DECEMBER

I thought it was just about time to make some more strawberry jam – yes, in the middle of December. As we have had such hot summer I decided to freeze quite a lot of my fruit harvest – strawberries, raspberries and all different types of currants. I did make some jam using the freshly picked fruit but the rest was carefully weighed, labeled and frozen. Yesterday’s job was very easy, just selected enough frozen strawberries (2 kilo), got the sugar ready, lemon juice and a bottle of Certo and after defrosting the fruit and a short cooking time…

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It is not just edibles that are making me happy. My two Christmas cacti are looking their very best this year!

 

WINTER ACTIVITY

After the few days of deep snow in Coventry I managed to finish yet another of my blankets. I love reading but some books have to be devoured in a peaceful atmosphere so for the less quiet days I had my blanket making.

My friend not only gave me bags of wool but also some backing material so thanks to her I have two super elegant and warm blankets.

Even though there was more than a foot of snow on top of all my structures the damage is minimal – as soon as I can I will do some repairs. Nothing major, just a question of patching up.

THE LATEST

I have been busy on the allotment but not the ‘proper’ kind of busy. I think all gardeners will agree that in April everything will start and it will gather pace.

That is why I decided to take photos of my latest five blankets before I stop (or perhaps just slow down) during the busiest times.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

I have different activities for different times of year – wintertime is for doing fine work. I have more time as the gardening is done, days are short and I don’t like the winter at  all! So I prefer to stay in, perhaps after a walk, and do something useful (I just can’t sit and do nothing).

This is my latest creation. There aren’t any babies due as far as I know in the extended Johnson family but it is nice to be ready…….

SPARE TIME ACTIVITY

Yes, there is such a thing as spare time. Evenings when ‘there is nothing on the telly’, during a football game – I don’t have to see them, the commentary is good enough for me or in the winter when I can’t do much in the garden or on the allotment.

It all started simply – I had some large balls of wool from a project that didn’t happen. Granny squares are simple, onceI got the idea I didn’t have to think about it too much and just made oodles of them. To make one of my blankets I need 130 squares – 10×13. To give it a nice finish and also re-inforce it I decided to back it. Simple polyester material from the market and job’s done.

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So far I made nine of them, six have gone already – they make very good presents! – and I’ve just started another one.

MORE BLANKETS

As it is only February and I’ve got everything done on the allotment, I have time to indulge in my other activity – making blankets. i Made a number of them for my friends and also for myself and Frank. But there is time to make another so after visiting my friend Judith I started on another blanket. I already have the material for lining it, that means just 130 squares and job will be done.

They might look old-fashioned but they’re cosy….

FROM THIS TO THAT

In a way I hope the weather gets better, the days longer and I will be able to work on the allotment. I have a very good reason for that wish – I’ve finished yet another blanket.

I was given a big bag of wool and so far I’ve managed to make, and raffle, a big blanket for the Cancer research and then I just continued to make lots of squares.

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I like the crocheted grannie squares, they hold their shape better. From one ball of wool, via…

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…130 of these, eventually I got…

..a large blanket, which I decided to line because it not only hides the ends but makes it warmer and cuddlier.

I still have a big bag of wool – it is like the magic porridge pot, it never seems to run out – so another blanket will start tonight.

Hey ho, it keeps me out of mischief!