Friday, 14 June 2019

Who ordered Autumn early?

 This is usually my favourite time of year, as spring slides into summer, but the weather here in Britain has been truly awful. Rain, rain, rain and... oh, more rain! I shouldn't grumble too hard; one part of Lincolnshire is flooded after getting two months' rain in two days, but it would be better for my tomato plants and flowers if we had some more sunshine.

The upshot of all this horrid weather is that I've dug out my winter coat again, and have been wearing my heavier clothing again. This blue dress is the one I bought to wear to a work event earlier this year. It ended up causing a massive anxiety flare-up for me. I had thought of getting rid of the dress – it was a charity shop purchase to start with – but you know what? I like this dress. And it's not the dress's fault I had such a bad time the first time I wore it again. So I wore it again and had a good day, and it's not an unlucky dress.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

New-to-me midcentury knitting patterns

A pile of vintage knitting patterns
Look what arrived in the post from Veronica! A set of lovely midcentury knitting patterns. I’m always amazed the ones that came as pullouts from magazines or newspapers, like the ones at the back-left and back-centre here, have survived as the paper wasn’t the strongest to start with, so I take good care of them.

Monday, 3 June 2019

[Music] Abney Park, Ancient World and Aether Shanties

I reviewed a very punky steampunk album back in April, which I knew wouldn’t be to most people’s taste. However, one of the things I love about steampunk is its diversity and creativity; if one thing doesn't appeal to you, the next thing might be just your cup of duelling tea. That’s especially true on the musical front, which covers everything from chap-hop to punk to things like Abney Park. Their music is full of lush harmonies and instruments beyond the band-standard drums and guitars. Violin, piano and banjo are three that feature in particular. The lead singer is male but there’s often a female vocal harmonising and intertwining.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Gisela and Mim get steamy!

If they're going to put hats out, I'm going to
make an arse of myself...
On Saturday I went over to Didcot to meet up with the ever-brilliant Gisela of Miss Magpie's Musings.  It felt like ages since we'd last met up, so she suggested a day at Didcot Railway Centre, which I was very much up for. You can't really beat a day with good company and steam trains, can you? And fortune smiled on us and we had brilliant weather for the day.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Picky about telly

Summer of Rockets starts tonight on BBC2
I mentioned the Miss Fisher spin-off Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries some time back. It’s been airing in the UK but I haven’t spoken about it because… well… I don’t like it! I’ve been hankering for a vintage-set TV series, preferably crime drama, but none of the ones that come on have really hit the spot for me, and I’ve been trying to work out why that is.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Apples for an apple

I finished sewing this skirt over the Easter weekend but you’re only seeing it now because I really wanted to wear these shoes with it, and as they’re a sort of snake-patterned suede I wasn’t prepared to wear them when there was still a threat of rain. It was gloriously sunny yesterday, so I was finally able to wear it. I’d wanted to wear it with a lime-green T-shirt and red cardi, but when I put the T-shirt on at the weekend I was concerned it was a bit too tight, so hopefully that outfit variation will get an outing later in the summer.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

May is the best month!

Aaaah! Aren’t you ready for the warmer weather? I know I am. May is definitely my favourite month of the year, though the current rain is not what I'd expect. We've been doing some serious Hobbitting over the Easter and May Bank Holiday weekends. Things are just starting to come to life properly in the garden. I’ve been growing some things from seed, and also bought some tiny seedlings at the garden centre that I’ve been nurturing. We cheated and bought these splendid ones fully grown, as Mr Robot was determined to have colour RIGHT NOW and wasn't prepared to wait.