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Late Entry – Colours of August in Seattle and Dublin October 31, 2014

Filed under: Cats,Climate,Colours,Family,Seasons — Janet @ 7:06 pm

N.B.  the following post was written originally in September 2010

I’m late in compiling my Colours of August for Sue’s annual calendar.  This is a most interesting series of monthly colours in various parts of the world.  For other entries see Sue at Life Looms Large.

I spent the first 2 weeks of August in Seattle (latest grandchild baby Sean was born August 1) and then I flew back to Dublin for the final packing up.  WE returned to Seattle August 28.  So I’ll select a few pictures from these 2 locations 6,000 miles apart.

  Baby Sean Ian, a few hours old, held by his grandma, considerably older

  an iconic sight in Seattle – such an environmentally friendly city with its big employer Amazon

  a few of my plants  along the path to our front door, note the mums – a sign of the season

  the apples are getting riper

Now we cross the miles to Dublin

 photo taken from the upper floor of Marks and Spencers in Dublin, looking down on Davy Byrnes pub, a famous landmark on Duke Street in Dublin

  selection of yarn for Fall knitting - This is Knit Shop, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin

  Fresh air market near Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin – note, it’s raining

  loading up the removal van with our final boxes

  goodby Slinki, our wonderful cat, oblivious to our impending departure.  That was sad!


Seen on my Walk October 29, 2014

Filed under: Cats,Grandchildren,Late autumn,Nature,Seasons,Seattle — Janet @ 5:25 am

I live about a 5-10 minute walk to my son’s home – today I was asked to look after his youngest son Sean for a couple of hours.  So I duly walked over there and here are a few pictures of things I saw on a late Fall day in Ballard.      IMG_4166          IMG_4167

IMG_4169            IMG_4170  an obsolete fire hydrant


IMG_4176   a slight detour to see these houses under construction (and of course the ubiquitous facility for the convenience of the workmen).

I was  observed by a  black cat       IMG_4186


All ready for a delightful 2 hours with 4 year old Sean  We played Old Maid and Go Fish.  When I yawned and said I was a bit tired, he suggested I take a nap up in his room.  Now there’s a thoughtful and generous little boy.


Scarf Number 3 October 27, 2014

Filed under: Knitting,Scarves — Janet @ 6:09 am

IMG_4137Scarf number 3 is underway.

IMG_4164 progress report – as of Oct. 27, 2014

IMG_4187  as of Oct. 28, 2014IMG_4208 Oct, 29,2014


Recent Acquisitions October 25, 2014

IMG_4095 Det beste av Hellas, Vi har valgt ut de 10 deiligsts oyene, Norwegian Magazine, courtsey of Edgerdahl


Swedish Book, Folkdrakter och bygdedrakter frahla Sveige                  back cover of Swedish book



Footsteps through Belmont, a door prize won by my sister Ruth at one her high school reunions, BHS class of 1943, what a treasure, remarks will follow in future blog postsIMG_4099                                               IMG_4101  the frame is the recent acquisition.  I’ve known the subject since 1966, this photo was taken at the American International School, Dhaka, Bangladesh, approximately 30 years ago.  He looks slightly different now, but still going strong.


More Reading October 24, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:41 am

IMG_3866  Shortly after I got back from Conncticut on Tuesday October 7, I went down to the Sunday Ballard Farmers Market.  I was drawn to this stand and ended up enrolling for a trial subscription to the Seattle Times, delivered right to my door before 6 a.m. each morning.  After a few hiccups, delivery finally started  2 days ago.  What luxury – a newspaper  to read as I munch my cinnamon toast.  I love it.

IMG_3912  The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls – I spotted this in Bradley Airport which serves the Hartford/Springfield area.  This author wrote The Glass Castle, which had been recommended to me by 14 year old grandson Kyle and his mom.  I took a chance and bought it this book by the same author – excellent book- kept me reading all the way back to Seattle.

IMG_3923 my next bit of reading – A Man’s Heart by Debbie Macomber – an easy and predictable interminable read.


Scarf Number 2 October 23, 2014

Filed under: Knitting,Scarves — Janet @ 5:40 pm

With all the good television programmes that are being shown now I am getting a lot of knitting done.- despite having injured my left hand.  I managed to shut it in the car door, all because the right hand is still in its bright blue splint/cast.  The left hand is not broken as revealed by an X-ray, but today I am seeing a hand specialist and I assume she will recommend what further action needs to be taken.  The hand is badly bruised and swollen and it hurts.  Driving is now out of the question.  So today my schedule is right hand therapist at 12 at Swedish Ballard, left hand doctor at the Northgate Polyclinic at 1:30.  Chauffeured by James or Susan.  BUT I CAN STILL KNIT.

IMG_4022  Scarf 1 and Scarf 2



Book and Film Recommendation October 12, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Films,Riddles — Janet @ 5:21 am

It is rare for me to read a particular book and also see the film.  This was particularly special because one of my granddaughters has reached an age where we can  enjoy sharing our reading and viewing choices.  She and her mom recommended both the book and the film – so I read the book and then five of us watched the film  together (husbands and grandfather were included). *

200px-The_Fault_in_Our_Stars  This is the book and Wikipedia has the following to say about it.

The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The title is inspired from Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” A feature film adaptation of the novel directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff was released on June 6, 2014.[

Fault_in_our_stars filmHere is a photo from the film.


I enjoyed both the book and the film and they both received critical acclaim. Five stars to both from me.


“This makes me think of a riddle which my father used to pose – “This man’s father is my father’s son but brothers and sisters I have none.  Who is speaking?  I must ask my sisters for the answer to see if I am remembering this correctly.



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