Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Some of the branches are so weighed down with fruit they are bent quite to the ground.
The fruit is delicious and sweet. The boys love them and we are freezing any overripe ones for smoothies - they are great when there are no bananas to thicken a smoothie.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The colours worked out well: the sleeves are knitted in ArtYarns Supermerino that I have had for a while (originally bought to knit a vest but underestimated yardage). The body is Cascade 22o in colour 2412 (Rose).
I used the zip insertion tutorial at the Chic Knits web site which worked well. I couldn't get a bi-directional zip, but the one I got from Hancocks Fabrics matches the colour well. Of course I will now pack this away until the weather cools, but I expect it will be a useful addition to my wardrobe.
Monday, June 23, 2008
This was Finlay's first real ride on his bike and he did very well. We did the Old Landing Cove Trail, which is short although the trail is rough in places. It does have the most magnificent views along the cliff tops.
The trail ends at Old Landing Cove* where we hunted for sea glass and watched the waves break on the rocks. It was over 90 degrees when we drove through Santa Cruz, but there was a fresh sea breeze which kept temperatures very comfortable for riding the cliff-top trail.
Adam insists that Wilder Ranch is his favourite bike ride - and I tend to agree with him.
* The trail actually continues the other side of the cove for a short distance, but requires carrying the bikes down the cliff and back up on the other side of the beach. I have done this once, but I think that the effort is just not rewarded by the extended trail.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
In the absence of action knitting photos I bring ongoing knitting pics:
I have finished the back of the Ribby Cardi. This rasberry colour is a replacement for the rather lurid purple that I previously cast on. The yarn is Cascade 220, and although not machine washable, is a better colour match.
I'm also knitting socks for Nigel out of the new Kaffe Fasset coloured Regia sock wool. I like the hard-wearing qualities of Regia and these colours are fab; bright without being garish.
I bought the Regia yarn at Kristens Knits when I was in Rochester. It's a terrific little store with a super yarn and pattern selection. I will certainly return there next time i'm in Rochester.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Lunch was followed by a presentation ceremony: Finlay got the award for "Friendship". This rather dark photos shows him receiving the award from his teacher.
It was a really nice lunch, his classmates have all been delightful this year.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Rather than join in with this I chose to stay home with Finlay. We did not, however, lounge around at home all weekend. Together with Alison and Henry we did the Monte Sereno Quail Run . This route took us all around our neighbourhood and Alison and I spend the entire time discussing the benefits of the various real estate on the route.
We finished up with a pancake breakfast at the school - Finlay certainly got his money's worth of food.
Of course the fire brigade and police came so we we got to climb into the vehicles and get a really good show-round of the fire engine, and an account of an exciting moment during the recent Summit Fire.
The final excitement for us came at lunch. Finlay and I treated ourselves to lunch at the California Cafe. While we were waiting for our food we were watching the kitchen which is open to the restaurant. The young hip executive chef came out and offered Finlay a tour of the back kitchen which was fascinating. Finlay was most impressed by a giant halibut in one of the two walk-in fridges.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Last time we ate there my mother asked them for the recipe which they happily shared. We went home and harvested some meyer lemons from our tree and started a batch.
Last week I finished it (it requires 2 weeks of soaking lemon peel in alcohol to extract the lemon oil flavour).
It tastes pretty good, and has a nice, not-too-sweet lemon flavour. My version has a very slight bitterness which I think is due to including too much peel rather than zest - but it's hardly discernable and won't stop me drinking it. I'm just makeing a note for next time I make it!!
I took this photo without noticing how messy my kitchen looks!
I actually went to search for the link after not only seeing a flyer for the SPAM museum in the lobby of my hotel, but also seeing several commercials on the local TV channel for SPAM.
Sadly, my week is too scheduled to allow a side trip...it sounds fabulous... "a towering wall of SPAM"!
Monday, June 02, 2008
Mainly I'm knitting my silk shrug. The silk knits up beautifully.
I had been concerned that I would not have enough yarn - but I have used 2 skeins for the back so I think the 6 skeins that I have will suffice.
I have not been doing much on River Rock - here it is in much the same state as it was 2 weeks ago.
Finally i've of course got socks on the go...here are some socks for Lamar made of my favourite Austerman Step.