Wednesday, 8 February 2017


I'm fighting the flu bug and had to put my needle down as I can't seem to muster enough energy 
for even crochet

 I don't do well if I'm not 'doing' 

and reading hurts my eyes at the moment
everything hurts at the moment

But before all this misery

I did manage to put the finishing touches on these two

 I think I'm in love with the puppy

How are you keeping?

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Another Love

I've put my pen and paper away and started indulging in another love,

I finished bunny a couple of days ago

puppy and kitty are a work in progress

what have you been up to?

Monday, 2 January 2017

Let's Go!

The tree's down and put away

The holidays are over for another year

Not a moment too soon

Let's get on with it

Shall we? 

Happy new year everyone!   

Thursday, 8 December 2016

It's Snowing

big, fat flakes are falling outside my window

our first snow

 I'm grateful to have nowhere to be

if you have to be out there today

be safe

and keep warm

Monday, 5 December 2016

A Christmas Treat

I love fruitcake.

luscious batter

There, I said it.

But it's hard to find one with the rich, dense, brownie-like consistency I love, so every year I bake myself one. The recipe I use calls for coffee and cocoa and and ground hazelnuts - YUM!

It bakes for 2 hours at a low temperature with a pan of water on the oven floor - that's what makes it so moist; the water bath.

I wish you could smell my house right now!

ready for the oven

When it's done I'll douse it with spiced rum and store it away.  This is the hard part ... I never quite make it to the end.


It's that good.

doused and ready to store

What's your favourite Christmas treat?

Friday, 21 October 2016

Exciting News

I entered a writing contest a couple of weeks ago ... and won!

Aspiring writers of literary fiction and/or short stories were invited to submit manuscripts for discussion and feedback. 

The prize is a 1 hour one-on-one meeting with the Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library, Kim Echlin.

Kim Echlin is an award-winning author, translator, editor, documentary-maker and teacher. Her books include The Disappeared, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and was translated into 17 languages.

Well, you can imagine my excitement. I'm scheduled to meet with her next month - how will I ever be able to wait this long?