Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A Well-Spent Jubilee Weekend

The Jubilee weekend has been lovely, and I've used my time very, very wisely (<---- not true). I finally bit the bullet and got a proper pair of running shoes and took them for a spin tonight - they worked well, but so they should for the money I spent on them. It is soul destroying having to buy shoes you don't even like when you could have spent them money on shoes you would really, really have liked...BUT no more shin-splints, so that's a good thing. Have you ever bought running shoes? It's mortifying, they make you go on a treadmill to 'try them out' (WRONG, it's so they can laugh at you) although the nice man serving me didn't ask me to do that, I think because of the mournful look I gave the treadmill when he pointed at it. Or maybe it was because I shook my fist at it, I dunno. Either way, I came out with a horrible shiny pair of stupid-face running shoes and no more leg cramps.

I got another very exciting bundle through in the post: CRUSHED WALNUT SHELLS to make pin cushions AND they sharpen your pins too! Isn't that cool?

ANSWER: No actually, not cool at all. The stupid crushed stupid walnut shells went EVERYWHERE, and it turns out you need a LOT of walnut shells to fill a bird-shaped pin cushions AND it's really difficult to get it so stuffed that it feels nice so MINE feels like a half-empty bean bag. Not happy, not happy one little bit. Very furious actually, because I had to hoover my sewing room and I hate hoovering. But then I did something nice:

It's the first of my vintage pinnies, after my dressmaking lesson from Len. The binding should actually be lace but lace is a whole lot of trouble, and I said to Husband, Sister, Len, Roy, the big cat, the stupid cat, myself and the lady in the co-op: Why make it hard for yourself? And they all agreed, stick with the binding. So I did. I was in two minds whether or not to tidy up a bit before I took this picture, but then I thought nah, it looks rustic, plus it's very bohemian to be a total mink. I still have to gather the top (of the apron) and put the band on, and do the ties BUT it's nearly there. It's lovely to make aprons, I would highly recommend it. Today I also dug my front garden and planted loads of Hydrangeas (I think my new favourite flower) and Lavender (I think my new favourite smell) and I am pleased with the finished product:

 It'll look just peachy when they all grow a bit. I've also got a heap of sweet peas growing up one end of the garden but my neighbour was outside and I didn't want him thinking I was taking pictures of him (or, now that I think about it, my garden. It's a bit strange to take pictures of your garden isn't it?) This was not a relaxing afternoon's work by the way. First, the garden was absolutely COATED in weeds. Imagine all the weeds you've ever seen in your whole life. Now imagine that they are heading to the Jubilee celebrations in London with ninety-million of their closest friends. Now times that by eight-four, and THAT'S how bad my garden was. Phew, that's hard maths isn't it? I should have just taken a before picture. Never mind.

Second in the not-relaxing list:  I had to keep bending over....and I was wearing a tunic and leggings....and two wee boys passed sniggering....and I'm CERTAIN they were laughing at my bumbaleerie. That thought haunted me all afternoon.

Third: I hate spiders. I hate them with the fire of a thousand splendid suns. And they know it. Every time I venture outside they prick up their ears (?), gather a lynch mob and scuttle out going 'GET HER, GET THE CURLY ONE, GET HER!'and I have to run away shrieking.

But today, I have a message for them.



  1. I found your blog a few weeks ago - jumped from one blog to another to another, as you do. Or, at least, like I do. Anyway, just wanted to comment to say that your posts always make me laugh out loud. :oD

    Oh and I can never get the Bumbaleerie song out of my head when I've been here. I wonder if I can still bounce a ball under my legs like I used to? Probably best not to try! LOL

  2. Hi! I'm so glad you got in touch, you're the only person I've ever met (outside of my family) who knows the Bumbaleerie song! It's a good 'un, but possibly a bit too catchy.

    I've had a look at your blog and your quilts are fantastic, so lovely to 'meet' another Scottish quilter PLUS it is now my life-long ambition to visit Steptoe's Yard. I MUST GO. Husband will be thrilled!

  3. stressedmumof36 June 2012 at 02:12

    Love the new garden flowers! You can harvest your lavander and make smelly drawer things! (for your actual drawers and not your breeks!)

    1. Thanks for the comments, Old Bean. Garden looks much better hey?


  4. Yep thanks, your post made me smile!
    You will soon be addicted,I live with two runners and boy do they have the trainers to prove it!
    Have a happy weekend and I have a soft spot for spiders, since watching the movie Charlottes web!
    Maria x

    1. Hey, thanks for your comment, I hope I get addicted soon - trying to talk myself into going for a run right this very second!

      Maybe I'll give Charlotte's web a try then, I'd love to have a soft spot for them!

      Eilidhbelle x

  5. Oh my, you are funny!
    And you've taught me something.
    A pinny is an apron. I suspected it, but now I know. Having made the things, do you actually wear them? To cook, I mean? If you were wearing them for something else, p'raps you would've put lace on them...
    Please do explain, though, what being a mink is. Are minks messy? Is it a reference to their [purported] musky stench?
    Thank you for your attention and anticipated response.

    1. Hi June, thanks for getting in touch! I love your blog, no matter how many times I read your posts, I always find something new!

      A 'mink' is an (I think) East-Coast-of-Scotland word for a tramp, someone who is untidy and a bit dirty. Other words of the same meaning are minging, manky, rank and a 'jake' (good Glaswegian word, that'un). Hope that clears things up!

      I don't actually wear pinnies for anything, so I always look like (wait for it!) a mink when my clothes get dirty...maybe I should start wearing them? I just leave them strewn around my house, which I think gives the place a homely look. Husband disagrees though.

      Thanks for your message, I really am thrilled to hear from you.
      Eilidhbelle x

    2. Oh what fun. I can call people "minks" all day long over here and nobody will think anything but that I'm complimenting them on their dense, soft, rich fur. I imagine they'll be pleased, don't you?

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