24/6/2012: This & That.....

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I can’t believe we are more than halfway through June!  Where has this year gone?  It doesn’t seem like 6 months ago I was moaning about taking my Christmas decorations down.  I’ll be putting them all back up again before I know it!

I’m nearly finished module 4 of my course, just a tiny bit left to do.  I’m determined to have the whole thing finished by the end of this year so I can make a start on the diploma.

I finished the garter st hooded jacket by Debbie Bliss a while ago and finally got round to photographing it.  I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

I bought myself a ball winder.  I’ve wanted one of these for ages and am having great fun transforming skeins into cakes of yarn.

This yarn is by ‘Virtual Yarns’ in colourway ‘Pebble Beach’.  I bought it so long ago I forgot what I was going to make with it but I love the colours.

I bought myself ’Sweater Design in Plain English’ by Maggie Righetti.  It’s a brilliant book.  I’ve found it to be quite handy for my course.

I joined ‘The Knitting Guild Association’ earlier on this year too.  They publish a magazine called ‘Cast On’ which is pretty good.  It has lovely patterns, good articles and tutorials.  I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next issue.

I’ve found myself getting into gardening recently – something I’ve never really bothered about before.  I’ve planted garden peas…..

and rhubarb.

They seem to be thriving which I’m surprised about as I’m not particularly good with plants.  Having said that, I planted some strawberry seeds too and not one has sprouted so I don’t know where I went wrong there.  I’m putting it down to a bad batch of seeds (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!).

I bought a couple of hydrangea’s and a couple of conifers (I think they’re conifer’s - please correct me if I’m wrong!).  I need hardy plants in my garden that are dog proof.

This is my favourite wee corner of the garden with my lavender, daisies and montbretia.  I love the wildness of it and the colour combinations.

I got a new kitchen and I can’t believe how much more space I have now.  I went from having literally one cupboard for all my plates, bowls, cups, glasses, pots and pans etc…..

to having loads of room.  It’s so lovely being able to lift out a plate / cup / bowl without having to lift half a dozen things out the way first.  Even Cuilean has his own food cupboard now.

(Please note:  The old cupboard hasn’t got dirty shelves.  No amount of bleach and elbow grease got that to look white).

My boiler quite often plays up and takes an age for hot water to get through which is frustrating when I want to get my dishes washed.  The kettle doesn’t boil quick enough for me and I have to boil it 3 or 4 times until I get a decent amount of hot water anyway so instead I fill my basin with hot water from the shower.  My Mum couldn’t believe her eyes – I thought she was going to have kittens!  It works fine for me as I can control the temperature and it’s hot water on demand.  Am I the only person that does this?!

The weather here in Inverness has been dreich* the past few days.  We did have a lovely few days last month where it was scorching hot so I took my camera out with me one day when walking Cuilean.  This is the River Ness – a beautiful walk and only 5 minutes from the city centre.  The castle in the background is our sheriff court!

I think it’s a beautiful building and would make a gorgeous hotel.

This is my favourite view of the city although it’s not a particularly good photo.  This is just a 5 minute walk from my house.  When the streetlights are on at night it’s really nice and at Christmas time when all the lights and decorations are up it’s lovely.

I joined ‘Scottish Slimmers’ last month.  It was one of my new year’s resolutions to lose weight.  I know it’s June but better late than never.  I started off at 14 st 5lbs and am now 13 st 9lbs so I’m quite pleased.  It’s a step in the right direction.  Height-wise I’m 5ft 3″ or 5ft 4″ so I know the weight I was, was not healthy.  It’s a good simple diet to follow and you can still eat what you like as long as you don’t go over your allowance.  I must admit I found the first week really hard and I thought about food all the time – what I could eat and how many checks it was but now it’s much easier and I’m enjoying it alot more.  I’m going to America later in the year to visit family so am hoping to be at near enough my target weight by then.

My Sister bought me a cute present to hang on my wall and I think it’s so true!….

That takes pride of place beside these ceramic wall ornaments I bought in Dublin many years ago.

The Angel is actually a Christmas decoration but I think she’s too pretty to be seen just once a year.

Talking of little Angels, here’s my best buddy with the cutest smile.

*Dreich – A Scottish word for wet and miserable weather.



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