Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year!

Back to work tomorrow and end of terms to navigate. The dogs are well, and Claire is well, although age leaves her weak in her back legs, and not seeing things so well. Her wee accidents leave me busy washing the sheets and airing the beds as often as I can. We are fortunate to have her sweet presence, and love every minute of the time with her.
I was so lucky last year to win the pattern to these beautiful mitts (I still have one to knit!) from Goldberry Knits. They are named Entwife, and knitting them is a charm to call back the Entwives (from Lord of the Rings), such a magical and beautiful idea. Those lovely missing entwives always intrigued me too... Claire agrees sleepily...

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Xmas

Happy Xmas morning. Tea in a Nobu lookalike Dunoon mug. A treasure from Motomachi Takarada...

Saturday, December 8, 2018


 Claire is eating well and resting well, and gets up for a peewees on the petsheet, so she feels at ease. She's been having wet food and slurpy vegie soup mainly, with a teeny bit of kibble in the mix. Traditional miso soup base this morning with kelp and fishies together with cabbage, carrots, radish, a hint of broccoli and Chinese cabbage and bean sprouts. Good way to hide the antibiotics and painkiller...Seems to go down well. She just went out for a copious morning dump in the garden, and now she's settled in the beds again and probably feeling good...
 I've been knitting Etta, a cardigan by Dallas Ann Prentis aka The Violet Pie. She was so kind as to offer me the pattern as a gift! Thank you so much for this blessing. It's going to be a beautiful cardigan with a coloured collar, and after the first patterned color section it's just straight up, so I can drop it at any time to tend to Claire. I love the slipstitch pattern and the Noro pops well without being too insistent. The wool is from Rose, the gorgeous indie lys in Tokyo with all own yarns and colours. I bought it thirty odd years now, it's been waiting patiently in my stash, unseen but not forgotten, for this moment.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Home safe

 Home safe, with a pile of meds and a visit to the vet scheduled for Monday. She had a bowl or two of trout vegie soup and went out for a long peewees in the garden, before settling down now on her pallet.  She's still a bit wobbly on her back legs and doesn't know which bits of her body to trust, which ones are the sore bits and what movements are okay, so I'm trying to stroke and gently massage her back, hindquarters and tail so she gets a feel for where she's at and can relax....now to heal up nicely!

Thursday, December 6, 2018


 Claire goes under the knife today. She has been miserable with a tumor, growing apace...and my vet and I agree that in spite of her age a clean cut could give her respite for however long she may still have.
 I made a smelly pillow to comfort her at the vet. Two weeks worth of Mummy sweat in an unwashed pillowcase stuffed with my nightie. Pungent...hope it reminds her to come home and not go wandering off with the girls across the rainbow bridge...