Sunday, July 31, 2005

What's for dinner, dear?

Mmmmm, it smells sorta sour and hot, umm what could it be... This is where the steam is coming from, curling up slowly and delicately - a new crockpot!



Top(s) soup! Mmm-mmm, my favourite!

Have to say I like this crockpot dyeing bizzo! The tops are drying by the heater as we speak. There will be more, MORE I say!

Another joyous blissful week of work awaits me. I'll have to get some more training set up - it is nearly August and I have a lot to do by September. Joyous bliss. Ba humbug.

Thanks to all those who have commented and made excellent suggestions for things during the week. Even if I don't always get back to you, I do appreciate your suggestions and you'll see I even take some of them onboard. :-)

anon!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

155th birthday party

G'day all!

Just been at a 155th birthday party, which then turned into a 210th birthday party. How could that be?

Real quick one tonight cos I am a bit tired after a very long day. Had to take the other car across to be checked out by my BiL's mechanic (whom I don't like), wandered around a shopping centre for two hours waiting for the car to be ready, then helped nathan prep the floorboard edging for sanding (ie I pulled out lots of nails from the carpet tacking edge stuff), plied 120g of stuff, spun another 80g, plied up some thick and thin pink stuff with lurex thread, rubbed tung oil into the floorboards....

So what do we have for your delectation and delight?

Acquisitions from Thursday! My poor budget - I am not going to be able to buy anything for the next month. The white yarn that I was not going to show off but now I am.



Two unfinished squares to be finished and sent off for Kerstin's BiL's memorial blanket. This first one is in some yarn I dyed with food dyes last year.


This is one I dyed myself and spun too. After starting to sew it together with the mitres facing outwards, I realised it looks like a cross but nyeh, the mitres are outward looking not inward looking and self contained.


Ah that is your lot for this evening cos I am whupped, and the floor staining stuff is overwhelming me. Non-toxic but like it smells like a full on pine forest and that is Too Much after a while. All my mucous membranes are starting to tingle.

anon!

Friday, July 29, 2005

ZZZZz-zzzzzzzz

Must sleeeeep.... Zzzzzzzzz.

Have a good weekend, all! I'll get some pics done and put em up so you can see what I've been up to!

But first

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

anon!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Craft and Quilt fair

G'day all!

I trawled off to the craft and quilt fair today on my lovely day off. I was feeling pretty crufty cos my gut was carrying on like a pork chop. Stupid thing. But with a bit of fluid replacement we were go go GO!

Now if you want woolly stuff, this is not the fair to go to. But I did get to meet LisaG and Claire from Xotik Yarns, had a good chat with Lisa about selling stuff.

I admit that I still bought stuff. I forgot to take pictures of it this afternoon - like DUH!

How many of you want to see the undyed laceweight, like real laceweight, 100% wool? 100g for $20. Or the undyed laceweight (slightly heavier though) kid mohair? About $25 for 100g. Or the undyed mulberry silk, fingering weight stuff? About $30 for 99g.

I thought you wouldn't want to see it until it is dyed. I already have agreed to dye the wool black and violet for K - she has been looking for stuff like that for a while.

Where'd I get it? Kaalund yarns. They are interesting cos it is an old family business but the two daughters are starting to funk it up a bit, new colourways, not safe oldy colours. However their website navigation relies on Flash and that is Not Good from my POV cos my system doesn't like Flash. What is wrong with a bit of nice safe HTML? Blind knitters can't navigate their site either now.

I bought a couple of balls of some Crystal Palace stuff from Claire. We don't get much of it here - Xotik Yarns is the only seller that I know of in Oz. Some of it is interesting.

Plus I bought three lots of Touch yarns dyed merino slivers - didn't even know that they do them. I missed out on the best colourway literally by about a minute (can you guess what sort of colourway it was?). Sigh. They do lots of nice NZ wools - worth a peek at the website particularly for Brits and Yankees.

Oh and I had to buy a pair of Lisa's needles with literally my last dollars.

I think there were six yarn stalls out of about 100 stalls all up. If you are into quilting/patchwork this is your place! But other crafts get a look in too.

After nearly three hours there I was brain fried. Overload of colours and ideas. I had to sit and spin some nice chunky yarn up - I am sure Lisa would approve of four different pinks done together. I am contemplating plying it with the silver lurex thread. Mmmmm. I really just want to sit and spin (creating yarn spinning not the really tired head spinning that I am doing at present).

