Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Armchair Cookery

I've recently been enjoying Lorraine Pascale's series Baking Made Easy.  I hadn't seen any of her programmes before, but I was impressed by how easy she makes it all look.  I've always enjoyed baking and own a lot of cookery books, but I am always willing to add a few new recipes to my repertoire. 

At the time that I placed my order with the Book Depository, I also bought the Cath Kidston preserve labelling kit.  I made some preserves at Christmas, but failed to find any pretty labels or covers for my jars, so I have every intention of being better prepared next time.  For the present, I am content to sit and indulge in a little armchair cookery.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

In The Pink

This is a recent knitting project; the pattern for which came from Debbie Bliss' book The Knitter's Year.  It has been fun to knit because it is on chunky needles and knitted with chunky wool, so it grew at an incredible rate.  I knitted one side in the course of an evening. 

I would have liked to show you a photo of the finished bag, but sadly, I'm running out of yarn and don't have sufficient to finish the bag.  I'm on the look-out for some more, but I purchased it online and the seller has none left.  If any knitters out there see Debbie Bliss Como yarn in shade 19021, I'm looking for some.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Thoughts Of Spring

Although the snow continues to blow outdoors, my thoughts are turning to spring.  This is our first winter in Nova Scotia, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect in terms of the change of season.  For now, I have Country Living to enjoy, which dropped in on Thursday afternoon like a breath of fresh air.

Another recent arrival was Woman & Home magazine, which is full of spring fashions and ideas.  I downloaded their suggestions of music to inspire a walking fitness plan and it has certainly pepped up my walking routine. 

Then there was a package awaiting my return from New Brunswick from my friend Tracy over at Prana Light.  She sent me this delightful felt flower to brighten up these last dark days of winter.  Thank you Tracy!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Winter Continues...

It started snowing again yesterday morning and I thought that I would show you a short film of the sight that greeted me outside our door.  This was in addition to the 20 cm of fresh snowfall that we found upon our return from New Brunswick at the weekend.

Not feeling particularly like venturing outside in the cold, I shot this from the doorway.  There is only so much Winter that a girl can handle and I think that I may have reached my limit.  The good news is that the course went very well and I am so glad that I had an opportunity to take it.  Although I've been off work this week, it hasn't felt like much of a break, as I've been busy trying to catch up on all the jobs that don't get done when I'm working.  Speaking of which, I believe that there is a rather large pile of ironing awaiting my attention...

This is my first attempt at posting a video to my blog.  Apologies for the sound quality/commentry in the background.  The microphone is a lot more sensitive than I thought it was!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Trials & Tribulations

It has been far too long since I found time to sit down and write a post, but it has been a challenging time as far as technology is concerned.  In the past six months, I managed to delete the entire content of our laptop whilst doing an upgrade (no back-up!); which cost us our entire digital photo collection of the last five years. 

Just before Christmas, I wiped almost 800 songs from my iPod when it synchronised with my iPhone, which didn't have any music stored on it!  Then two weeks ago, there was an accident with our laptop when it flew through the air, but didn't bounce very well.  Before I could tell my husband that we might be able to salvage some of the content of the hard drive, he had taken a hammer to it to ensure that no-one else was able to access our files.....

Now that we have got a replacement for our laptop, I have diligently backed up all our files and will try to do better in the future.

In the meantime, I am still trying to study for my course, which is at the end of this week.  Getting there could be a challenge too, as the forecast is for 20 cm of snow on the day that we travel,  I'm hoping that they are wrong, or that the snow may be delayed long enough for us to get there.

Upon our return, I have a week off work.  I'm really looking forward to having some time to myself and hopefully catching up with you all.