Saturday, September 24, 2011


We had a sheepish family day out today.

Masham Sheep Fair.

We started the day with a tour of the Black Sheep Brewery

and finished with a wine tasting.

In between, I bought some fleece and we looked at sheep. I had a lovely day out :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

If you're too young to die

A busy few days.
j had his 20th birthday. Where do the years go?
J and I went to see Squeeze at Gypsy's Green in South Shields. A real blast from the past. All the greatest hits. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the torrential downpour you can just about see through the tent flap (sorry, marquee door) above.

Lousy phone shots, but it's still cool for cats.

Three days later we were at The Sage to see Ian Anderson's acoustic performance. Probably one of the best shows I've been to.  Florian Opahle is an amazing musician and Ian still has it.

Monday, September 05, 2011

I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils

It's probably a teacher thing, but I think I've always felt this way. I have always loved September. For me it feels like the real 'new year'. It isn't just about the start of a new school year. Who would really enjoy returning to the real world after six weeks of personal time? Although, I do have to say that I, and the majority of my colleagues, do.

For me September signals change: weather, harvest, garden changes, starting to clear the overblown things and fresh starts.

I love the cooler weather and the excitement of new knitwear. The favourite phase of my wardrobe starts in Autumn. I love the colours of Autumn. It's my favourite palette of the year. I love browns and greens and plums and teals.

I always feel refreshed when I go into the shops at the end of August and the racks and manequins are filling up with the Autumn ranges. I like cardigans and opaque tights. I love boots and jackets. I love tweed and corduroy and merino and cashmere. Dare I say it? I like coats!

Happy New Year!

Here's a bouquet for you.