A marvelous insight into my past life.
Right, enough of this ‘misery in January’ palaver! All this ‘dry January’, frantic dieting and rushing off to join a gym is a load of twaddle! Yes, Christmas is over but it doesn’t mean we should all wear sackcloth and ashes and self flagellate! Some of us have birthdays in January and the days are getting longer! I’m on a one woman mission to cheer everyone up. Go out and have that glass of wine, eat cake and be merry! It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to enjoy yourself (if you’ve given the plastic a bashing last month), go see a free exhibition, go see that buddy you haven’t seen in ages and go for a walk (after all the gym costs a packet and you’ll have lost interest by mid February anyway).
It has been a while and I’ve missed this. ‘Whirlwind’, a bit frantic, frenetic, whatever you like to call it, the last few months have whizzed. There have been some low points but on the whole this is an exciting new adventure I’m on. Today on the way to visit a customer I walked down Scotland Street in Edinburgh and this is what I saw….
Although Pat, Domenica, Angus and the others did not appear to feature in this mini library it seemed appropriate that Ian Rankin was there as he also features in Alexander McCall Smith’s tales of Edinburgh life. ‘The Complaints’ introduces another Edinburgh copper Malcolm Fox and not the bolshie D.I. Rebus whom I happen to be rather fond of.
In the rather optimistic hope that it might in fact, all be true, I moved on in search of ‘No 44’……..
The doors opened to the public at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace today……..and it was busy, busy!
A fashion show of the latest Rowan and Patons designs was popular with visitors to the stand.
There are pattern books to compliment all the yarn on sale, two limited edition yarns on offer and a 15 % show discount (yarn only)! You can meet the designers too! Dee Hardwicke ladies and gentlemen! http://www.deehardwicke.co.uk/
Well that is what it felt like when I left Alexandra Palace this evening. Today was set up day for the Knitting & Stitching Show which opens to the public tomorrow and for the next five days! What was the ‘knitting trucker’ doing there I hear you ask. Well there has been an extraordinary development in my portfolio career. It is a long story which I won’t go into now but suffice it to say this is all thanks to my GP and a plastic bag!
I have been recruited to work for Rowan Yarn http://www.knitrowan.com (Mez Crafts UK) as a brand account manager for independent purveyors of fine yarns…..I added the last bit 😉…….but it is the most important sounding job title I’ve ever had! My first official day in the job was yesterday and today I was to help with the ‘load in’ for the Rowan Stand at the show. #knitting&stitchingshow http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/
I thought you might like to see a bit of the behind the scenes action. Before……
If you are going to the show I’d love it if you came and said hello. I’ll be the one doing the ‘kiddy let loose in a sweet shop’ impression! We are located in the West Hall at TGB18. Over the five days there’s opportunity to meet the designers and book signing sessions.
Before heading home I went for a wander……
Baking on what is probably going to be the second hottest day of the year after yesterday, is probably not the best plan but it seemed like a good idea at the time! I’m rather fond of Nigella’s feel good food because ‘it does what it says on the tin’ so to speak. ‘Simply Nigella’, available as they say, from all good bookshops, came to me as a Christmas prezzy from my brother last year.
I’m always looking for that little treat to add to the picnic I take to work and Anzac biscuits seem to fit the bill. I’ve also tried Nigella’s breakfast bars (p358) with the odd diversion from her ingredient list! As the lady herself says, “there are gluten-free, dairy-free and enough seeds to make you start sprouting!” The Anzacs are not quite as virtuous but we all need a goody from time to time!
I’ve made mine without the coconut purely because I didn’t have any. I just upped the quantity of pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I cannot tell you what they taste like yet as they are still cooling but the house smells glorious! I’m hoping Nigella won’t mind me sharing, so get to it and make some!