J was home last night for her birthday celebrations, we haven't seen her since September because she's spending a year in France before uni next Autumn. She's more or less fluent now and is having a ball, working in a school, at a soup kitchen and writing pieces for the local paper. All great experience. She's in rural France and said last night it is much colder there than in the UK, so she was pleased with the mittens I'd knitted for her.
I made her a Chocolate Brownie Cake courtesy of Nigel Slater and it ended up rather rich and gooey which I've not achieved with Brownies before- my other recipe produces gooey chewy versions which are heavenly, but this one is something else. I'm going to make another one for the mince pie party and if I get time for our end of term BBQ in the woods next week. It is sin on a plate......
L has been eating us out of house and home this week (growing) so I made him a round of vanilla buns too. They came out of the oven just as he got home from school and now there are not many left :o)
The new blanket is all but finished, I've got a few pieces left to knit to even up the end then a final line to do for the edging. He and both the dogs enjoy lying on it in front of the fire in the evening....
I've also knitted M a hat (on request). I'm getting better at them I think....
I've had two days off this week and feel better for it. Between college, work, Christmas preps and everyday running a home and family stuff it has been a very busy few weeks and I was glad of the time to be still, to walk the dogs through quiet woods and fields, to watch the birds, to breath and to spend time catching up on things without feeling I was rushing from one to the other without really feeling any of them.
The garden is full of birds now the colder weather is here and the owls are pretty busy and noisy at night too. When I was out running the other evening at dusk a Tawny Owl swooped down across the lane in front of me, glided up into a nearby tree and settled with a rustle of wings. He turned his head and stared intently at me in that way owls have and hooted softly. Magic.
I'll leave you with the Garden Family and the doggy folks, who are both in need of a bath and may well get one this weekend. They will be as overjoyed as L, who detests baths at present and has to shoe-horned into them. I fear he is fast descending into Teenage Grunge Mode :o)
|Poppet (with poorly leg)|
|Doggy People Ted and Pops|
Have a lovely day everyone,