alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
Lights on, heating on, and I saw snow flakes amongst the rain battering on the window. Having planned to put away my winter clothes today seems rather premature now!

I think we might be making good use of the stove in the summer house over my birthday.

ETA: Oh joy, now the kitchen ceiling is dripping! I obviously jinxed us remarking that it hadn't happened all winter a few days ago :(
alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
You can always rely on a Poliakoff drama to look ravishing if nothing else. I'm enjoying this one rather more than the last (Glorious 39) so far and Angel Coulby has a beautiful voice. Is it just me though, or is he a bit obsessed with sinister government bureaucracy?

In other news, the Boy found a copy of English Costume - painted and described by Dion Clayton Calthrop in our local Oxfam bookshop the other day, which has caused squeals of joy in the house. It was originally written in 1906, although our edition is from 1931, and covers 1066 to 1830 arranged in chapters by the ruling monarch of the time, and is utterly utterly charming, with its delightful turns of phrase and beautiful illustrations. She finishes with some observations about the lack of colour and pomp in 'modern' dress and I can't help wondering what on earth she would make of the clothes in evidence on a London street today!


Sep. 25th, 2012 10:19 am
alithea: (Autumn wolf)
Definitely a Wild Woman channelling day today - Boots of Wonder, superhero dress, leather trenchcoat, wild and woolly weather (I nearly got lifted off my feet on Hawkhill on the way into work!). Very glad to be in my nice non-howly office rather than the Turret today!

Have I mentioned how much I love autumn recently? ;)
alithea: (summerbench)
The sun is shining here today and I'm wearing my fabby artisan trousers rather than wool tights. Still a bit sniffly but *fingers crossed* this cold is on the way out - my head and ears aren't too bad today. And our wedding rings are ready and look gorgeous from the photo the guy has sent me! Can't wait to see them in person.

Hopefully things are looking up :)

ETA: And Chapter 3 of the Wormworld Saga is up!

ETA 2: Said picture of the rings is now linked in comments (friends-locked)


Feb. 25th, 2012 12:41 pm
alithea: (Starbuck bang (made by amiyuy))
I went to put my merino cardigan on this morning and realised it has developed 4 holes since I washed it! Am most annoyed, I know it said handwash but I did it on a wool cycle in a fine mesh bag for heaven's sake :( All the other handwash garments I own have survived that no problem. And the really annoying thing is that they are completedly out of nowhere holes - the snags on the sleeve where Gizmo caught it with her claws aren't any worse than before I washed it.

Apparently the Boy cut for spider warning, no pictures though ) The most annoying thing is that he was completedly bemused when I was horrified that he told me this! "But I put it out the window", he protested. I'd suspect an elaborate ploy to motivate me into hoovering the flat to within an inch of its life while he's away LARPing this weekend, except that I doubt it even occurred to him as a response.
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* I walked about 5 miles along Tentsmuir Sands barefoot yesterday. I'm quite surprised I don't have sore feet or a dodgy hip today but then I guess soft sand is quite supportive. It was very pleasant, although the sea was unsurprisingly rather colder than Brighouse Bay was (North Sea vs Irish).

*My second Joe Browns sale order arrived today and the frock fits over the bust without needing a top underneath and the skirt fits just right on the waist. Wonders will never cease, particularly as La Redoute finally managed to send me a matching pair of curtains for the bedroom (they sent one, then the second one had the wrong header on it and had to go back, then the reorder failed because it had been out of stock so long they couldn't use my card details). I only persevered because my window is too tall for UK ready-mades and they were about 10x cheaper than getting specially made ones.

*I watched Torchwood: Miracle Day yesterday. My reponse was mostly 'Meh', I half wish we'd watched The Killing instead, as I found the first episode of that rather more engaging; oh well, that's what the catch up service is for. I'm also loving Castle and quite enjoyed Sirens (the lad who plays Rob Stark in A Game of Thrones is surprisingly sexy with a Scottish accent, while Nathan Fillion is unsurprisingly sexy).

*I'm reading Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier at the moment. It's not very thrilling. The Boy is engrossed in A Dance of Dragons but I suspect I need to reread the series from the beginning to follow it so I'm debating waiting until he finishes the whole set. The TV show has made me want to reread the first ones but Dear Lord, did A Feast for Crows drag :(

*I really need to get out of holiday mode and do some work!
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So there was a wedding on Friday; rather nice, liked the dress which was nicely understated and more about the shape than the decoration which is just my taste (although I wasn't the biggest fan of the neckline), and the trees, and enjoyed critiquing the hats and frocks on twitter. Rather a lot of fuss for my tastes but there were no street parties around here so I just turned the TV off when I got bored after the balcony scene!

