Small Delights (vi)

I feel a bit bad about this post because in truth it is no more than a few random phone photos (except the last one). Inspiration and motivation have deserted me and I am not remembering to take photos or to use my super-duper blog notebook which is full of ideas none of which appeal to me right now. I'm yawning a lot and my feet are cold but there are plenty of small delights to be had.


 There are pumpkins at the farmshop.


And kale. There are also bags of 'dirty carrots' £1 for 2lbs. I bought the clean carrots at 27p a lb and wondered if there were people actually paying for dirt.


And there were expensive out of season flowers which I admired but didn't buy. I am making do with shrivelled rose hips and sedum.


On Sunday Charlie and Katie strode up Herefordshire Beacon. I staggered after them. It was flipping windy. I have been recovering from the exertion all week.

My husband
Today The Persephone Biannually arrived. To be enjoyed just as soon as I hit the publish button. I have already ordered the two books I mentioned in my last post. Goodness I do like that dress.


And I am knitting socks for my cold feet. This yarn is the same as the one in this post. I do rather adore it, it's like knitting a stained glass window. It's P623.


Finally thank you to all who made blog suggestions. I already read a lot of the ones suggested which is hardly surprising as we all like the same sort of thing. There were a few new-to-me blogs though, which I think I will enjoy, but I suspect I may already be reading all the best blogs and I live in hope of some of my favourites coming out of hibernation, why just this week Mise at Pretty Far West reappeared, hoorah! I will get a rejuvenated blog list up just as soon as I can tear myself away from sock knitting, Persephone reading and feeding the ravening hordes.



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  1. are you sure that's your husband on that hill? he looks like the angel of the north giving his arms a rest !

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  2. Feel bad? I've really enjoyed this!
    I think hedgerow offerings are at their best now to bring indoors, even shrivelly.
    Fabulous colours up on that Beacon, they'd make a good tweedy yarn. Love knitting socks too, such good Christmas presents. I've been using Cascade quite a bit, so soft and a divine range of colours - wool warehouse is good for that.

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  3. Thank you for the kind mention, Sue! On the cold feet, the incipient socks are beautiful and will clearly be perfectly cosy, and meanwhile perhaps a hot brandy? The husband's inclination is magnificent.

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  4. My feet have been so cold recently - maybe I should knit myself some socks. Are hand knitted socks warmer than bought ones? I used to have a dress very like the one on the cover of Persephone Biannually. I made it myself!! It wasn't full length though - just below my knees.

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    1. Indeed they are gillian because the yarn, though fine is much thicker than that used in bought ones (unless they are bought hiking socks or similar). I don't like wearing handknit socks with shoes because they are so much thicker so I keep them for indoors -but that's just me.

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    2. I mean Gillian of course -curse my inability to press shift at the crucial moment.

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  5. Those orange pumpkins are a feast for the eyes, as are the colours in the yarn. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished socks.

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  6. This has made me feel better about the post on a visiting cat that I am about to publish. We must be kind to ourselves. Now we have Mise back all will be well.

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    1. Indeed, but I hope we aren't heaping undue pressure on her.

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  7. Some days just are regularly uninspiring, but your blogging voice made me enjoy it very much anyway. I laughed at the shriveled rose hips, because outdoors is beautiful, but yes, hard to bring in. And the very pretty lilies that my husband bought me ended up making a polleny mess on the hutch.

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  8. Stunning photo of the beacon, no doubt it was a glorious walk. I've just spent a happy twenty minutes ready Pretty Far West. Love it.

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  9. Lovely post, Sue. Nothing wrong with some phone photos, these are great! I love the look of that sock yarn. Could I crochet some socks, do you think? Knitting and I have what might be called a "difficult" relationship. x

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  10. Oh Sue, I share your admiration for the colors of Koigu yarns...truly in a class by themselves. I'm now finishing up a few knitting projects (including just a few more rows left on second sock of a pair...not from Koigu.) Once these knits are done, I am going to have a hunt for some great Koigu sock yarn I bought last year. And cast on a new pair of socks. The weather here is now calling for socks.

    xo

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  11. Anonymous2:02 am BST

    Love that dress, too. Intrigued by mystery man. Silhouette on a mountain is so appropriate. Glad you leave him mostly a mystery. Even when you claim you have nothing to blog about you have an interesting post.

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  12. Love the husband photo! The girl in the dress was Nina Hamnett, who came from my part of West Wales. An artist herself, she was rather wild and eventually came to a very tragic end via railings on her way from window to pavement!

