BTW, do you like her new bra? This was inspired by Lily, who's lovely JR Flossy wears one (you can find her fabulous blog here). Pop is a puller when she's on the lead and I have been worrying about her throat getting damaged (very common among small dogs, or so I'm told), so a harness seemed like a simple solution. And it works! She doesn't pull as much and if she does it isn't damaging her throat. She is also pretty good about getting into her new bra, something not particularly aided by Teddy who considers it fascinating and gets in the way trying to sniff it.
Anyway, back to this morning. Both the dogs returned home absolutely disgusting so they went into the Bath Of Doom one at a time. They came out sparkly, but did this to the bath....Yuech.
I have cleaned the bath, so L couldn't use it as another excuse not to wash. Now all I need is a way to persuade him to take his school stuff off at night and put his PJs on when he goes to bed and we'll be almost there. Teenagers are hideous things really, aren't they?
Last night I dropped the cheese biscuit tin on the floor. The lid flew off, the biscuits flew out. Our kids are very fond of quoting the 5 seconds rule- if something's been on the floor fewer than five seconds it's safe to eat it, but I come from a family who have always just picked stuff up that's fallen on the floor, blown on it and eaten it, and I'm still here. There is such a thing as being too fastidious- after all, humans have survived far longer without bacterial wipes than they have with them.
Anyway, Teddy cleaned up the mess for me. It is useful, having your own personal, furry hoover....
Pop (usually the first to guzzle anything that falls to the floor before you've even realised you've dropped it) was, for some reason, reticent. I think perhaps it was because the biscuits were in the kitchen, which is Out Of Bounds To Dogs- maybe all that training is finally rubbing off??
|I don't think he should be in there, mum?|
|Erm, Teddy- we're not supposed to be in the kitchen, and mum can see you!|
|But they do look nice, those biscuits.....sigh......|
Knitting Season is well and truly underway here. Below is a pic of the blanket I made last year. We've had frosts here this week so it's back on the bed and keeping us nice and warm and snuggly.....
I am not a neat and tidy knitter (really? can you tell?) but it gives me enormous pleasure, and the sense of achievement when I finally stitched all those ramshackle squares together last winter and stretched the blanket out across our bed and slept warm under it all night was something else. If I could only save one thing from the house in the event of a fire it would be this blanket (apart from the kids, the husband and the dogs of course).
I am now well on my way to making one for L, who spent much of last winter stealing mine by wrapping himself up in it and lying on the floor under it pretending to be a rug. Here is Progress So Far.... It's all made with chunky wool on big needles because it takes half the time and is warmer in the long run. I'm planning to make L's single, which means it'll be done before Christmas (hopefully). I suppose I can always then set about making another double one if needs be, or maybe some more singles for F and J? I've sorted out the colours that I want to knit the rest of the squares in and have some gorgeous rich oranges and umbers, as well as greens and creams and browns. It should look nice when it's all done. The good thing about making one of these blankets is that you really don't have to be an ace knitter to end up with something lovely- any wonky edges get lost when you stitch it all together, and you can tidy up the outside lines by knitting longer pieces for the edges (as per the longer piece on the left of the pic below).
And here is a (small) selection of the mountains of wool I have somehow managed to accrue....Thank God J is away in France, otherwise her bedroom wouldn't have been free to become a general craft storage room and then I don't know what I'd have done with it all :o)
The circular balls you can see were my absolute bargain from last winter- reduced from £14 each to just £2.50, which explains why I went mad and bought most of the stock :o) D'you think the shop saw me coming?......
There are three more bag fulls like this. I daren't go out and buy any more (just yet).
I'll leave you with some beautiful blooms the lovely Fi bought last weekend when she came over for supper. They are still going strong and look lovely in the bright sun we have here today.....
And finally finally a couple of shots of Mr Sparrow and Mrs Blackbird. The sparrows have been a real success story here, bucking the national trend of declining numbers. We had none 8 years ago when we arrived; Mr S turned up two years after that with Mrs S following the next year, and now there is a noisy colony of 19!
My new Weather Station has just arrived so I'm off to put it up and connect it to the computer, then I'll be able to bore you with Interesting Facts About Weather next time :o)
Wishing you all a Lovely Weekend,