Monday, 6 August 2012


Ironic isn't it that one of the few times I have actually DONE THINGS, BEEN PLACE and MADE THINGS, I have been lacking the bloomin energy to blog about them!

Law of the sod.

Right - going places. I had a really spelndid afternoon with two luvverly friends. I love Ravelry - people who are online friends are rapidly becoming 'real', have met several times, have gone out for the day with, giggled with, talked with friends. Real Friends.

I spend most of my Rav time in one specific group, pretty much full of incredible kindness, LOADS of laughter and genuine friends. Last week three of us had an Out, which in itself is a big deal for me (I tend to avoid anything outy partly because my house is a shambles and it embarrasses me and also because of The Failing Body health issues).

But no, an Out was had and a jolly fine Out it was too.

We went here and we did this:

Ten minutes drive, I love this place. Kirkstall Abbey, it is stunning. Have had several pinics over the year by the river, and a wander a few times. It is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
Over the road is a rather decent coffee shop - a bit full of screechy children (why do people let their kids do that high pitched ear piercing shriek over and over again??) but very beautiful.
They were setting up a private birthday party in the adjoining room which looked rather pretty.
Clean plates are always a good sign.

But the higlight of a day filled with history and heritage?
The kids dressing up box of course!

(Ignore swollen handies)(and general chubbiness)(ah what the hell, I was happy!).

Lots of giggling. Lots!

My poor body really struggled for a few days afterwards, my legs and knees particularly and then (possibly due to the tiredness) my hands decided to join in and I had a good old RA flare up. I still cannot knit more than two or three rows which is damned frustrating. I do have a lot of frustrations but will air those another day.

But worth it mentally to get some air. Fresh air and friendship, excellent combination.

(piccies look ok I think, am hoping a friend's hubster can sort my best camera out over the weekend)

I have managed some Making of nThings. I cannot knit much but I am able to sew a bit, thankfully (not totally sure why that works but glad it does).
I finished this young lady for a certain woolly event this weekend.

And must say I am delighted with her.

I also made this cheery little chap for a recent swap, so I am pleased to have something to show for my time lately.
I certainly don't have a tidy house!

Bye for now

from me and the fishy fella


Anonymous said...

Good to see you looking the picture of health - no stick or anything!

Glad you are able to work again. Running a stall at a yarn event is the start :)

You'll be of those benefits before you know it ;)

sulkycat said...

If only. Stick was on a bench a foot away. I am not running any stall. I am not able to work again, not at the moment. I desperately wish I was. I hope I am mis-reading it, but there is a definite tone of 'you skiver' in your post.

Audrey said...

Sulky I lurk on British Banter and enjoy your sense of humor; honestly wish your health was better but admire your cheerfulness. Love your Shepheress, she's adorable. Lovely to see what you make. You are a good friend to all the BB members.
Audrey (knitnutter)

Anonymous said...

No definately no 'tone' or calling you a skiver.

I'll leave that sort of decision to the DWP who are very nice and helpful people.

sulkycat said...

Ahhh poor old anon, nothing better to do with your time? Bye bye.

Sweet Camden Lass said...

Oooh, what a lovely picture of you! And I am glad that sewing is do-able even when knitting's not. Life would be far too frustrating.


Alison said...

Looks like a great Out. There's something about monastic ruins that takes your breath away. The Shepherdess and fish are fab. Love his teeth. Love the pic of Keef in the fort, too :-)

Jan said...

It was indeed a lovely out. We must do it again but try not to break you this time.
Hugs lovely one xx