Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Today I got this package delivered to me.

 

Milo MUST inspect all packages upon entrance to the chapel

Milo MUST inspect all packages upon entrance to the chapel!

 

It is from the British Wool Marketing Board.  I placed an order with them for both some posters and some wool for spinning.  Today, I got my posters, as well as a few other goodies.  I ordered the posters to help decorate my attic yarn area.  A chandelier just doesn’t do it all for me you know.  Anyway, I got the British Sheep Breeds poster, a bunch of the posters of individual breeds and a rare breeds poster.

 

(did you really think that I would unroll them with Milo around?)

(did you really think that I would unroll them with Milo around?)

 

They sent along a bunch of the fact sheets about processing the wool as well as about some individual breeds of sheep.  They also sent me a cute bookmark and a calendar for this year as well as a booklet on British Wool for Handknitting.

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Sorry about the flash splotch.  Trust me, the ram is plenty handsome!

Sorry about the flash splotch. Trust me, the ram is plenty handsome!

 

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The fleece hasn’t come yet and there was a nice note enclosed in the package saying that she wasn’t sure when that part of the order was going to be processed so she sent out this part first.  I love getting things in the mail.  In fact, I know of few people who don’t enjoy that.  Well, the exception may be my dogs, who hate the mailman and any delivery folk with a vengence that is usually reserved for rapists and people who have a full cart in the 10 items or less line at the grocery store.  

Today was market day in Tring and since I missed it last week, I was determined not to miss it today.  I’m glad that I didn’t as the plant and flower sellers had streptocarpus for sale.  I adore these plants as they are related to the African Violets that I enjoy so much.  These plants were quite nice looking and reasonably priced so I got one of each kind that they had.

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I somehow mentioned to the seller that I collected African Violets and he said that he would bring a bunch of “unusual” ones for me the next time that I was there (I had mentioned that I was going to be in the US the next week).  When I told the hubby of this on the phone he groaned and said that the whole house was going to be full of plants before he knew it.  Well, what did he expect when he married a horticulturalist?  I mean really, it would be like marrying a photographer and not having any pictures on your wall!  But it did get me to looking around and I realized that we have an awful lot of plants blooming around the house (and that isn’t counting outside!).  

 

The little lemon tree.  Doesn't look like much but the flowers perfume the entire lower level of the house.

The little lemon tree. Doesn't look like much but the flowers perfume the entire lower level of the house.

A gardenia plant

A gardenia plant

 

Stephanotis in bloom

Stephanotis in bloom

Bose soundock with blooms

Bose soundock with blooms

 

The upstairs landing

The upstairs landing

 

 

 

Yesterday I ventured out to Milton Keynes as I knew that a lot of my yarny magazines were on sale by now and I needed more potting compost.  I went to Hobbycraft to get some yarn for a gift and then across the road to Borders for the magazines.  I sort of fell off the wagon and got a couple of books as well.  One is Loop-d-Loop Crochet, which I had wanted for a while and, well, just couldn’t resist anymore.  It isn’t any cheaper in the US so I just got it.  The other book that I picked-up was Knit Knit which had also been on my want list for a while.  Right now with the exchange rate the way it is, books that were priced when the rate was 2 to 1 are actually a bit cheaper here in the UK than in the US.  This is unusual and I am going to take advantage of it:-)

I am getting ready for my trip to Florida.  I have my graduation dress all ready.  It was nice as I had shoes that matched it perfectly already in my closet.  I’m trying to get the house ready for us to be gone a week.  I have been busy potting up plants so that they don’t dry out as often as they would if left in their little pots.  Right before I leave I am going to move all of the houseplants downstairs so that they are centrally located for watering purposes.  

I also made banana bars this week that I am very proud of for how they turned out given the fact that I had no time nor temperature to work with.  Also, going from a standard oven to one that is convection.  I think that they turned out ok:-)

 

Yum!

Yum!

 

Perfection!

Perfection!

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