Thursday, 19 March 2015
Bad hair day
I overslept today. I don't like alarm clocks, and I'm usually awake really early so it's not normally a problem. But every so often I don't wake up, and then we're all late and there's no time to wash my hair, so it's frizzy and fuzzy and feeling wrong all day. Today was one of those days. I had to make a second trip to school as well, to drop off the middle boy's recorder for a lesson he hadn't been told about, which added to the feeling of the day getting away from me. It was one of those days where I didn't really accomplish very much.
I did hack open the last winter squash though, and used some of it to make brownies. It was really hard to get into though, it make me think I probably won't grow this variety (Turk's Turban) this year. I had visions of the knife slipping as I pushed down on it with all my weight.
Yesterday was far more productive. Down at the allotment I did some weeding, spread some manure over the asparagus bed and planted two dozen broad bean plants. At home I started unravelling a pink silk scarf that I've never worn. It's very bright, but I think if it was nicely knitted I might wear it sometimes. The yarn is gorgeous, too nice to be stuffed sadly at the back of the cupboard. I've got yarn for this cardigan as well, and I'm still thinking about that blanket. Is it a symptom of spring I wonder, that desire to start too many things?
I spent some time "randomly" arranging quilt squares as well. One hundred and twenty of them. Now they just need to be sewn together. Check back with me in a year or two.
The book belongs to the biggest boy, but I love looking through it too. It's the Observer's Book of Birds' Eggs, and all of the eggs are illustrated in actual size. We've been reading Arthur Ransome's "Great Northern?", so I had a look at divers' eggs. The tiny ones are fascinating as well. Imagine how small those little birds are. The goldcrest's egg is about 13mm long. Some of the eggs are beautifully coloured and speckled too. The Observer's books are quite lovely, small enough to fit into a pocket or rucksack but full of information. If you want to see a couple of pages from the book of birds, have a look at Jacquie's post, she has some photos of hers.
The piggie has been a bit under the weather for the past couple of days. I'm hoping that sunshine and grass will help. The vet is a great believer in sunshine therapy. Let's hope the high pollution goes soon as well. And a nice cloudless sky for viewing the eclipse would be good. The children are all going to be not looking directly at it at school tomorrow, with some complicated arrangement of cardboard. I've no idea how I'll be looking at it, without actually looking at it, but if the skies are clear tomorrow I'll think of something. Wishing you safe viewing. CJ xx