excuse any weird background noise just a radio playing somewhere...
Between drizzly showers I've squeezed in time to plant the hundred bulbs ready for their spring appearance. Getting distracted meanwhile by forgotten treasures. Uncovering missed unblemished potatoes, almost unwittingly chopped in two by my wayward spade; crumbs of broken china, a skeletal poppy seed head that's a copy of a miniature parasol frame. I can't resist playing with it. Exploring it's fragile architecture. I want to wash it, to remove the sticky soil but am scared that it'll dissolve...
Inside and out, the house is almost finished, by others who'll soon hand it back to us. It's our turn now. We still sort and paint and open more boxes, play and move furniture like giant chess pieces then check mate, move them back to where they came from. Up-cycling, recycling, a miniature revolutionary (evolutionary?) Tour de France.
I'm reading again. Easy reads, the country girls by Edna O'brian, favourite garden and cookery books and knitted a Mistake Rib Scarf using a free Pearl Soho pattern. I love this subtle rib it has a raised knit stitch, alternated with two moss (seed) stitches. Basically you make a knit one, purl two rib but by just altering the first and last three stitches, magically the moss stitch section appears. This makes a lovely neat finish. I'll be making more for stocking fillers or winter birthdays. It goes well with the Erica Knight Mittens for Mum pattern (also free).
And at last for someone who doesn't like too many projects on the go at once, I can see the logic of separate, simple travel projects. I made a simple garter stitch scarf to go with my much worn Annabel sweater. Forty stitches on 4mm straight needles. Already it's a favourite.
Oh and I found the natural eye cream recipe it was over here all the time. I can't remember where it came from but have had this for a long time. I think that it may be from one of my Iranian sisters-in-law as they use gram flour over wheat for most of their Persian cooking.
Natural Eye Cream for Wrinkles and Dark Eyes
- One teaspoon of gram flour (chickpea/garbanzo bean flour)
- Half a teaspoon of tomato paste
- A squeeze of fresh orange juice. (Fresh not bottled as it can spoil your skin)
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- A pinch of turmeric
- Combine all the ingredients together in a small container
- Put into the fridge for a few minutes before using as this will make a soothing, cooling balm for your eyes.
- Apply gently and carefully to your eyes making sure that you don't get any into them or on your clothing as turmeric is a natural dye. The best time to use this cream is when soaking in a nice warm bath, no risk of staining your best tea-shirt. It's nice to leave it on for a few minutes before carefully removing with cotton wool or a flannel. Not your best one..!
NB. I know that you are all sensible and this may sound patronising, but the mother in me can't write this recipe without reminding you not to use it if you happen to be allergic to any of the ingredients.