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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Still posting

Just popped in here to say I am still posting and putting up photographs on the Wordpress site, had hoped that readers here would migrate across a bit more. About ten days ago I replaced my ten year old laptop with a shiny new model with Windows 10 and Blogger that I am trusting will work my main  Blog will remain with Wordpress now. It is early days with the new toy, it has a big screen yet the page on which I'm typing seems smaller than on my iPad, much easier to touch type here.

The blog is still mundane, domestic and I try not to be too controversial so no politics for example but knitting and crochet feature, changes to our home are recorded, for example we've had new parquet laid in our dining room and the old parquet in the hall restored, mention of our travels after we have returned to Pixie Towers, I would never announce on the web that I'm not at home.

Don't have any recent pictures on this machine, for lots of pictures, including some of our grandchildren you will have to go to the dark side.

So see you at, a reminder that approval by me for you to comment appears to be a one off event.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Just saying, the new blog seems to be working, meant to put links in, will try to do better but there are photographs now. 

Please come and join me at just for fun and enjoyment. 

Will keep this Blogger account open, one day the app may be supported, plus it is interesting to look back, I have used it to check when we had work done on Pixie Towers. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017



Just to say my blogging has moved to PixieMum 

Please comment and advise me, I am learning a whole new way of doing things. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Resurrected post

With many, many thanks to Zoe of Razorblade of Life blog who managed to save my blog and send it to me on a Word document but I am unable to bring you the lost photos. 

Since November I have been knitting a sleeveless top for Edward, have struggled with the pattern, especially with picking up stitches around the neck and armholes. It is finished, I am not happy with it but will not undo it, Edward won't mind.  The pattern, Argyle slipover  is by Debbie Bliss from her book "Special Knits: 22 gorgeous handknits for babies". The Argyle chevrons were missed out, never tried this  and felt this wasn't the right time to learn.


Apart from the difficulties with Blogger and the business of Christmas there's another reason my blogging has been intermittent, for when I attended the Royal Brompton hospital on 31st October I was advised to attend another Pulmonary Rehabilitation course, these are held twice a week for a couple of hours, the whole course is 12 sessions, just four more to do. Of course it is more than 4 hours per week, one has to travel to the venue, park the car, be ready to start at 3pm, then travel home in the rush hour feeling utterly exhausted. Given the cold weather, when he can, Ian has been dropping me at the door, then coming back to collect me at end of play, I should be grateful, our borough has ring fenced these courses but I find the emphasis on exercise very difficult, however in the last couple of sessions I have felt a slight sense of improvement, even managed the marching on the spot for seven and a half minutes, upping the levels on the bike and treadmill last Wednesday. It does seem odd to exercise in ordinary clothes, no clinging Lycra here, my PE kit is saved for my weekly Pilates sessions.

After the exercises, which we are supposed to continue at home as apparently exercise is as important, or maybe more important than medication, we have a pep talk. This time the course is a rolling one so those joining last week had a talk about what to do after completion of the course, usual health talks about nutrition, mental health and medication do help, I didn't realize how frequently one has to replace a spacer for instance.

Finally, the saga of the missing Advent calendar continues, nothing was found when the Christmas decorations were stowed away so we live in hope as the decluttering continues. Ian donated 21 shirts to the local hospice charity shop this week, I have started a scarf clearance, well at the last count there were over 60 so a culling is needed as fashions change.

Sunday, 15 January 2017


In case my readers think I have given up blogging I have just had my new Blog swallowed by Blogger.

All discussions about Edward's jumper and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation course have gone.

I may consider moving elsewhere. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Christmas cake

Before I write about the Christmas cake, I shall update last Saturday's blog to announce that we still haven't found the quilted Advent calendar, once we dismantle our tree, take the wreath down and pack away the lights it may appear. Also, I decided against buying a new laptop just to be able to use Blogger so this is being written on my old Toshiba, the last one worked on Ian's much newer laptop. If all else fails I can use the computers at the public library.

Now to the title of this blog. Well over a year ago I decided that it would be interesting to abandon the old style royal icing snow scene on the Christmas cake and learn to pipe, cross hatch, make flowers just as we did when I was in the sixth form at school learning these skills all through the Autumn term. Although I booked a class to work in royal icing there were not enough other students interested in this to make it viable. This year The Cake Box at Hampton had different classes, so I enrolled in Decorate your own Christmas Cake Course, the flowers, leaves and berries in sugar paste that were made in the first week found their way onto my cake here. 

As I wrote words on laptop, downloaded photos on iPad will end in case anything is lost.