Bit of a show and tell sort of post today I'm afraid as there's not much news around here at the moment. Except, I suppose that the children went back to school yesterday and I moped around the house all day as I usually do after a school holiday. The blooming weather didn't help either as it was cold, grey and drizzling all day.
Oh well, at least we had wonderful weather for the whole of the holiday and we got out for a walk over the fields on Sunday afternoon. I took my camera with me and captured a few lovely things. Crab apple blossom just coming out. I love the colours:
Lichen and moss covered trees everywhere:
We found some lichen on the ground and brought it and some broken branches back. I soaked the lichen for a few hours and it sprung back to life:
There were rabbits everywhere and I managed to catch one - on camera that is:
Ofcourse I couldn't resist a close up of a dandelion:
and Tom took one of the local church peeping through the trees:
Then it was back home for supper, bath, school bags to get ready and ofcourse no-one could get up the next morning.
As I said what a morning it was. I'd resolved to take more exercise and to start walking to school everyday and we did manage it but I had to scrounge a lift on the way back as it started raining. However, I was very good and I went for a long up-and-down-hill walk whilst Tom took the boys to cricket practice last night. Isn't it amazing how a bit of fresh air and exercise can change your mood, give you energy and exillerate you? I came back and re-decorated the house, filled the freezer with food and put on my best clothes for when hubby came back - ONLY JOKING!
Actually, I came back and knitted two strawberries instead. I'd seen this pic on flickr in the afternoon and desperately wanted to knit some so after a bit of searching I found the link to the pattern on peasoup's blog. Here are my efforts:
Aren't they lovely? The only red wool I had in the house was Tahki Donegal Tweed so I used that and I must say that the bits in the wool make the strawberries look quite realistic. The bigger one on the left was knit with 4mm needles and the one on the right with 3mm. I would say to use a smaller needle for your wool as it makes the stitches tighter. The pattern is here. Here is a pic of another one I made with some wool from the charity shop this morning. The wool was doubled here and knit on 3mm needles too:
Well, I'm off to knit a few more strawberries - I'll leave you with a pic of another beret I knit at my Mum's last week with the aforementioned Tahki. It's the best of the lot I think:
Damn this was going to be a short post - show and tell I said but I just remembered something I read yesterday on a new (to me) blog.
It's this interesting post about blogging and readership by pinkpurl. She made a really important point about blogging being a two-way thing, an interaction. I blog - you comment and you give me some feedback. It must be quite an issue because back in January there was a de-lurking week when readers were encouraged to come out and stop being shy. I have to say I'm as guilty as the next person. Before I had a blog I used to read a few and be really inspired by many but it never ocurred to me to leave a comment. I was too shy and I felt that it was a special world that I was looking into and I didn't feel part of it. It didn't ocurr to me that the bloggers I read would like to have my feedback. Nowadays I have my fave blogs and I try to leave a comment on each one every week. But sometimes I don't know what to say - especially when I come across a new blog. It's almost easier to leave comments for bloggers that you have a 'relationship' with - ones that you've been reading for ages. Hmmmm.
What do you think? Do you feel shy leaving comments, do you feel that you have to be 'one of them' to comment or don't you know what to say? Do you think you should comment more often or do you think a fuss is being made about nothing? I'd love to hear your opinions ...............