Oh, plus I realised that I had totally stuffed up the yarnivorous handspun yarn page that I was working on weeks ago and got stinky with when it didn't work. Things don't tend to work when you don't put the text in the right place in html. It can't guess what I really mean. So I fixed the problem and then started working on the merino handspun page. I might even have some yarn up on the weekend! Plus I will probably just go with Paypal for the overseas payment option (home option is direct credit to the bank account) - people say it is expensive but crikey I've looked at some "solutions" and they cost hundreds to get the software and have the same ongoing fees as paypal.

Pics of what I've been up to on the weekend! Honest! But not from the fair cos they had very large warnings "Do not take photos on risk of being thrown out and into the Yarra" (river). Hmm, I didn't want to be thrown out. And no they didn't really say you'll get chucked in the river but you would be ejected with a certain degree of prejudice.

Oh, yeah, anyone got any good simple lace patterns over an 8 stitch repeat (64 stitches all up) suitable for the cuffs on socks? I am bored with my stockinette socks and thought a modifed feather and fan would be good but it wasn't. It was YUCKY and DID NOT WORK.

anon!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Inspiration

G'day all!

Anyone got any inspiration they can spare?

I am madly knitting little mitred squares at present for this project, in honour of Kerstin's BiL. I have some less lurid handspun yarn and am knitting 10cm squares to sew up into a 20cm square. I admit I've only made one cos the first one got ripped after it was made - it was too big. But the second one is well under way now.

I reckon I might get back a bit of inspiration on Thursday when I go to a big craft fair. I've been warned that it is more a patchwork and scrapbooking fair but hey, the boss is letting me take a day of annual leave (should be flex but she won't let me work up any flex so I squander my A/L instead) and I am hoping to meet up with LisaG and show her some of my spinning and how it knits up. I'll probably be desperately disappointed but it is worth a shot.

Hokey kokey. Let's get onto tonight's real agenda.

I've been able to hand wind ball of yarn a ball of yarn much faster now I have this:





Woo hoo! (And didn't one of you say you needed one of these? It cost me a whole $29, including postage on ebay! In pounds sterling that is about 10 quid I think and about USD21. Gloat gloat gloat. Way to go me!) I love it. It looks so spindly and silly. I could've bought a nice wooden one for $100 but nah, thistledoo me :-)

I've been madly spinning again recently. Before Bendi I dyed up some of the superwash wool a kind stranger sent me:


and then I spun it up into this TWO PLY!:



I'm amazed how much pink there is in the spinning - I guess that is what you get with dark pink and white mixed. LOL. I tried to get away from my normal colours (pinks, blues, mauves and intense versions of these) and they still come back to haunt me!

I also dyed some in a lovely emerald green with a bit of teal (food dyes - green and blue):

and it is now spun as well.

Plus I spun some of the natural creamy white tops up. I want to make funky socks like Lynne Vogel makes (gee she has a nice name! She can even spell it properly!). I have the book, I have the inspiration (hey where'd that come from?) and I have the technology so let's get a move on!

Margaret Peel's Fibre supply is closing down. Dang. I buy Tracy's stuff through the handspinner's guild, but no longer. Here is some of hers that I spun up:



Note that this too has been spun as a two ply. The colour runs in it were too small for navajo plying. Plus the plant the skein is resting on is a Thryptomene FC Payne. This is THE best thryptomene I've ever owned. It is tough as old boots - no summer watering and it flowers from Markc or April through to October or November. It might flower longer if I watered it.

I'm unlikely to blog tomorrow night cos it is the monthly big SnB meeting - see you at Fresky's around 7pm!

anon!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Bring out the Ginzu steak knives

G'day all!

Ohmigod, but wait, there's more!

Since my image server was down on Friday night and Saturday, I didn't complete the blogging of the Bendi acquisitions. I think I am doing this for my benefit more than yours, so please forgive me for putting it all up on line.

I am already getting nice surprises when I open the old set of drawers I have stashed my fleece in. Oh, I'd forgotten about that already! Oooh, a nice bit of silk! Oh that stuff I bought from Marta's three weeks ago that I just found in a bag - about 25g of a silk thread that is the weight of heavy cotton. I am going to dye some of it up with some wool and then spin and play with it. Marta showed me some fantastic stuff she's had spun with it - if you cut the silk up into shortish lengths then you can spin it into the yarn and make eyelash yarn. OK, some people might think that is a waste but jeez Marta's extra special play bag of silks was stunning!

