Sunday, August 25, 2019

Weekend Words


She looked the part
confident, outgoing, fun

But they could not see
what she saw

The workings in her mind
The window she looked through

She pulled thoughts in
and then sorted
This one here, that one there
Creating order from the mix

Satisfied, she shut the window
Content for a time
in her solitary space

But then
needing air,
her window was flung open
To the world

(LHK August 2019)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Filling the days


Some days are sunshine...

Some days are not so...
but still beautiful

my standard breakfast fare: quinoa and buckwheat, apple and rhubarb, sheep yoghurt, banana and blueberries

a quick and easy tomato base recipe from a friend, which will go into the freezer for when needed 


My blue green squares continue to lay on my loungeroom floor.  Every so often I walk past, cast a critical eye at them, move a couple here and there and 'walk on by...'  Was going to just place them randomly (and I did), but they sort of formed a pattern and it's either all or nothing, so now I'm trying to get it right...
Keeps the mind move one and one side lines up but then the other doesn't! 
Almost as much fun as doing Sudoku or a Rubik's cube.

In the meantime, I'm going to join the charity blanket squares.  So they are gracing my floor now, with the others underneath. (Out of sight out of mind.)  I usually sew the squares together but think I'll try crocheting them this time...
(addendum: crocheting the squares together is working a treat!)

I have finished this crocheted blanket I was working on and really like the colours...
and continue to read The Pianist of Yarmouk, which gives good insight into conditions in Syria (Damascus) before and during the siege, and he and his family's subsequent escape to Germany. I've almost finished it and it has been very interesting. Muchly recommended!

Still cold and wintery here, but there are signs of Spring...

And this morning...
7am from the road bridge

Filling the days!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekend Words

"As a single footstep will not make a path on earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path,
we walk again and again.

To make a deep mental path,
we must think over and over the kind of thoughts
we wish to dominate our lives."

-Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August Yarn Along

Yarn Along time again...

Friend Debbie asked how I came to chose the name 'soliloquy' in the name the shawl competition I won.  You can read more on that in THIS post.

The word soliloquy came to me, as I looked at the photo.  Just sort of popped into my head.  I like the word, the way it sounds, and had a vague idea of the meaning, but googled it anyway.

Soliloquy: an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers.

So it's a conversation with oneself, a sort of inner musing/dialoguing, which I do all the time in my head, especially when knitting or crocheting.

And in looking at the shawl, I also felt it would be a sort of soft and comforting knit, as the shawl portrayed to me a visual softness and calmness (even though blue is not my colour).  There was some interest in the pattern, but also repetition, so the calm (but interesting knitting) would accompany my calm (but interesting) thoughts :)  Soliloquy.

So there ya go.  I bet you were dying to know all this :))

And if you want a bit of background on the designer, you can read it HERE.  It's interesting that she was inspired by the sea/ocean (another love of mine), which I also find calming and restful...

And remember this green granny blanket...

When Natasha was visiting she chose it to take back with her to Connecticut.  Here it is, making itself 'at home' in her sunroom...

wouldn't you love a sunroom like this!!

I'm itchin' to get started on a sweater/pullover for myself using this olive green (although it looks grey in the photo) wool/bamboo mix tweed yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills...
 and reading the Pianist of Yarmouk (from the library)

Have these books waiting in the wings on my bookshelves...
 but had to move them down the list to read the library book first

Still working on these charity blanket squares...
 only ONE square to go!!!

Ready to sew these up, but am going to leave them on my lounge room floor to remind me...
I've just placed them randomly, but will probably tweak them before sewing up

I think I've earned myself a coffee...

"I find television very educating. 
 Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Grouch Marx


Thursday, August 8, 2019


Did a walk yesterday with friend Vicki.  Near Devonport (50km away) and Coles Bay/Don Reserve.  We had rainy days either side, but yesterday the weather was perfect...
 started at the sea

 through the bush

over the bridge

 along the riverside

back to the sea

Which brought to mind these quotes (I know I've shared them before)...

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow." - Henry David Thoreau

So get out there...and do it!!


Friday, August 2, 2019

A Winter's Day

Such a beautiful day today.  Cold (-2C) and frosty early this morning, so I walked after breakfast...

Home for my morning coffee, and while my lamb roast cooked, I mowed the lawns...
 so nice to get out and do a bit of gardening

Of an evening I'm powering through these squares.  Only 6 more to knit...
while I re-watch episodes of Wallander

And my later afternoon walk by the river...
I'm loving the beauty of the soft winter sunlight

Which brings to mind these two quotes I read recently...

"The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope you can see the beautiful in your life.