31 March 2011

where march went

It's easy to get out of the habit of writing a blog when the world seems to be going bonkers, the internet connection goes down, and by the time you are back on line the sun is shining.  So here for the record, in no particular order, are the highlights of  the second half of March.

* Much fun at my wonderful screen printing class, courtesy of a Tower Hamlets Council Learning Centre, where my March Hares made their way onto a new bag.  If you are interested you can find out where it came from and see the other side of the bag on the Prick Your Finger blog here.

* A new saddle  (and panniers) for my no. 2 bike, a great improvement on the aesthetically pleasing but excruciating white racing saddle that it arrived with. Now I can whizz round the borough with speed and comfort.

* A visit to Elmley Marshes, lots of birds, with an exciting, if somewhat distant, sighting of a short eared owl doing its evening circuit at Capel Fleet later in the day.  And a hedgehog wiggling along.  When you live where we do these these little sightings are most exciting.

* An afternoon in Rochester, where the Cathedral walls are so old they've had to darn them, and the Cathedral Tea Rooms serve a roast Sunday lunch and a cup of tea and cake good enough to please an aging parent.

* The first day it was warm enough to have the back doors open, hang the washing out on the line, put my feet up with a cup of tea, take a picture,  and think about laundering my woollens to discourage the moths.

* Passing through Graveney Marshes on a visit to the seaside, where the lambs were shining whitely in the sun, and this dobbin was covered in mud.


* Lots of baking.  A batch of Welsh Rarebit Muffins for Cafe Direct's Night at the Sack Races in Shoreditch.  (I liked them but my son thought they were disgusting).  Then more cakes for our WI cake stall International Women's Day event in Spitalfields. We were next door to Shoreditch Sisters who were embroidering vulvas as part of their campaign to end female genital mutilation.  Yes, I did manage to crochet a little something, and no I didn't take a photo.

* Down at Mudchite, planting all of my seed potatoes, sowing my early salads and beetroot - 

- then sitting down for a picnic in the field where the sheep were grazing. 

* Walking along the cliffs from Seaford towards Seven Sisters after a visit to Lewes, where we found violets, heard skylarks and wondered why we didn't come down this way more often - 

- especially if it meant we might find mermaids too.

* Putting on a 15 minute performance at Chisenhale Dance Space about underwear with some EEWI buddies (this is Lydia's work). Being part of the creation of a performed piece was fascinating, especially how we mediated different ideas, skills and preferences and managed to pull them together.  But getting people to laugh at the preposterousness of underwear, especially when you are wearing a suspender belt hat, was the best bit of all.

I spent last night with Iolanthe and the Fairies at Wilton's Music Hall and today collecting seaweed for the asparagus, but I dropped the camera yet again and it's finally died.  Apart from that, the dentist's bill and the small matter of a party wall, it hasn't been a bad month on the whole.

Any suggestions for a good portable camera gratefully received.


Rattling On said...

No wonder you haven't found the time to blog!
Wish I could have a nice bike to get around town, too many hills here to make it practical or indeed vaguely pleasant...

Knit Nurse said...

What a month! Great to know you've been so busy and creative. As for a camera, I'm on my second Fuji Finepix, I've found them to be cheap and very reliable.

Gerry Snape said...

what a great month! I love your story. Sorry about the camera...has it died?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

What a wonderful few weeks .
I'd love to try screen printing , though I certainly couldn't hope to match your hares . They look so joyful ! And the allotment is thriving , by the sound of it .
Middle Daughter and a couple of her friends have rented one this year and , having dragooned a husband to do the Hard Digging , are having a whale of a time . None of them have ever gardened but are encouraged by the friendly advice freely available , so have high hopes of something tasty being grown . And their small children are fascinated . Allotmenteers of the future ?

VP said...

How lovely to get such a bumper edition and find out about all your March doings. Far better to be out enjoying the month than telling us all about it that's for sure :)

My camera died on Boxing Day - if you're looking for something v portable and wee instead of a DLSR, I can heartily recommend the Canon Ixus 105 I bought to replace mine.

Joanna said...

What an interesting and varied month. I do *love* your March hares and continue to envy your allotment. I second the comments about canon ixus.

Liz said...

Love your second-half-of-March catch up and blimey, you have packed a lot in. Do you wonder how you found the time to go to work?
Would also recommend the Canon Ixus (mine is a 300).