The latest freeze didn’t allow me to go to the allotment – not only was it too cold to do anything sensible there but also there was a distinct possibility that I might fall. Interesting how we say about youngsters that they fall over but us oldies ‘have a fall’. So I didn’t  go. But I can’t just sit at home and do nothing. Instead of that I have searched the Internet and found a few nice biscuit recipes.

Also a recipe for a favourite from the past years – babovka. It is a Czech recipe that I was used to make very frequently when the boys lived at home. I’ll start again,  I’m sure it will make a nice present.


I have also found a recipe for panettone, again never made it before but why not? I had to wait for my shopping delivery for a few vital ingredients  and as soon as I got everything together I was ready to start.


Two days later I have a result. I’m sure a master baker would have a few words to say about the result but it smells divine and I have it from an expert on cake tasting – Frank – that it is delicious.


Beside all this I continue making blankets. To start with I made a number of baby shawls but everybody who had a new baby had one of these so I switched to large ones. It comes very handy nowadays, what with the weather on one hand and the cost of energy on the other.

I started making these at the start of the pandemic. There is a website of a wool company, they have a sale from time to time and when I see that I order a fair amount of random coloured balls of wool, that keeps me going during the winter months when it gets dark quite early. Right now I have just finished the latest one and will start another. But it is only eight days until we have the shortest day, from then on all will improve for me.


I have got one tried and tested crochet pattern for a baby blanket. In these difficult times I decided to spread a little happiness in the form of a blanket. In the beginning I made full size blankets to snuggle under but before Christmas I got some baby wool and the result is very good, I’m happy with it.

I’m ready for the first baby to arrive – will carry on making them as necessary, got more wool ready.


Most of my gardening jobs are done and now bad weather stopped play. I need to have something to do – I’m keeping my other indulgence, books, to the evenings.

It is my blankets. Way back I started making them out of crocheted squares and then lined them as I didn’t want the ‘not so nice’ side to show. The next step are these latest ones. As the lockdown started I found an online wool company and ordered a bag of wool in a variety of colours. That was the start of a new line in blankets, I’m very pleased with the result.


This might be the last blanket – spring is coming and I will be busy on the allotment. I didn’t think I would make it at all but after a long thought I decided to change the design and make this one.

I am happy with the result – it was much faster to do it this way and I still didn’t use up all the wool. Perhaps next winter?


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.


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.


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.