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Week 2 – Christmas is over

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Christmas is over. And as per tradition here on the 5th or thereabouts most people pulled down their Christmas tree and decorations and dumped the tree next to their bin for collection by the council.

I have two issues with this. The first is that, well look at that tree – so much green left in it and it smells absolutely divine and yet there it is cast aside as worthless. If you are taking down because of tradition then why not keep the unadorned tree inside for a while and still get to enjoy it’s life?

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 10.44.20The second is that this week there are several storm warnings. And the winds have been furious. Just look at this – a full sized bin knocked over by wind, and there were plenty more of those. Trees can become deadly in weather like that so to my mind they’re best left inside where they are not going to fly into a passing car.

Anyway, we didn’t do a Christmas tree this year because Elisa is at just the wrong age for it, although we will need to next year as Katja was so excited seeing them and kept pointing them out whenever we saw one. Instead we had lots of glittery stars hanging from the ceiling and I’m planning on moving those to the kids’ room to make it cosier.

And it now is a kids’ room – we moved Elisa in there on Thursday. I was sceptical as K gets so excited whenever she sees E and has had a few nightmares in recent weeks – they seem to feature bees or snails. I couldn’t understand who Wednesday night’s antagonist was. But so far it’s working really really well. It was lovely on Friday morning to hear that she had dreamt of “stickers, lots and lots of stickers with lots of colours”.

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The weather here is getting decidedly cold. Time to get out the woolies! Katja had a ball on Saturday when we got caught in a rather horrid sleety snow shower on the way home. She’s too young to remember previous snow so it was an exciting and new experience. We had to stop at very car on the walk so that she could grab some snow (which by then was a crusty layer of ice) so she could throw it in the air. Today the snow has gone, but no doubt there will be more given the weather warning sin place for later this week.

I remember the first time I saw snow. In Melbourne snow is something you go to, it doesn’t come to you. It was an exciting trip going up to the mountains and seeing snow for the first time. I remember having a hot chocolate and it was probably the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. I would have been about 10 or 12 then.

When was the first time you saw snow? Do you remember it? Do you like the snow?

On the craft front my two active projects are coming along. I’m currently working on a bunny doll for Elisa and a pair of socks for me. Next week I’m planning on casting on this hat – I’m looking forward to it but want to have the bunny finished before then if possible. I’ll be using the same colours as the picture, mainly because every time I come across a picture of it I think it’s gorgeous.

So what are your current creative projects? Do you have more than one project on at a time? Do you know what your next project will be?

My Week in Pictures

Week 13.14 – Off to Australia!

Week 14 from April 1st to 7th saw us jetting off to Australia where Katja got to meet her cousin, aunts and uncles for the first time and catch up with Grandma and Grandpa.

Snow! #aus13
130401 – Snow! As we leave Edinburgh we see snow on the ground.

Katja and Granddad
130403 – And we’ve arrived! Katja and her Grandad. <3

Gus shows Katja his trampoline
130403 – Gus was keen to show Katja his trampoline. Katja needed no encouragement!

Sunshine feels fabulous!
130404 – Sunshine feels fabulous!

Flora
130404 – Fabulous Aussie flora – Eucalyptus trees smell awesome.

Not impressed with her first haircut!
130405 – Not impressed with her first haircut!

Dessert sorted!
130405 – Dessert is sorted!

Love this tunnel entrance #melbourne
130406 – Love this tunnel entrance #Melbourne

New sensations - sunshine and grass
130406 – New sensations – sunshine and grass

Day at the beach
130407 – Day at the beach

Happy girl
130407 – Happy girl

Greengrocer #abundance #fresh
130407 – Greengrocer. Really miss this sight! #abundance #fresh

My Week in Pictures

Week 13.13 – Easter

Week 13 from March 25th to 31st sees a visit to Katy in Glasgow and the fun of MissK’s first Easter.

Kisses for the mirror baby
130325 – Kisses for the mirror baby

Looking forward to Haymarket being finished
130326 – Looking forward to Haymarket being finished

Not herself today #subdued #poormite
130326 – Not herself today #subdued #poormite

Baby in a Box @theyarncake
130326 – Baby in a Box @theyarncake

Will we have a white Easter??
130327 – Will we have a white Easter??

Snow curls
130327 – Snow curls

Downunder
130327 – Downunder

Australian Native Violets - found these in Glasgow
130327 – Australian Native Violets – found these in Glasgow

Perfect shoes for that dress
130328 – Perfect shoes for that dress

Knit night at Purple Pig
130328 – Knit night at Purple Pig

Icky hands!
130330 – Icky hands!

Toes!
130330 – Toes!

Happy Easter!
130331 – Happy Easter!

Very happy Easter!
130331 – Very happy Easter!

Getting rid of the evidence
130331 – Getting rid of the evidence

Making a bid for freedom
130331 – Making a bid for freedom

My Week in Pictures

Week 13.12 – Brrr!

Week 12 from March 18th to 24th sees some ghastly weather and some new shiny teeth.

Even in this horrid weather this is a pretty awesome view #edinburgh
130318 – Even in this horrid weather this is a pretty awesome view #edinburgh

Glad I'm inside!
130318 – Glad I’m inside!

Been raining/snowing like that for 6 hours now #cold
130318 – It’s been raining/snowing like that for 6 hours now #cold

Morning cuddles
130319 – Morning cuddles

As the Big Yin says - get yerself a sexy raincoat!
130319 – As the Big Yin says – get yerself a sexy raincoat!

In progress
130321 – In progress. Colour Affection

Cup of tea
130321 – Cup of tea

Tatted necklace #tatting
130321 – Tatted necklace #tatting

Teeth!
130323 – Teeth!

My Week in Pictures

Week 13.10 – Growing up!

Week 10 from March 4th to March 10th sees MissK growing up in so many ways and Edinburgh deciding that it’s not ready to give up winter just yet.

Loving the black & white #new
130305 – Loving the black and white #newtop

Telly time #quiet
130305 – Telly time #quiet Sometimes she really seems so much more grown up than 8 months!

Safety first!
130306 – Safety first! I managed to get her to keep this light weight neopreen helmet on because she doesn’t yet know how to get down from standing! (Except by falling of course)

Trying a new parents and baby group - this one is noisy but has bonus toys
130307 – Trying a new parents and baby group – this one is noisy but has bonus toys. Was surprised to see just how tall MissK is compared to others.

Rugged up walk time
130310 – Rugged up walk time with Papa.

A little chilly in the hills today  #lastsnow
130310 – A little chilly in the hills today #lastsnow

Memory Monday

Memory Monday – This Time Last Year

This photo was taken just over a year ago – on the 3rd December. Dublin was at a standstill thanks to heavy snows. This particular corner we watched as cars and trucks came down from the slightly higher bridge and slid straight into the bollards – generally at slow speed. Cyclists gave up, pedestrians were landing on their backsides all around us. The Guinness trucks seemed to fair better than the cars, nail biting stuff!

Geek, Stuff, Travel

Useful Links for Snow in Ireland

A few useful links I’ve come across for weather related stuff in Dublin.

Irish Met Office is a reasonable site.

The HIRLAM model is very accurate at predicting where and when snow will fall within a 24 hr period. Click on ‘Nedbor’

Watch passenger planes depart from/arrive at Dublin airport here. Excellent radar featuring flight info.

Numerous cancellations and delays at Dublin Airport. Listen in to the air traffic control tower.

Snow radar here

Irish Weather Online with a live chat board