Nutmeg checking out the stash acquisition:


The BEST tools I have bought in ages. These are bloodthirsty little things - ready to take a bit of flesh out of me and sacrifice it to the wool gods. Note the elastoplast on my thumb, after I skewered myself whilst demonstrating the use of said tools to my MiL. That was the first time I made myself bleed a lot - the rest were little nicks.



Yes, I got me some combs! Plus the wool I am combing up is more Finn sheep,

only it was a bit too lumpy for me - this lot is technically felting wool.

I am just gently combing it out and making tops from it.

I am so pleased with the results of using the combs on some of the more matted tops that I have - OK I am getting plenty of wastage

but that can just be mixed with a little longer fleece and felted cos Finn sheep fleece seems like as if all it wants to do is felt.

In other news:

I have finished Harry Potter and am quite happy to discuss same. There are so many ideas bubbling in me about it without me having read a single spoiler discussion.

Recently I have made the "acquaintance" of Crazy Turban Man. I call him this because he wears a turban and because he is a little erratic in his driving habits.

On Friday or Thursday I had the extreme pleasure of being the lucky person in the car in front of Crazy Turban Man. He was apparently in a rampaging hurry to get to the station on time for the train. The best way to hurry up the car in front, even though it is travelling with the traffic on the speed limit is to tailgate it, at least in the mind of Crazy Turban Man. He sat no more than a car length off my back bumper all the way from the freeway to the station. When we were stopped at the lights I didn't mind him being glued to my back end like a tick but when we were doing 60kmh (37mph) I felt rather uncomfortable.... It appears that he has not yet worn the brakes or tyres out in his Camry, for which I am eternally grateful, but he is working pretty hard on needing a new set.

This morning I had the very great pleasure of driving behind Crazy Turban Man.

Today he appeared to be trying to scratch under his turban for half the trip from the freeway to the railway station, causing his car to drift all over the two lanes available on our side of the road. At least he had backed off the car in front. Except for the moment when he left it until the last millisecond to stop. I decided to back off and give him a bit of room. I no want to prang my car.

Next time, some dyed and spun up sock yarn, at last! Maybe some pics of the spinning I've been doing, including two lots of Finn sheep fleece. Plus a new acquisition. It ain't pretty but it will be very useful.

anon!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

At last, the thrummed mittens

G'day all!

I though I should put up a pic of the thrummed mittens. You would not believe how much difficulty I am having typing the word "thrummed." Thummed. Thumbed. Thrummbed. Where did the B come from? What is it with the b? Maybe I should be knitting bee booties for babies or something (did you see the yarnharlot's bee and ladybird baby shoes?). I have a surplus of Bs in my thrums.

So without further ado, I give you the thrummed mittens:



Note that you can't see the thumb (not thrumb or thrum or thum) on one of the mittens. That is because I stuffed up the staggering of the thrumbs, argh there's that B again!, thrums on the thumb. I used three different lots of handspun yarn to make the things and I vaguely followed Steph's pattern for the thrum-along but as always halfway through decided to make it up as I went along. I still ended up with thrummed mitts, even if the tip of one has a bit of a different colourway than the other (known as Mr Green and Mr Turquoise aren't the same colours but the rest are) and the thumbs well the thumbs are just taken from a totally different colourway that had two shared colours with the original colourway. The colours aren't quite right but that happens when the camera refuses to see green as green and interprets it as a sort of aqua colour.

So they are real. They do exist! They have been much derided until people slip on on and then.... ah bliss! LOL

Tomorrow, or the day after, or sometime soon, the results of a dyepot experiment! Yes, I have finally dyed up some of the superwash fleece sent to me MONTHS ago. It's a ripper :-)

anon!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

wah-heyyy! Pics are back!

G'day again all!

Pics are back!

Pity that I am feeling lousy and want to go back and read Gibbering's Harry Potter. It is so good of friends to lend you books when you have done your own dough on Too Much Fibre! We'll get book six soon enough, just not quite yet.

