Well, it’s time to renew ye olde web hosting. I struggled with the decision to keep blogging but I think for now, for at least one more year, I’ll give it a really good shot.
I’m not sure what that means as of yet. The weekly thing will most likely continue. Summer’s always a busy photo-op season. I can think of a handful of nifty and exciting things I’m looking forward to blogging about later this year. But on the day to day front, I’m not sure. I would love it if some of you lurkers would pop up and say hi (and leave links to your own blogs). And of course I extend heartfelt thanks and warm fuzzies to all of you who have made blogging (since 2003 now) a positive experience.
So, to begin this new and auspicious year, I give you…. knitting group!
Twice a month the ladies of PXK meet up in and around Salisbury. This last weekend we met at a wonderful (if unheated and therefore FREEZING) little place called The Yard.
As Salisbury is currently getting ready to play host to The Queen (yes, that Queen) for her Diamond Jubilee tour, everything everywhere is covered in Union Jacks. Although even without that, I think you’d gather this was an English shop through and through.
This large space is filled with nifty stuff to buy, a tiny kitchenette serving up tea and cakes and seating sprawled all over the store. Unfortunately it has the world’s most hidden entrance. We drove past it twice before I texted to ask someone come get me. Prices are fantastic considering you get a whole pot of tea/coffee instead of one cup. And the cakes were pronounced very nice. I missed out as I’m still trying to do the GF thing. That said (and completely unrelated to this post), my first GF baking experiment was a total success. I’m feeling better about the whole thing now that I know I can keep eating chocolate cake.
Nic, Libby (not making a face here but she did in the other photo) and Alice knitting away.
I am predisposed to love any place with a shop cat.
So there you have it. When in Salisbury, go here. Have the chocolate cake and a pot of tea on the couch and try and pet the cats. Just bring a sweater.
How’s that for a new start?
And on a Saturday too!
Addi Turbo Click tips (L) vs Lace tips (R). Pointy.
Malabrigo Rios scarf. The yarn is very cottony and hurt my hands. Boo!
First attempt at Nae shawl. Didn’t like this at all.
Out and about:
TtV app. Fun stuff.
Just one: BPAL does Labyrinth. There’s a Jareth perfume, you guys.
And finally, 71 puffy hexes:
- Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey – YA vamps. Series about each of the Drake kids. I’ve read several but I find it a little too widespread now.
- Smoulder (aka The Space Between) by Brenna Yovanoff – YA demon/angel. Eh.
- The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – YA/mainstream fiction. A boy and girl meet on a plane to London and this is the 24 hours they spend together. Like Before Sunrise for the younger set.
- Undead and Unwed by Maryjanice Davidson – vamps. A girly girl becomes a vampire and all hell breaks loose. Quite amusing.
- First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones – vamps/demons. Sort of Trueblood/Secret McQueen. Which means it was one I really liked.
- Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neil *reread* – A non-girly gil becomes a vampire and all hell breaks loose. Also highly amusing.
Not this. It’s been pouring rain for a month now. Everyone’s been making drought jokes. It’s been WET.
Which means these have come in very handy:
Happy Friday. Stay dry.
So. Books! I am a writer, if you didn’t know. Also a photographer but I think that might be a little obvious. So I love books because I love words. I admit that I use books as a pain killer a lot of the time so they need to be something there right now as opposed to something that I have yet to carve out of the inside of my brain. So when I am feeling unwell (week 3 of a flare ahoy), I read more than I write. But when I’m not reading other people’s worlds, I’m knee deep in my own. I even dream in Story which I have to say is a knack that I am extraordinarily grateful for.
Ok. So for Christmas I got a Kindle (after annoying J. to bits until he gave it to me early – hey, I had a neck injury and couldn’t knit. What else was I supposed to do?). And I love it. Because I love books. And yes, I was just as paper-book snobby as the next person. Books, I said loftily, are supposed to be REAL. Tangible. Not random words on a screen. I happily eat those words and that attitude, by the way. The Kindle is brilliant. And of course, I still read paper-books just as voraciously. Seriously, I read a lot. Part of it is just because I love books. And part of it is because when I can’t manage to do much, I can almost always read. Case in point, this year with a neck injury + 3 week flare in 4 months, I have read 117 full length books, novellas and short stories. I have about 20 books on hold at the library and a to-read list a mile long. Think of a sick day when you can barely get off the couch. That’s how I’ve been recently. A cup of tea, a warm quilt and a book. Isn’t that kind of universal?
The point to all this rambling is the Kindle Lottery. When I first got a Kindle, I quickly outstripped all my systems to keep track of what I read/want to read. Enter Goodreads. Which is fab. But I needed something Amazon based to keep track of the prices. I put together wishlists based on price and then added the books accordingly. So when I wanted to buy a random book for £2, I didn’t have to search through hundreds. What I also discovered is that Amazon will randomly drop the price of books substantially. At least twice a week I find that some book I wanted has been reduced to nothing. And when that happens, I buy it. That’s the Kindle Lottery. Books you’re wanting to read anyway that pop up for free. I just arrange my wishlist by price and hit buy on anything with a big fat £0.00 next to it. Nifty, eh?
Of course, my reading taste is a very narrow sliver of what’s out there. So the three books I got today for free may not excite anyone else in the least. But I liked ‘em enough from the samples and they were free. No harm in that.
to feel the wrath of the League of Evil Exes…er, for lots of yarn blobs. Because yarn blobs are all I’ve got.
- An impossibly powerful neutron star. Cool beans!
- An absolutely beautiful wedding. It made me cry.
- Awesome photos: Foggy Albion.
- Instagram-Style Photoshop Actions here.
- This: The Human Library project in Toronto.
Health: Flare still bad. Even worse because yesterday I went to the chiropractor (OW) and then went and stood around in the rather cold city of Winchester (OWOWOW). So. Ow.
The needs-blocking brigade:
A teal blob.
A yellow blob.
A red blob.
A beige blob.
A blue blob.
Currently: Girl on the Run by Jane Costello.
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver. YA dystopia. DISLIKE. So many things peeved me about this book. Lack of internal story logic, a stupid, weak and useless MC who is supposed to be all powerful and a rebel, unconvincing world building and a bunch of other things that I’ll save you from hearing.
- Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. YA vamps. This on the other hand, was awesome. Fantastic worldbuilding, although as a spin off series from Vampire Academy she’s had 6 books to get it right. Great characters reappear like Rose, Dimitri, Jill, Sydney and Adrian plus new ones. Good stand alone story but I’m glad I read the VA series first.
Watching: (Sorry for the terrible iPhone shots – this is what happens when you forget to change batteries in your camera.)
Les Miserables being filmed in Winchester. It was cold, damp and A-lister free (they waited until all the mere mortals went home). Still, it was silly.
And now, I recover. Have a great weekend.