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Let The Festivities Begin!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Sock Mistress and I have escaped from our usual habitat to a cottage in the Lake District for the week. I’ve been looking forward to this tremendously over the last month or so and now it’s finally arrived I’ve got that ‘big kid’ feeling that only Christmas can really bring.

During the past week at work there’s been the usual round-the-watercooler type of conversations with colleagues about everyone’s plans for the festive season and (rather pleasingly) I’ve been able to trump them all every time. Most people were bracing themselves for marathon drinking sessions, marathon child-wrestling bouts or just wanted a few days relief from the office. Telling them I’ll be in a small cottage by a lake beneath snow capped hillsides just caused people to turn glassy eyed as they drifted away with the thought of it.

Even in the most remote corners of England, you’re never too far from a decent WiFi signal or a Co Op with reasonable opening times. As such I don’t feel as though civilisation has been abandoned, it’s just been put to one side for now. I have a fridge filled with full-fat milk, local eggs and butter. I have underfloor heating and a bathtub I can stretch out in. I have a Christmas tree in the corner of the room and no particular plans to stick to. That all feels very civilised indeed if you ask me.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Food, Holidays, Outdoors, Travel, Xmas

 

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Christmas Reading

As Christmas rolls ever nearer and the holiday break readies itself to kick in, I need to set myself a reading list to fill out my down-time (in between all that mince pie eating and merry making). At the moment I’m about 80% of the way through Lee Child’s third Jack Reacher book ‘Tripwire.’ It’s a good story, but brute force and vigilante justice don’t really shout out ‘festive spirit’ to me.

I could re-visit ‘The Silmarillion.’ which I go back to every few years, but having only just seen the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies I don’t really feel a strong urge to retread the path to Middle Earth just yet. A good biography might be enjoyable and people as different as Sir Roger Moore and Sammy Hagar have life stories that appeal to me. I’ve also had my eye on David Law’s ’22 Days in May’ for a while as well.

I will probably make my third visit to Hogworts this year and download ‘Prisoner of Azkaban.’ I’m also rereading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series for the squillionth time and ‘Song of Suzannah’ is calling to me from some distant level of The Tower. If I go back enough times, one day I believe that final chapter of the final book will end differently…

However, all these rich and fabulous fantasy worlds may end up waiting in line behind some good gruesome fun like Tonia Brown’s ‘Badass Zombie Roadtrip,’ so you never know… What is most unlikely is that I’ll end up reading a book about Christmas at Christmas, although saying that, last year I really enjoyed reading through a Kindle compilation of The Queen’s Christmas speeches. They’re a fascinating thermometer reading of British history across the years.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Books, Xmas

 

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Time Marches On

I’m older than I’ve ever been… and now I’m even older… and now I’m older still. In general, getting older is rubbish. Every Winter brings a new lingering ache or pain that wasn’t there before, but will do its best to slow you down and get in your way. The rain feels wetter, the wind feels colder and the long, dark nights arrive quicker than they seemed to the year before.

Saying that though, I do enjoy watching the seasons change, as the leaves turn from green to brown and a bright, washed out sun shines from the pale Winter sky. October brings Halloween, November has Guy Fawkes’ Night and December has Christmas, which leads us to January and New Year’s Day. So whilst the nights might have got longer and darker, there is plenty still to celebrate.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Holidays, Inspiration

 

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Looming Large

Since I had so much fun with the straight hand loom I bought in Oslo, I did a bit of shopping around and got myself a larger loom.  This should allow me to make bigger items like scarves, possibly blankets and bags.

Crafty September 007

I’ve got some pattern books for ideas and the bags in particular sound like good fun.  They’ll come in handy for Christmas I expect, because as usual I’ll be trying to give out as many hand-made gifts as possible.  As well as being nice presents in themselves (I hope) it’ll be a bit more convenient since I can use the bags to hold other smaller gifts in them.

Crafty September 003

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2010 in Inspiration

 

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Let it snow… then snow some more

Snow Meets Sock Monster

Snow Meets Sock Monster

As we near Christmas, it’s nice to see that the weather here is being a little festive.  None of the Sockymon have had a Christmas before so they’ve been enjoying the snow and generally mucking about.  As they’re about 30% wool the cold doesn’t seem to bother them, but it does make them a little damp.  No different to us humans then really…

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2008 in Socks

 

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