Monthly Archives: August 2016

Roundup Time

I haven’t posted much for a few days because I’ve been reading quite a bit, both books and blogs, and getting to grips with Pinterest. Which I am liking more and more each day I have to admit.

So here is a quick roundup of what I have been reading/ watching:

DARTH TRUMP! OMG you have to see this I laughed so hard…Donald Trump dubbed perfectly over Darth Vader…You’re Fired (as he chokes someone).

This article was really interesting to me as charcoal making is something I have wanted to try for a long time. A totally random longing, I know…!

This whopper of a post has 200 ways to make money online…definitely some good ideas here.

My parents got me a cheesemaking set for Christmas which I have yet to try out. This post has lots of pics and shows how to make mozzarella cheese.

A fantastic list of places to look if you’re interested in publishing an e-book

A weird combination of sites but that’s a good thing, right?


Sky at Night


look at the pretty sky last night 🙂




There is a glass window in the way obviously so the pics are pretty poor quality…wait? You mean I could have gone OUTSIDE to take a better picture? That’s madness…and sensible!

52 Books 2015

Last year I set myself a goal to read 52 books…here’s how I did…


The only two conditions are: that they be books in print (not e-books etc.) and first time reads (if I re-read a book it won’t be put on the list). And since I completed a degree in German some years ago, not all books will be in English.

Books read so far:

  1. We have always lived in the castle By Shirley Jackson
  2. Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (number 1 in German) by JK Rowling
  3. Alphabetical By Michael Rosen
  4. Finding your element by Ken Robinson
  5. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
  6. Ohne Netz By Alex Ruehle
  7. Is that a fish in your ear? By David Bellos
  8. Through the language glass By Guy Deutscher
  9. The mystery of Edwin Drood By Charles Dickens
  10. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  11. The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
  12. Die Schmetterlingsfalle by Dennis Jon
  13. Bury my heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  14. 1Q84: Book 1 by Murakami
  15. 1Q84: Book 2 by Murakami
  16. 1Q84: Book 3 by Murakami
  17. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  19. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  20. Queen of Crafts by Jazz Domino Holly
  21. Material World: The Modern Craft Bible by Perri Lewis
  22. Starting Up an Online Business by Heather Morris
  23. How to Knit and Crochet: Blocks, Blankets and Throws by Luise Roberts
  24. On Writing by Stephen King
  25. 30 Minute Crochet by Carol Meldrum
  26. 30 Minute Knits by Carol Meldrum
  27. Learn to Crochet: Love to Crochet by Anna Wilkinson
  28. Make your first million by Martin Webb
  29. The Interview Question Answer Book by James Innes
  30. Screw Business as Usual by Richard Branson
  31. How to get that job by Malcolm Hornby
  32. How to start your own business by Robert Ashton
  33. The Martian by Andy Weir
  34. A slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  35. Pigs in Clover by Simon Dawson

As you can see I only managed 35, although I did only start around March / April time and I had other things on my mind like crochet, craft and that other thing, what was it? Oh yes, horrible hospital! But all in all, not a bad effort. Some non-fiction, some German, quite a few library books in there.

This year has mostly been about reading non-fiction library books. Will add them up later.

Ellen x

I knit therefore I am!


Been a while since I last posted I know! They say that bloggers sometimes hit a bit of a slump about 6 months into blogging which is what I think has happened to me. So, after spending almost 2 hours sorting out issues with Apple today (phonecalls, updating stuff, troubleshooting EVERYTHING) I decided to get back into the blogging routine now that I can actually ACCESS my photos and stuff.

Thought I would show a few projects I have been doing / learning lately…


OK I wont be making a sweater anytime soon, but after years of thinking I couldn’t do it, it was just too hard, didn’t understand the stitches etc…I decided to Youtube a few basic stitches and was hooked (excuse the bad pun).

I made a grey scarf and a grey blanket as well as a few other little practice things. The grey scarf was made with James C Brett Marble Acrylic and the grey blanket was made with the Marble Chunky version of the wool. I like James C Brett Marble Chunky, I think it has to be one of my favourite yarns because it’s thick which means less time to complete a project, easy to use and knits up really nicely. Also, I really like the range of colours in the Marble Chunky series.

Here is the scarf. 50 Stitches across. 1st and last 5 stitches are just knit. the ones in between stocking stitch. My own design which means simple lol!



It still needs blocking but I am quite pleased with it!

And below is the blanket. It’s not massive and used only 3 balls of the marble chunky wool. But I used CIRCULAR NEEDLES! Not difficult at all!




I am no photographer so please excuse the naff photos…no eye for staging or light sources lol!

I have also been baking bread and making a mess. I have found a good recipe for a farmhouse loaf which I am getting the hang of. Will find it and post it later.

bread 2016

And I have been down the allotment with Dad but that’s another post I think!

Read a few books which have been on my shelf for a long time…

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – need to read MadAddam now to complete the trilogy

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne – Meh not impressed with this one I’m afraid

Allain Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard – Not exactly politically correct nowadays but not bad

The Story of English – cant remember who it was by but I do like reading about the origins of English

Of the 40 or so books I had on my list this time last year I have about 16 to go…trouble is one is Vanity Fair, another is War and Peace, and the others include Bleak House, Moby Dick, Return of the Native, Ivanhoe, Rob Roy… talk about motivation – these books could burn for hours they are that thick!

Right that’s it for now..

Have to go do some real work! Back soon!

Ellen x