I’m sitting here at my laptop writing this post on Saturday night…. it’s a beautiful evening, it has just gotten dark but I can still see the outline of the hills… just….. It’s lovely actually, I have the ranch slider open and a cool breeze is blowing in and I can hear Tui’s chattering away….
As I type this, I’m noticing how knackered I am after two days of work. So if this post suddenly stops making sense, that’s why!
I regretfully discovered that Vanessa‘s furbaby Douglas was deeply hurt by an apparent snub by Raymond last week…. So here you go Douglas, a smoochy, purry picture of Raymond-love just for you…..
Doesn’t he just look fantastic next to a bit of crochet? If you have no idea what I was talking about before and don’t know Douglas, make sure you visit Vanessa and see what we’re going on about… Raymond has a lot on his mind right now…. there is a big ginger cat trying to take over the front yard, plus he is in recovery from a nasty ear biting incident (could be that ginger cat again) …. KB and I were mightily concerned that the fur would not grow back and his good looks would be forever tainted…. I would even have to get a new blog-buddy perhaps…. but never fear, the fur is growing back nicely.
So last week I went for a drive out to my Mum and Dad’s farm and had a go with my Mum’s spinning wheel! Yes! Spinning indeed! Do you know what? It’s not that easy and I imagine it takes a lot of practice!!!! Here is my first attempt….
Now apparently that happened because the wool was quite thick, so my next try involved merino which was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay easier for a humble beginner! I also discovered the importance of the Scotch brake! I tightened it after that first try and away I went!!!!
A few mild cusses later I had achieved my first spin!
Do we love those colours and textures????? Here’s a close up…..
Unfortunately it’s not particularly useable as it is a. short and b. not properly spun so is a bit breaky, but still, I am supremely proud and looking forward to my next try!
So Karma. I am quite fascinated by karma, and have spent in the past much time contemplating this process which we give both positive and negative connotations… I have come to the understanding within myself that karma is a beautiful process of a flow of energy which we put out and receive back, and that we choose the lessons we wish to learn with love and gratitude from a deeper level of our being. When we put aside our egos and fears, the things that seem bad are not so bad, they just are, and the same goes for the things that seem good! (oh why, why am I attempting to explain this when my brain is so tired it feels like I have candyfloss in my head!!??)
Am I making any sense?
So I’m not really into the whole “good karma, bad karma” business, to me, karma is karma and it is a beautiful process of growth! But in SAYING that…. My ego felt like some good karma had come into my life when I checked my letter box the other day and found a parcel from Dash Robin HQ! *joy!*
The lovely and talented Kate had sent me a parcel in honour of “blog-appreciation” and how lucky and spesh am I feeling right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Inside was the coolest hook purse made from cool flowery corduroy!
I loved it instantly as even though my favourite colour is pink, green is another favourite and I love handsewn things…. being that I can’t sew, I am deeply in awe of people who can, so this is super cool….
Opening it up…..
Cutie, joyful little heads and tails pop out….
What a legend… that you Kate, you completely made my day!
OK lovelies…. it is completely dark outside now and I absolutely must go to bed pronto…. I’m so tired I can’t even pick up my knitting or even contemplate a bit of Queen Anne-ing…. that is serious tiredness I’m sure you understand!!!!!
Lots and lots and lots of love to all of you, and thank you for stopping by today! I promise in my next post I will reveal my latest cushion, I said I would last time, but well…. It’s coming!
Have a beautiful day, love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
p.s Do I dare put in a photograph of me wearing my Dash Robin goodness????
OK then….. a rare photo of me without giant sunglasses…..