Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sewing for the knitting 

This new hobby of sewing seems to be just as moreish as the knitting.  I’ve been running up endless versions of the Stowe bag. From Karen Templar, it’s a simple pattern that feeds my love of novelty bias binding and my need … Continue reading

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Lopapeysa with zip

I knit this based on a free pattern from Ravelry but charted up the yoke and cuffs pattern on squared paper from a real Icelandic Lopapeysa knit by Vikings. The yarn is Alafoss Lopi Icelandic wool.  I made it big.And long. It … Continue reading

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Casals JS Bach Six Cello Suites

Thank you wikipedia and youtube. Today I can listen to the marvellous playing of Pau Casals. Here he is below, the man himself, ONE ENTIRE HUNDRED YEARS ago.

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This Machine Kills Fascists said the sticker on his guitar 

We were watching the No Direction Home documentary that Martin Scorcese made about Bob Dylan. There was only time for the first 20 minutes before bed, but, since it began at the beginning, we got a great laugh out of … Continue reading

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Dark Arts – George Monbiot

http://www.monbiot.com/2017/02/04/dark-arts/

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Beach Boys and Mad Men

“I may not always love you…” Do you recognise this excellent snatch of song lyric? What a way to open a love song! Aside from the extraordinary brilliance and intricacy of the production on Pet Sounds (1966), the album also … Continue reading

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Till a’ the seas gang dry

James Hutton (1726-1797) was a Scottish geologist who probably met Robert Burns and introduced him to the idea of deep time (a wonderful expression for how the earth is a living entity, constantly reforming and changing, and millions of years … Continue reading

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Nature Boy

Today I realised I need more Frank Sinatra in my life. There was a boy…a very strange enchanted boy…They say he travelled very far, very far over land and sea. A little shy… And sad of eye… But very wise was he. And … Continue reading

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I am a Princess 

And this is my castle. Why rush on? Look over the gate. Frost in all the shadows. There are rabbits making free in the walled garden, a dainty red squirrel, the white lawn with its blackbird hopping. Some of last … Continue reading

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time to stand and stare

A ridiculous moment this morning.  The news and current affairs have me so agitated today that I even paused on my morning walk to check my phone to see if I could get up a podcast to distract me from … Continue reading

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