Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another new experience

The electric water heater that supplies all of our hot water needs has packed it in, and this morning, with the temperature at 5 degrees Celsius I discovered that I was faced with the prospect of either a cold shower, or none at all. With the grass outside covered in a crisp, crunchy frost, neither option appealed to me but I had a meeting to attend so something had to be done. These old buckets, normally used in my garden, came to my rescue and, filled with hot water from our electric kettle in the kitchen, they provided a primitive but satisfying means of taking a shower. With the use of a plastic cup to scoop the water over my head I found the whole process far less traumatic than might be imagined and the surprise was that I only needed a little over one 9 litre bucket full of water.
This brings me to some thought provoking reflections: In many countries in the world, my shower this morning would be pure luxury - hot, clean water that was more than enough for my needs. How blessed am I? I jump into my shower every morning and turn on the hot water without a thought, taking my blessings for granted. I think I will be a little more thankful in future.
May you have all your needs supplied and a little to spare.
Bye for now until next time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A new experience

Hamish is cold. He lives in our Victorian Alpine region where it gets jolly cold and his owner asked me if I would knit a coat for him. I've never knitted a coat for a dog. Clearly I have missed the mark as this one is much too tight. Doesn't he look embarrassed, poor love? I can hear him saying, "I do feel such a fool, must you take my photo?" Sorry Hamish but I needed to get some idea of where I went wrong with this coat so I can start again on something more suited to your marvelous physic
This coat will not go to waste as it will fit one of Hamish's smaller golden retriever companions who are also in line for a knitted coat. I think I'll be busy for a while.
I have some lovely Bendigo Mills machine washable wool in a shade called Cranberry. Just the thing eh Hamish?
Back to the needles.
I hope all those out there in blogging land are keeping warm. It's really nippy here these days.
Bye for now until next time.

PS. Amendment! I have finally managed to add the pics of Hamish that I struggled with when I first wrote this blog. It seems that Google's new system will only work on my lap top which runs Windows 7 rather than the desktop which runs XP. Very irritating. After clicking about all over the place I finally found the old form. Aaah. Like a comfy of pair of slippers.
Google I really don't like your new look.