Dairy and Egg free wine

I became a little distracted over the holiday season. It turned out a lot busier that I thought it was going to be and the blog sort of got away from me. For the first week or so we had visitors, or went visiting, every day. Then my OH had a couple of meetings dueContinue reading “Dairy and Egg free wine”

Slow Cooker Steak and Mushroom Pie – Gluten and Dairy Free

I love my slow cookers.  I have two, as I find it handy to have the choice between small and a large depending on what I am making.  I realise this is pure indulgence and only worth the investment if you use them a great deal, as I do. I end up using them twice a weekContinue reading “Slow Cooker Steak and Mushroom Pie – Gluten and Dairy Free”

Earlier in the year…

….I knitted Bella by  Lene Holme Samsøe, from her book Essentially Feminine Knits -25 Must have Chic Designs. The original pattern calls for Hjertegarn Alpaca Silk but I made a substitution for something I had in my stash. The yarn I used, is Shilasdair Luxury 4ply Highland Inspirations. A cashmere, baby camel, angora and merino blend.Continue reading “Earlier in the year…”

Legato

Smooth and connected without breaks in the tones.   We all need something to whip up quickly when we need a gift for someone (especially this time of year), but as a hand knitter I always hesitate when considering my knitting for a gift if I don’t really know how it will be received. It isn’tContinue reading “Legato”

Autumn – Delicious Autumn

My very soul is wedded to it and if I were a bird I would fly around the earth seeking successive autumns. George Elliot. Is autumn not a beautiful season?  My favourite time of the year – until spring! Recently though we have slipped from the bright, crisp, colourful days of autumn where the lightContinue reading “Autumn – Delicious Autumn”

A diversion from the norm

and as a wise man once said “Nothing is worth holding on to” Recently I’ve been having a huge clear-out, sorting through all my ‘things’ and making trips to the charity shop and the local re-cycling centre. I’ve been clearing out just about anything and everything that is either not essential or desperately precious. It’sContinue reading “A diversion from the norm”

EU Vat Law on digital downloads

Yes I’m still here! Just been a little busy but do hope to get back soon. Meanwhile…. I don’t think that there are many people who buy digital downloads, (for our hobbies, interests or otherwise) who have not heard of or been impacted by the recent EU Vat law which came into force on theContinue reading “EU Vat Law on digital downloads”

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.

Pablo Neruda It’s been too long.  I’ve been trying to get a post together for weeks but I just haven’t got here until now.  I started the month off sort of unwell – again.  I have a very tiny lump on my temple, had it for ages, and it was so small that the onlyContinue reading “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

Gracie Baby Blanket

First of all, thank you all so much to everyone who contacted me regarding the baby blanket.  Your support was overwhelming, I was so taken aback that I had to have a little re-think on this pattern. I have made a few changes that make me feel better and have re-listed it as you allContinue reading “Gracie Baby Blanket”