Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slowly but shawl-ey

Slowly it goes! my shawl is taking rather longer than I anticipated it would, but I was AM intending to wear it to a wedding in 10 days time!  The garden and another milo for Tino is taking up shawl knitting time but the growing season here is so short that it can't really wait.
Owl motif

Just after taking this picture I accorded myself a little knitting time and in all the excitement of taking part in a Yarn Along, (first time in weeks) ended up making a 'tiny error' which went unnoticed until the next row back didn't work out and  then it became a 'big mistake'!! lots of taking back 'yarn overs' and 'k2 tog' slowed up my shawls progression somewhat.
I also recently made myself this wrist cuff after finding this lovely coconut shell button.

Currently reading The Total Money Makeover (Dave Ramsey), fairly interesting, but just common sense if you really think about it, approach to managing money; paying cash whenever possible, only buying things when you have the money to pay for them and avoiding all kinds of credit apart from mortgages - the payment of which shouldn't be more than 25% of your monthly income.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to on the yarn front!  Off now to make peanut butter
and plant some beans.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The wheels on the bikes go round and round, round and round and round.....

The penny dropped, or should  I say the peddle turned - Saturday afternoon, with no prior warning, Tino abandoned his 'Like a bike' (two wheeled wooden training bike without peddles or breaks) and progressed onto a 'real mountain bike'!!  Ever since he's only had one thing on his mind...

New skate park in Chamonix - also open to small people on bikes!

Big bro showing him how it's done!

'pump' track and NOT 'bump' track as un-cool me calls it!
Very handy having a mountain bike instructor for a dad don't you think!

So I guess I'll be spending my summer running/cycling behind these guys, with a supply of snacks, arnica and sticky plasters!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Linking up with SouleMama today, first time ever!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

...with a stick or two...

...a 'house' is built and it won't fall through!  Not even the 180 km wind that whipped through here last weekend  hurt this baby.

It was with some apprehension that I snuck out last sunday morning to inspect the damage to the 'boys' new construction, but to my great relief their efforts were built to last.  Only the wee bird house had blown down from the roof.
So this week we got to decorating it; a coat of white wash, some hanging bits and bobs, some plants and just to satisfy my yarn habit - some crochet bunting!

et voila!!!

I rescued this pretty shaped log from the wood pile and it now serves as an excellent afternoon tea table.

This project was meant to be a sun-shade but the boys have discovered  that it also works great as an umbrella and so insist on staying out playing even when its pouring down, and who am I to argue!!