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Easy come easy go

Apr 14 2021
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First things first, the peacock wandered off the day after it had visited and the power is confirmed as due to go off tomorrow but we never did establish the exact species of woodpecker. The smallish blue double knitting project is looking suspiciously like a 24 inch chest jumper. The back and sleeves have now been done and it would appear from the sketches and graph paper lying around that the motif for the front needs firming up.  All four raised beds have the wood in place and are in the process of being filled.  Harrier and I have dug a few holes in the general vicinity just to add a bit of a challenge for wheelbarrow pushers.

Avian adventures

Apr 07 2021
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We have had a random peacock turned up today! They are a very beautiful creature with amazing   iridescent colours but sound horrible.  I’m sure that it will inspire either Mum or Aunty Biscuit to do something at some point, even if it doesn’t stay here, meanwhile Harrier and I are keeping an eye on it from the other side of the fence.  We are also are expecting the power to be switched off at some point next week whilst they replace a pole on neighbouring land which has suffered woodpecker damage.  The exact species of woodpecker has not been divulged, nor the extent of the damage.

A long break

Apr 04 2021
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It seems ages since I have reported back on the goings on, I blame it on the humans not leaving a computer where I could get my paws on it.  (I.T. difficulties are always a good excuse!) Much of the activities have centred around outdoors despite the variable weather.  Three raised beds have now been constructed and a fourth one is scheduled for construction this week.  Bed three however still needs to be filled. Fortunately, the horses have always been very good at producing copious amounts of manure so there is a plentiful supply of it which has been well rotted over the past few years.  The hens had been confined to barracks due to bird flu restrictions but they are now allowed out and causing chaos.  The daffodils are currently providing a glorious display of colour with little splashes of hyacinths here and there.  Mum has painted and put up nine......

Confused

Feb 28 2021
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The current jumper has now been completed and Aunty Biscuit is happy with it.  I then discovered a piece of rectangular graph paper marked upside down paw.  This it seems to be for a pair of tv socks to go with the jumper.  The as they are knitted from the ankle down to the foot the patterns are the other way round, although why she doesn’t just turn the original bit upside down is a mystery to me.  Meanwhile I am sorry to report that in the very high winds last week the polytunnel cover blew off.  Fortunately the beds had just been manured up and levelled ready for planting and only 4 tomato plants had been set away in the house so nothing has been lost.  The tomatoes are an experimental striped salad variety so we will see how they go on.

Weekend activities

Feb 07 2021
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Aunty Biscuit has cast off the first sleeve of her current jumper project and is now trying to summon up the will to cast on the second one.  I did think that the weather forecast would have been conducive to finishing the whole thing, but the anticipated several inches of snow has either bypassed us or not arrived yet hence time has been spent on other things.  Prudence meanwhile has reported in that Aunty V is doing something experimental with a soft drinks bottle and modelling clay, details as yet are very vague but we hope to hear more in the near future.

flipping natural

Feb 05 2021
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Mums new year resolution was to try 52 new things (of varying magnitude) this year.   Up to now this has covered pancake flipping, one handed egg cracking and replacing the door seal on the washing machine.  She has proved a natural at pancake flipping, needs a lot more practice at the one handed egg manoeuvres and managed the door seal with minimal swearing and a couple of teaspoons.  To help her in her trying new things we have bought her one of those kits where you stick crystals on a board to make a picture.  She is slightly alarmed as it says it contains well over 7000 crystals.  What we don’t know is how many are spares in case any are lost.  Any suggestions of things she could try are welcomed ranging from crafting an aardvark in modelling clay to knitting a zebra print jumper.

People in glass houses...

Jan 29 2021
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Aunty Biscuit is considering knitting herself a jumper in double knitting yarn.  Unwisely she mentioned this to Mum, who just laughed.  I think this is due to length of time that it takes her to knit anything in double knit, the record being 12 years for a jumper.  Although at this point I’m going to sprag on mum, her record is an impressive 25 years!

Clusters

Jan 27 2021
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In between progressing the paw mark jumper Aunty Biscuit has been crocheting a blankie for Harrier.  This one is a square rather than the usual hexagon and has used up a few bits of spare double knitting yarn and he moved in under it about three seconds after the last end was sewn in.  It has to be said that her crocheting is definitely better than earlier efforts with clusters and a decorative edging now the norm but the colour combination choice perhaps could do with a little improvement.  The paw jumper incidentally now has the back finished and is about a third of the way up the front.  Should it snow over the weekend I think that progress would be good on it.

Random greenery

Jan 12 2021
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Mum has being doing some work on the sleeve of her poinsettia jumper. I was puzzled by a random piece of bright green yarn but it turns out that it is to mark the centre of the flower.  Good to know.

A swift riposte!

Jan 10 2021
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After a busy Christmas it is now back to normal with the exception that I’m having minor paw control issues due to the ice outside.  Alongside the sprats Harrier and I received a number of dog treats form Christmas but we are rationed and not allowed to scoff them all at once.  We registered our displeasure by emptying the contents of the lounge bin all over the lounge floor and shredding a bit of paper from it.  I was right about Aunty Biscuit doing a chunky jumper with paw marks.  They were going to be on the front but due to a slight error on the length after the arm hole shaping they are now going to be up the back.  Mums response to the question “it will work with them up the back won’t it?” was “yes, especially if you are wearing a coat.”