(I admit though that, despite a certain lack of budget, today I bought $27 of cheap annuals and bulbs to stick in the front yard cos it is looking so bare. Still, for that $27 I got a whole big tray of about 20 seedling polyanthuses/polyanthi, 130-odd ranunculus cormy things only one of the bags had been opened grrrr so more like 115, 6 hyacinths for a pot, six pansies and violas, and a punnet of snowpeas. I almost bought another barerooted Rosa Tuscany Superb to match the one I have, only I realised that digging out the diosma that dominates the letterbox and replacing it with a thorny rose may not be a good idea. At least the diosma doesn't bite....)

So soon I can discuss HP&tHBP with others who have read it. Yay!

Knitting content? What is that?

anon!

Friday, July 22, 2005

No pics!

G'day all!

My image server has been powered off possibly for the whole weekend.

So no pics this weekend - typical cos I was finally going to get pics of the thrummed mittens and put them up! Aong with pics of my favourite purchase at Bendi...

Maybe I should investigate doing pics via blogger - apparently it can be an image server now.

Hmm, will I have any news even worth reporting if I can't show off my fave purchase and my mittens?

Stay tuned!

anon!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A dinner conversation and more Bendi, more....

G'day all!

When I got home this evening, I could smell dinner cooking - Nathan has been whipping up some great stewy curries recently. I left things to simmer for another hour or so, then starting doing final prep for dinner (ie adding some form of vegies).

I added some frozen blocks of spinach, and peas and corn.

I reported "I added spinach plus peas and corn."

"It's already got peas and corn"

"Oh, I couldn't tell them from the chickpeas."

"It doesn't have chickpeas in it..."

Hmm, I'd be guessing that those funny curry coloured blobby spheres are peas then... LOL

Well it amused me but then I've been training half the day. I tend to get a bit tired after that cos I am naturally introverted, but with my training hat on I push myself out there into the audience and after 2.5 hours of that, I often run out of "foof."

I can't believe how much stash I have enhanced my stash by. I kid you not I have impressed myself by seeing that I have another two night's worth of pictures. Can you stand it?

200g of white pencil roving to dye up and spin. Never had pencil rovings before. Must find the card of the bloke who created them. He does superwash wool and nylon pencil rovings too (I think these are just superwash). He's up in Albury, which is conveniently just over the Murray River from my sister's place in Wodonga, only Wodonga is nearly 200 miles away (305km).


Mohair from Robyn's (or is that Robin's?) Mohair Farm in South Gippsland. I love these bright rich colours - you could never tell? 50g of each. I also got some undyed mohair (100g) but let's face it, showing pics of white fuzzy stuff that is out of focus is not good blog fodder...


Swap over sock yarn from Sockmonster - I swapped the Daffodil for Child's Play. Yeah, though maybe a different sort of colourway would be good. Nyeh. Thistledoo. I was very glad indeed that the Daffodil colourway sold within 2 hours - I didn't feel bad at all about swapping, though Lisa was not fussed anyway.

Note Cheshire in the background. She is being very bad to Nutmeg at present. Any ideas about how to redress the balance of power before Cheshire really hurts Nut? Nut is very stressed about it all. She is very unhappy and is shedding. All we can do at present is keep them separated but that just seems to make Cheshire more aggressive. I am starting to get the idea of why she was in an animal shelter in the first place.

This little sample of silky wool tells you a little about itself - it is fleece that has been stretched to make it very soft and lower the micron count. The lady who supplied this bit lives near my brother. Gosh what a shame - I might have to visit D sometime soon! But first I need to find out if it is any good to spin and dye. She has it in natural colours too I think.


Some "laps" from the Bendigo Woollen Mills. As far as I can tell these are the offcuts from the yarn spinning, so the tops can be quite large. I've gone through the bag and about 2/3 of what I have is spinnable, the rest is probably spinnable but since it is cut at each end and is about 5" long, it might provide some problems. For the price, though, I don't care....


Of course I could use my favourite purchase to help pull out the cut ends and leave the spinnable stuff neatly made into tops....

In good knitty news, I finally have finished the front left side of the Vogue jacket and have made a bold and dashing start on the right front. Hooray for me! I may even get pics of it and the fabled (and fabulous!) thrummed mittens on the weekend!

anon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

But wait, there's more!

G'day all!

Another quickie tonight. Gotta get a good night's sleep in preparation for the info sessions I have to run tomorrow.

