Knitting for Charity

Cardigan 1

I have spent almost all day and evening knitting the back for this cardigan, putting it together and knitting the button and buttonhole band. It still needs four buttons to be sewn on, but that will have to wait for another day. It is for the orphanage that I knit for and although they are not keen on pale colours; lack of water means they have none to spare for washing clothes. The do not do pink for girls and blue for boys, but as I have quite a lot of this wool, hopefully someone will be able to make use of it.

Victoria, our granddaughter visited during the day, not so much to see us, but to use our In Internet connection as their connection has not been fixed. She needed to complete a piece of work this weekend, which she did during the four hors she was here.

Rather Late

It has been a lovely sunny day and I saw my first English ladybird, but it was in such a difficult position that I could not get a very good picture so it has been included as an extra. The main picture is of a lone Snowdrop, which rather belatedly, has just flowered in one of our tubs.

A trip to Homebase in Bishop’s Stortford this morning as I am still trying to sort out the problems with the kitchen that we have already paid for; not a very successful trip. Then home to do some proper work and prepare a document of the saga of the kitchen problems at Homebase.



The weather has been strange today, one minute the sun is shinning, the next it is cloudy, either way it is also windy.

I have spent much of the morning writing a draft statement to go with my nomination form to stand for election as a governor at Addenbrookes Hospital. I have also been in contact with my new builder and my new plumber. Work on the kitchen will start after Easter and the plumber is booked for the first week of May. No news yet from Homebase or Bunnings as they are going to be called about a refund for my kitchen. If I have not heard from the manager by the end of the week I shall be paying another visit to the store.

There are masses of Spring flowers out in the garden now and today I have chosen these Hyacinths, which are flowing in one of our round beds. We have them in an assortment of colours, in flower beds at the front as well as in several tubs around the garden.

Flowering Currant

Flowering Currant

The weather has been variable today with some sunshine, but also very overcast at times.

I spent some of the day catching up with paperwork, which seems to be never ending as well as reviewing some papers for some researchers. I also caught up with last night’s Broadchurch.

I took the dressing off my thumb last night and it has already healed very well, allowing me to use it properly again.

Today’s picture is of my Flowering Currant bush, which is just beginning to flower. This is an ornamental bush and does not bear fruit; it seems very early this year.


One of today’s picture is of my Busy Lizzie plant; the other is a Primrose growing in the border. The Busy Lizzie was brought into the house last year just before the frosts killed them. It has decided to flower in February, so I thought it worthy of a blip.

Our grandson Oliver visited this morning, he had not visited his Grandad while he was in hospital and will not go near a hospital if he can help it; too many bad memories for him and his hate of needles. He discussed amongst other things how his apprenticeship is going. Other than that we had a lazy Sunday.

It has bee a dry, sometimes dull day with some sunshine.


sunrise-nikon-purpleToday’s pictures were taken early this morning when the sky was changing dramatically as we watched. The garden was bathed in a golden glow, just as some snowflakes began to fall. The two included are the first and last pictures taken using two different cameras and taken within two or three minutes of each other.

There was overnight snow, if it can be called that, but there was not very much. I walked to my daughter’s home, I was too lazy to clean the frost and light snow off the car, as it was a day for having our nails done. Every few months I have mine taken off completely, otherwise my nails begin to come away from my fingers. There was a snowstorm while we were in the nail bar and on the drive home, but this gave way to sunshine, but by noon the snow had disappeared. It has been exceedingly cold and windy, but the barometer is climbing so maybe that is our snow for this year. There are more on my Flickr account.


Cactus Flower



Last year on the 20 September, I blipped a badly eaten cactus plant; it had been enjoying the summer weather outside when the deer decided to eat it. I did not think it would survive, but today this flower is blooming and there is another one waiting to come out.


A dull morning and rain since lunchtime Snow is forecast, but it is more likely to miss us, so we will just get rain. Not a day for working outside, so indoor jobs for me today.

My wrist is slightly painful today now that the long-lasting anaesthetic has worn off.