this tutorial from Ysolda.  It looks so much nicer now -- not sloppy at all.  Now it's on to the sleeves.



And the community gardens are open for the season.  I read a couple UK based blogs and they use the term "allotments" for the gardens.  We've started working our allotment already, but another gardener is in for a bit of a delay.  A pair of killdeer (birds) is roosting in one of the plots.  Right on the ground, right out in the open.  We try to steer clear of her (and him as he rushes around) and they're very vocal if they think someone's too close.  Crazy birds.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Real Start of Spring

April 15th is somewhat like a holiday here.....we definitely celebrate the end of tax season!

What to do, what to do with all that freed up time?  Since it's rainy today, baking cookies seemed the thing to do. Christina from Dessert for Two always has some good ideas -- and having things scaled down for two is a real bonus.  Today I tried her Snickerdoodles -- a dozen cookies is just right for a few days worth of snacks.  They're soft and cakey and so good with a nice cup of tea.


The daffodils are finally out (hmmmm....someone/something munched down our crocuses -- looks like a mower went over them).


And I loved the drop of water on Camellia's chin.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring?

It's been a long, cold winter....but it looks like there might be signs of spring in the air.  Even if it's still below freezing and there were snow showers this morning.

Having flowers inside does help.


The local nursery opened for the season yesterday.  We got some seeds, but must force ourselves NOT to start them for another couple weeks.


And I saw a shoot of green in one of the small areas not still snow-covered next to the house.