And I have to say that I am rather pleased with myself!! The last time I knitted anything was about 20 years ago...it was a pink scarf which, by the time I had actually finished the bloody thing, I completely hated!!! (I went through a pink phase for about three seconds....by the time the scarf was finished I had discovered heavy metal and a love of black!!). Anyway, I have digressed...
Sheep, which I have always thought of as rather stupid animals, have invented a way of thwarting cattle grids!! (Did you already know this?)
When they see green fields at the other side of a cattle grid they.....wait for it.....roll across!! I'm not kidding....they lie down on their sides and roll across!! (That's bloody inventive if you ask me!!)
Not only that, if there is a herd of sheep wanting to cross a grid one of them will 'sacrifice' itself (Do you think it's picked by the other sheep or do you think it volunteers?) by lying down over the grid and letting the rest of the herd walk over it!!
Chris shared these nuggets of wisdom with me over the weekend.....I've googled it and it's true!! (Why does he know these things??). Not only am I rather impressed with the sheep, I am now slightly concerned that they might be plotting to take over the world!!
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; nether apple nor pine in pineapple. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. Quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing and grocers don't groce?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese....so one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If vegetarians eat vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
People recite at a play and play at a recital. Ship by truck and send cargo by ship. Have noses that run and feet that smell.
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.
1. The bandage was wound around the wound. 2. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 3. We must polish the Polish furniture. 4. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 5. When shot at, the dovedove into the buses. 6. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 7. They were too close to the door to close it. 8. The buck does funny things when the does are present. 9. The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 10. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
After six months of weaselling, Chris finally succumbed and agreed to do the dreaded trip to IKEA!! We were planning to go on Sunday but I had a brain wave (Doesn't happen often so it's worth taking note!!) and suggested that we go on Friday night as it would be less busy. A couple of hours later (After much muttering about hell being IKEA) we emerged triumphant!!
We now have a bed....look....a bed....no more sleeping on a mattress on the floor!!
We have a coffee table (Built by my fair hand....we'll see how long it lasts!!)
We have a bookcase
AND we have been able to unpack a whole load of boxes (There were many trips to the re-cycling area yesterday) so our house is now looking like a home!!
We also went to Rachel's studio to get my extreme knitting stuff.....I'm going to make a throw for the chair in our living room. I'll be knitting with 10 strands of wool at the same time and below are a selection of the wools I will be using!! Ooohhh, I can't wait to make a start on it (If it all goes horribly wrong I can always use the knitting needles to poke Chris with when he's cheeky!!)
Well, we've had a busy old time of it over the last few days and I am now officially knackered!! I had a wonderful birthday (Thank you to everyone that sent messages and e-mails...twas lovely :-D) and thoroughly enjoyed having my Mum staying with us. I won't give you a blow by blow account (That would take forever!!) so here are the highlights...
I got a birthday cake in the shape of a Dalek (Can you guess who got me that??)
I was taken out to a rather fabulous restaurant in Brokenborough called The Rose and Crown
Chris got me a subscription to 'Delicious' Magazine (which I love so much I even got it delivered to Thailand), a whole load of art things, a very snazzy Top Gear pencil case with which I can impress my fellow Masters Students (and you just know that they will be incredibly impressed!!) and on Saturday he's taking me to Textile Artist Rachel John's studio so that I can get my main present...'extreme' knitting needles and wool (Stop laughing!!).
On the morning of my birthday I got a call from Marissa's brother John (She was our Australian neighbour in Thailand) and we arranged to meet up with him and his parents in Avebury. We meandered round the stones, saw a druid ceremony (which was very odd and seemed to require blokes in dresses....not a good look!!) then sat in the sun sipping beer. When we got back home Chris cooked a wonderful three course Moroccan meal (My mouth is watering just thinking about it...he's a great cook!!)
My Mum and I discovered a new arty place in Cirencester called The New Brewery Arts Centre. OMG I was in heaven!!! I have never seen so many hand crafted, unique things in one place before and, not only can you browse round the shop, you can watch some of the designers at work (Glass blowing, Jewellery being made, stone being sculpututred...fab!!). Look what my Mum bought me....
We visited Tetbury and spent a lovely morning browsing the miriad of Antique shops. I treated myself to a wine holder....it's French, from the 1940's and made out of artillery shells. (What can I say....I like odd things....that's why I married Chris *grins*)
We went to Stonehenge, Woodhenge and Huntingdon Fairly Castle. It rained....my evil Mother nicked my umbrella and then had the cheek to laugh at me when I bought a pac-a-mac thing to keep me dry!! (It did look a bit like an extendable rain mate and I did look completely ridiculous but she didn't have to laugh quite so much!!! *mutters* 'evil umbrella stealing woman')
We visited Malmesbury Abbey Gardens for the first time and I have to say that I was blown away by how beautiful they are!! We had a lovely time (I didn't see any naked gardeners but my Mum did!!) and then went to The Old Bell for afternoon tea!! Dinner was at our local Thai restaurant run by Som and was exactly what we were after!!
Mum left and Jane and Andrew arrived. They are over from Bangkok on holiday at the moment and we managed to find a slot in their tight schedule to meet up. They arrived on Sunday and stayed over....we had such a great night!! Went to the Smoking Dog for dinner....ate too much, drank too much and laughed loads :-D
Yesterday, hangover free (it was a miracle) after they left Chris and I decided to do some exploring. We drove into Gloucestershire and visited Hailes Abbey, a Roman Villa and a Long Barrow (the name of which escapes me at the moment) which was at the top of a ruddy great hill!! I'm not a fan of climbing hills, never mind ruddy great ones, but the views across the countryside were worth it...absolutely stunning!!
So there you have it!! Normal service has been resumed....well, what passes for normal service around here.....
You are now entering the weird and wonderful world of Carol Burns where flights take you into outer space, DNA floats above your head and people talk in colours.
Carol is an artist and illustrator well known for her slightly strange line drawings, her acrylic paintings using gold/silver/copper leaf and her Illustrated Family Tree/Family Home pieces.