25.3.13

47 The lady in green


Hello, did you miss me? Captioning the image in my last post 'Be still' jinxed my week methinks. I've been anything but, accompanying my mother, hither and thither, on her various visits to assorted hospital consultants, post-op and pre-radiotherapy. And then the snow came. And the electricity failed. And so of course we lost our internet connection. And even when both were restored they were intermittent for a while.

I'd show you photographs of my wintry weekend if I had any, but guess who forgot to charge the camera batteries the day before the weather plunged us into the nineteenth century. Suffice to say, we got off lightly here in the river valley. More than enough snow for the kids to go sledging but not the fifteen foot drifts that the folk on the hills were struggling with. The village shop didn't open and the milkman couldn't deliver, but we had candles, a still working gas hob, and plenty of good chocolate ... all was well.

Although with no heating because of the power outage my studio was blimmin' freezing! Which would be the reason any time spent stowing things away in there has involved bundling up in woolly sweaters, my Undine shawl and my Runrig mitts. All the books are now shelved and most of the yarn has a home, but goodness I have a lot of arty crafty stuff. I need to buy some storage boxes or baskets before I can finish the job, can anyone recommend a good source? And I need a chair, because kneeling on the floor, even for five minutes, did my knees no good at all! I can't wait to be properly installed and able to use the room as a making space, as opposed to it being a space that makes work on!

All of which is a rather long winded way of saying that I'm still here and that normal service will be resumed shortly. So, has the weather been any better where you are? And what did you get up to this last weekend?


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In the picture: Eunecia Street Stebbins of East Haven Connecticut, by Reuben Moulthorp, c.1806. Her arms and her fingers appear impossibly long, which serves to foreground her knitting ... I love that about this image.


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47 comments :

  1. Brrrr, sounds pretty horrid - and your poor mum, having to cope with weather and powercuts on top of everything else.

    We had snow - only an inch or two - but so cold. I have been at a willow workshop all weekend, and was doubting whether I'd get there when the forecast was for 10cm; but it did go ahead, even though there was no power on Saturday and the nature of willow means you can't work in very warm surroundings at the best of times ...

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  2. PS Where did you find your feedly and bloglovin subscribe buttons? I have been looking for some that are as subtle as those.

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  3. Sorry about your 19th century episode (though you seem to have been well prepared). Life can be very tough when running around after parents and their ailments - particularly that adjustment to being the capable one who has to look after them. Do you knit in waiting rooms? I had a piece of fairly mindless canvas work that I used to take with me when I visited my Dad in his nursing home. It finally became a cushion and is full of my memories and love for him.

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  4. Hi Annie - hope you are thawing out! Oh I can't wait to see your studio, I know, I know, I'm nagging, but I'm impatient, see.

    Hope your mum is making good progress and baring up - and you too. Hospital visits of that nature take it out of everyone, your mum must bless you every day.

    We got off lightly here in West Norfolk, though Saturday did see us deep and crisp and even, but by this morning every spot had disappeared. They are hinting there is more in the pipe-line. Deep joy! Lx

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  5. Oh dear, oh dear! Yes, we missed you, Annie, but we've even heard about the dreadful British weather here in Spain so I suspected that adverse conditions may have affected things. I do hope it hasn't interfered with your mother's health situation - I know a friend who, on top of having to go every week to hospital, had to battle through awful conditions on the way. It's not good.

    I am so glad you have your lovely shawls and Runrig mitts to keep you warm. It reminds me of when I first found you - I was looking for a pattern for fingerless mits and when I saw that wonderful photo and your lovely blog, I was hooked. Unfortunately, my new puppy got hold of one of them and chewed a hole just below the thumbhole and ruined them - I've never had time to fix them. I shall knit some more when I'm settled in my new house - though will wait til summer ends!

    Axxx

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  6. Yes, I DID miss you!
    I hope the weather's improving a bit now.
    Carly
    x

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  7. Poor, poor Annie! I hope your mother's health improves as well as the weather! Some weeks are crazy and some are just plain sailing. I truly hope this week is a jolly good example of the latter :-)

    If you need to avert your eye from the spring glory others might be enjoying do NOT take a look at my blog ;-)

    Warmest wishes as every,

    Stephanie

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  8. You were missed! Hope your Mum is doing okay and that you are warming up. I've got storage units from Ikea that visitors to my studio always admire. I'd show you a photo but it's all a bit untidy at the moment! I think they are the Expedit system http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/categories/series/09064/ and you can buy different types of drawers/baskets to fit within the cube shelving. Probably not that pretty but very practical.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion Gina :)

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  9. We keep emergency supplies of chocolate here too - funnily enough, they have to be replenished quite often.

