Dormouse's Diary

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Just testing

I've had to change my email address and then discovered that I didn't know my password for this blog. I've been so bad about posting to it that it didn't really affect me until I wanted to check out all the blogs that I read.

Hopefully it's all sorted now.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I made bread

This is the most beautiful loaf. It makes me want to hack all the crusts off and gobble them down slathered in butter. Instead I will be good and let it cool and wait until breakfast time.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My poor laptop

It's pretty old and has been starting to show signs of coming to the end of it's life. The main problem has been wide bands of the screen that are either dead or permanently on the wrong colour, leading to an interesting stripy pattern which makes your eyes hurt if you watch too much TV on it. Friday though it flickered and wibbled and then over half the screen died, leaving me with about 4 inches on the left hand side that worked. My MIL has been a sweetie and is using her laptop instead of her desk-top computer so that I can borrow her screen. It's kind of awkward but at least I can access the internet.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I have new mousies

Actually I have 5 new mousies but out of all the photos I took, these were the only ones that weren't just a blur!



Thursday, January 14, 2010

My youngest son decided to build an igloo for his Club Penguin figurines using the ice cube tray as a mold. It worked fantastically well and he had a great afternoon playing with them.

He's normally a total computer addict and it was nice to see him voluntarily playing outside with toys.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We had some more snow last night and the garden looks very pretty again.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Broken Hearts

It's too cold to do anything much except stay in and watch bad TV and after finishing my brother's quilt I just wasn't in the mood to tackle anything big so I've been playing with a few more Broken Heart blocks. One day I'll have enough to make a sofa throw or something.

Obviously these have alternate pairs!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Teazle's Coat of Many Colours

Poor Teazle has crummy genentics and has a pretty much bald rump. She really needs something to keep her cozy in the cold weather and so I made her this.

Doesn't she look stupidly awesome?
It's usually only for wearing around the house and in the garden, she has a black, waterproof coat for proper walks but yesterday, because it was so snowy, I put it on Sophie when we went out to the park. It looked so happy and bright against the white snow and we got a lot of positive comments about it.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


We finally got the snow we were promised yesterday.

Not a huge amount but the garden looks beautiful

and they've closed the schools which has made the kids very happy.

The dogs liked it too.

We went to the park and had a great time throwing snowballs but I'm quite glad to be back in the warm now.

Chris' Quilt all quilted and waiting for it's binding to be sewn down. Hand sewing is not one of my favourite things so that might take a while.

Blogger is being it's usual helpful self and has grouped the pictures and won't let me ungroup them to type betweent them.

The second photo is the 'what's above your computer' shot from Monday and the third one is my front door looking quite festive. Note the fabulously artistic distressed look.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Brother and SIL's Quilt

I spotted this pattern on Bonnie's Quiltville website a long time ago and it stuck in the back of my mind. Being a thrifty kind of person, I found myself with a huge box full of blue and turquoise strips that were left over from other projects and the need for a Christmas present for my brother and his wife. This was the first thing I thought of.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I was really hoping to show you pictures of Chris' Star Quilt all finished but it's turned into a bit of a disaster. The main quilting went fine but I turned it sideways to do the side borders and somehow I've managed to get great big puckers in the backing fabric which are going to require a huge frogging session. Sickeningly that part of the border quilted like a dream, I should have known that was a bad omen.

I'll photograph it tomorrow and laugh about it but right now I just want to scream.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I was downloading pictures from the camera and found a couple of things I haven't shared.

First there was this beautiful pink lemonade. It looked so pretty I just had to take a picture of it. Pity the quilting frame background isn't quite as photogenic.

Then there were these fabulous squares that Ally bought me as a present. They are so pretty and girly. I can't decide what to make with them but whatever they end up being part of, it can't fail to be wonderful.

I've just about finished quilting Chris' quilt. I don't think I'm going to have the binding done by the time she gets home on Thursday though.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The weather was lovely this morning. Sunny but breezy and not too hot. Perfect dog walking weather. They thought so too.

When I got back I worked in the garden for a bit. Had some lunch and felt energised and ready to finish Chris' quilt which has been on the frame for a week now. Unfortunately on my way to the quilt frame I slipped on a pile of books in a plastic bag and wrenched my leg badly and so instead I'm laid up in bed with my leg propped up on pillows.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Biopsy Results

Teazle is feeling a lot better now. The drain has been taken out and everything is healing up nicely.

The vet phoned with the test results. The lump on her back was only a sebacious cyst so no problems there, the big one on her side was a lipoma and no cancer cells inside so no problem there either. The one on her tummy turned out not to be breast cancer as suspected but a mast cell cancer on the underside of her skin. They say it was in the early stages and that they got all it's margins so hopefully it hasn't spread further.

After losing Bracken so recently I was pretty wibbly about Teazle but that's a lot better result than I was fearing.

She hopeful gets her stitches out on Friday and then it's just a matter of waiting for her fur to grow back.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Sad dog

Teazle had some lumps that the vet was concerned about so yesterday she went in to have them taken out. She is now the saddest dog in the world. They were pretty big incisions and because there was one on her ribs, one on her back and one on her udders she's finding it hard to lie comfortably.

She was very cold and shaky from the anaesthetic and we took pity on her and she spent the night on our bed all wrapped up in fluffy towels. This made her a very happy dog but she is a dreadful bed-hog and whimpered under her breath all night so I dont think we got a wink of sleep.

Getting up at 4.00 to take my husband to the airport was very hard. She was feeling pretty perky by then and had a breakfast before I left, another one when I got back at 7.00 and then stole some of Sophie's too so I think she's back to normal.

