Quiz Time!

I’ve been quiet for a while so now I have a spare few minutes here’s a quiz from Karen at nothingbutknit.

1. What was the last food you ate?

Graze protein peanut butter dipper. Yum.

2. Do you sleep with socks on?

I can’t sleep with socks on, my feet hate them.

3. Worst physical pain you’ve had?

Spraining my knee.

4. Favourite place you have ever been?

Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

5. How late did you stay up last night?

I went to bed about 10:30, but couldn’t get to sleep for ages.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?

Probably New Zealand.

7. What is your favourite sport?

Powerlifting! Or rugby if I’m just watching.

8. When was the last time you cried?

A few days ago.

9. Who took your profile pic?


10. Two of your favourite movies?

Moulin Rouge and Mulan.

11. What’s your favourite season? 


12. If you could have any career what would it be?


13. What was the last book you read?

Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?

My Gramps.

15. Are you a good influence on other people?

I don’t really know!I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly bad influence.

16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza?

As long as I don’t have to eat it, sure.

17. You have the remote, what show is on?

Sherlock or Doctor Who.

18. Last text message:

Can you call them again?

19. What’s the last concert you’ve been to?

Hmmm…. I honestly can’t remember.

20. Favorite food:

Chicken flavour instant ramen. Don’t judge.

21. Favorite album all-time? 

I don’t have an all-time favourite, it changes regularly.

22. Favorite day of the week?


23. Have you ever drunk alcohol?

Yes, occasionally.

24. Did you go to college?

Yep – college, two physical universities, and one Open University course.

25. Have you ever experienced depression? 

Yes. It was set off in 2013 and I’ll likely be dealing with it on and off for the rest of my life.


I don’t want to end with that so I’m adding in another question:

26. What made you smile today?

My boyfriend called me unexpectedly and made me laugh 🙂




Weekend away

What a weekend I had. Of course I knew it would be good, being in my favourite place in the world with my favourite choir, but the reality was even better than I imagined.

It was held in Millport, a tiny town on the Isle of Cumbrae just off the west coast of Scotland. Travelling over there was a very different experience to my usual summer bank holiday trip; we almost had the whole ferry to ourselves!

We arrived at the College of the Holy Spirit, connected to one of the smallest cathedrals in the UK, and our home for the weekend. I was assigned to Gentleness, and my friend was next room along in Joy.

I’m undecided as to how fitting this is!

And this was the beautiful view from my window.

Not that I spent much time in room at all! As soon as the bags were dumped we headed down to the common room/library and met up with people who had already arrived.

There was much drinking, chatting, and a whole lot of laughing, with a brief interlude for tea time. In the evening we snuggled into the leather sofas, lit the fire, and had a singaround. At first I couldn’t think of a single song (which is silly, considering the hundreds I’ve learned over the years), but then we got a row of three or four slow ballads about death and a wee funny song popped into my head to balance it out. So I sang Baby Sardine by Spike Milligan. (That link takes you to a performance by my other choir by the way. I’m the one in the hat!)

After stumbling to bed at some unearthly hour in the morning I was not exactly in peak form on Saturday, but then neither was anyone else. We soldiered on and learned some songs, then had a long break for lunch and free time.

It looked like a nice day so me and another friend decided to cycle round the island. It’s about 10.5 miles and usually takes me an hour. However, that nice weather did not last, and I hadn’t realised quite how exhausted I was. At one point, pedalling into the wind and horizontal rain, I only kept from crying because I was already having trouble seeing with the water dripping off my eyebrows! at least I can laugh at it now and I’ve got a story to tell.

Then there was more singing (once I’d changed into dry clothes), a quick nap before tea, and then more evening entertainment with the first ever Voicebeat weekend away quiz.

Bless the quizmaster, she must have spent hours and hours getting everything ready. But this was me and my friend pretty much throughout:

Every question was common knowledge…if you’re over 40. It turns out quizzes are really boring when you don’t know a single answer. We lost.

After that we had another singaround and more drinking and another very late night!

Sunday was extra special because we got to sing in the cathedral for a couple of hours. It sounds amazing in there!!

And then we went home and I face-planted my bed for 10 hours.

An added bonus was that I managed to get a lot of knitting done while we were singing. I’m onto the final section of my Nautilus.

So that was my weekend. What did everyone else get up to? Let me know in the comments!



18 for 2018 July review

Gosh I’m a week late already! But I didn’t get back from camp til Saturday (and I needed Sunday to recover) so I’m letting myself off.

1 New blog followed per week – 4/4 (yearly total 29/29)

I branched out a bit this month and followed some papercrafting blogs.


2 New stitches/techniques learned per month – 2/2 (12/14)

This month I had a look at Bosnian crochet and the extended single crochet stitch. I swear I’ll get on and post about them soon…


3 Instagram posts per week – 10/14 (98/89)

Not too bad, considering I wasn’t feeling it at all.


4 Exercise sessions per week – 19/18 (119/118)

I’m still keeping up with my walks. In fact it’s been going so well that I’ve upped my daily step goal from 6,000 to 7,000. Still not back up to 10,000 yet because I’d rather go super slowly and make sure I don’t re-injure my knee, but I know I’ll get there eventually.


5 Blog posts written per week – 16/22 (121/147)

I’m actually surprised I managed this many, what with being at camp for a week. It really helps to do a bundle of Tangle of the Week posts at once and schedule them in so I’ll try to keep doing that.


6 Patterns written up – 2.5/6 (1.5/6)

I typed up the pattern for the bunny lovey I made this month.


7 Areas in my flat sorted – 3.5/7 (3.5/7)

Nope, but I am proud of myself for unpacking and putting everything away the day after I got back from camp. I seem to be turning into a somewhat tidy person!


8 Minutes of writing per day

Not at all when I was at camp, but I did okay the rest of the month.


9 pm bed time – 7/31 (66/212)

Same as last month.


10% of wages saved – 10/10



12 Hand-written letters – 7/12

It’s a set activity at camp to send a postcard home. I’ve been a leader for 12 years now and I still send mine!


13 New recipes tried – 9/13

This month I discovered honey mustard chicken thighs, and I cannot stop making them. Once I ran out of lemon juice and tried it with white vinegar instead and it still tasted amazing, so it’s a double win!

I also tried a slow cooker turkey lasagne, which worked out okay. I do love using the slow cooker, but in this case I think the proper oven version is better.


14 Meet ups with friends – 14/14 COMPLETE! (stretch goal 16/25)

Seeing as I finished this one so early, I’ve set myself a stretch goal. I’m going for 25 because I like round numbers.

This month I met up with my friend who’s having a baby, we went for ice cream and a walk, and had a good long natter.

We also had a day out to Millport (my favourite place) with my women’s singing group and a male singing group, which was possibly my favourite thing ever. We got to sing all day, have a barbecue on the beach, drink buckets of tea, and laugh til my sides hurt.


15 Birthdays on time – 11/15

No birthdays this month.


16 Christmas cards made – 3/16

I was so close. I went to a friend’s place and took my Christmas card set with me, but then I got there and realised I’d left all the backing papers at home! All my motivation disappeared after that.


17 Birthday cards made – 7/17

None this month.


18 Items decluttered – 7/18

I took back some clothes I had bought but later realised I didn’t like. My usual practice is to leave them lying around for months until it’s too late to return them and I have to send them to a charity shop, so I’m counting this because I got them sorted out in time!


Not terribly great progress this time, but I don’t mind too much as I knew camp would have an effect on quite a few of them. This month (now the normal Scottish weather has returned) I’m going to focus on getting these Christmas cards made and getting to my bed on time.