On other fronts . . .

Hello, my friends! I am sorry I’ve been so neglectful, but life has been full and happy since I last posted. And busy! I’ll be continuing to post about my creative endeavours and all the usual ‘random harvest’ of thoughts and events and activities.

However, I have finally gotten a travel blog up and running. I had great plans (aren’t plans easy? Compared to executing them . . .) and wanted to have two blogs for my travels, one for family and friends and another for my grandchildren and other young people who might be interested. It’s taken me a while to get used to the tablet, though, and to figure out how to handle getting my photos uploaded without doing so one at a time. The tablet’s storage space is small and the little external drive I bought, which worked well with the laptop at home, just won’t talk to the tablet! Grumpy-making, for sure. But I have settled for only uploading the photos I use in a post and not all the photos. Those I am backing up to a 64gig flash drive. These are memories I really don’t want to lose! Anyway . . .

The new travel blog, which has two contributors, Flora (a mini sheep) and Bestemor (me, because that’s what my grandchildren call me). Feel free to visit when you have time and see what I’ve been up to. I’ve only three posts up so far, but will be adding more as time allows. I’m dating in the titles so you will know when stuff was happening, as the posts are not going to be in sequence by time experienced.

If you are interested, go here:  Gypsies: Flora and Bestemor [Another Great Adventure]

I had a marvellous time in Alba (Scotland) and the wedding was perfect! I wore my Meg shawl, too, although it still doesn’t have the finishing touches added. I absolutely love it!

The wedding was in Edinburgh on 18 May and I was able to watch the Royal Wedding the following day on my tablet at the hostel. Posts about all my adventures in Scotland and since then in England will follow.

I have been busy knitting since I arrived (with a little help from wee Flora):

Remember the Clover Colours socks? Well, here they are today:

Yes, they are done (and the yarn ends neatly darned in, too; I refused to allow myself to wear them until that was taken care of. I’m doing my best to mend some of my errant ways). They are SO comfy and I simply love them! No turning back for me, now.

I am beyond grateful to Ms. Snail for her recommendation of using the smallest dpns (2 mm or size zero are what I used) to achieve a dense, cushiony fabric that will wear well and so require darning further into the future. I’ll let you know when I have to make the first mend, but don’t hold your breath . . . for one thing, I’m wearing my cotton socks to work in t stable or field and even around the house if the days are warm.

Because of her recommendation, and after seeing the lovely results (and comparing the socks with the Fair Isle style ones that are still on the needles, I made the drastic decision to do this . . .

. . . yes, on 11 June I frogged the whole sock (well, half a sock, really, as it was just past the heel). And then I picked up my new favourite dpns and . . .

. . . began again. And now, as you can see, both socks are nearly up to the beginning of the heel. I think I have another ten rows or so to knit. And I am on my way to creating a Sock Drawer of my very own.

Another project that I began some years ago began as one of my ‘make it up as you go along’ creations. I had read about a jumper that was begun at one sleeve cuff and knitted across horizontally to the other cuff, increasing and decreasing and leaving openings as one went along. Sounded like fun to me . . . But I was using the yarn I had and it proved to be a bit heavy, considering that I was also working a Fair Isle style design into the sleeve. So in the end I changed my goal and decided this would make an excellent, if unique, knitted bag. The straps are different, as the less decorative one (small upper picture) is meant to be worn next to the body, with the other strap (large picture) worn facing outward.

The spiral piece is crocheted and was created to fill the hole at the bottom of the bag, once the place for a hand to pass through. Yesterday and today I have been:

joining the circle to the opening, using a crochet hook and slipstitches. It’s worked out rather well, I think. When I created the spiral piece I worked alternately with the pink and blue, switching to only pink for the last two rounds. Those two rounds I did not use any increase stitches, so the spiral took on a very shallow basket shape and its ‘wall’ is what I joined to the cast-on row of the former sleeve. I have yet to work in the yarn ends and I still have to decide if I am going to use a button and loop to fasten the two straps together. And what sort of button. And what colour . . . oh, the decisions . . .