We're now keeping our fingers crossed that they were benign.

Monday, April 27, 2009

It's been ages since I added anything to this blog but I have been insanely busy. As well as tackling the garden I've been clearing the attic with a view to making it into a clean, usable storage space to hold all my quilting stuff. The dining room/office is disappearing under piles of boxes full of fabric and sewing stuff and so it's going to have to go somewhere else.

The attic was totally suffed full of junk and tons and tons of books. Most of which has now been relocated. I've now started on the horrible task of removing the old insulation which is thick with dust and gooodness knows what else. Once that is done I need to clean everything and then we've got to reinforce the joists. It's amazing, given the number of books up there, that the ceiling didn't fall in years ago.

Then it's the joyful task of getting the electrics relocated, putting in a floor, insulating the roof and putting in a ceiling. This is going to be a VERY long job.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


The sunset was spectaular last night. We hung out of the window watching it go down and I tried for a few photos.
It looks so peaceful and rural. You wouldn't think that those trees are hiding the ringroad and Waitrose.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I've been gardening

We've been tackling the mess that is our top garden. To be honest it looks a lot worse than when we started but the broken arch has been dismantled and lots of dead stuff collected up and put ready for a bonfire. Digging out all the dandelions has been killing my back though. I'm finding excuses not to bend over now.

As well as a ton of frog-spawn in the pond there were four big frogs and a teeny-tiny little one. There are three hiding out in the kingcup. (Click for a bigger picture.)

While we cleaned out the mice they were put in the old fish tank. I thought this would give me a better chance of photographing them. Out of about 400 pictures I think 10 actually had mice in them and about 5 of them were almost in focus.
This is Charliemouse.

Sprite (and Bandit in the food bowl)
and Bandit again.
Teazle was fascinated by them.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


The sun is shining and I feel ludicrously and ridiculously happy today. Must be spring.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

I've been really busy this week. I've picked up a few days work because one of the kitchen staff has a badly broken toe and I've been helping Ally redecorate her office so there's not been a lot of time for internetting.

I've been working on a cozy dog coat for Sophie in my free time and it's just waiting for it's binding. There will be photos later but needless to say it is scrappy and very, very bright. She's going to get laughed at!

We've also become the proud owners of four very cute baby mice. Y bought them their cage with the pocket money he'd saved, E bought some additional tubing and stuff for it, Granny bought them a mouse each and we bought the other two. They are adorable and far too much time is being spent standing in the kitchen watching them run around their tubes and wheel. They are proving very hard to photograph but there will be some pictures of the extremely funky cage coming soon.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

My Birthday

Yesterday was my 44th birthday. We have less than no money at the moment and Phill was away working so I didn't expect it to be much of a day.

I was completely wrong. My Mum baked me an awesome cake,

and invited me to spend the day with them. They provided me with a four course lunch and a glass of wine and wouldn't even let me do the washing up.

My brother used his culinary skill and made me some amazing coconut biscuits and a couple of jars of the most divine coconut and cashew curry paste. He had also turned the coconut shells into bird feeders, so the coal tits are going to be very happy.
Ally gave me some money so I can continue to indulge my obsession with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Perfume Oils. She also bought me this book.
Out of the 101 recipies I think there were only about 3 that we didn't fancy. I'm pretty sure some major cooking will be happening very soon.

The ever lovely Dotty sent me a surprise birthday parcel, which contained some beautifully coordinated fabric, a pin cushion like the ones I'd admired on her blog, four green buttons with white polka dots and a pack of pencils with a sharpener and rubber. These are particularly useful because the boys ALWAYS steal mine and never give them back.

Check out the patterned fabric. Cooking, gardening and quilting fairies! The quilting fairy looks a lot like a slimmer version of me.

My parents bought me wine, chocolates, a set of large ramekins and then there was this interesting box from Goldsmiths.

It turned out to contain a really beautiful necklace. It proved almost impossible to photograph it as it has alternate polished and brushed links and the camera seemed to get confused. Here is the best shot I could get. I love it to bits, it's nice and unfussy without being plain or old fashioned looking. I think I'll be wearing this an awful lot.

MIL had forgotten my birthday as usual so she took me out for lunch at Wagamama's today.
Hubby and the boys are going to give me breakfast in bed on Saturday and pander to my every whim all day (allegedly!!!).
All in all a wonderful day, even if the weather was horrendous.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lots of Triangles

I've just spent the day sewing together all the scrap triangles left over from my MIL's quilt.

There don't look anywhere near as many now they are sewn together. I hope there will be enough for the border. I suppose I should count them rather than just sewing them and hoping for the best.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sunny Morning

The sun was shining beautifully this morning and walking the dogs was a real pleasure. Unfortunately it had to be a fairly short one because Sophie was holding her leg up from time to time. She hurt it running around like a mad thing, back when it snowed. It had seemed to have got better but she's hurt it again somehow. The muscle at the top of her hip seems to be really bunched up again. If it doesn't improve over the next couple of days then she'll have to go to the vets.

Despite the occasional twinge she had a wonderful time trotting round and sniffing at everything.

Teazle, as usual, was far too interested in the fact that we were trying to photograph her and kept rushing over to investigate. Out of about 20 photos, this is the only one that actually shows her. All the others are of empty grass where she had been.

We are so lucky to have such beautiful places for dogwalking, right on our doorstep.

It still feels strange to only be walking two dogs. Bracken was the one who wanted to play and he would chase the girls until they played with him. They seem very subdued without him there. I miss him too. He loved to chase balls and sticks and would spend a lot of the walk running back and forth to us, whereas the girls are off sniffing in the bushes and doing their own thing.