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February already?? [Feb. 2nd, 2012|12:12 am]
Pirate Roberts
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Can't believe it's already February. January just flew by. Not much to say, except that I bought a friend's computer after he upgraded. I'm quietly excited. It's been about 4 years since I had a computer that had the following attribute:

a) a working disc drive,
b) the ability to connect to the internet, and
c) admin permissions so that I can actually install things, like games, or flash player upgrades.

Yes, although my work laptop has served me in very good stead as a runabout at home, I'd really like to complete Starcraft 1 at some point before I die!

In other news, I started a new challenge over at the blog: 29 flowers in 29 days.

In short, make a flower every day for the month of February from Lesley Stanfield's book, 100 flowers to knit and crochet. See the blog post for flower no. 1 (and keep reading to see some photos of the spring bulbs coming up in my garden! SO EXCITING!!!).

Please join in with my challenge if you fancy, or start your own! I got the idea from my friend who's doing 29 games in 29 days. As you may also have done, he's bought a lot of games in various Steam sales and never played them, so he's going to go through one each day and review it on there.
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Happy New Year! [Jan. 10th, 2012|08:45 pm]
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Two new posts up at the blog, one about a small lavender sachet kit I knitted up over the weekend, and the other being the obligatory new year's resolutions.

This evening so far I have put on laundry, failed to start cooking tea, and taken photos of the more interesting parts of my stash, where stash is a thing that is mountainous and entirely made up of yarn that admonishes you for not using it yet.

I said I'd post about Oli & Tish's tree planting, but again I don't have time to say much except the following: It was a lot of fun and easier to plant trees than expected. We were provided with beautiful mince pies and stew and lovely things to do in the evening merriment, and a grand time was had. If you ever see a future plea for tree planting help up at their farmhouse, you should definitely answer it.

Gigs since last posting:

Drum Eyes (DJ Scotch Egg project) in a pub in Islington somewhere, 27/12/11
VNV Nation at the HMV Institute, 07/01/12
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Mug Cosy Complete [Dec. 18th, 2011|12:32 am]
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One completed mug cosy!

It was made for my work's secret santa. I maybe put more effort into it than the £1 budget implied I should, but I did only spend 5p on a button and that was it...

Also, see the mug cosy link for my FIRST CROCHET PATTERN! It's to make a crochet leaf, and is (obviously) incredibly simple.

Next update to include Oli&Tish's tree planting, but it's very late now so I must sleep. Good night!
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Knitting [Dec. 15th, 2011|11:28 pm]
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I finally finished my first knitting project! Photos and more details over here!

In other news, one of the more unexpectedly pleasing side effects of mansunite moving into my little bungalow is the starting of a new tradition - Takeaway Thursday. OM NOM NOM PRAWN TOAST NOM NOM NOM.

No gardening last weekend, it absolutely tipped it down and my lawn is compressed enough as it is. :(
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Veg patch part 2 [Dec. 9th, 2011|12:03 am]
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Part 2 is now up. :)

In other news, going to sleep in fresh bed clothes is amazing. Getting out of a bed that has fresh bedclothes on it the following morning is much harder than usual though.
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Veg patch part 1 [Dec. 8th, 2011|01:04 am]
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I've dug out a veg patch! It's very exciting (for me that is, and probably no-one else). However, I have gone into more detail about it here in my new shiny blog. I'm going to try posting to LJ more regularly again, even if it's only to link to the other blog, in a (probably doomed) attempt to rejoin the internet that exists outside facebook (I'm rubbish enough at keeping up with that as it is). My complete abandonement of LJ for so long is probably down to being so busy during the evenings and not having the time it takes to read through my friends page, and then feeling that I'm so far behind with reading it that I might as well not bother, and then not bothering. On that note, I'm ever so sorry if I've missed anything important and not passed on congratulations/commiserations/incisive comment/dry wit (ok, probably not the last two, but you get the idea). Over the past year I've been a rubbish friend to anyone I don't see on a day to day basis and I must apologise to you all.
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2011|01:27 am]
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Today my hands were stained with the blood of a hundred aphids. Then I had a shower and went to the pub (Ye Olde Dolphin) for tea and beer. I will have to relent before going on placement and spray my fruit trees with insecticide - I reckon that to avoid using pesticides I need to look them over about once or twice a week to catch the aphids before they become an infestation, which will definitely happen if I'm away for 8 weeks. DO NOT want a repeat of last year. The complication is that, obviously, the fruit will then be covered in pesticide. Arghs.

Also, the emerging fruit does not seem to like hot weather and some has shrivelled and fallen off. So I guess I need to water my trees atm as well, until it finally rains properly.

Otherwise I watched Inception with some friends tonight. I thought it was a good film, although the ending was of the sort that slightly annoys me (I know why it's done, I just like things... neater). :)

Off to Chippenham tomorrow for Sal's wedding send off thing. Hopefully everything will go well. :)
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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2011|05:37 am]
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Still alive! Not much of note recently, I've been working on the garden a bit (as in buying plants and then later trying to work out where on earth to put them) and work is currently busy. My cousin got married last Saturday and next Saturday it's my friend Sal's wedding send off party (in lieu of a stag/hen type thing). Saw Hellbastard at the Old Bell in Derby who rocked lots more than I expected. mansunite is still all kinds of wonderful. :)

Future wise, if things go well I hope to do a 6 week placement in Hong Kong, starting end of May (and therefore will not be here for Sonisphere or Metalfest, which sucks ever so slightly on the one hand, and not at all on the other).

And that's all I've time for right now. Off to work to finish a drawing I should have finished yesterday.
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Game of Thrones [Jan. 22nd, 2011|01:17 am]
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AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!



That is all.
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(no subject) [Dec. 23rd, 2010|11:35 pm]
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I'm now obsessed with Yuki Kajiura's music. Thank you Tsubasa Chronicles and .hack//Sign.





Don't know why I like it so much, must be getting soft in my advancing years... ;)

In other news, LAST DAY OF WORK TOMORROW YEAH!!! FINALLY!!!
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