I seem to have gotten into a routine in my old age of winding down from all that manic crafting pre Christmas and just sitting by the fire of an evening in January and catching up on reading. I can't actually bear the sight of a sewing needle at the moment so the break is most welcome.
So far I've re-read The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets; The Friday Night Knitting Club and I'm currently on Eat, Pray and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - a book that my friend Wylie sent to me in the autumn. I found myself in Waterstones on Friday afternoon and I thought I'd get something to read next but I have to confess that NOTHING caught my eye. So if anyone has any good book recommendations I'd love to hear them.
We put our house on the market on Friday and Tom and I decided last night that we would move in the middle of half term whether we had sold the place or not. I'm sure we will have a buyer by then and the reason for not waiting for completion is that we all just want to get down there and get on with our lives. I also want the children to have as much time at their new school as they can.
So next week I need to phone removals companies for quotes and letting agents in the new place. I think that the next calendar month is going to whizz by (we're planning to move on 21st).
Tom spent today chucking stuff out of both outside sheds - he can be very ruthless unlike me. I've had a clear out of my sewing room and only managed to fill a small bag for the tip. Mind you I am being ruthless over some of the stuff that I've made or dyed and I've decided that this being my two hundredth post I will have a give-away - by way of celebration of course and to say thanks to you for putting up with me for so long.
So first off I have some plant dyed chunky wool, about 400g which should be enough for a child's jersey. It's a gorgeous green - dyed with turmeric/pomegranate and indigo:
I also have a bottle of elderflower cordial which I did buy to send to one of my American friends (but I can't remember who!) so it's here waiting to go back in it's packaging and be posted:
and finally a small bundle of plant dyed blanket and a bag of my plant dyed fibre:
I can't believe that I've written two hundred posts and actually been happy for you to read them. I still remember that feeling of 'who's going to want to read what I have to say?' Mind you that hasn't totally gone away but these days I do just write, click the send button and hope for the best. I don't re-read and edit as I used to.
As usual to win any of these goodies you need to leave a comment at the end of this post. I'll pick three names out a hat and let you know in a few days time .........