It’s only three weeks in and I’ve already hit my first craft disaster of the year! This does not bode well.. Now I have a confession. I didn’t swatch. Instead I was cocky and figured that as I’ve done some colourwork in this yarn before and got gauge with that there wasn’t any point. And to be fair, it starts off fine but it grows. I started with 7 stitches to the inch and now I’m getting 6. That’s a 3″ difference over 128 stitches. So I’m not so sure that a swatch would have seen off this particular nightmare. I had been thinking ofRead More →

General Pics January started in the standard way, with lots of fabulous fireworks. We stayed in and watched them from the comfort of our couch – very cosy! For a minute there I thought the business to the left was doing private parties! #lookagain And while picking up Katja from Nursery the street was blocked off by firefighters. Turns out there was a building well and truly ablaze on the other side of the canal. It’s since been torn down, which is no great loss – was a bit of an eyesore. Family Katja is starting to try to help around the house, which isRead More →

It’s been a crazy few weeks here, but I guess that’s the same for everyone in the Christmas countries. As a result I have totally failed to send cards to anyone, presents have made it only by the skin of their teeth and because I bypassed the wrapping and went straight from store to Mum (thanks Mum!). I also failed to procure baubles for the Christmas tree – shops are out of red ones, I don’t understand! However, we did survive gastrogeddon which Katja generously brought home from nursery to share. Speaking of nursery, she is loving it now. Gets excited when we arrive andRead More →

When I picked Katja up from nursery last week there was a little slip of paper waiting for me. It announced that on the 31st they would like it if kids could turn up in a costume. Now a 16 month old child going to nursery during a bitterly cold day in Edinburgh is going to need to be warm, so that’s my first requirement. The next is no attachments – it’s hard enough keeping a bib on her, a hat is impossible and wings/extra legs would be a nightmare. No problem, I thought, with all the supermarkets here that sell quite decent kids clothesRead More →

Week 27 from July 1st to July 7th was one of glorious weather in Edinburgh. The city is truly magnificent when the sun shines, it’s just a pity that it shines so rarely! Mum retired this week, a major milestone in her life and kind of a watershed in mine. I’ve also had some distressing news from home which makes me feel every centimetre of the distance between Edinburgh and Melbourne, but I shan’t dwell on that now as I’m hoping for better news later in the week. I’ve started playing with Duolingo to learn German. It’s kind of language learning by game play andRead More →

Week 15 from April 8th to 14th but this post only covers the days in Adelaide. 20130410 – 9:30am just dropped Christian off at work. It’s 26 degrees #adelaide #thisisthelife 20130410 – Chillin on a balmy autumn evening 20130410 – China Town #adelaide 20130410 – St Francis #adelaide 20130411 – Oily! #showinmyage #memories #adelaide This character was on TV for a number of years (or so it seemed) advertising Kraft peanut butter 20130413 – This Irish man has been sitting in the sun a tad too long… 20130414 – There’s only one way to work out what this is… #adelaide 20130414 – Ahh proper swans!Read More →

Week 15 from April 8th to 14th but this post only covers the days in Melbourne before we headed of to Adelaide. 20130408 – a VW Crab, I’ll never look at that logo the same way again 20130408 – Movie time at Federation Square in Melbourne 20130408 – Katja’s first taste of lemon… sour… but she went back for more! 20130408 – Melbourne Trams – they join up and they’ve been running all my life! 20130409 – Katja and Gus playing together #cousins 20130409 – Silly face time with Natalia and MarkRead More →