Hot, hot, hot!
Phew, it’s going to be a hot one again today! The rain has moved on and we’re now into a mini heatwave which is set to bake us for the rest of the week.
The dog and I were out early as he doesn’t cope very well with the heat and even before 9am when we were on our way home, he was flagging. Mind you, he had been running around like he was in the final furlongs of the Grand National and skidding in the wet grass like a small boy on a shiny wooden floor, so I’m not surprised he was tired. He’s in his favourite place under the stairs at the moment, absorbing the breeze from the open front door – although one of our cats has started to bring small furry friends into the house, releasing them to a new life under the book case, so the door isn’t open as often as the dog would like it to be!
We walked through the woods this morning as I thought it would be cooler for him.
The leaf canopy is much thicker at this time of year so you don’t get the same dappled shadows from the sunlight filtering through. We did see that there are some new residents living amongst the trees, though …
The last one made me laugh – judging from the way the dog was sniffing around the tree, I think it might be one where lots of dogs stop for a leg-lifting break so it’s no wonder it’s a grumpy elf living behind that door!
There are no fairy doors in our garden (we used to have one in the house when big daughter was very small but I’m not quite sure where it is now – the fairy must have moved on!) but there are some new flowers to brighten my day.
This is another climbing rose, it’s called “High Hopes” and although it’s not quite as vigorous as my “Emily Grey”, it flowers a bit later so there are still roses growing across our arch. The arch itself is looking a bit worse for wear (thank for the comment about a video tour of the garden, but it looks far better with these curated photos of the best bits!) so I will have to do some repair work or possibly even replace it once the roses have gone over for this year.
Another day-lily (Hemerocallis) is out – I can’t remember if it’s this one or one I showed you last time that’s called “Chicago Sunrise” but they’re both lovely. I nearly went a bit click-happy on a garden website recently and bought more varieties but managed to resist. They’re big plants and I’ve already split these ones a few times so I’m not sure I need more day-lily plants!
Remember the clematis that I showed you in my last blog post which was doing very well after the heavy pruning it got earlier this year? This is it now – wow! It’s absolutely smothered with flowers and is constantly a-buzz with bees making their way from flower to flower. The jasmine that is intertwined with it is making slow progress but the new leaves are looking strong and healthy and although I won’t get any flowers this year, I’m still glad that I cut it back.
There’s been a development inside too. The need to declutter that some people had straight away evaded me completely for the first few months of lockdown, but now I’ve started to look around and see what could be cleared or perhaps just run more efficiently in the house. As we’ve all got used to living and working indoors, we’ve gone back to our more regular ways of living and the rota we had for cooking, cleaning and walking the dog isn’t really in use any more. That’s not to say that nobody else is helping with any of those things, just that we are feeling comfortable enough to be more flexible with it all – in the beginning of lockdown, everything felt very unsafe and having the routine to cling to helped enormously through the first few weeks.
Big daughter, who’s been here since the start of lockdown anyway, moves out of her student flat at the end of the month and will be officially living with us full-time. She had planned to go travelling for a couple of months in September but all of that is on hold now so instead she’s going to take up the place on a Master’s course that she was intending to defer and just see how it all goes. She’s an adventurous cook and likes to buy lots of unusual ingredients, so I’ve been looking to see how we can re-organise the kitchen cupboards to make more space.
One of the things that has niggled me for a while has been the inefficient use of space in some of our cupboards. We’ve got some tall thin ones which came with shelves, but we could have done with some more shelves. We found that we were particularly good at piling boxes and tins on top of each other and then not quite knowing what was in the cupboard, so I finally bit the bullet and bought some baskets. I’ll admit that in the beginning, I had just planned to put the baskets in where I thought the problem was worst and be done with it, but the more I looked at the effort involved (I was going to need to use a drill and a spirit level!), the more I thought that a re-organisation of the whole cupboard space was in order.
And here’s the result of my handiwork! Not too much mess, hardly any swearing, no physical injuries of any kind … I was very proud of myself!
To change the subject and use one of my tenuous DJ links, I’m also very proud to say that I have been nominated for two categories in this year’s British Knitting & Crochet Awards – thank you very much to everyone who nominated me!
Winwick Mum is named in two categories this year – the Greatest Knitting Book and Social Media Superstar – neither of which I would probably have put myself forward for so thank you for doing it for me! As usual, there’s a prize draw for entering (1800g of yarn, subscriptions to My Weekly and People’s Friend magazines, knitting and crochet books) and the closing date is 26 August 2020. You can only vote if you’re in the UK so please don’t spend your time on it if you live abroad. Thank you very much if you are able to take the time to vote for me! xx
Finally today, I have just uploaded the next Sockalong video to YouTube and the link for it is below (just click on the picture). This is to go with the Matching Yarn tutorial and I hope that it is useful if matching the yarn for your socks is something that’s been eluding you! The newest Sockalong videos have updated captioning if you prefer to use subtitles; I’m working my way through the older videos too but haven’t done them all yet.
That’s me about done for today. Thank you so much for keeping in touch with me via the comments, it’s lovely to hear from you. I haven’t mentioned the shortie socks today and I am working on them – I hope to have more to show you and give you an idea of when the pattern will be ready next time I speak to you. Until, I hope you have a great – and safe – week xx