Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: blog, cardie, country, dinosaur, Great North Run, jubilee, knitting, May Open, Olympics, ood, powerboat, prize, running, sailing, sheep, spinning, summer solstice, wine, Woolfest
It turns out that it was a year ago today I posted my first entry on this site. It was a bit random and primarily in response to ‘I couldn’t do that – could I?’. Well so far it’s been a lot of fun – I think! And looking back over the year, it turns out there are lots of things that I couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of this!
Things I have learnt from this year
- Everyone hates running (apart from Tillerman – but I don’t actually believe him)
- That the inventor of the Crow’s Nest was born in Whitby
- That I DON’T NEED TO KNIT CARDIGANS
- Spinning is really hard
- How to taste wine (sort of – it all still tastes like wine really though)
- Trying to teach kids anything without the benefit of chocolate is basically a waste of time
- You actually can buy ANYTHING on E-Bay
- How to be a better OOD!
- We all like Dinosaurs (maybe I imagined this?)
- Woolfest is awesome
- Not every 50p is worth 50p
- The Internet definitely thinks I should get a sheep
Amazing things that happened this year
- I ran the Great North Run– who knew?!?
- I came third in an actual proper sailing race – and got a prize to prove it
- It was the Mr’s last year as Commodore
- I learnt to spin
- The dog qualified to drive a powerboat
- We didn’t move to the country
- I met a real life alpaca and fed it a carrot
- I got a spinning wheel AND a knitting machine called Jeremy
- The Olympics and the Jubilee! Go Britain!
- I qualified as a Dinghy Instructor
- The Solstice at Stonehenge – kind of amazing
- I learnt how to felt… OK it was by mistake – but let’s take it as a positive!
- I wasn’t last at an open event
I also found some amazing people and blogs out there in the ether of the Internet – I have added a new page so if you would like to go and visit some of them then check this out. Be warned – some of these people actually know what they are talking about!
But most of all it’s been fun to chat with you all – so thanks for dropping by…. it’s appreciated!
So what about this year?
Well I have a plan. I need to get better at sailing and knitting. I also need to delete the email suggesting that I take part in the Sunderland Half Marathon in April. This is a foolish idea and no amount of looking at the email is going to get rid of the cake and beer induced wobble prior to April.
So I am going to be doing 3LT – this is the name for my new recipe for success. Every idea needs a good marketing slogan. And maybe a logo.
Look, Learn, Listen; Turn up, Take part and TRAVEL!
That sounds really exciting doesn’t it?
I can’t believe someone is making a living out of making up Dinosaur names and selling towels that are magic.
I’ve missed my calling… my CV’s in the post.
I have realised that many good blogs have book reviews. I assume this is because people think the bloggers are great and value their opinion and think a review will drive book sales into the millions. So as my post on cats was so successful I decided to follow the herd (of cats) and do something similar.
So I have set my standard high, and with no expense spared have secured a book to review to demonstrate my great reviewing skills.
I know this is a high calibre book (despite the fact that I paid a bargain 75p for it from a charity sale) due to the vintage (vintage = old and expensive rather than old and in a skip for free) frontpiece.
So now I just have to read it and decide how many dinosaurs to award it. I am sure the steady stream of free books to review will follow straight after.
Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: dinosaur, knitting, wingspan, wool
A Dinosaur is apparently a “terrible lizard”. I feel like a terrible lizard today and have therefore – inspired by my completed Wingspan – spent the day Googling things about Dinosaurs. So here I proudly present 10 fascinating facts about Dinosaurs to cheer up your day courtesy of the tinterweb.
1. The dinosaur with the longest name was Micropachycephalosaurus meaning “tiny thick-headed lizard” – I think that’s a bit rude, but I guess he’s not around to complain
2. The dinosaurs in the film ‘Jurassic Park’ were not real.
3. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 160 million years. Get that – they didn’t LIVE on the Earth – they RULED it.
4. Scientists believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs.
5. Plateosaurus’s had opposable thumbs, so they may well have been knitters.
6. Dinosaurs lived on every continent.
7. Dinosaurs weren’t all green, they were brightly coloured like snakes and birds – I am assuming this means the non brown or green birds. Maybe brightly coloured like parrots. Or maybe they weren’t but just wore a lot of hand knitted Christmas jumpers which made them look bright and cheerful.
8. The American Opossums lived at the same time as the Dinosaurs and are still around today
9. The imaginatively named Giganotosaurus is the largest carnivorous dinosaur discovered.
10. Dinosaurs could swim and climb trees, but probably couldn’t sail.
I feel like a dinosaur in my new shawlette and as such have given myself a new name
You too can make your very own Dinosaur name by adding ‘saurous’, ‘-dactdal’, ‘-ceratops’ to the end of it. It is the most fun you can have (there are lots of other names too – have a look here. And if you want to join my Dino-gang add it to the comments. I will be unsurprised by the resounding silence).
I’m having my business cards reprinted as we speak.
I think I may have a problem.
It all started this weekend, when we went away to Yorkshire (more on this later – I can’t tell you what a random place that is – and if it were a country rather than a county it would currently be standing fourth in the Olympic Medal tables). We left on Friday and as usually I had my normal packing disaster. What this means is I ended up taking away more wool than clothes with me, and even the wool I took had no discernible rhyme or reason too it. I was half way through a jumper. Why didn’t I just take that?
I don’t know, but holiday-starty-itis set in. After starting four different projects over the space of two hours on the way there I had got completely hooked on a Wingspan in green. I have not had any inclination to knit this. It’s not that exciting. Its garter stitch. I only started it because everyone else in the world had done it and the pattern was simple enough to do while watching the Mr drive round and round a track (and I even managed to look interested). It is the work of the devil.
I can’t put it down.
I found myself sitting in a meeting yesterday day dreaming of knitting some more. I have been knitting on the Metro, in the car, quickly under my desk, dropping more stitches than knitting them. A strange sense of urgency has taken over when I feel compelled to finish it as soon as possible… possibly so I can knit another one. And the worst thing is? I’m not even sure I like it. I think it will make me look like a dinosaur.