Monday, March 09, 2009

A blogless month

Yes. OK. I don't think the February daily posts were meant to be. It's been a while since I've gone a month without posting at all.

February was a rather depressing month in many ways. The weather was horrible. Lots of credit crunchiness on the news and on everyone's blogs, and the Australian bushfires. We are lucky not to live in such a flammable country; we're also lucky in that we, personally, haven't felt the effects of the economy in any serious way.

Lucky in many ways, in fact. I wish everyone else wasn't having such a bad time, though. (We're also worried about J's grandfather, who hasn't been well.)

What have I been doing while I wasn't blogging? Well, J's brother visited and we went for a snowy walk at Vane Farm, a nature reserve in Tayside.

Uphill
(Click to go to my Flickr and a lot more photos - it was a beautiful day).

Then his parents came up for a weekend and we went to Crail (in Fife). J's grandfather was stationed there during WWII, so it has a bit of historical interest for the family. (This photograph does not fully capture how cold and windy it was.)

Harbour at Crail

Apart from that, I did a lot of knitting:

Two socks

Halley's Comet Hat again

This is my latest - the Halley's Comet Hat designed by Marnie McLean. It has a pretty flower (or comet, I suppose) on the top:

Halley's Comet Hat

It's the first lacy pattern I've knitted and I'm very pleased with it. I also went to the Woolfish festival in St Abb's on Saturday and bought lovely handpainted and hand-dyed sock wool, so probably more socks are on the way...

The other thing I did this month is get back into the gym. My old gym is offering six-week basic training programmes, including a free one-hour induction. I've been out of the gym long enough that I felt I needed a refresher course, so I signed up. The induction was excellent (thanks, Bob) and I'm now halfway through my second week of weights and interval training on the treadmill.

I'm somewhat irritated by how weak and slow I am, but nonetheless, I've now been running more times than in the whole of 2008!

My fourth blogiversary was last week. 2008 was not a good year for fitness, mostly because I was working too hard (I seem to remember this happened last time I did a Master's degree...) Let's see if 2009 can be better.

7 comments:

Rachel said...

I too have been useless when it comes to my blogger account. I'll never get this book written at this rate. I waste too much time over on LJ doing memes :D

Good to see you back x

PastaQueen said...

Cute socks! I hear those take forever to knit too.

Rosemary Riveter said...

2008 seems to have been the year of university-related weight gain. I'm back at the same weight I Was when I graduated with my BSc. Ugh. Well done for already beating your 2008 total of runs!

Thimbleanna said...

Well, I was going to chastise you for not blogging, but you've accomplished so much, it hardly seems fair. I LOVED viewing your flickr pictures -- special favorites were the mossy tree trunk (so reminds me of Scotland) and that beautiful moon -- but they were all so beautiful. Wonderful to see that you're enjoying your camera. And I really LOVE the new socks -- sooooo pretty -- and those shoes too -- they're adorable!!!

Isabelle said...

Happy bloggiversary, my sweet. Fancy my daughter being a blog year older than me...

Warty Mammal said...

Hope all is currently going well. Cool knitting!

There's an award for you over here:
http://annecdotally.blogspot.com/2009/03/and-winnah-is.html

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