Did you have a good festive break? Did you get new books for Christmas? I DID!
- A great US book by these folks on recycling old stuff into new stuff, but very stylishly put together with a good few quirky ideas to try
- The best preserve making book I have seen, from River Cottage - lots of information and lovely recipes for Britain's fruity bounty
- A fantastically inspiring collage book, with lots of new ideas for me to try
- A book I feel drawn to...! The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd - yeah, weird choice maybe but I only recently read (well listened to an unabridged version) the original novel and found it compelling. I am saving it for the lighter nights....
I also scored for a quite a bit of quality chocolate, and there's even some of it left.
Having spent since mid-December with a cold/hacking cough/sneezes - the symptoms vary daily - I am well sick of it and have achieved much less than I would have liked. A few more bits have been finished in the cottage, and Hugh removed the old porch with a chainsaw before digging out foundations for the new one. Now the ground is so frozen he can't get the concrete laid or it will crack. I am staying warmish by working mainly in the living room, laboriously stitching a loose cover for an armchair destined for the cottage too. It seemed a good idea at the time to make a patchwork using remnants I had squirreled away. You may get a pic of it when it's finally finished.
Ther will be a Woolgathering on Sunday 18th January at the village hall - you're welcome along if you are in driving distance.