Cat Knits

Our Joey is big on sleep. I greatly admire how cute he can look when he’s asleep. Here he is on Mark’s lap (his favourite place for being cute) a few weeks ago. …and here he is, deciding that muck on his face can wait until after his nap for cleaning attention. Did I mention […]

Sonic Death Monkey

Several online sound projects have come to my attention and it seems that either my subscribing to sound blogs etc. has reached saturation point, or else every other website I look at has suddenly decided to develop a sonic element to their online presence. I have been planning my ideas for World Listening Day, and […]

The monthly camera contents review…

It’s come to that point when my camera is absolutely stuffed with photographs and I need to delete some. But before I dump them all into the recycle bin, I wanted to share a few of the choice and thus far undocumented moments of recent weeks in Spring, for prosperity, for inspiraton, for fun, and […]

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Back from Wales

I was in Wales over the weekend staying with Brenda and Tonia. It was a very rich adventure for me and I came away with loads of new ideas, a ball of yarn I’d made on Brenda’s spinning tools, some drawings, and an enhanced admiration for Jane Lynch’s acting, the outstanding Radiolab podcasts, Garrison Keillor’s […]


I don’t know if it’s Spring or what, but it seems like all the blogs I subscribe to have recently been full of delicious gems that I feel I must pass on. In the style of Susie’s amazing Probably Something You Would Like posts, here are my round-ups of what I’m enjoying at the moment […]

The Sea Road

Yesterday a friend invited us to join him and some other friends on his yacht – Mouflon. I have never sailed before, but I finished reading Margaret Elphinstone’s book, The Sea Road, about a week ago and although I knew we wouldn’t be sailing anywhere near as far North as Gudrid, I was inspired by […]

Generosity and Numbers

This weeks’ numbers are all about generosity. Not only have I been generous to myself with my WW points (woops!) but I have also been given many things this week that have made me think about gifts and the role that kindness plays in material sustenance. For instance Liz turned up at Sticks’n’String this week […]

Tuesday’s Numbers

I am enjoying thinking about how I can create 8-days of eating joy from my kitchen cupboard and the contents of my fridge. I think that for tomorrow’s evening meal I am going to make a lasagne using up some old sheets of lasagne, some lentils cooked with 10 calorie tomato soup sachets, and a […]

A week of Numbers…

I fell off the wagon somewhat with all my counting between last Tuesday and today. The start of the problem was the 4 pints of Guinness that I drank last Wednesday before realising each one was a whopping 3 points, and before doing my bar-tab sums. This may explain the 1 lb gain I experienced […]

Wednesday’s Numbers

90 seconds I am loving the 90 second long recordings that Paul is putting up on the sound diaries website as part of his 90″ project… it is a nice length of time, 90 seconds… just long enough to get into listening but not too long, either. £5.11 This is the price of a shade […]

Good weekends

I’ve had two good weekends on the trot now, and it’s made me think about what makes a weekend good and what things I love doing on the weekend – especially when the weeks are extremely busy! Last weekend it was Lara’s birthday and so after my day spent at Didcot Railway Centre recording the […]

Steam Sounds – for my Pops

My Pops – more than anyone else in the world – has fostered my geekery for trains, I SPY books and random obsessions, and it is his birthday today, so this post is for him. I spent the day last Saturday working on a feature that will be included in the April series of The […]

Announcing the Snowcase Winner!

Remember this? I have been loving reading people’s lists of woolliness, written in response to the Snowcase contest post. You can read loads of great notes in the comments, but the entries that fully satisfied the entry criteria came in from Ellen, Liz, and Anna. I enjoyed different things about all these entries; for instance […]

The (Anti) Valentine

Posters at Love Is Awesome, group show, February 2009, Gallery 10, St Mary’s Butts, Reading Last year around this time of year I was working on the Love Is Awesome show, and I made these anti-Valentine’s-day cards in celebration and recognition of my (then) very Broken Heart. I am feeling much more positive about Love […]

Putney – Guildford Bestiary

This weekend Mark and I set off to explore another 30-mile section of the Walk 2012 project, this time exploring various trails between Putney Bridge and Guildford. I am sure Mark will write in more detail about the route on his blog, but in the meantime I thought I’d share with you a selection of […]

The January 2010 BIG FREEZE Ravelry Projects Snowcase Contestâ„¢ UPDATE

The deadline for the contest has been moved yet again due to MORE SNOW! Do take up the coldness as an opportunity to don as many woollens as you can and get outside to be photographed in all your handmade finery. There are treats involved. And if anyone could help me spread the word, that […]

2010 parties

I am loving all the parties this year. I have maintained for a long time that I don’t really *like* parties… this is strange, because I do *really love* friends. But the stress of so many people I don’t know, the dreaded ‘so what do you DO?’ question, and the pressure to be entertaining and […]

The January 2010 BIG FREEZE Ravelry Projects Snowcase Contestâ„¢ UPDATE

ETA – ***THE CLOSING DEADLINE FOR THE SNOWCASE HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED AGAIN TO 10TH FEBRUARY BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN MORE SNOW!*** There are 2 excellent entried to this context at Ellen’s Blog and Liz’s Blog and there is more snow expected this week! However, in the event that snow does not fall, and acknolwedging […]

The January 2010 BIG FREEZE Ravelry Projects Snowcase Contest™

Last night I went to bed with a hot-water bottle, wrapped in 2 blankets and a double-duvet, wearing 2 jumpers, a thin, long-sleeved vest, my pyjamas and a pair of woollen socks, and I was still cold and couldn’t get to sleep on account of the sound of my chattering teeth keeping me awake. I’m […]


I have been loving reading people’s posts about how they are spending the cold and snowy spell indoors, and I’m really loving seeing so much appreciation for domestic space in the blogs that I follow. It is a time for loving the sheltering qualities of home. Nobody appreciates these sheltering qualities more than our mascot* […]

The Hub returns to the air tonight at 9pm.

Meerkat snowburrow The Hub is an independently produced radio programme, broadcast on BBC Oxford 95.2 FM, and celebrating local music, art, culture and other joy and it will be on BBC Oxford tonight at 9pm, featuring – among many other things – the creator of this season’s mascot, a knitted Meerkat produced by Niftyknits for […]

Niftyknits and our mascot for this season on The Hub!

I have a *thing* for Meerkats. From bouncing on the sofa excitedly at any appearance by Aleksandr Orlov on the TV to insisting on watching every annoyingly-voice-overed episode of Meerkat Manor, I cannot get enough of these animals and their behaviour. I readily sought out and absorbed Tim Clutton-Brock‘s book on the subject of Meerkat […]

FO and Happy Christmas!

I am very excited to be typing from the midst of our Christmas celebrations and to be sitting here for the Big Day in my most recently finished FO. Mark took a few moments out from the basting, roasting, chopping, pouring, simmering and infusing in order to take some photos of me in it; here […]

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