~ my mummy coming to visit – with an icebox full of pouring cream! ~

~ the soda stream – Julian’s Christmas present – adored by the whole family
– soda water on tap is just the best ~

~ following Alicia’s advice to try this technique – and loving it so much
we’re on to our third loaf for the week ~

~ a new to us, gorgeous vintage chess set … enticing us to plonk down
at the kitchen table and share yet another game ~

~ knitting, knitting and more knitting – yum! yum! yum!
hoping to reach the owls by the end of the week ~

~ the sweetest daughter – sharing her time and talents ~

~ family … learning / fun / exploring / teaching
… the perfect back garden Sunday ~

~ my wonky – but fabulously fun! – first attempt ~

~ her extraordinary, first time marvel – oh my! ~

~ another birthday – 43! – and the candles are no longer lit because of
the huge chunk of long, streaked-with-grey hair that caught fire
whilst the birthday girl (moron) leaned across the birthday wreath
to blow out her candles – ahem! – age would appear to be dulling her brain ~

p.s. there are no photos of the fiery spectacle – Abby and Mum were too busy gasping with horror whilst Julian was grabbing the dog quilt with which to smother me.  I, however, upon seeing the flames out of the corner of my eye, simply clapped my hands over and over the flames, putting most of them out, whilst turning to the sink where I doused the remaining singed bits in water … the stinky burnt mess fell into the sink and Abby trimmed up the remaining hair with the dressmaking scissors.
An almost fitting end to the week.


loveliness found ~ 9/52

14 thoughts on “loveliness found ~ 9/52

  • March 4, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Your photography is so beautiful!

    Are you doing the sweater with the owls around the yoke? Several ladies here have done that one – it is SO cute! Are you on Ravelry? (If not, you NEED to check it out.) My Ravelry user name is hardenbrookgirl. I’ve made great use of the site, so you can see my projects and my two fibery stashes. Send me your user name if you have one – I’d love to check out your projects.

    Oh can I relate to the birthday “fire”. For me, it was textile class in college. We were using Bunsen burners to identify fabric by burning. I was burning the one I was sure was wool, and I said “Yep, that smells just like burning hair.” My lab partner gasped and said “That’s because your bangs are on fire!”

    Hope you had a great weekend! I’m so glad to have caught up with you again .

    • March 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      I am! It’s been on my Ravelry to do list since I first joined, and on Friday I found the perfect yarn. I’ve not had lots of experience with cables so I ‘m sure I’ll be a bit clumsy at first, but I’m equally sure it will work out :-) You should have seen me last night bumbling my way through the sleeves using the magic loop method – oy! My hands just couldn’t seem to get it!

      On Ravelry I am lilyboot. It is such a wonderful site – I can spend hours lost there and have enough queued items to last me several life times. My favourite designer is certainly Kate Davies – I adore her designs – such rich tradition but with a wonderful flair. Her blog is really good too and she is so inspiring. I’m loving the Owls so much, I think I’ll knit one for my soon to arrive nephew in Canada – a tiny weeny Owls!

      Oh my god – isn’t the smell of burning hair so awful! The last time I did such a thing was when I was a silly teenager (silly teenager – silly middle aged woman – not much has changed!) and I leaned past the gas lamp when we were camping – a huge hunk of hair stuck to the glass mantle and sizzled! Your poor bangs! That must have necessitated quite the hair style change!

      it is lovely to see you too! just visiting you each day is so motivating to squeeze a bit more quilting in!

  • March 4, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Happy Birthday! We are the same age…at least until the 15th when I move “up”! Good tip for the candle-blowing—hair up in a bun, maybe?!

    • March 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I know! I know! I think we need to write a Bootville manifesto – Anne Shirley style – to remind us of all the silly things NOT to do. 1) If you wish to partake in the birthday candle tradition, all long hair must be securely tied back!!!! Thanks for the birthday wishes – it was a lovely day :-)

  • March 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Happy Birthday Lily. So glad your Mum has come down for a visit. You all have such fun together. Not a good way to change your hairstyle but good to here you are OK and no burns. Love your newest creativity. Looks like lots of fun. I’d love one of those saws. Have a great week.
    Blessings Gail

    • March 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you dear Gail! It was lovely having Mum down – she and Julian put on a wonderful birthday feast and she did ALL the washing up! The “hair fire” was so funny – I really didn’t even notice and when I did, it just seemed so surreal that I wasn’t even worried. Everyone else had stricken looks on their faces but I felt quite detached from it – despite the fact it was on MY HEAD. Julian said he was really worried that my head would go up like a firework given all the fuel/long hair. Ah well – no harm done and it certainly gave us a giggle after the event – yet another forehead smacking moment for the family archives :-)

      The saw is truly extraordinary – I shan’t say any more except tune in tonight for the story. I’m in awe!

      You have a lovely week too dear friend!

    • March 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you Jane! It was a lovely birthday – celebrated in quite a different way to usual, but very very good. Yeeeeees – I really wasn’t aware of how much of my hair was burning away so wasn’t anywhere near as concerned as the rest of my companions! But it is all well. Sometimes I think I must have a very hardworking guardian angel – mayhaps my lovely old Nanny Dougall who died when I was little. I’m sure she sits on my shoulder – the practical nurse that she was – and keeps me safe :-)

  • March 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Happy Birthday, Lily! I was laughing out loud re: your birthday ‘fireworks’. That seems a little bit of an extreme way to wrangle a new haircut. :)

    • March 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you Marei! I was laughing too! Almost certainly because I couldn’t really see the action! Thankfully, it was only the hair on one side – and not even the side side at that, because I had the sides pulled back in plaits and fastened at the back of my head. So with all my hair brushed out, the nice big hank that is a good five inches shorter than the rest is not really noticeable – especially when I pull it up. It certainly added an unusual flavour to the evening :-)

  • March 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Oh dear we North Americans don’t know what is pouring cereal ??? Thank you :)

    • March 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Pouring cream is regular cream – not so thick that it can’t be poured, like double and triple cream – and no added gelatine, so not like thickened cream. It’s lovely for cooking and perfect for coffee. We’ve had it in our fridge all my life – until now.

      For some bizarre reason, you cannot buy pouring cream in Victoria (the state we live in). You can only buy cream with added gelatine (which is disgusting in coffee – it separates) or double cream for serving with desserts. I’ve even asked at all our local supermarkets and they declare that they cannot stock it because their central ordering people don’t order it.

      So when we visit Mum or she visits us, we/she bring as many cartons of cream

  • March 5, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Happy Birthday, dear Lily! Wish you a most wonderful and happiest year ahead!
    I am so glad that you are okay after the fire incident! So nice that your mom was also here to celebrate your special day :)

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you dear Pratima! It was lovely having mum here – but she went from thinking the birthday wreath was the loveliest thing and wanted to buy one for my nephews in Canada to thinking it was a nightmarish device designed to set us on fire! I don’t think I will ever live it down – and am now wearing my hair up to hide the missing chunk!

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