Tuesday, 28 September 2010


I knitted a fun project last week.  One that was completed in just a couple of hours.  It involved knitting in the round, which I find challenging, but I swapped the regular needles for bamboo and I love them!  I can now see why everyone raves about bamboo needles, which I have never used before.  If I could afford to do so, I would have a whole set of them.

The pattern required my attention, mainly because it was so small and I had to remember which row I was working.  Here, it is already starting to take shape.

The main part completed and filled with stuffing.  Time to knit a couple of I-cords.

Can you guess what it is?  Well, I'm going to keep you in suspense....

Monday, 27 September 2010

Pretty In Pink

I finally found time to complete my niece's cardigan.  I finished knitting it about two weeks ago, but had been so busy that I had not managed to sew it together. 

The pearly buttons came from my button box.  I saved them from a favourite shirt and knew that they would come in useful one day.  I'm very pleased with the results as it is a sweet pattern.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

To Market, To Market

We went to a farm market on Friday.  It was a marvellous place to visit, though quite a distance from home.  It is great to be able to buy really fresh vegetables and juicy, crisp apples for a change.  We don't eat squash, but I always love to see their autumn shades of yellows and oranges.  They are so colourful.

Rows of pumpkins await a new home.  No doubt many will be carved ready for Hallowe'en.  I would love to buy one, but not having an outdoor space, I found from previous years that they do not keep successfully indoors, as it is too warm.

Further colour is provided by potted Mums, as they are known here: they are a variety of Chrysanthemum.  And I just love the corn stalks, which can also been seen standing in the fields in the surrounding area.

We returned home with bags laden with lots of fresh vegetables, apples and freshly dug potatoes ~ delicious!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The View From Here

Just a day since I returned home and I'm coming down with something.  I think that my body has decided that enough is enough.  After weeks of on-call and hauling myself out of bed in the middle of the night (on the nights when I actually went to bed); my body  is admitting defeat.  It is as if I took a huge sigh of relief and my immunity went down with it.

So I have decided to be kind to myself.  After forcing myself to go out to post that long-awaited baby gift of a  cardigan for my niece, I turned tail and ran for cover.  I put on a favourite and much-loved pair of flannel pyjamas and my new slippers, which were going to get a post of their own, but you get to see them here instead.  There is something very reassuring about slippers isn't there?  It must have something to do with getting cozy for the dark nights ahead.

The long list of household jobs is going to have to wait.  I'm putting my feet up and the furthest I intend to move is the kitchen to make another cup of tea.  Enjoy your weekend.  

Friday, 24 September 2010


I wrote my final exam yesterday.  I was supposed to receive my result by email in the afternoon, but it didn't arrive. It really is most frustrating, especially as I had planned a little celebration, but I don't feel like celebrating before I receive my results.  

I finished my clerkship placement today, so it looks like the weekend is going to be spent waiting.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Seven Days

This was the scene that greeted me as I stepped outdoors from a home birth on Tuesday.  Dawn had arrived after a call-out in the early hours and mother and baby were doing well.

I can hardly believe that I have come this far and the end is in sight.  In just seven days, I will have completed my midwifery clerkship.  One more week....

Between now and next Friday I have to do some studying for my final examination (on Thursday), so I won't be around much until it is all over.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Knitting Yarns

I had an ulterior motive for my recent visit to Unionville.  I had searched online and discovered Mary's Yarns and I was in need of some knitting therapy. 

To discover that there was a wool shop so close to where I am staying was an unexpected pleasure and it was definitely worth the visit.  There are five rooms of yarns located in this delightful house: more than enough to satisfy the cravings of most knitters, but not so overwhelming that it is impossible to make a choice.

My apologies for the photo quality these days, but my only access to a camera when I am away is on my Blackberry.  Floor to ceiling heaven!

With the recent addition of a new niece to the family back in June, the idea of knitting a cardigan had been in mind for the last few weeks.  I finally chose a pretty pink yarn and a straightforward garter stitch pattern in the hope that even if I was tired, I would be able to knit this and not worry about going wrong (some hope!  I forgot to do the increase for the sleeves, as this is an all-in-one pattern with back, sleeves and fronts knitted in one piece).

The last photo shows the cardigan nearing completion.  I finished the knitting part on Sunday afternoon, but have to stitch it together and was unable to do so at the time, as I had left my needle in my temporary accommodation.  How happy I shall be when I'm finally living in one place with all of my craft projects and equipment to hand!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Weekend Domesticity

My long-anticipated weekend off is over and once more, I am awaiting the call to tell me that another baby is on the way.  In the meantime, I can look back on a weekend of quiet domesticity.  It is always nice to be home and I think that I appreciate it even more since I have been away all these months.

A little preparation earlier last week meant that I had all of the ingredients for baking a Christmas cake and this was on my list of things to do during the course of the weekend.  The incentive to bake was greater given that the weather had turned unseasonably cold, so it was a pleasure to have the oven on and enjoy the coziness of the kitchen.

First the fruit had to be weighed, stalks removed and then soaked overnight in brandy.  Next the cake was mixed and the tin prepared; then the lengthy baking time.  The aroma of baking Christmas cake filled our home and I thought how much I look forward to such rituals each year.

Finally, the cake was baked and I was able to remove it from the tin and allow it to cool before wrapping it carefully to allow it to mature.  It will be liberally laced with brandy at intervals over the coming weeks.