Tuesday, 25 June 2013


It's coming along slowly - so far just lots of double crochet (US terminology)!  It'll be much more interesting when I get to the border details!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

It's Not A Travel Post!!

Are you sitting down?  

I have actually done a little bit of crafting!!  When I was in Germany the other week I cut out a couple of projects and I even got round to sewing one of them.

OK - so I can sew these quite quickly without needing to follow any instructions.  They're incredibly easy to make and very handy as gifts!!

I rationalised not getting round to the blue fabric in a number of ways (I was very busy for the whole two weeks I was in Germany!)... but at least I have a project cut out and ready to go next time I'm there!  After all, deciding what to make and getting all the pieces cut out and interfaced is half the battle, isn't it?!

I got back to St. Louis last week after an eventful trip (I got stranded in Chicago for the night).  Now  I'm just about over the jet-lag and yesterday I decided it was time to start some crochet.

I've had this 100% silk yarn in my stash for about 18 months - it was always intended for a scarf / stole / shawl for me, but I was being indecisive about the pattern.  I've opted for one I've made before as a present for someone else rather than tackling a new pattern.  I'm looking forward to working on this - it's my first major crochet project since the osteopath fixed my neck / arm, so I'm going to try to take it easy!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Postcard from Tierpark Hellabrunn

Afternoon nap!

I'm just back from a quick trip to Munich to visit friends.  I've been down there several times before and it always seems to rain - this time was no exception!  There was one dry afternoon though and we grabbed the chance to wander round the zoo.  It really is a very good zoo with animals grouped together as they would live in the wild.

This rhino for example is off to sort out those two peacocks ... they had been fighting, but the sight of a huge rhino soon put paid to that!

This little cutie is Naledi.  He is was born in March and is enjoying life in the stunning new giraffe house.    

But the absolute stars of the show for me were Yogi (behind) and Giovanna in the new polar bear enclosure.  These creatures are normally loners but on Tuesday they were being quite sociable.  There are hopes of a polar bear cub at some point in the future!  I was just amazed at being so close to these powerful and dangerous beasts and hoping that the glass panel between us and them was very, very strong!

They don't look like they are all that aggressive, do they?

Anyway, if you are ever in Munich I can heartily recommend a trip to Hellabrunn Zoo.  I'm not being paid for that bit of advertising, but I. The interests of full disclosure, my friend does work there!

All these photos were snapped on my phone as I didn't bring my camera over to Germany with me (I need suitcase space for craft projects!!).  Back to the US next week!