Fashion · Vintage

A capsule wardrobe?

I have received a marvellous gift from my sister, namely a copy of Woman's Weekly magazine from 13th April 1968. It's a treasure-trove of marvellous advice and inspiration from fashion to beauty to natural history (should come in handy when I have to help educate my grandson), not to mention an adertising feature for carpets… Continue reading A capsule wardrobe?

Knitting · Uncategorized

Works making nice progress

Well, that was a productive weekend so come Tuesday, naturally, I slumped. Hopefully the week will get better from here. First off, I finished my Nuclear Sunrise socks and they are a lovely addition to my sock drawer. Whether I will wear them much this side of late autumn I cannot tell; the colour is… Continue reading Works making nice progress

blakes 7 · Nostalgia

Old walls, alien landscapes

I settled in this Bank Holiday Monday to a "virtual Blakes 7 convention": Cynus Alpha Down and Safe. What a fantastic event - seven hours of recorded chats with cast and crew recalling their time on this classic sci-fi series. I have written before of the significance of the old wall in Blakes 7, where… Continue reading Old walls, alien landscapes

Stationery

Last Chance Saloon – Phase 3-ish

Now I'm nearing the end of my desk improvement project, also known as "Last Chance Saloon", I'm taking a look back to remind myself where I've come from. I don't really have any good photos of the my desk as it was before I started recording my changes, but this is how things stood at… Continue reading Last Chance Saloon – Phase 3-ish

Knitting · Nostalgia

Knits in progress – real and virtual

Here are my current works in progress, taking a nap in the lazy evening sunshine. My progress this past week has been steady, but by no means stellar. Once I had finished the back of the Rimini cardigan, it took me a few days to cast on for the first of the two front sections… Continue reading Knits in progress – real and virtual

Fashion · lifestyle · Stationery · Vintage

A writing bag

Several months ago I met a man who engendered in me feelings of admiration and envy; the admiration was because he was living my dream - living off a pension and spending his days as a writer - and envy because he had a brilliant writing bag. I encountered him in the course of my… Continue reading A writing bag

Stationery

Stationery I’m using right now

It's always tempting to talk about the fresh and new, but sometimes it's nice to just reflect on the things we are actually using, so today I'm going to write about the stationery in regular use at the moment. William Hannah Notebook If you've read anything I've written before, you'll know all about this one.… Continue reading Stationery I’m using right now

Knitting · lifestyle

Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

I've had a crazy day today, apparently unable to tear myself away from handbags of the 1960s and 1970s for long enough to actually write a few words about 2020. However, I am here now, very much in the spirit of better late than never, to give you an update on my knitting progress plus… Continue reading Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

lifestyle · Stationery

Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

Another day, and still chipping away at the desk setup. The shelves arrived this morning from The Futon Company and were relatively easy to put together. There are a lot of screws in this little unit, but that does make it nice and sturdy for such a simple design. Now the big question is whether… Continue reading Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

lifestyle · Stationery

Further thoughts

I've spent an absurd amount of time this week pondering the desk situation and it came to me yesterday that perhaps I am trying to make one space do the work that properly belongs to two separate spaces. Let me explain. When I think of the word "desk" my mind conjures up two entirely separate… Continue reading Further thoughts