Drove halfway across Melbourne to visit my sister in hospital, got there, took one look at the place and nearly flipped out. Same place that my aunt died 15 years ago of breast cancer. Horrible, horrible disease. Bad associations with that place.

But my sister is pretty good, all things considered. She has chemical allergies like you wouldn't believe and the hospital pretty much hits all of them on the head - BINGO! Plus she has coeliac disease and needs gluten free foods. You would think a hospital could do GF food but nope, they are clueless. Her knee is mucho bruised and will have a scar on right over the knee cap but much better than the last op where the wound got infected with golden staph.... her knee works and she is very happy. It is the first time in ages since it worked properly.

So onto the stash enhancement. Oh yes, there is MORE! MORE I tell you. I saw the Bendi show as being a good opportunity to stock up rather than have to mail order or go for long and pleasant drives (the latter sounds pretty good, actually).

All of this lot came from Fibreworks. I don't think I'll link to their website cos it isn't really a website, just one page with an email addy on it and a pic out of our local knitting mag. My stash enhancement is a much better ad than that. Plus the contact details are on the larger labels if you are really interested.... I've even left the prices on just for you! Excuse the packaging - if I let it out of the bags it just exploded everywhere and that is very hard to store.

Surprise surprise, brightly coloured merino! Meet lorikeet - so aptly named!


And some merino in pinks and menopausal moody mauves:

(It might be sarsparilla but it wasn't labelled)

Some silk in a colourway called sarsparilla:


A silk cap that Judy says is spinnable:


Some lorikeet coloured throwsters waste - this should be a challenge to spin in with stuff!


Something a bit spesh in a non-shpeshul way:


And some violet dyed cashmere as well!

(OK so it looks blue in the pic - blame the digi for that and me being too lazy to tweak it)

Enough for tonight. There is yet more - yes you get a set of free Ginzu steak knifes!

I promised knitting content, didn't I? Umm, well I *still* haven't finished the left front of the Vogue jacket - must do that. I managed to get another 1.5cm onto both socks today - better check them to see how they are tracking against my foot. If I knit madly on my train trip I think I can get four rounds done on each sock in my 23 minute train trip. I think I am wasting a bit of time untangling the wool - it gets very tangled in the two circs and around itself and yadda yadda yadda.

Better go sew the button back on my winter coat. It has been threatening to come off for umm like well months... and today it finally did. I won't mention where I was sitting at the time but the room was so small it couldn't skitter off very far....

anon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mucho randomness

G'day all!

This will be a rather random blogpost. I've been catching up on a few things cos I've not really been able to read blogs for days.

Good news!

Norma had her birthday on Monday. The Yarnharlot found out. 216 comments at last checking... not bad, eh?

ErLeCa was accepted into her course and is now going back to "school."

Random news

yarngirl managed to annoy the ballwinder gods a LOT. Now that is plain odd!


Bad news :-(
Kerstin's brother in law was killed in a car crash caused by a suicidal idiot female (if you want to kill yourself in a crash, please just drive into a wall or a pole or off a cliff or something, not into another car).

Other news

One of my friends and I did a bit of dilly daydreaming today. If we had our dream shop, what would it be?

It all started off with me noticing that most of the spinning stuff vendors at the Bendi show are not exactly spring chicks. That made me think that I would like to run a spinning and yarn shop.

After input from a few more people, this is what we have so far:
A cafe offering:

  • good coffee and large comfy armchairs (a given, n'est ce pas?)
  • native plants (DH and me)
  • children's books (new and secondhand)
  • penguin classics
  • a wall of philosophy books
  • spinning supplies
  • yarn
  • knitting, spinning, etc, classes
  • art classes
  • artwork
  • personal training - small gymnasium

What would you like to add to the mix?

Can you tell that I haven't visited my knee replaced sister tonight? Someone who will remain nameless decided to unlock the jammed front door today and then went out without closing it.... Someone else, aka ME, can't get it shut again so I haint goin noplace.

Now for what you have been waiting for. Oh yes, indeedy do there is more stash enhancement. Lots more. So much more that I will be blogging it all week and you will be begging for mercy and release from the amazing bounds of my obsession.

