Saturday, March 02, 2019

I haven’t heard from Kirsten yet about the link to the Lenten retreat based on “In This House of Brede”. My sister wants to join in, as well as you, Sarah.

I’ve finished “The Good Soldier” and am reading “Alice in Wonderland”. Like you, Chloe, I’m not enjoying it as much as I expected. Maybe I need a child to read it to. I’ve ordered “Anne of Green Gables” – it’s not available for Kindle. I have higher hopes for it. But I need something meatier. I don’t think I’ve heard of “Bitter Orange”, Mary Lou. Perhaps I’ll investigate.

I finished the Foldlines square – and this one is also slightly too big, in both directions. Blocking is unlikely to make it smaller. So I’ve started another, on  a 3.25mm needle. The time won’t be wasted. It would be unwise (for me, at any rate) to embark on Foldlines without a basic grasp of the pattern. It’s going smoothly, this time – but I think I see a mistake. And once I start doing it in a white or off-white yarn, mistakes will be painfully obvious.

I also had a peek in my Millarochy sample bag, from last year’s KD club. I was pleasantly surprised to see how substantial each of the samples looks. So that stripey hap remains a possibility. I didn’t investigate the stash for Polliwog possibilities. I think maybe I knit it in sock yarn last time – not a bad idea, washability-wise.

I didn’t walk twice around the Garden today – but I did walk up to the fishmonger at the top of Broughton Street. That’s possibly slightly further, and is certainly uphill. I was horrified at how weak and tottery I felt by the time I got back with my fish.


  1. "In This House of Brede" Lenten retreat - I may join too, if we get the link. My mother read Rumer Godden and I've only ever read "The Greengage Summer" many years ago. "The Rule of Saint Benedict" was required reading in one of my (Protestant) seminary courses. Hoping the weakness and ?totteriness diminish as you continue to walk, Jean. Uphill must have increased the challenge.

  2. I've just read your post - here's the link to Rev Andrew Dotchin's blog with the post introducing his Lent course;
    He's posted it up on twitter so it's clearly in the public domain.

    I wanted something a bit more than froth to read this afternoon, but still 'easy'. Last week we visited the church of St Peter and st Paul in Chaldon, Surrey, which has a vivid 12th Century'Doom'painting.
    So I have started J L Carr's 'A Month in the Country' - it's only short, but I remembered that I enjoyed it when I read it 100 years ago (or so it seems!)

    I have every sympathy for you feeling tottery when you got home; I struggle walking uphill - even just a gentle slope. If I go any faster than a slow 'creep' I run out of breath and then get wobbly. 'Use it or lose it,' the consultant said, so I drive myself onwards, but within reason! My father (aged 89) uses one of those walking poles as an extra leg for balance, especially over uneven ground, and says people are kinder, and more patient when he has it with him.

  3. I used to read Through The Looking glass I think it was, to my son when he was little. He loved Father William and The Jobberwock. I had to read those with him dozens of times. He's thirty seven now and can still recite most of them. Good memories!

    1. Somewhere I've a copy of The Annotated Alice with endless fascinating footnotes added by mathematician Martin Gardner.

    2. Anonymous3:36 PM

      I too have The Annotated Alice (which, for those who don't know it, contains both Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass). The annotations don't interfere with one's primary enjoyment of the works but give added insight into Carroll's Victorian milieu. Gardner also gives the originals of the many popular verses that Carroll parodies, which makes them even funnier.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  4. Thanks Jean and Kirsten; I have asked the Vicar to include me in the daily meditations on House of Brede. There is a link to his email.
    The idea of a walking stick seems quite good. I have noticed has sympathetic people are to my husband who uses a cane post hip surgery. In Manhattan one tends to rush around, but they are now quick to offer him a seat on the bus or subway.

  5. Anonymous6:33 AM

    I've been reading along with the books - Cousin Phyllis, a delight, Persuasion, wonderful. Now opening my Anne. Kindle appears to have this in many editions, plus almost all of Montgomery's numerous other works and series. I remember as a 9 year old being issued with Anne to read on a train journey from Inverness to Caithness - and missing the entire train journey as I was miles away "in Canada".
    I am about 1/3 of the way through the Dathan Hap - mostly being lazy and following Kate's sample (based on the excellent picture at the start of the pattern)but even following along is making me think about colour combinations and what I like and don't like and why. Good striping and good books are a great start to the year.
    Also, Rumer Godden. The first I read was The Peacock Spring which I devoured the summer I was 15. I don't know how well it would survive a re-read.