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  10. Like Gina, I think Ikea is probably best for storage !
    Weather wise we got off lightly compared to the rest of the province and luckily escaped power cuts, like you probably because of river valleys and Lough Neagh.
    So glad you had chocolate though! ;)

    Wishing your mother well Annie.

    V xxx

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  11. Bundled up here too.. desperately want to be outside but it is so cold.
    The studio sounds to be really taking shape now, can't wait to see it. And best wishes to Mum.

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  12. You've had your hands full Annie! Do you get your milk delivered to your doorstep in your parts? They've well and truly phased that out here but i so wish we still had that daily service as we are always running out of the stuff! Best wishes to your Mum. Mel x

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  13. Can not wait to see your finished room, I bet it is spiffing up and looking wonderful. A room of your own, ah.....it feels so wonderful doesn't it?
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  14. It sounds as if you are having January when it should be March! At least you have chocolate. That should help get you through until the sun starts shining again :-)

    Our weather here has been classic March. One minute snow can be swirling around, the next the sun is peaking through. The forecast for the Easter weekend is an unbelievable 20C!

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  15. I did think of you this weekend with all that snow coming down! We got away reasonably lightly as the roads stayed pretty clear throughout but I seemed to have a good 4 or 5 inches on my car to get rid of this morning. I was sure you'd be having a harder time where you are. Power cuts are all very well for an hour or two but it wears thin pretty quickly. Glad you hear that the studio is coming together nicely, despite the freezing conditions you had to stock it in! As for storage I'd recommend Lakeland, Ikea and Dunelm Mill is very reasonably priced and can be useful. Slightly more expensive, but The Holding Company must have a basket it pretty much every size you could ever need!

    S x

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  16. Thank goodness you had the chocolate!! Losing electricity & internet is one thing, but if there's no chocolate, there's no hope :\ Glad to hear service is restored ... jealous of a 'studio'. All the best to your mom. Wendy ;)

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  17. Ahhh, a reason for a painting being lacking in exact composition. :-)

    Melting snow here, so far.

    So sorry you had all the not-so-jolly stuff going on...

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  18. Gosh sounds like one hell of a week for you! Onwards and upwards I hope for you! :) x

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  19. Gosh, one thing after another. And now I have a mental image of poor Victorian you up, in the attic, wearing ten layers, battling against the cold, all to create a studio space.

    We had lots of snow (mot 15 foot drifts thought thank goodness) but the most I can ever remember having. It was lovely over the weekend but tedious this morning when normal life resumed. x

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    1. Appalling use of commas and spelling above. Sorry. Maybe I'd benefit from some Victorian schooling?

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  20. Glad to hear that normal service has resumed. I think this has highlighted the need to have emergency chocolate supplies in the house. Sending my very best wishes to your mum.

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  21. glad to hear things are coming back together......and the room! can't wait to take a peek!

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  22. My problem was no chocolate in the house and 14 inches of snow outside.Why do you always want something you can't get.Here in Mold it has been awful.The snow plough went up the road leaving mounds of snow a metre high blocking the drive.Managed to get out today,the first time since Thursday!

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  23. I hope your Mum is doing well...lots of good thoughts coming her way!

    Chocolate and candles are always on hand for storms, along with a long row of buckets filled with water in case the power goes out, taking my well pump with it. I might be able to struggle through with juice and wine, but the goats and hens require the plain stuff.

    On the color question, I was thinking of the kind of blue you see in clouds just before a thunderstorm. Then I noticed the yarn sponsor picture in your sidebar! Pretty close to what I was thinking.

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  24. You must be worn out with one thing and another, do try to rest so that you don't become unwell. It IS good to see you back here.

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  25. Hope that your mum is OK and that she has managed to get to all her appointments. We have had no snow here but we were in London at the weekend and it tried to snow but no stuff that was laying. Take care.
    June

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  26. The snow is melting around here, I do hope it is doing the same for you and your power is back to normal. It sounds as though you are having a tough time of it at the moment, and I hope your mum is bearing up with all the appointments. The sun will be shining soon and we'll be looking back and saying 'did it really snow in March?'! Try to get some rest at some point. Take care. Chel x

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  27. Hi Annie,

    Your week sounds busy and cold. Hope your mother will get better soon!! I spend the first day of my weekend in hospital as well, but I also met a Canadian blogfriend, which was great fun!

