January 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm 2 comments

Ye gads, it has been cold recently! A combination of having been away for a fortnight, Scientist Boyfriend forgetting to turn the radiators back up when he put the heating on and the fact that it has simply been INCREDIBLY COLD outside, have all conspired to make our house less than cosy recently. The good news is that now it’s warmed up just a little bit, we can really feel it and I was walking around in a vest top this morning. However, the bad news is that there is something just a little unsettling about being able to see your own breath indoors.

With the help of tea, blankets, hot water bottles, hand-knitted alpaca socks and grim determination, we survived, and now, with spectacular timing, I have finally made those bloody curtains. Hurrah. My wonderful friend came over and pointed out that I’d been threading the sewing machine wrong, and now it works like a dream and does not snap threads or cause me to swear. I finished the curtains in less than 24 hours and made more progress on the suit I was making in the last 24 hours than I had in the whole of last year. Now we have to get curtain poles and hooks. I bet this takes us till March.


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  • 1. divastar  |  January 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Tea should be given a medal, the humble cuppa has saved me from frostbite in our rickety old house on many an occasion! xx

  • 2. Jon in France  |  January 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “Now we have to get curtain poles and hooks. I bet this takes us till March.”

    Drawing pins! Used them for years!

    Put the curtains up on the autumnal equinox and take them down on the vernal. Though I’ll admit that it isn’t very “Homes & Gardens”


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