Cowart's Common Room

Wow, we had a sunny day! It was decidedly warm in the sun, I had to strip off to a tee shirt. The birds were singing and I managed to get a dozen lettuces planted and the ones that were going to seed pulled out and fed to the Moo's. It was great to be outdoors.

I have people arriving tomorrow - a family of four, staying in the selfcatering accommodation. Don't normally take children but these guys are coming up from Auckland to go to the same party as we are going to tomorrow night - a surprise 40th for my great pal and neighbour, Mandy. As they are friends of theirs, I made an exception and have squeezed in a double airbed for their two boys, 5 & 7.

I am really keen to keep Foxglove a TV free zone (not sure that I will win that one!) It is helping that with all our TV reception going digital you can only watch tv now with either a Sky or Freeview decoder and a dish on the roof. We have Sky in Auckland and here at the farm but we won't be shelling out another sub every month for Foxglove as its just not worth it, and to set up the other option will be about $400, plus we would need to buy a tv. So I may just get my way! My vision for down there is fireside evenings, a little wine, or maybe some hot chocolate, music (I bought an i-Touch and have put my entire collection on it - some things I'm happy to spend on!!) and just lately I have been increasingly drawn to the idea of knitting... Ha ha must be the onset of menopause (see my Health post in the private forum!). Seriously, I am rubbish at stuff like that - I did make a scarf once but only because my Mum cast on and off for me. So, I have bought a book for absolute beginners and managed to cast on all by myself. Have knitted (knat???) one ball already which is a bit of a bummer as the book said you'd only need about 3 balls to make a scarf (must be more like a neck tie!) as I have only got about 5 inches of length! Hmmmmmm.Laughing

Posted at 10th Aug 2012 - 06:47AM   Posted by Cowgirl   Sun! Comments: 7

Faith's Avatar Well done for trying with the knitting though. I was totally put off by Sr. Rose mocking my knitting when I was about seven - she held it up to the class as how not to knit! My special teddy - Kangabun - wore it as a scarf for years thoughVery Happy

Having got through the menopause I will go to look at your post to see if I can help.

Posted by: Faith on 10th Aug 2012 at 07:44AM

Withy Brook's Avatar Pic of the knitting, please!!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 10th Aug 2012 at 09:19AM

Fennie's Avatar Difficult to be TV free in these exciting times. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Aug 2012 at 09:25AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar 1. Boys, 5 and 7 sleeping on an airbed together! LaughingLaughing

2. We managed in France without a TV, but then we couldn't speak enough French to follow a plot. However, I did download stuff from the UK by proxy server on to our computer to watch occasionally and we had loads of DVDs.

3. Persevere with knitting but what about himself - what will he do. During 70's and 80's (well before your time) I encouraged Jim to make knotted rugs - he made four and very nice they were too. Laughing

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 10th Aug 2012 at 09:58AM

Ivy's Avatar In our little hideaway in the country we have no TV and it is great! If need be you can always watch a film on the laptop, but you just have so much more time for reading, listening to music, or even talking (well quite one sided here Confused ) I could easily go without tv at home too, if it wasn't for the news, but I am sure you could get used to listening to the radio more. As for knitting.. well I have been knitting since I was 12, or so, and my OH is adamant I'm a knitting addict and the kids are convinced I was born with knitting needles... so it isn't strictly menopausal. Very Happy

Posted by: Ivy on 10th Aug 2012 at 01:05PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhh no Iam a TV addict I would be lost without it - although we had a holiday a few years ago where there was no TV, but there was a TV set and loads of DVD's so we watched a film every night.

I think I am about as good at you as knitting . . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 11th Aug 2012 at 08:58AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar LIke Faith I had a primary teacher that put me off knitting for lifeRolling Eyes
We watch more films that anything so i guess we could do without a TV so long as we had dvds etc instead.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th Aug 2012 at 01:31PM

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