Going underground

Monday 27th February 2012

Right, I’m going to bore you with my new hobby. Caving.  What I am going to say will possibly make experienced cavers smile and I am aware that my little victories are indeed small, but this...

Crochet at Court Cottage, 22 September 2012

Monday 20th February 2012

Hands up those who fear the crochet?  Crochet phobia is a hidden syndrome for many knitters, who may hide their phobic feelings or even express them in aggressive ways, such as crochet-harming and...

Gershwin and the ballet

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Last night we went to see English National Ballet dance Strictly Gershwin.  Really, with that music, a fabulous band – on stage – and some gorgeous dresses, you can’t go wrong....

Love: it’s Dachshund shaped!

Thursday 9th February 2012

Me: OK February, we meet again.  February: Me: so, is it fourth time lucky? February: Me: like, every year, you come around and Rupert has to have surgery. It’s as regular as, um, a...

The Paris Wife

Wednesday 8th February 2012

If you have loved the books of Ernest Hemingway and been fascinated by his life (I have), then you too might enjoy The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  It is a novel, but really it serves as an...

That Woman

Friday 3rd February 2012

I am obsessed with a new biography:  That Woman by Anne Sebba. That Woman is of course Wallis Simpson. It’s so good.  Really pacey and full of fascinating details.  For example, while Wallis...

Mitts and socks: design process broken down

Wednesday 1st February 2012

(all together now to the tune of heads, shoulders, knees and toes:  ‘hats, mufflers, socks and mitts – socks and mitts’… and so on.  With any luck you know that tune and it...