Virginia Farm Woolworks flogged a nice mix of pink stuff (110g), technically for a felted scarf, but I am going to spin it cos I can:


And had 22 micron merino tops for $3 per 100g (I think) - this is $15 worth of it:


Then this thing acts as a great hat, very warm, if a little large:

(It's a silk cap, again something that isn't really for spinning)

I bought this from the guild's stand - 250g of blended merino probably by First Edition:

I couldn't resist the promise of dark stuff enhanced by violet and mauve and blue. I won't be able to split this one much so it will be a dark, heathered yarn.

How about some Magic Merino from Glenora weaving supplies? This will be lush cos I will be able to make it stripe madly :-)

This one in strawberry (200g) (I think)


and in blueberry (200g)


That is your lot for tonight! I am exhausted! Maybe I'll do some knitting content sometime soon 8-)

anon!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Bendi II

G'day all!

A quicky tonight. I shall document the true extent of my madness at Bendi over the next few days... and someone has already guessed my favourite (and most expensive) purchase!

A few bits and pieces from Wendy Dennis - two of everything bar the bluey polwarth/silk mix cos I only found one of those. The first two are polwarth silk blends, the last one is plain polwarth. Can't wait to spin them all up....






I showed Wendy a bit of some of her stuff I spun and navajo plied up and she was delighted to see the secondaries coming up - I presume she was meaning the parts where two (or more) dye colours blend together.

More next time - maybe tomorrow, maybe not cos tomorrow night I have to go and see my sister who is in hospital. After nearly 30 years with an increasingly crook knee and increasing disability, she decided to shout herself a knee replacement for her 50th. (Mental note to self - if I ever do my anterior cruciate ligament and have cartilage damage I should get the best knee doc with the most experience that I can.)

Did anyone else forget to turn their alarm on this morning? And wake up half an hour late and get to the station just in time to miss the train, only it was ok cos the train didn't run so you couldn't get on the next train cos it was already full, so you ended up half an hour later at work than normal? Or am I the only special person out there?

okey dokey, that is me done for the day. This cleaning the house for rental inspection stuff is annoying - takes me away from good blogging, spinning and knitting time!

anon!

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Gone stashin

And there's a sign upon my door.... (shangri-la)
Gone stashin'
Who could ask for more....

G'day all!

Well Bendi has come and gone and yeah, what a day!

I got up before dawn and got to K's place when it was still dark enough for the view towards the city to look like this:


Though if I looked in the other direction it looked like this - dawn was definately on its way:

(But the camera lies a bit - it was quite dark, it just was catching my excitement)

So we hopped into D & K's car and off we zoomed. Sunrise eventually caught us up:


And then the fog descended as we ascended onto a plateau:

(we got to see a lot of grey on the way back....)

Finally we were at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, held annually in Bendigo:


Inside unassuming halls, like the LR Osborne hall,


we found delights - walls of yarn and fleece, and piles of fudge:


There were sweet little sheep in a stand outside - this young ram loves getting a good scratch:

(can you guess his breed? There has been a clue in a pic earlier. The next sheep pic is the same breed. They have these funny little waggy tails)

And this ewe could have up to SIX babies on board! She certainly looks big enough!


There were sheep dog trials:


And enormous queues for the ladies toilets, unless you walked 20 metres down the way and used the porta loos in the big semi-trailer (what a job - hey, Bazza, what do you do for a living? Oh, not much - I drive a semi-trailer of porta-potties around Australia for the ladies). No, I didn't take a picture, surprisingly.

We saw a lot of the feature breed at this year's show - alpacas:






Including this little sweetie cria, who was determined to eat the ribbon stretched across its stall:


Around 2pm we decided to move on. I had done my dough, seen lots of stuff and was loaded to the gills with bits and pieces. We stopped at the Bendi wool mills to paw through their fabled back room, full of bargain yarn. As we pawed and marvelled, the cold change forecast for the morning finally hit. It rained. It rained a lot. No pics of the trip home because it rained and was grey a lot. The rain was so heavy at Malmsbury that it had filled up a gutter by the road that was about 50cm deep. The water was so dirty that in running across the road, I nearly ran straight into it, thinking it was part of the concrete driveway that crossed it. Then K nearly did what I did as I yelled at her to avoid it.

(Many thanks to D for driving me up there and being so patient as I got caught up with various vendors....)

Here is what you have been waiting for:


Can you guess what my favourite purchase is? Hint: they are vicious and have pride of place.

More next time, when I reveal the true horror of what I brought home.

anon!