Friday, 18 February 2011


The challenge: to take an as-new cardigan with arms that are long enough for a gorilla and turn it into a wearable garment.

I've never attempted this before, but thought that it should be possible, as although machine-knitted, the pattern was fairly simple.  Taking my time to unpick the cuffs carefully so as not to cut the knitting.  I unpicked more than 10 cm of the length and then picked up the stitches, knitting new cuffs to match.

Not bad if I say so myself.  I'm really pleased with the results.

Now all that I need is some mild weather so that I can wear my spring cardigan.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

The Postmistress

I have just finished reading The Postmistress by Sarah Blake.  This was a book that I found difficult to get into in the first few pages, but I am so glad that I persevered and continued reading, rather than putting it aside.

The book tells the story of three women whose lives are linked by events during the Second World War and the Blitz.  News of the wartime bombing comes over the radio and the stories of human tragedies touch the hearts of those listening.

As I got further into the book, I didn't want to put it down and that is for me, the sign of a great read.  The story is beautifully written and I would highly recommend this book.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

View From The Window

Dawn on the day after the storm. Views from our window show the amount of snow.

Piles in the garden which are so high that it is difficult to see around them to pull out of the driveway.

Is it my imagination, or did the opposite side of the street get much less snow than us?  I think that our side was hit harder due to drifting.
Yes, that is a Mini in our driveway!

A very wintry sky as the sun came up.

It always looks so nice when it is freshly laid and pristine white, though it doesn't look like this for long.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Digging Out

We had a winter storm last night with blizzard conditions at times.  The overnight snowfall was 30 cm (at least that was the forecast), but we awoke to find that we could not get out of the front door!  Drifting snow had added to the accumulation on the ground.

Our garden and front steps were completely buried.

Digging out was a lengthy process as we had to work out where to put it all!

The fire hydrant outside our house is just visible in the mounds of snow.  No wonder they paint them bright colours.

Walking in the snow was extremely difficult, especially as I didn't touch the ground even when it was almost up to my knees.

Our street as the clear-up began.  The lucky person in the background has a snow blower, but we had to do it the hard way and dig our way out.

A quick breather before tackling the front entrance steps.  It took three hours of hard digging to clear the snow from our driveway and the footpath across the front of our house.....and it is still snowing!