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A long advent

Sep 27 2020
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One of Mums lockdown project aspirations was to finally finish a fabric quilted pocketed advent calendar.  I am pleased to announce that after about twenty years and a couple of house moves it has finally been completed and very pretty it is too.  The thing that we have to do now is start thinking of things to sneak 

Rosehip vodka

Sep 26 2020
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 Aunty Biscuit is having a go at experimenting making rosehip vodka.  This is an unusual choice of base for her as she maintains that vodka makes her your tongue go numb and other people fuzzy around the edges.  The recipe she was going to try said that the hips needed to be firm and not overripe.  Unfortunately, most of the tame ones she was going to use from the garden have now gone too squishy so she has been out catching relatively accessible wild ones.  This involved carefully entering the ditch in front of the hedge and clambering out again. This needs supervision as we don’t want her falling in and blocking 

Rainbows

Sep 25 2020
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We have been admiring a double rainbow this afternoon.  Rainbows are very beautiful and very colourful and as far as I can tell need sunshine and rain to exist.  Legend has it that there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the reality on this one was that there appeared to be some shrubs.  Mum did a rainbow tea cosy for someone once which was also very pretty and my favourite dog coat has rainbows and unicorns on it (everyone says I look really cute in it).  On the Aunty Biscuit front, the mermaid

Dreamcatchers

Sep 24 2020
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I have been studying woofapedia regarding the query “what about dreamcatchers?”  on Harriers challenge 3. As I thought this was in relation as to whether dream catchers pre date quills or biros, I started this line of research.  It is thought that quills came into use about 600 A.D.  (I assume A.D. stands for After Dinner) whereas the biro was first submitted for patent in the late 1880s.  An Ethnographer (I have no idea what one of those is) recorded a legend relating to dreamcatchers in 1929, but doesn’t give an original date of their invention.  I had just begun to follow this line of enquiry when Harrier pointed out our dream catcher hanging on the wall which has feathers dangling from it.  I now conclude that 

Harrier's Challenge 3

Sep 23 2020
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Well here is the next one of my challenges.  I had a variety of other offerings but Mum said these were not suitable for public viewing.  I feel this is a little unreasonable, it is just simply that a dogs view of artistic license is different to a humans idea of what is appropriate.  

Sleeves

Sep 22 2020
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The sleeve that Aunty biscuit cast on the other day has now grown several inches.  She maintains that sleeves are a pain to knit as they seem to go on forever both at the increasing every so many rows and then the subsequent decrease on the raglan.  Apparently shaping is best done a stitch or two in from the edge for counting purposes.  If you are not certain that you have sufficient yarn to knit a garment it is  best to knit a back and a sleeve first and then if you have half or more of it left there will be sufficient.  The mermaid incidentally has the waistband stitched and is just waiting for Aunty Biscuit to find the required elastic that she has mislaid.  The worry is that it may be in her handbag, in which case it may be weeks before it surfaces.

Sink shenanigans

Sep 21 2020
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Yesterday evening was spent supervising Mum dismantling the innards underneath the sink.  It turns out that a widget on the overflow had broken a few of days ago so new parts had to be ordered which arrived yesterday, but it was then when a wiggly bit then fell off and created a bit of a flood it was decided to replace the other bits as well.  On attempting to refit them it turned out that one of the attaching pipes was a bit short so a longer piece had to be procured today.  The new pieces have now been successfully fitted this evening and are not leaking.  Naturally the implements required to do this as well as plumbers tape, screwdrivers and spanner type things have included a few improvisations.  These included elastic bands, string (for when the elastic

Next steps

Sep 20 2020
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The mermaid tail is now awaiting the waist turning over and sewing round, apart from a gap to put the elastic in.  On this occasion 4 strand elastic is going to be used, an item I have previously discussed as being of no interest to canines.  To thread it round the inside of the created tube a safety pin is fastened to one end and then it is shuffled round without losing the other end into the insides.  The two ends of the elastic are then pinned together overlapping and then stitched.  Once this is done the safety pin can be released back into the wild and the last bit of the waistband stitched. I suspect as this involves sewing and Aunty Biscuit it will be a while before it is done.

Potatoes and roses

Sep 19 2020
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I have been checking on woofapedia about the Aunty V theory of putting a rose into a potato.  It does seem that she hasn’t just made it up.  Some people also dip the cutting in honey before putting it into the potato.  The potato is then put in a hole dug in the ground and covered lightly with earth or compost. Whilst I’m not certain that it is something mum is going to be trying it anytime soon Harrier and I between us have dug enough holes around the place over the summer that she could give it a go with a trailer load of potatoes if she needed to, although ironically Mum is now using the used soil from the harvested potato bags to fill in the ones we dug in the lawn, some people are so unappreciative of all our hard work. 

Belt or braces?

Sep 18 2020
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The mermaid tail is now cast off, partially sewn up and being scrutinised.  It still needs the waistband folding over and some elastic adding, although Mum thinks it ought to have a pair of braces to hold it up.  I assume that she is joking about this as I am pretty sure that mythical aquatic creatures are not generally known to frequent the sort of emporia that sell such