Monday, June 27, 2011

Winter Warmers

My top ten survival tactics for getting through the cold weather this year.....
  1. Red wine.  (Preferably Yellowtail Merlot but I'm not fussy and anything will do).
  2. Good food.  
  3. Good company. 
  4. Red wine.
  5. Chocolate liqueur.  Mmmmmm.
  6. Beanies.
  7. Scarves.
  8. Gloves.
  9. Red wine.
  10. Wool insoles.


Yesterday we had the wonderful Mr & Mrs H and their 3 on-school-holidays-kiddli-winks come to stay.  It was a glorious day - all crisp air and low sun - a beautiful day to be outside (a rarity this time of year).  Soccer balls were found to be kicked around the yard, veggie gardens were inspected for hidden strawberries and the most was made of a lovely afternoon before progressing inside to the warmth of the fire.

With them, Mr & Mrs H brought one of their delicious meat chickens which found it's new home in the oven....mmmmm roast chicken!....before being aided in consumption by roast veggies, mashed potato and hot bread to find it's new, new home in my belly.  Mmmmmm.  Washed down with a good dash of red wine (for me) and scotch (for everyone else - not kiddies though - they had soft drink!!), it was a meal fit for a king queen.  

I would have posted pictures of the divine spread we had happening but I wasn't quick enough with the me though, it tasted even better than it all looked!

The LOML woke this morning with a ripper of a headache and feeling more than a little seedy - sure signs he had a good night telling stories and sharing laughs between scotches.  Me, I'm fine and dandy though I did pull up a little earlier than him giving me a headstart on the recovery process!  I'm getting wiser as I age!  

Mrs H, bless her, read my whinge about cold feet and brought me a present.....
What a wonderful woman she is!  Thank you very muchly - my feet are very grateful!

Combined with my current obsession with crocheting headwear, witness my latest creation.....
....I am doing my utmost to keep the heat in!  Stylishly too!  For those interested, this is a ravelry pattern - Adult Bumpy Bobble Beanie.  The scary eye thing I have happening in this photo makes me look psycho - I'm not really and I'm not usually that intense!  Taking a decent photo of yourself is so hard, especially when trying to navigate double-chin tendencies!  Oh well, scary eye it is!  

I'm trying to also re-teach myself to knit so that I can get stuck into all the patterns for sweaters and cardigans and scarves etc that are in all the old Australian Home Journals I saved from imminent destruction months ago.  I keep telling myself it will be like riding a bike - you never forget.  So with that in mind today I got me some bamboo knitting needles and some yarn.....

Watch this space for more crafty creations....!


  1. Knitting... it must be a theme today. A good friend and fellow knitter mentioned finishing her sweater before the end of this summer, so she will be able to wear it for the winter. I just have no desire to surround myself in wool when it's a million degrees out.

    What are you going to try to knit? I can't wait to see how it's going to work out for you.

    I think your hat is adorable. Since I buzzed off all of my hair this summer, and I think I might keep it this way for a little while. I will be knitting plenty of hats to keep my bald head warm this year.

  2. Cute hat! Glad to know you're staying warm - the wool insoles sound like a godsend!

  3. Hmmmm....I don't know what to start with first Tex. Simple would be best all round I think so most likely a scarf or a cowl to retrain my hands from one implement to two! My eventual goal is to become proficient enough to complete a cardi or day!
    How is the buzz cut going? For some reason I can't download the photo....though without doubt you look great! I did a number 4 clipper cut when I was 18 for the sole reason of 'why not?'. It was certainly an experience - both good and bad. I had no troubles with having to style my hair for months and I saved a packet on shampoo but I also found out my skull isn't that attractive and that being covered with hair is actually a good thing! Oh well, you live, you learn!

    Thanks Celia - finally I am warm, and a little funky too! The sun has been out and the wind non-existent these last few days so that is always a help!

  4. The buzz is going very well. I love it! Thankfully, I have a nicely shaped head.

    Do you have any wool mittens? They are very easy to make once you get the hang of two needles. You'll find that four needles is no big deal. I suggest you try to get the book 'Stitch n' Bitch'. It's a funny read, and a super great resource complete with pictures and excellent descriptions. Good luck.

  5. Four needles?!?! What do you use four needles for? I'm intrigued now....


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