    Have a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

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  28. Sending some sunshine and sweetness your way!! Xo Heather

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  29. It's been lovely late summer here with overtones of autumn - that's why we've all been down with the most hideous cold/flu bug this year. Now we are almost back on deck, the weather is looking rather damp and cold.

    Murphy rules!

    btw I always have candles handy but chocolate is impossible - it seems to evaporate as soon as it comes in the door - courtesy of two teens and a sweet toothed hubby!

    viv in nz

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  30. I hope you are your Mother are going to have some better times ahead! We have had bitter cold here. I cannot wait for some warmth!

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  31. Lordy, you sound like you've had a bit of a week of it! I have lots of square 30x30x30cm-ish seagrass baskets (Laura Ashley a few years back I think) with lids that I store crafty things in. They look quite neat and tidy lined up on shelves, offering as they do, no hint of the chaos that lies within them!

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  32. Wonder what Eunecia was knitting? Continued best wishes to you and to your mom.

    Our late March snowfall forecast for today turned out to be a few lightweight flake mid morning and then... lots of strong breezes and steady rain in the p.m. Still raining. Not pretty. Perhaps tomorrow will give us a return to blue sky!

    xo

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  33. oh dear, thank goodness for cozy knits! like stephanie, it's best not to come here if seeing warm ocean views would cause undo stress, i will send some to you though annie!
    i think a lifetime of traveling in developing countries has resulted in stocking multiple batteries for each of my cameras, i've run out of milk (too often) and even gasoline, but batteries are on the chargers (backups are a blessing). i'd love to see the snow where you are! i hope you can take some photos soon?! i know you are so busy though annie, take good care, you and your mum. xo

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  34. you are able to be positive in such stressful moments....envy that a lot!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  35. I love the picture, Annie - she's knitting a stocking, surely? :D

    I thought about you when the snow fell so heavily in the north-east corner of Wales and am glad you weren't too badly affected and could ferry your mother to her appointments. Power cuts are always so much harder to cope with in cold weather and we've been lucky in that respect, even if we are snowed-in again.

    Process is obviously being made on your studio and I can't wait to see the finished room.

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  36. Brrrr - sorry to hear that you and your mum have to be ferrying around in this cold. That cannot be pleasant in the slightest. Given your recent trips back in time to previous century were you tempted to don your old Regency dress.....

    Like others I think Ikea best for storage - cheap'ish and cheerful'ish.
    Tension building for the work space 'reveal'....better than the telly!!

    I am 52 (comment leaves readers scratching their collective heads)

    Keep warm and throw another log on that fire
    Best wishes
    Jenny

    PS - Being a dunderhead I don't know where to add the individual no pin code in HTML - it all looks a bit frightening in there! Managed to add to overall blog though. Any tips gratefully received.

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  37. oh dear, cold weather, no electricity, and your mum's illness all are bad enough on their own, let alone all together. hang in there, hope your mum is doing ok x

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  38. It seems Mrs Stebbins is knitting her own stockings - what a brilliant portrait

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  39. Almost feel guilty telling you about our enchanted indian summer down here ... however the nights are now 'almost' cool enough for knitting - hooray!
    Can't wait to see photos of your studio when you are settled ...
    Barbara x

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  40. Goodness gracious, Annie...life can be so very interesting, can't it. In the midst of all the challenges you are facing it is very exciting to hear about the progress you are making on your studio....fanning the flames of the creativity burning within you inspires me as well. I am making more progress working on Miss Maggie Rabbit as soon as I finish typing to you. Blessings to you and yours,
    xx,
    Gracie

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  41. it must be so exciting getting your studio ready. I'm still waiting for mine but hopefully not too much longer. I've been piling yarn and fabric all around the house just to drive the hubby mad. Hopefully mad enough for him to do something about the studio soon. I'm cruel aren't I!!

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  42. Sounds like you had a frosty and freezing time! Well, at least you had lots of knits on hand to layer, right? ;) I've seen photos of the snow there in the UK, and while it was beautiful I know when that happens here its fine for a day and then cabin fever sets in. Happy spring to you! Wishing you warm and sunny days!

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  43. Best wishes for your mother's treatment - I hope it all goes well and the terrible weather is not too much of a hindrance. We have got off lightly in the South West; very cold and odd flakes of snow, but nothing settling (or pitching as they say in these parts)

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  44. Hope your mum is doing better, Annie - and your knees too!

    Thank God for good chocolate. The fifth food group you know. :)

    Scary how dependent we are on electricity, isn't it? So glad yours is back.

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