Advice Needed

The problem with renovating and redecorating is:

(1) there are sooooooooo many choices;

(2) everyone has an opinion (even the tradespeople - I knew I should have gone with my original paint choice and not listened to the painter!); and

(3) New Zealand is still fairly conservative when it comes to home design and decoration (if you don't believe me, consider this: when we moved here over twenty years ago we were used to tiled bathrooms where everything but the ceiling was tiled whereas the first house that I looked at that had a so-called "tiled bathroom" had only one row of tiles around the shower base! We're a little slow here in keeping up with trends).

Anyway, all this to say that we have a little dilemma when it comes to our flooring. We both love the look of timber floors but they are sooooooooo cold in our climate, especially given we do not have underfloor heating, central heating, or sufficient heating. And we won't mention the lack of double-glazing or …


Last weekend DH and I jumped in the car, drove five minutes, and then spent forty minutes walking around the lake before coming home and cooking dinner. It was early evening, hardly anyone around, the wind couldn't penetrate the trees, and there were obvious signs of approaching spring.

It was delightfully, deliciously, wonderful.

It certainly made us wonder why we don't take advantage of such scenery more often. We have several small lakes, a river walk, and a couple of beaches to choose from, so why do we waste time and assault our senses by walking around the block?

In part, maybe it's because the weather has been so lousy. Not at all the kind of let's-put-a-jacket-on-and-get-outside-weather most days. If we decide to go for a walk we tend to make it quick and it tends to be more from a sense of 'have to' than 'want to'.

I don't mind admitting that I am so over this winter (no surprise to most of my readers), but so are most people I talk to. It …

To Go Up or Down?

I've finally started knitting socks cuff down after being enamoured with toe up since I began knitting socks several years ago, having overcome at last an irrational fear of knitting the cuff too tight and having to undo the whole sock to make it fit (as opposed to just re-doing the bind off on a toe up). As a result, I've had the opportunity to consider the pros and cons of each method and share them here for your enlightenment ...

Toe Up can be tried on as it is worked which makes determining where to start the heel easy enough if you know how many rows it takes; since the sole is usually not worked in the instep pattern it's easy to determine 'sole' and 'instep' and hence when a new round commences; the length of the leg is easily adjusted for preference (and dependent on amount of wool left); it can incorporate a short row toe which I love (partly I think because of the marvel of creating something 'in the round' when knitting back and forth on…

No Choice

"I wouldn't wear that!" The Most Adorable Granddaughter#5 said with disdain as I asked her to try on the cardigan I was knitting.

I can remember thinking (probably too scared to actually say it) the same thing when my mother chose clothes for me, although I was probably older than Miss Almost Five. There is a gulf between what a mother considers stylish and what a daughter puts in the same category, and I imagine the divide is greater between grandmother and granddaughter, so I was not offended.

But I wondered. Was it the colour? I love blue and naturally gravitate towards my favourite colours when choosing yarn. Perhaps she didn't like it, especially with the flecks of natural brown throughout.

Was it the stitch pattern? Admittedly it was a simple stitch pattern but I thought it complemented the yarn quite well.

Was it something else?

I wasn't sure I wanted to ask, but Miss Almost Five volunteered the information anyway.

"It's too short." 

O-kay. I…

Third Party

I opened my blog the other day only to discover my backgrounds had disappeared and there was a message that I needed to change the settings on a certain account if I wanted to continue to have third party hosting.

My first reaction was well, of course I did. My background was a photo taken ten years ago when we, as a family, climbed Mount Ruapehu, a still active volcano (and which, incidentally, erupted just a short time afterwards). As well as being a rather attractive photo, it had special meaning for me.

So I went to the account in question but despite using the Help function and spending far too much time searching and whatnot, I could not find any place to change the settings. Now, I admit to not being exactly computer literate, but I suspect part of the reason may have been the device I was using. It doesn't support a lot of apps and only runs some programmes in part. Usually that's not a problem ...

Too lazy - and by this time, too frustrated - to open up another device…

Winter Getaway

The plan was to take an honorary long weekend and head to sunny Gisborne for a few days. Sun we saw on the long drive to and fro, but during our time there, Gisborne failed to live up to its reputation.

Still, there are some advantages to getting away mid-winter. Such as:

Spectacular scenery ...

Experiencing sights at their worst and still finding them breath-taking ...