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Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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Hi Kristina, I’m getting quite upset that in my life I won’t ever be able to read all the books I’d like to read… The talks was about the ‘great American Novel’ and for some reason there was a lot of focus on old books rather than contemporary writer although a few were mentioned as being brilliant (AnnTyler, Anne Patchett, Annie Proux… a lot of women writers! Jonathan Franzen was quietly slated - reading between the lines - of which I’m glad because I really don’t get on with his self-absorbed ranting) The books I’ve jotted down all the books I would like to read to fill a gap in my… ‘reading history’ for want of a better word.. The Ambassadors and Portrait of a lady, the last of the mohicans (I read it in Italian centuries ago) Moby Dick the invisible man Infinite jest (can’t read my writing!) Barkskin The underground railway The heart is a lonely hunter Pale Fire Faulkner Willa Cather Nabokov (Panin? not just lolita) Saul Bellow Jane Smiley John Updike I’m sure you read all of them already! The three panelist’s favourite American books were: The great gatsby, The Scarlett Letter, the invisible man. what would you say? Why did nobody mention To kill a mockingbird?? take care, Monica
Randomly on a Wednesday: I finished Bruce's autobiography. Brilliant Book. Fair enough I might be a teensy weensy bit biased but I really enjoyed it. I made me re-listened to a lot of music I hadn't listened to for years... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
This week my brain has been working out, and you know what? It feels wonderful. I feel wonderful. Everything is wonderful! (And I have un umpire for Sunday hockey match which, I totally understand, doesn't mean anything to you but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Last week I decided to tidy up my desktop of all the bookmarks clutter accumulated during the last few years and stumbled upon this video: ... I think it was around the time I bought a serger and fancied myself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I love reading. LOVE. When I was young my mum used to tell me off because I read 'too much' and I had to go off to do... 'something else'. That was her suggestion: stop reading and go do something... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Catchy title, I know. The thing is I've just had a very stressful hour and I'm still a little frazzled. Why? You may ask... let me tell you .... One thing that you might not know about me is that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
So yesterday... Drove the kids to the school bus, drove back, cleared the kitchen, filled the dishwasher, made my bed, emptied the drier, emptied the washing machine, filled the drier, filled the washing machine. Took my big car to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
So yesterday was quite an insane day. In the morning I put my body through TWO exercise classes because I'm a klutz who can't even manage her diary obviously. Oh boy. Let's just say that if anybody mentions 'planks' or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
What on earth has taking me so long? The whole world has been raving about the Esme tunic pattern, why wasn't I listening? After all the two Esme tops I sewed last spring have been on rotation ever since. Doh.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
No 2 broke his arm yesterday, on the 2nd minute of his 2nd rugby match of the season. Buckle fracture, cast and no contact sports for 6 to 8 weeks. It is going to be fun. Not. He's already bored... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I totally underestimated the quilting time on this one. Small 1/4 inch gaps or smaller mean an awful lot of quilting. And thread. An awful lot of thread too. I totally underestimated the quantity of thread I'd need too. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
thank you CJ... you should try washing my son's school shirts... he's 6'2" and all the sleeves come out of the washing machine in an inextricable knot that takes ages to sort out AND they're totally creased Nightmare.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2016 on *93** at {quilt} while you're ahead
...the card was found by a friend of the floor of the locker room. Crisis over. I thought you might want to know that.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2016 on *93** at {quilt} while you're ahead
Randomly. It's a total sign of sisterly love to accompany your sibling to IKEA on a Saturday to buy a sofa. AND to load the 49674385 boxes to make up the aforementioned sofa in the back of your car (who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
My attention this week turned to my house plants. We have lots. Unfortunately quite a few were in a state of disrepair... we've been away a lot this summer and the care bestowed onto them varied from obsessive watering (the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I love peas. Do you love peas? I could eat peas everyday. Not my kids. They eat them because let's face it they're fairly innocuous as vegetable are concerned, right? Braised peas. Steamed peas. Peas and rice, fab. Tuna and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Sunday. Still warm. Sunny. I guess Autumn is tiptoeing in softly this year. I spent the morning catching up with the ironing whilst watching "inside British Vogue" on iplayer and dreaming of Mr M and I next vacation (sans boys,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I've had this quilt for years. Probably seven or eight... it was an impulse eBay purchase (don't tell me you've never done that!) and the original idea was to turn into a pair of curtains. Well, that never happened... I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
As part of the 'finishing-itis that's been afflicting me recently I introduce you to a new winter hat. Because that is exactly what you want when the country is gripped by an unseasonal heat wave, right? Also, it only just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Life is tres busy around here... Yesterday I labelled clothes for two hours and ironed 18 school shirts. The irony of unpacking totally wrinkled 'non-iron' shirt didn't escape me. I'm hoping they'll emerge smoother from the washing machine in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Tucked away in a tiny side road next to the Roman Forum in the centre of Rome there's a Franciscan convent. High up, under the eaves with glorious views of Rome and the Colosseum there's an artist studio. Sidival Fila... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I've been thinking how to best describe my day in Rome last week but words totally fail me. My brother - the Franciscan missionary in South Sudan - had applied for two tickets for the weekly meeting with the Pope... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I'm actually writing this sitting at the table in my own kitchen back in England. I'm waiting for No 1 son to finish his shower so we can go for a walk but I know the prospect of walking will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Seven hours. 40 kg of tomatoes. In pictures: Too tired for words. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I shouldn't be doing this... tomorrow I'm driving to Italy and I have prepared 'nothing'. Nada. Niente. I'm at the stage of denial which will be followed by the frantic stage and then the panic stage. Sigh. Anyway... briefly and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead