Not winning after all.

Of course I wasn’t. The Demons of WordPress always get the last word. Just after I’d finished typing yesterday this appeared. And would NOT go away again. So the only way I could recover (most) of my post was by digging around in my History and copying/pasting what I had written all over again, without any edits. Grrr. But I will crack this in the end.

No luck either on the step count. I left my phone behind this morning – so my Tuesday total is, in fact, a total mystery. I will have to make up for it later in the week.

I also managed to lose my swipe card at work – the little pouch thing on the lanyard had an open side and I assume the magnetic card fell out when I got lassoed by a door handle at lunchtime… The office were very good about it. I do appreciate their positive attitude – and working with teenagers is a real privilege (despite all their occasional nonsense!). So the decision is still hard….

One of those days!

Progress! (But maybe not with the WordPress battles…)

I have been sorting out some base yarn for dyeing, and I am thinking along the lines of these colours. They are so excitingly vibrant – yet very subtle if you look closely. I have also finished a couple of Etsy items, and settled on the best way of knitting up the baby leg warmers without seaming. This afternoon I posted a hot water bottle to Portugal, thus scoring a new country for my Etsy sales. I have clocked up a fair few over the last 12 years!

Steps-wise I scored just over 5,000 today – so definitely on target, however unimpressive that target might be. Am I being kind to myself? Or, as I suspect, just pathetic…

I’m not going to tempt the Demons of WordPress by adding any more images today – this is just the point at which they usually scupper me. So I will hop out fast, while I think I am winning!

Challenges for November

Some known, some anticipated, others not.

It seems we are all about to face them – again.

I had already decided to do more of the above. We did manage to get to several National Trust places over half term – bit soggy, but so, so worth it. The pictures above were taken this morning at Sheffield Park, near Uckfield in Sussex. And I have set myself a (rather lenient!) target on my step counter – 25,000 in the first week. 6,200 today. So we’ll see!

The big decision, though, is work. I teach in a secondary school. In September I agreed to return till Christmas to cover full time for an absent colleague. But the Covid levels are shooting up, we now have lockdown – and the schools are to remain open. What to do… ? My family are opposed. I feel totally healthy but I do have risk factors. I am not committed (contractually or financially) to carry on with this job. BUT I want to, and I would feel very bad pulling out just when they need me. So I have the next three days to weigh it all up. Hmm.

Whatever the outcome, I am hoping to be more productive this month than I managed during the first few weeks of the Spring lockdown. More action on the Etsy front, for a start. I never stop actually spinning, dyeing and creating stuff – just put off the boring bits, like uploading photos and listing new items. They pile up in a classy wicker basket, looking rather smug. I enjoy them enormously – but that is not quite the point.

I am also considering embarking on a blogging challenge – but that needs a bit more reflection. Some might (probably will) think that I should put a great deal more effort into sussing out the new WordPress before I try to get too clever. Honestly, it was a doddle before but now I get endless error messages, things disappear and it tells me I have NO RIGHT to edit anymore!!

It’s mostly the image blocks that get me in trouble. Hence the scruffy presentation at the top there. I will try to do better.

Moody weekend

Weatherwise, certainly….

Definite dampening of the spirits – but can’t believe how lucky we were to snatch a couple of hours out on the Downs – we didn’t get soaked till we were 10 minutes from home! The charming church is at Streat, near Hassocks. It is listed as 11th century, but what you can see is mostly Victorian. Plenty of traditional Sussex knapped flint around here.

And it’s not quite over yet – cheerful remnants of late summer colour here and there. And also a little swag – some brilliant pink crab apple jelly which I have failed to photograph.