Why I Haven't Blogged For Ten Days

Thursday, 20 February 2014

I've been watching the Winter Olympics that's why. Absolutely glued to it. The telly goes on as soon as I get up (which was absurdly early on Monday because I forgot it was half term), and it stays on until Clare says goodnight at 8 o'clock in the evening. I am watching the bronze medal curling match as I write this and it's all getting pretty tense so apologies for typos.

Other reasons for not blogging include forgetting to take pictures, remembering to take pictures but finding my camera battery flat and then not being able to locate the charger, and plain old laziness.

I have been doing stuff though.
I knitted a new hat for Tom because his other one 'went all weird'. 
I've been doing a bit more creative mending but I'm afraid my mends won't hold up well to laundering so I'm holding off showing them until they've been through the wash a few times. 
I'm continuing to knit my shawl and scarf
I made a delicious barley stew based around the leftover sauce from a chicken casserole.
I made chocolate marble cake for the band when they came round to jam. It was much appreciated. 
On the day the band came round Katie and I went to Oxford. We went to the Cath Kidston shop -too floral, too expensive, the Natural History Museum -lots of small children, lots of buggies and lots of dino bones, we ate burgers at Byron's and I bought my March read - A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor.

In other news the River Severn has retreated, the sun has come out, my hellebores are blooming and the days are getting longer. At last. And GB (actually Scotland) has won a bronze medal in the women's curling, well done girls.





25 comments:

  1. I watched the curling too, it was a brilliant result for the girls!
    Thank you for reminding me to check if my hellebores are in bloom. They hide next to my gazebo and I can't see them from the window. I'll have to squelch across the garden to have a look.

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  2. The Olympics are riveting, aren't they? I'm trying to work, so have the sound down very low, but it's all so exhilarating. Makes me wonder if I'm too old to learn to ski ...

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    1. I started learning when I was 53. Although I am not great and only do it once a year it is fab fun. And I can fall down with the best of them!

      I love the Winter Olympics.

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  3. Just breaking off to say good to see you. Byee!

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  4. I love they way that as soon as one sport has finished you get hooked and addicted to the next one. The four abreast fast jumpy skiing (cannot remember what it's called) was incredible. Gkad to hear the reporters won't have to stand knee deep in the Severn now...
    Ax

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  5. Do you mean ski cross, Magic Bean? I'm ashamed to say I watched that this morning instead of the curling. Though I did tune in for the last end, which is after all the one that counts.

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  6. Glad that you have been having fun watching the Olympics! I know what you mean about the pictures, sometimes you have it in mind I must take photos of whatever it is for my blog and then you forget and go ahead and make something - usually food! - and eat it and it is gone and not one single photo of anything!! At least crochet and knitting don't disappear so you can go back and get some shots!! Hope that you enjoy the rest of the curling today. xx

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  7. I've loved the curling too, but had to miss todays .Darn it! But will definitely see the mens tomorrow I guess it is. Shame there is only one curling rink in the whole of England.
    Lovely photos as always.
    My problem with photos for the blog is that sometimes things are for presents, so I dare not spoil surprises. And then I forget they are stored on the file so they never get onto the blog.

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  8. Glad to hear you've been busy and not washed away. The winter Olympics has been amazing, though I haven't been as dedicated as you — fighting eldest for access to the television as she mainlines Sherlock on iPlayer, but I've been watching the highlights. It's the downhill skiing that has me on the edge of my seat. And the snowboarders! Actually it's all pretty incredible.
    Hope you enjoy A View of The Harbour, beautifully written, as ever, but it also has an intriguing structure — the first scene is like a long tracking shot in a film. That probably sounds very pretentious, but it strikes me every time I read it.

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    1. I have not read any Elizabeth Taylor and am very much hoping I will love her as there are so many more to read.

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  9. Ah! Housework on ice AKA curling. Nope, sorry, doesn't float my boat one little but. I can sit through a bit of skiing but Winter Sport does not much at all for me. Wouldn't it be boring if we all liked the same thing? I haven't blogged for a good ten days either, I really don't know how folks manage one a day, I can't even get round to reading them that frequently, certainly not to comment. And the thing is the longer you leave it the harder it is to sit down and get something half decent together. And yes, flat camera battery struck in this household too. Having said that, the sun is shining and a few more shoots out in the garden, and fortunately we have been flood free here in our bit of Norfolk. I have my next book lined up, though I can't keep my nose out of the Game of Thrones series, but cannot put that down as each months new read!

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  10. Yay for the Olympics. I, too, have been rivited. It's the only time we get cable, so we can actually watch the TV. Go Canada! (Sorry.)

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    1. Congratulations to Canada's women for winning gold in the curling.

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  11. I love the Winter Olympics. Perhaps it's a result of giving birth twice during them and happy memories of sitting feeding and watching? Whatever I have been glued to them!

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  12. good to have you back Sue - sadly I'm at work for most of the Olympics.

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  13. Anything to do with half pipes has had me glued to the screen, anything to do with skis has had me glued to the screen, ditto ice skating, double ditto people flinging themselves along half tunnels of ice etc etc. Just HOW amazing has it all been...........?

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  14. Beautiful colours in these photos. I haven't been watching the Olympics but I do love looking at hellebores.
    Sarah.

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  15. Can there ever be too much floral?!? Speaking of, your hellebores are gorgeous. We won't see any of that action here for another couple of months.

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  16. We have been watching lots of the Olympics here. We were glued to the tv all day watching the curling and women's hockey. 2 gold in one day-fantastic.

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  17. Despite much of it being in the middle of the night here I've been enjoying the Olympics too. Was delighted to watch the womens' curling bronze playoff live last night - well done GB!!

    Michelle in Wellington, NZ

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  18. I hadn't watched the curling at all until that match, and oh, wasn't it wonderful! The tension, the concentration, the teamwork, the immaculate hair and nails! Didn't those young women do well....

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  19. Me, too! (Hellebores and Olympics. Devastating hockey losses to Canada -- our men's and women's teams seem to have been invaded by listless pod people at just the wrong moments. Very sad. But ski cross very exciting!)
    I am also knitting a sweater -- I hope to have it done before the next winter Olympics.

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  20. Good luck with A View of the Harbour. I found it tricky. My favourites are In a Summer Season and At Mrs Lippincote's.

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  21. you've been busy... (and watching the winter olympics is serious business...)

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  22. Beautiful hellebores - and the winter olympics was a bit addictive wasn't it? Who knew I was so interested in bobsleigh?! Hope you're not feeling too bereft without your snow and ice sport fix!

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