Thursday, 28 October 2021

Thursday

Good morning, everyone.  It is a lovely morning; the skies are clear with vapour trails drifting across and it seems mild, although that might be because I woke, for once, after the heating came on, not before.  I haven't been to the shed yet.

Yesterday was busy.  We set off for Dad's, Beth and I, arriving there after a very easy journey (no school run this week, of course) and set to.  We did all sorts of bits and bobs, taking stuff downstairs and into the car port, sorting out some of Dad's office (and finding a key that was needed - yay!), making up beds for when John, Gina and Nathan come in two weekends' time, sorting out one of the floor cupboards in the kitchen, and so on.
It doesn't sound much when listed like that but I was really glad to get it all done.  

Unfortunately, I tweaked my back a bit.  Nothing bad, I'm not complaining (much) but it did rather curtail things but we were both flagging by then anyway.
We had a feast of leftovers from Beth's birthday meal for lunch, all warmed up in the microwave.
And I brought the used bedding home - Dad's washing machine is a bit unreliable and anyway there wasn't time to wash, dry and iron the bedding for two beds.  So that's on the list for today and then I must remember to take it back next time I go.

I also came back with a few more bits and bobs.  A couple of books and some pottery.
One of the books is a little Christmas book that can go with the little collection I have that comes out at That Time - sort of 'coffee table' things. 
The other is an old hardback of the London Family trilogy - A London Child of the Seventies, A London Girl of the Eighties and A London Home in the Nineties, by M V Hughes.  The fourth book, A London Family Between the Wars, is not included but I have that as a paperback.  I wasn't going to let this particular book go anywhere else but onto my own bookshelf.
I am sure many of you will know these books but, if you don't, I thoroughly recommend them.  She was a remarkable girl/woman in her own quiet way and there's an awful lot about early education for girls in the books.  A very clever girl, she attended the North London Collegiate School and her stated aim in writing the books was  "to show that Victorian children did not have such a dull time as is usually supposed".  They are very readable, I think.
If you get the opportunity, do give them a try.  

The pottery was a real blast from the past but I will write about that tomorrow as this is already too long!

I'm a bit frazzled today (it's always emotional, going back to Dad's, even more so when fondly remembered things have to go in the bin) so, apart from one thing, I am taking today and tomorrow to  r&r.  I don't mean they will be lazy days, they won't.  My list includes:
the weekly shop (the one scheduled thing)
making the family traditional Delia Vegetarian sausage rolls for Christmas
making some fruit flavoured gin and vodka, also for Christmas
bit of ironing, etc
knitting

Oh, must mention - Beth really likes the cardigan I'm making, the one with the herringbone type stitch, so when I've finished it, I'm starting one for her for Christmas.  I have warned her that she might not get it bang on time - she is somewhat larger than me so it will take a lot more knitting!  She even likes the colour but I'll show her the other colours she could have before getting anything.  I can make all my mistakes on my one before starting hers!
Nice to have that one sorted!

Better go - I have some shopping to get done!  Have a good day and take care.  xx

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  1. Busy but satisfying. Have a great day

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    1. Yes - and my own choice at my own pace. Just what I like. xx

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  2. Your R&R sounds like busy to me!
    Ouch to the back - take things steady

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    1. I suppose sort of busy but in my own time and at my own pace. That feels good.
      xx

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  3. Those books sound interesting - I might try and hunt them down. I am knitting a dress for little Sweetie at the moment(it has a fabric skirt attached to a knitted bodice), supposedly for her birthday next month but the knitting part is not going well. I have checked and rechecked the pattern but the set in sleeve looks to me as if there is no way it is going to fit into the armhole - the shaped top is much too small - I am going to have to unravel the top shaping and only derease on every other row I think to give it more length. I know you are a brilliant knitter does this kind of thing happen often with patterns or I am possibly doing something wrong. I can't believe you would have to stretch the top of the sleeve quite so much to get it to fit into the armhole.
    Watch that back today- give it chance to settle down again. x

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    1. Amazon has them. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorian-Family-Three-Set-Containing/dp/0192812807/ref=sr_1_4?crid=9FFCH3QDFZE8&dchild=1&keywords=a+london+child+of+the+1870s&qid=1635412767&sprefix=a+london+child%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-4

      How frustrating about the knitting. Patterns can have mistakes but that's a bit of a serious one. Is it a proper published pattern or a self published pattern. The latter, I have found, are less reliable. I agree - one should not have to stretch a sleeve like that. If it's a necessary feature, it would say so.
      The pattern I am follow has one mistake that I have found thus far but the rest seems fine at the moment.
      xx

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  4. Your R&R day sounds very busy - I think it's the mention of ironing that makes me think that as ironing is on my list of chores to be avoided! Anyway, hope you have a loving couple of day and that the back heals quickly. Take care xx

    Did you see the email from me?

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    1. I'll go and take a look, thanks. xx

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    2. I have now. Thank you so very much, that must have takes absolutely ages. Much appreciated.
      xx

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  5. I know it can be such an emotional journey dealing with closing up a house after our parents deaths, I did my parents and it wasn’t easy, One relives childhood , so many memories and emotions are tied up in objects, the sweater sounds wonderful, I miss knitting so much, I was still knitting socks, just from memory up until last year but was dropping to many stitches and my poor husband who is not a knitter tried helping to correct but I finally put away the needles. I would like to try your vegetarian sausage roll recipe,sounds very enticing! 👍❤️

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    1. It's not easy, Laurie, you're right. So many bitter sweet moments as we clear everything out and, yes, all those memories and emotions. We wouldn't be without them though, would we?
      I'll post a link to the veggie sausage recipe tomorrow. xx

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  6. I tried making vegetarian sausage rolls from scratch but they were fiddly and not very successful. I have since found vegetarian sausages and they work a treat!

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    1. Delia's recipes are pretty foolproof and this one, certainly, has never failed us. xx

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  7. You were certainly busy. Sorry to hear you did something to your back. I hope it heals up quickly.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. It's still a bit uncomfortable but getting better.
      xx

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  8. Sorry about your back.

    I know how difficult it is to sort through someone's things. There has been too much it this year, first with Mum's things and now with Aunt Jane's (on my husband's side). She never married or had children and my MIL (who is 80) is her only sibling so it is falling on (mostly) her and I. Jane was a (clean) hoarder/collector and there is so much to go through we are feeling so overwhelmed while trying to mourn her too.

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    1. You have had a particularly hard time, I think. Thinking of you. xxx

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