In the Bleak Midwinter

Nothing is better than coming home to a warm, welcoming fire after a cold, stormy and rainy day out … … and nothing helps beating the January Blues better than a little touch of colour: Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock [colour: Poppy] Needles: 2.25mm [More project details on Ravelry] Three weeks intoContinue reading “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Merry Christmas!

I come from a family of collectors. Basically, this is just a fancy way of saying that we don’t throw stuff away no matter how useless, tasteless or downright horrible it is. Which is why my parents still have this plastic Santa doll from the early 1980s… Isn’t this the weirdest, creepiest Santa you everContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

Death of Rats

TRIGGER WARNING: Further down, this post includes the picture of a dead, semi-mummified rat. If you’re sensitive to this kind of thing, it might be wise not to scroll down, but rather stop reading this post right now… Anyway, with Halloween approaching fast, I thought it might be appropriate to post something, er, seasonal –Continue reading “Death of Rats”

The Pier, the Lighthouse and the Sea

Last weekend, the weather here on the Isles finally also took a turn for the better, and I took advantage of that and decided to escape the city for the day. Together with my friend [a], I took an early-morning train from London Victoria and headed south, towards Eastbourne: After exploring the beautiful Victorian pierContinue reading “The Pier, the Lighthouse and the Sea”

The church, the bee and the flower

Last weekend I was in Carinthia, to do what art historians generally do, i.e. look at paintings and other old stuff in churches. Ok, not all art historians generally do things like that, but for those of us specialising in the Middle Ages it is pretty common… One of the churches on my list forContinue reading “The church, the bee and the flower”

Merry Christmas!

Earlier this year, when we visited the village of Dunster in Somerset, we came by the Dunster Christmas Shop, a small store selling all sorts of Christmas-related stuff all year round. Now, if only we’d thought to take a photo of it – that would have come in soooo handy to illustrate today’s post… ButContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

Merry Christmas!

As our long-time readers will know, doing big celebratory posts isn’t really our strong suit – see, for instance, our Blogiversary post or last year’s Christmas post. Well, apparently some things never change… Other things do, though, and since that last Christmas post there really have been lots of changes in our life – some of themContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

A unicorn for Christmas

It is a truth universally acknowledged that girls love unicorns.* So if you still haven’t found the perfect Christmas present for your daughter or your little niece yet, why not choose a pet unicorn? Pet unicorns are cute and cuddly and just about the size of a cat or a little doggie: The only problemContinue reading “A unicorn for Christmas”

Keep your cat trimmed and shining

In the face of recent events, we interrupt our usual program with a piece of vital information for our dear friend [a] who almost got eaten alive by his cats when he tried to brush them a couple of days ago. So, here’s some advice coming to you from the year 1914 courtesy of BibliothekContinue reading “Keep your cat trimmed and shining”