Tuesday, 9 December 2008


If you've been a regular visitor to my blog
you'll have noticed that I haven't posted for a long time
and you'll also probably know that my workload is sometimes really heavy. Last year, around this time, I tried to be superwoman and do lots of things (like blogging and getting involved in swaps and, you know, having a life)
as well as attend to work commitments
...and I ended up with a whopping migraine followed by a heavy cold.
This year I made a decision to focus on work until all my marking was over and, I'm glad to tell you,
I'm feeling really well and I only have one more report to write until I'm finished!

Life hasn't revolved completely around paperwork...I couldn't resist doing a little bit of crafting and nearly managed to finish my Spring Ripple Scarf:

The pattern,
which was easily memorised,
and the lovely colours,
which reminded me of twilight,
made this the perfect, soothing piece to crochet whilst I was marking.

...and I was given the opportunity to sing with the Collegium Symphonic Chorus
in a People's Messiah
which I just couldn't pass up.
I've loved the Messiah ever since my dad first took me, when I was ten,
I've wanted to perform in it for years
and it was magical,
just as beautiful as I'd imagined it to be.
I had to fight hard not to cry in parts because the music was sooooooo exultant.

Last weekend was my first completely paperwork~free break for ages.
Just spending time in my garden felt luxurious.
It's becoming quite overgrown out there,
a tangle of honeysuckle, passionflower and couch grass,
but I found out that a shy little dart butterfly has taken up temporary residence:

that the snails are feeling very confident:

and that there are flowers blooming, unexpectedly, in forgotten corners:

This little blue~blossomed plant is originally from my nanna's garden. I don't know how it got into mine (Nanna passed away twenty years ago) but it's a sweet reminder of her.

The upside of being stuck away for weekends on end is that, when you finally resume your social life, ordinary events become really exciting. On Friday night I went to Bazaar at Fremantle Art Centre. Sitting in the Art Centre's grounds, drinking wine and people watching with my dear friend R was a joy. Getting to do some shopping amongst all the hand~made goodness was pretty darn thrilling too. I bought beads, which you can see in the bottom right hand corner of the following photo:

They're destined to become part of another chunky, red~orange necklace.
I also purchased these wonderful polymer clay, drop earrings from oddgirlout:

I adore them! (and if you click onto the link you can see what they look like on.)

On Saturday I went out to a friend's fabulous exhibition at Accent Gallery in Dalkeith (where my new earrings were much admired) and on Sunday I did nothing but nap, read and crochet:

I felt positively decadent.
(The pattern, by the way, is from the Big Book Of Dishcloths.)

So I'm back.
I hope you're enjoying the beginnings of the festive season too.
I'm looking forward to spending some time in Blogland, catching up.
I've missed you all!
Have a wonderful week.


Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Thanks for posting! I've missed you. What absolutely stunning crochet -- that last one is too beautiful to be a dishcloth. And it's so nice to see photos from your garden while it is so gloomy and cold here. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Report writing!! This year in our state the teachers wrote the big reports in primary school at midyear and then just a comment and changed indicators at the end. It has been a far less stressful process!! Glad you have reached the end of it all!! What beautiful earrrings and beads and I adore the crocheted dishcloth. The colours are gorgeous and the design so pretty!!
I've benn reading that lots of blogging people are trying to be more sensible about trying to do too much this year!! I am as well. Enjoy your garden and your crafting!!!

Dana said...

Sooo glad you're back!

Indigo Blue said...

Good to have you back. As a teacher I understand the workload bit it has to be done properly and therefore takes time. I love the scarf! The colours, shape everyting. Is it crocheted too. Wish I could understand the patterns. The wool for the dish cloth is lovely. Hope things calm sdown a bit for you as we head towards Christmas.
Best wishes

Rachel said...

Your ripple scarf turned out beautifully! Love the yarn.

cici said...

what a beautiful and colorful post!!! you are so creative:) Welcome back! I hear ya on the busy.

Nan said...

Good to see your post, the wait was worth it! Glad you are now finished and can enjoy a break from it. Merry Christmas!

Indigo Blue said...

Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Your dish cloth is going to be too nice to use. I love the colour.

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