Thank you all for your lovely comments last week. I feel rather ashamed that i haven't answered any of you, but I've had rather a poor week. I'll do better this week, I promise!
I found this shrub in the garden of a house I was visiting a while back. I've no idea what it is - I'll have to return in the spring and summer to find out. I couldn't resist all the lovely twisted shapes.
Thanks to you better informed people, I now know that this is a Corkscrew or Twisted Hazel (Corylus Avellana 'Contorta') also known as 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick'. It should look beautiful in early spring.
You can find many wonderful photos through the links on the Home Page of the challenge. If you enjoy black and white photography, you should enjoy these!
Back on March 10th 1997, while we were living on our island, our cat went into labour. She was having trouble, and not inclined to accept help, so Youngest Son (less than 12 years old at the time) held the mother down while I pulled the kitten out. He grew rapidly, and purred as loudly as the large Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat we'd see fairly frequently. That was when Husband named him Rinli. His second name was Rolag, as we were learning to spin at the time and he looked just like a roll of fluffy wool. He had many adventures in his life, including moving to the mainland and then to yet another house, but recently he began to change. Some days he wouldn't eat, some days he'd just stare into space and not seem to know what was happening. Then he started going to the toilet wherever he was sitting, then running away. Yesterday we took him to the Vet/Veterinarian, and she found lumps on his liver. It seems liver damage can cause all the symptoms he's been displaying, and we had to make the hard decision. He was a much loved pet for 14.5 years, and he will be missed.
Rinli perched on the fence in happier times.
Rinli looking sweet in the kitchen when he still wanted food!
For happier black and white photos from all over the world, please visit the links on the Home Page.
At the moment I'm more or less confined to the house with sciatica, and the pain meds send me to sleep for much of the day. That means I have to look around for something that might be just good enough for the Challenge.
This small mirror stands on the shelf by my computer. In front of it is a brass stamp box which now holds paper clips etc. and in front of that is a shawl pin made by First Daughter for Second Daughter. The whole thing caught my eye as I staggered past, and gave me a great excuse to sit down!
Look on the Home Page for many excellent black and white photos.
The Peace Bridge, Derry (or Londonderry if you prefer.)
Due to a delayed flight daughter and I landed too late at the City of Derry Airport to make it home that night. We stayed in a local hotel, and I took some photos next day. I love the curves of this bridge, and the wonderful shapes.
Many more black and white photos can be found through the Home Page. Please come and enjoy them.
It's taken me a long time to get round to posting the results of my London visit last July. My daughters briefly visited KnitNation the previous year, and they were determined to manage the full weekend this year. They were also determined that I should go with them. They saved and planned and saved - and off to London I went for the first holiday since my eldest was born (in 1978!)
I loved the whole event.
The market opened at lunchtime on the Saturday. Oh, the wonderful colours and yarns! The money I'd brought soon ran out, but I had a lot to show for it as you can see.
I bought the Boye NeedleMaster set (at the bottom of the picture) greatly reduced, from a lady from France who didn't get on with it.
This is a space-saving swift, folded.
Here it is opened.
And here it is, very helpfully holding a skein of wool for me to wind. Life is so much easier now!