And in the meantime . . .

This is young Cassie, a yearling filly and a miniature Gypsy cob. She looks rather wild with her mane blowing about, but is gentle, yet spirited. She is in a field with an older mare, a Thoroughbred and I am lucky in that I am allowed to feed them every morning (I prepare the food in the evenings unless my friend Veronica has already done it. I also get to groom Cassie as well as the two Gypsy cobs and two rescue donkeys in the adjoining field. When I was twelve or thirteen I was as horse-crazy as any young girl and begged for a horse of my own. Not a practical thing for a large family. My parents were sure I would grow out of it. I wonder when that will happen . . .

I also put out cat food for the feral cat here and it has shown itself to me twice  before today.

There is a big adventure (for me, that is) planned for Monday (tomorrow) and I shall have photos and a story to share. When I put out feed for any animal I always make a distinctive sound so that they come to know me and become friendly. With the horses it’s a two-note low whistle. For the cat it’s more of a ps, ps, psss sound. Today it came just after I filled the dish and called it.  And it allowed me to come quite close before retreating to its den under a thick mass of tree branches and shrubbery. But I got a photo first . . .

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This is one of my favourite colourings for cats and I adore long-hairs . . . I hope I get to pet this one before I have to leave.

I’ll be back soon; there is so much more to share with you all. In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful week from Chota Farm:

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Oh, I forgot to mention . . . I’m on Instagram and have been posting a few photos there, if you are interested. Search for Another_Great_Adventure, ask to follow me and I shall grant you entrance! I had some odd people wanting to follow me, so have kept the account private for now. But any of you, my friends, are more than welcome.

It’s too late to search for music, sorry. Maybe next time.

Instagram: Another_Great_Adventure

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6 thoughts on “On other fronts . . .

  1. Your socks are beautiful. I love the colors in them. I have no idea exactly what you are talking about since I don’t knit but obviously things are working out well. How interesting that you make a noise the familiarize unknown animals to you. I would never have thought of it. I’m glad you are enjoying your adventures.

    • Thank you, Marlene! It’s always about colours for me and the name (Clover Colours) was an added draw.

      I have an odd mind that constantly thinks about things and also looks for solutions. So I’ve noticed in my life that animals don’t understand language as we do, but they do associate with sounds. You can teach a dog to sit to the word ‘sit’, but as easily to any other word. Or to any sound or signal. Making the same sound when feeding can help get animals to come for their food. If you give a treat to that sound at times, they will learn to come. It’s so much easier than following a horse around the pasture or trying to herd them where you want them to go. I use it with all animals, though. Maybe I’m just lazy, but I’ve always enjoyed teaching, too. (as I was just doing, I see).

      This trip so far has been mostly great. Always a fly or two in the ointment, of course, but that’s always the case.

      Two more sleeps and I’m in Norway! So amazing to be doing this and I feel SO blessed. And six weeks to Stirling and tge concert, which makes me equally joyous and sad. If this weather keeps up, I won’t need a tent, either; it was 32 C yesterday (about 90 F). The cottage is cool in the mornings, but heats up earlier each day. A cool shower at bedtime helos, although I hate to use the water. We are moving into a drought situation, I hear. So I may resort to sprinkling my jammies tonight . . .

      Are you staying cool? I know you don’t like the heat either. Take care, my friend. I’m thinking of you and Suzi Q.

      • Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, Linne. We are doing well enough and I’m with you on the shower thing. Some nights I just go in, rinse off the sweat and put the PJ’s on while wet. I always have a fan on year round. AC will be necessary later in the week as we are going into the high 90’s. It sounds like you are having a great time. Enjoy every minute. I’ll give my sister a hello. She will be with me for a few days next week. Hugs.

