No food today (well, I will be eating some of course!), so click away now if you´re not interested in crochet, knitting or sewing.
Now that you´ve received the Up the Mountain “Reader´s Warning”, on with the update…
Winter means cooler weather and I can get out my scraps of wool, find out who is expecting a baby (there are usually quite a few in the family who are “in the family way”) and get knitting and crocheting.
We have a niece expecting twins and one of my best pals Donna is about to become a great aunt. Sshh, I´m not allowed to call her that!
I´ve made baby blankets…
And a funky coat/jacket for one of the babies (we know she´s going to be a girl) when she reaches a few months of age…
Then lined it with some pretty fabric I had, which will also make it stronger and less liable to stretch too much.
I made a pinny for Donna (she´s a lucky girl) who moves house next week from London to Lewes. I thought she could run around with a feather duster looking like a 1950´s housewife in this. Recognise the fabric?!
And of course, the enormous orange blanket which the dogs, Luna and Alfi, are On No Account Allowed To Lie On!
When I was a child in primary school (that´s ages 5-12 in the UK) playground games were boisterous, energetic and quite often a little violent. Most of us arrived home at least once a week with grazed knees and scuffed shoes. Bloody noses and bruises were also fairly normal and I personally did seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in the local hospital´s casualty department getting various bits of my body stitched up or covered in some serious bandaging. Nothing much has changed over the years for me, I have to say!
So, recently I was reminded of a game we particularly enjoyed which was called British Bulldog. The rules were flexible and tended to change depending on the players but essentially you had to get from point A to point B in the playground without being “tagged” by the Bulldog. As the game went on, more and more people became “Bulldogs” and joined a chain of people trying to catch or “tag” the remaining folk who were still busily rushing between the two points. All good fun it was too and worth the bruises and bloody noses.
Recently I was tagged by ChgoJohn From the Bartolini Kitchens and Spree from Cooking Spree to join in the 10 Questions Tag Game that is going round. With pleasure I thought…and I was also quite relieved that I wouldn´t have to run around the garden screaming at the top of my voice and enduring cuts and bruises as I went.
So, here goes, and watch out…because you might be “it” next!
1. Describe yourself in seven words.
Only seven? Passionate (in pretty much all that I do). Faithful (to friends and loved ones). Optimistic (the glass is pretty much always half full unless it contains wine, in which case I´ll have another little top up please). Creative (well, I´m left handed, so I have to be). Caring (sometimes overly so, but I can live with that). Impatient (short attention span, always wanting to try that thing, that way, that road). Inquisitive….well, you never stop learning, do you?
2. What keeps you up at night?
Thoughts about things I want to do, write, make, say…now I just get up and either do them, write them or jot them down ready for the next day.
3. Who would you like to be?
At the grand old age of 46 years and 50 weeks I have now accepted that I am who I am and no one else. Having said that, I wouldn´t mind being the Biggest Super World Leader for a day and getting all the other Super World Leaders together in a room (which would be very cold and uncomfortable) and knocking all their heads together and telling them to sort things out pronto for the rest of the world and to start behaving nicely.
4. What are you wearing now?
Well, a scarlet Schiaparelli evening gown, diamonds and really long satin evening gloves…isn´t that compulsory for blogging? Ok, jeans, a polo neck and two dogs lying on my feet.
5. What scares you?
Losing people I love, or them getting sick and suffering.
6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?
I think my answers are the same as everyone elses. The people I have “met”, the kindness I have come across, the unexpected joy of a few special words from a new blogging pal. Also, the fact that I am inspired by others to learn more and create more.
The downside is time…never enough of it to work properly at developing and maintaining these new friendships, never enough to cook the recipes that inspire me, or to make the things I want to make…
7. What was the last website you looked at? Trip Advisor – we booked a hotel for the night of my birthday and since reading the reviews have cancelled it…
8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
What, apart from losing a third of my body weight? Well, I´d like to learn to be less of a Butterfly i.e. moving between about 20 projects at once (although I do typically see them through to the end) and focusing on one or two at a time.
9. Slankets, yes or no?
Ok, am going to be radical and admit that Yes, I do have one. There you go, I´m out of that closet! It was a gift two Christmases ago and seemed like an ok idea at the time. It wasn´t. I am now much more happy when cosied up under my enormous Orange Granny Blanket which I made at the end of last year. Here it is being beautifully modeled by Young Master Alfi.
10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.
Oooh – this is nice! ChgoJohn is a long lost Italian cousin of mine…at least it feels like that to me. He is an amazing cook with strong love of his family and the heritage that was passed down to him through his parents and extended family. He kindly shares his little family secrets with us and we get to feel al little bit of Italian family love through each recipe.
Spree is a newer blogging pal of mine, who really has the very beautiful name of Antoinette. She takes amazing photos which leave me breathless and really does “put love on the table” with her gorgeous recipes and has already inspired me to make bread in a whole new way.
Thanks to you both for tagging me!
Of course, the tradition of the game requires me to tag a few folk…so look below, “you´re it”, feel free to tag along or not.
Fired Up Cooking – bringing us incredible meals from the campfire or Braai. Who knew you could bake on a barbie? I heart Mondegreens – a beautiful US expat with her lovely Spanish D Man, finding her way around through work, homesickness, recipes and laughter in Spain. Fati´s Recipes – from Down Under, this girl is amazing. She studies, she cooks, she entertains and she just leaves you wanting more!
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