As both my brother and sister-in-law are engineers a trip to the Falkirk Wheel was in order. This is the world’s only boat lift, designed to take the place of a series of locks which had fallen into disrepair and use. Each lift of a boat uses only the power of 8 kettles being boiled!
This is the remains of a community garden some local residents tried to make in a gap site – it used to be a Cinema hence the title of the garden.
Pictures of new cafe in Edinburgh Lovecrumbs
I would like to hibernate. I’m waking up in the dark dragging myself out to work in the dim light for ONLY 4 HOURS and I can barely make it. I staggered out this afternoon, forced myself to the post office to post out parcels. Came home and have barely managed to open a bottle of alcoholic ginger beer, make dinner and flit about the internets. I think I’d like to take 2-3 months off every year – starting mid Nov to end of February. I’d do a lot of craft, read library books, perhaps even study, but otherwise live SLOW. No rush no deadlines. I can remember reading online or in a book how medieval peasants dozed away the winter months in the dark, worked fewer hours than we did and did an interesting two stage sleep system.
The blanket on the left is crocheted grannie square blanket I made for knit-a-square a charity which is trying to get blankets and clothing to AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa. It hasn’t quite made it into a parcel yet! The one on the right is a blanket I knitted some years ago for myself. It was a way of providing self comfort during a terrible dark period of depression for me while I was ill with ME/CFS. I found that playing with the colours very soothing. I was able to still my mind into thinking about ‘getting to the end of the row’ and chosing another shade and it gave some relief in a ghastly period. I was inspired by a photo I saw on Kaffe Fassett’s blog of a stripey throw. Sadly while I was under the weather I threw it into the machine at too high a temperature and being wool it felted!
November is also Wovember a campaign to promote the use of wool. Its more environmentally friendly. recyclable and generally feels a lot lovelier to handle than acrylic when crocheting or knitting.
Statue of Mr Phillips, a light bulb worker, and interiors of the saved factories.
Eindhoven was dominated by Phillips and the company even built housing and schools to attract skilled worked especially glass blowers from the low countries. However in the last twenty (?) years it closed all its Eindhoven factories. The most interesting buildings were kept and turned into artists studios, work spaces, lofts. Many of the spaces were used for exhibtions during Dutch Design Week and I became fascinated by them even more than I’m afraid the exhbits!