      • Glad you are hanging in there, Marlene; Hope the heat doesn’t last. Here we’ve had two nights where I used the winter duvet instead of the summer one, which has actually been too much after the hot days. And we had a thunderstorm two nights ago, with rain, so things have cooled off a bit. Very welcome, too! Today was cloudy so far, with a few showers (rain was predicted, though). High 90s is pretty high! I’ll have to send you some cool hugs and maybe some cooling breezes, too, from half-way around the world. 🙂 I AM having a good time for the most part. There is always a fly in the ointment, but I don’t mind that too much. That’s life, right? And I AM enjoying my time here, whether at home pretending I’m Norwegian by birth as well as blood (half, anyway) or out seeing the sights. Some things, like the Vigeland park I posted about on the travel blog, are beyond words, although I did try.

        You can give your sister a ‘virtual’ hug from me, if you like. I’d likely give her one if I were there in person (depending on her, I mean). Have a wonderful time with her. I hope both of you get out and have a little fun, if you’re up for that, or else get into some mischief at home. I suspect your sister is quite good at that . . . Much Love and Light to you, Marlene. ~ Linne

  2. Glad my suggestion was helpful – although I’d completely forgotten I made it!!
    Just about to go to bed when I saw this post and the link to the record of your travels on your new blog… I will have a proper read tomorrow with a big mug of coffee.
    I really hope your trip is turning out to be everything you expected… let me know if you are coming over to Wales.

    • Jan, I’ve been telling people about your suggestion every chance I get! The difference in the texture is amazing and it was so worth frogging that half-done red sock.

      I had hoped to record my travels more than I’ve done, but wrestling with the tablet, the incompatibility with the external drive and with uploading photos rather put me off. But I shall persevere. Also, I’ve spent a large amount of time online just looking for somewhere to live that won’t take up my entire budget. I’ll be away from 11 – 30 July, then I have to move somewhere else, so it’s at the top of my priority list for now.

      I hope to visit Wales, to see the Peace Poppy installation if possible, since I can recognise my contributions quite easily, even in photos. And it would be so nice to meet you and Mr. Snail, too. We shall see . . . if it becomes possible, I shall let you know and perhaps we can meet up somewhere. If not, we may meet at Yarndale, as I still plan to get there. I have a weekend ticket and expect to be camping. I have been looking for a roomshare near Skipton or Stirling; if that materializes, all the better.

      Other than the unexpected move, the trip has indeed been wonderful. I knew when I came that I might not do much sightseeing, but just ‘being’ here is so moving for me. I hope you know what I mean by that. I have no English heritage, but grew up on English culture, history, literature, etc., so until I was well on into my thirties I felt as though I were English. And my sons’ grandmother was from here; she was one of the Land Girls, driving a horse-drawn milkwagon and loving it, even with a runaway caused by a German bomber dropping his last bomb in a field near her. She was quite small, rather shy (introverted, we now know) and I loved her with all my heart. I posted a photo on Instagram of a wee teapot I bought in a charity shop because it was red and has the Typhoo tea logo on the side. She introduced me to Typhoo, Marmite and other things. I wish she were still here to share my adventures.

      Having time with animals again has been so good, too; I have told one owner that if her best cob, her two Bernese – Shepherd cross pups and the mini cob filly go missing, she will know I am pony-trekking to Scotland. I should get there just in time for the concert! I do wish there were horses and no cars and lorries these days, but I also know the hardships that come with that life. Oh, well.

      I have seen my first English roses, too. So beautiful! And I’ve been hanging out in the cemeteries of a couple of very old churches. Makes me realize just how young Canada is; we had our 150th birthday only last year. I have seen graves older than that, and of course buildings. Edinburgh was amazing just to walk around in. And people everywhere have been so friendly and helpful. It’s truly been worth it, no matter what.

      I wish I had a place of my own back home, and one near the coast, so that I could offer a place to those I’ve met (and those I’ve met online, too). It would be so lovely to repay at least some of the generosity.

      I’ve caught up reading your posts (and loved the Scrap-Happy one by Mr. Snail on his own blog), but have not left comments. There is just not enough time in the days at present. I’ll be back over there, though. Hugs to you both. ~ Linne

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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