Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Snow? In October?

I'd been feeling chilly all day, thought I was being wimpy, maybe a bit tired after our trip to France. It hailed and thundered at about 7pm but I didn't think much of it. I just peered out the window and the garden has turned white. Ah well, it's good knitting weather...

Friday, 24 October 2008

Vive La Ballene

or long live the whale! We had a bit of time to kill at Gare du Lyon so went for a wander to stave off my jet lag after staying up all night. We found this whale made from Meccano outside the station.
I also spotted these Lions of Lyon which looked like they were vomiting flowers. So very French.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008


I compost. There are usually a few worms lurking under the lid. After being undisturbed for a few weeks the worms became adventurous. This is what greeted me this morning.

The garden has been a neglected this summer, due to the endless rain. It was a warm sunny morning so I had a quick tidy and discovered an avocado plant which had flourished from a discarded seed, complete with snails eggs. It will probably die now that I've righted the container it is in.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Harvest festival

Back from holiday and the fridge was bare. No fresh food in the flat. A trip to the farmers market was in order. Despite the pouring rain we bundled up our cotton carrier bags and puddle jumped round the corner to Islington Farmers Market.

For £14.50 we got

1 bag of spuds
1 bag of carrots
1 bunch of radishes
1 aubergine
2 butternut squash
3 huge corn on the cob
1 enormous gnarly celeriac which looks like something from an old Star Trek episode
1 bag of pears
2 bags of apples - Egremont russet and Royal Gala
1 bag of red onions
1 bunch of beetroot
3 pak choi
3 little gem lettuces
2 bunches of spinach
1 fennel


... COB NUTS!!!

Having missed these last year I've forgtton what to do with them. Watch this space...

A bargain. Also treated ourselves to 2 cheesy twists and some Hoxton Rye bread. All of which have disappeared.

I noticed the plant man had some cheery cyclamen and some pale blue pansies which would look rather fetching on my back windowsill, more colourful than the bolted radish plants which are currently trailing like the red week from War of the Worlds. After a swift cuppa I headed back to the market, bought said plants. Plant man was suffering from a nasty cold and trying to garner sympathy as he was getting none from the women working on his stall. Poor thing, a severe case of man flu.

On the knitting front I need to decide what I'm going to make Alex's mum for her birthday. She cheekily demanded a sweater last time I saw her. That's not going to happen before Christmas so she's going to have to settle for either, some fingerless gloves so she can do her art without frostbite or some slippers. The slippers, mainly because I want to make this pattern which I bought befpre we went to holiday. They only downside with these is I'm not sure how much yarn they'll use. I see some Ravelry research coming up...