Wednesday 17 January 2018


Good morning, everyone.  Cold, isn't it?  A day for thick, warm, woolly socks and lots of layers, I reckon.  I'm afraid I came down (too early again) and whacked up the heating straight away.  No definite forecast of snow down here in the SE, just cold winds, but I gather they've had a lot further north with some disruption.

Yesterday was another lovely day.  I got all the planning done, I did a bit of shopping in Sainsbury's and found what I have been looking for for simply ages and that's a small, ovenproof dish with sides high enough to make a lasagne for just two.  I have other small dishes but they are only high enough for a one layer lasagne.  So I was very pleased about that.  I shall christen it with a vegetarian lasagne next Tuesday evening when Beth comes for dinner.

After working on mean, median, mode and range with a couple of my students I now have a little rhyme buzzing around in my head.  I guess most teachers will know it.

Hey diddle diddle, the Median's the middle
You add, then subtract, for the Mean
The Mode is the one that you see the most
And the Range is the difference between.
(sung to the tune of the nursery rhyme of the same title)

Clever, eh, but it's driving me bonkers - I just can't get it out of my head!

Being Tuesday and, as our new arrangements dictate, Beth was round after work for dinner and we had a jolly good chat about this and that over the meal before settling down to do the next stage of her quilting project together.  It was the sandwiching of the top, the batting and the back.  She is making a quilt for her double bed and here's what it looks like so far.

She did it round at mine because -
a) it's really a two person job when it's that big
b)  it's too big for her floor space at home
c)  her cats would enjoy sitting on it and generally getting in the way

We then pinned it all together, all over, with safety pins
The quilting will be light, just around each rectangle or square but before that there's some considerable tacking to be done
It's going to be absolutely lovely when it's done.  Isn't she clever!

Today is easy in the morning and busier in the afternoon.  I'm going to do the ironing while I watch the next two episodes of the River Cottage programmes, I have to sort out the daily one thing in my bedroom, I have to plan the tuition for later (I know what I'm going to do but I need to record those plans properly) and after I've finished the tuition, I have a 15 minute break and then I'm off into school for a governors' meeting which won't be too long, hopefully, as there's some good telly this evening.

So a nice, busy day with no time to get into any mischief.  It should be good.


  1. It's a WOW already, looking forward to the finished quilt!

  2. She's worked very hard on it and it's splendid.
    J x

  3. ...the quilt is absolutely beautiful and you are both very clever to do this! Bet it will look lovely when it is finished.
    Good luck with the planning and the tuition today.
    You have mentioned the River Cottage programmes. What are they?
    Loved the maths rhyme - genius!
    Have a lovely day.

  4. I can take no credit for it, sadly. It's all Beth's design (inspired by a stained glass window) and work. She's the creative one of the two of us by miles!
    Have you heard of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? He took over a smallholding and these are programmes about what he got up to there. It's very 'country' and absolutely fascinating. He's quite a chef and always makes some dishes as part of the programme.
    If you can get youtube, you could have a look on there. :-)
    J x

  5. Wow, love the quilt. I look forward to seeing it when it's finished.

  6. I'll try and remember to get another photo. :-)
    J x

  7. Yes, I have heard of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - the programme sounds lovely, I will see if I can find it.
    It is snowing like the clappers here - absolutely beautiful.
    Take great care! S. xxx

  8. How lovely. I remember how much you love snow. Not here though. It's just cold and rather windy.
    J x

  9. Hello! The quilt loooks amazing!

  10. Hi! From a quilt expert like you, that's a real compliment, thanks. I will pass on all the comments to Beth. :-)
    J x