The geranium police

Thursday 28th April 2011

Did you know, it’s the law that if you live in a cottage, in England, you have to grow red geraniums in the summer?  In real clay pots. Not really, but if I was Queen, it might be.  However,...

Planning

Wednesday 27th April 2011

With a little holiday coming up, I love the planning element.  Aside from the plans regarding where to visit, what to do, and so on, there is the deep pleasure associated with planning the holiday...

Losing days…

Tuesday 26th April 2011

Do you ever lose entire days?  I don’t mean as in wasting a day by indolence or being poorly.  As in, spend them in a sort of suspended animation, occupied by a trace-like activity, such as...

Time travel to the Isle of Wight

Monday 25th April 2011

I am very, very excited because I am going to the Isle of Wight! I imagine it will look like this: only in colour. And I will wear clothes like this: and also like this: These images by the way are...

Life-Lines (and books)

Sunday 24th April 2011

I have knitted the sock and lower foot section of my toe-up socks several times now and finally, I am happy: Here you see my little foot, posing like mad in order to show off a neat toe-up toe (it...

Toe-Up Socks Rock!

Friday 22nd April 2011

The little things in life make me happy.  Also the shoes and handbags, but anyway… Yesterday, a friend of mine kindly came to Court Cottage and she showed me how to knit toe-up socks in the...

Toe-Up Socks, witches and gardening

Wednesday 20th April 2011

Great excitement grips Crowther-Smith Towers because I am anticipating a visit tomorrow from a friend of mine one of whose many talents is the ability to knit socks from the toe-up – and she is...

Apple-Blossom Dachshunds

Tuesday 19th April 2011

The boys love the warm weather, they lie in the sun and once it cools off a little, they play on the lawn.  Just now, the big old apple trees are shedding blossom like a confetti salesman at a Royal...

New Forest Madness (and knitting crisis)

Tuesday 19th April 2011

My husband gave me the most original Christmas present last year, and I have just cashed it in.  It was dinner, bed and breakfast at an Inn in the New Forest…plus, the next day, joint entry...

Luxury Lace Workshop at Court Cottage – 2 places left

Wednesday 13th April 2011

On 28 May, I am holding the next Court Cottage workshop, and we will be knitting luxury lace.  However, it will be the sort of lace that doesn’t require you to embark on a lengthy course of...