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  13. Anonymous9:25 am BST

    Little hands cold, little feet warm, keeps baby healthy. That is a rhym we were taught already as children, warning us that baby brothers and sisters (or, being the youngest child, neighbouring children) were supposed to have cold hands in autumn, as long as their feet were warm they would be fine, healthwise. Try my trick to get feet warm: put bare feet in warm water until temperature of feet is in line with rest of body, dry them and then put on your knitted woolen socks. It takes very long for cold feet to get warm even when you put them in those nice cosy woollies. On the other hand, in summer you can cool down your whole body by just putting (and keeping) your feet in lukewarm (never cold!) water, bloodcirculation will take care of the cooling down. For your mood: try lighting your room up with a lamp (or two), put on a candle, warm some potpourri (even a teabag with favourite herbal tea will do) and sip hot drinks, if it rains, turn your back to the windows. How do I know? I llove a golden sunny autums but hate drizzly grey days, so i love to pretend it is warm and cosy everywhere, even my feet in socks need to be warm. Cold feet means a shivering body and depression. Reina

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  14. That wool is beautiful. Your feet are going to be very lucky to have lovely home made sock on them.
    Anne xx

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  15. Persephone books are expensive so they have to wait for Christmas reading. I have read 3 Dorothy Whipples now. I don't know if dirty carrots last longer? I know dirty potatoes do, but they are hardly ever around these days. I shouldn't have to pay more though as the expense of cleaning and processing them is being saved.

    I have found a couple of blogs from those you were given. There seems to be just the one keeper though and that's The Age of Uncertainty. Written by a man too, my only one. I'm enjoying it. I've not heard of Pretty Far West so am intrigued.

    Sock yarn is gorgeous and full of surprises that make it a joy to keep on going round and round. I don't think posts have to be about anything. It is how you write that is important, not what you write. I am off to read that post from one of your commenters about a visiting cat. Cats are lovely and well worth writing about. I'm just a few years away from wearing cat socks, jumpers and hats accessorised by the cat bag and umbrella. I shall be easy to buy presents for.

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  16. I buy dirty potatoes at the same farmshop. You can buy them loose or in 20kg sacks and they are considerably cheaper than supermarket spuds. The 20kg sacks are £5 -but only good if you can transport them home, have somewhere to store them and will get through them before they rot. Luckily I'm able to do all three.

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  17. I received the Persephone Bianually too - lovely bookmark as always!
    Odd that dirty carrots are pricey as they require more 'work'. No doubt they must appeal to someone... As for shrivelling rosehips: apparently the secret is to put them into an inch or so of glycerine rather than water. Newly-cut ones, that is.
    I bought some glycerine from the chemist and intend to test the theory tomorrow.
    Have a good weekend and I hope your feet warm up.
    S

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  18. I know I shall enjoy a Blog called the Quince Tree. There is something about Quince, the wonderful colour and that amazing scent and the Elizabethan aura. I put one in my airing cupboard every autumn and look forward to the time when I shall have one in my garden, along with the orchard I pine for.

    The colours in the socks are just lovely, so vibrant.

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  19. I dont know what Persephone biannually is but I gather it might be a book list?? The pumpkins look wonderful. Jealous of your beautiful socks! Hope you feel more motivated soon.

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    1. Yes a book list/magazine produced by Persephone Books.

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  20. I LOVE those socks! I still haven't got round to starting mine, it will be a learning curve for me and one which I am somewhat loathe to set out on, though I am desperate to knit some stripey socks! What a conundrum.

    As for blog-slump, well, I have finally dragged myself out of mine to post - I do still take photos, too many at times, but I let this recent post hang about and hang about in my head until it was in danger of becoming totally out of date in content, so I just sat down and got on with it. Sometimes your mojo just walks away, and you have to wait until it feels like coming back again. Don't give up now, will you?

    Warm feelings towards your cold tootsies, and hope you're feeling more like your old self soon. Lxx

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  21. I just found your blog and love your blog and your pictures. I have to be honest and tell you I read so many of your posts I forgot where I was at ... I think it was bunnymummy. I have a very simple and small blog, but I love looking and reading great, creative blogs and you are one of them. I'm working on making my blog and my pictures better and I believe that the great blogs around blogland and greatly helping me to succeed... Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  22. Your husband looks like an Anthony Gormley sculpture! Love that sock yarn.

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  23. It's good to find someone else who loves the arrival of Persephone Biannual and the bookmark that always arrives with it. My only down is that I often find that I already have some of the books they are planning to publish.

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