On Saturday, I met up with June, had a cuppa and a good natter and bought 2 new pairs of shoes in Clarks so I now have MJs that aren't red!

And yesterday, the Boy and I headed off to Aberfeldy and walked the Birks of Aberfeldy, which was beautiful, especially given the glorious weather, and visited the Scottish Crannog centre on Loch Tay, where we got to walk around a reconstruction of an Iron Age crannog and have Iron Age crafts and farming demonstrations with a rather entertaining guide.

The Falls of Moness in the Birks of Aberfeldy

The Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay

All in all a fantastic weekend, we really do have some most beautiful countryside round here (okay, so Aberfeldy is an 1 1/2 hours drive away but still, easily daytripable) and for a heat-averse person like me, the weather was just perfect, gloriously sunny but not hot.
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This is the most snow I've seen since I was a teenager growing up at the bottom of the Pennines. We've had about a foot and a half and it has snowed everyday for the past week - I never thought I'd see snow like this in Dundee, and certainly not this early!

The college was shut yesterday so the Boy and I decided to take advantage of the weather by doing some shopping in the, extremely quiet for the time of year, city centre. It was supposed to be Christmas shopping but I got one present and then spent too much money on a beautiful new smart wool coat - navy Victoriana double breasted military frock coat. Still, it was on sale and we had vouchers we hadn't used since February. I wanted to spend them on something for the flat because they were an engagement present but The Boy said he'd rather I bought the coat - he was enjoying oogling me in it and isn't a big fan of soft furnishings at the best of times! And then we had a pub lunch before trekking back up the hill to the flat just as the blizzard set in again.

Today, the sun is shining at the moment so it is beautiful and festive, and very quiet because the buses aren't running again, but there was a blizzard when I woke up this morning. I'm just hoping the sun lasts for my afternoon constitutional - I need the exercise with no t'ai chi this week and the pool at the uni shut again.
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The Boy is the sort of person things happen to. I don't know quite how he manages it. This week, he had lunch with Brian Cox (the actor not the Professor) and got hit in the mouth by a hailstone, which managed to break a filling and crack one of his wisdom teeth. Cue neither of us getting much sleep on Tuesday night because he was in agony :(

On Wednesday, I just about made it through pottery, although all I did was glaze a bunch of beads (don't get excited, they need to go in the kiln on their own so whether they'll be fired before xmas is anyone's guess!) and manage to rub what I later realized was probably Norwegian Blue glaze over something thinking it was iron oxide... that'll be interesting when it's fired! And we did make it to t'ai chi because we didn't want to miss the next section of the 108, but I yawned all the way through and Kev was high on painkillers!

Yesterday, we caught up on much needed sleep with a long lie-in and then pottered into Broughty Ferry, intending to buy a rug or two for the flat from the Gillies clearance sale but it turned out the style we wanted was still Very Expensive, so instead I bought a denim skirt, a brown and cream tweed skirt suit and a copy of Wolf Hall from various charity shops. Which I think neatly proves [ profile] mimmimmim's theory that if you give stuff away, good things come back to you :) Although, the skirt suit needs some work as the jacket could do with being cinched in a bit at the waist while the skirt is too tight (strange really given they are the same size) so I think I'm going to hack it off at the hips and redo the waist band. We really need to get the sewing machine fixed!

Today, I need to have a good crack at the much overdue report for Tim, although the fact that I'm typing this with a Gizmo laying over my right arm is not going to help on that front...
alithea: (Red Inara (made by singingrl))
Pratting around on the internet may be a dreadful time sink but it can be also be wonderful in the way quite random things connect!

Today's example (which has cheered me up as I sit watching the weather change from pouring with rain and a howling gale, to snow and still a howling gale):

I went to have a nosy at Fashion for Nerds, a style blog which I occasionally read (or, more correctly, look at the pictures on) because the author wears some wonderful Victoriana outfits sometimes. That pointed me at this post on Already Pretty (a style blog I read rather less often) about style evolution with age which I should probably point out to [ profile] stylishly_yours. And that lead me onto Deanna Raybourn's website, where I discover she writes historical thrillers which sound rather interesting. I think I saw one of her Lady Julia Grey novels in an offer in Waterstones last time I was in there, has anyone read any of them?
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Provided you are wrapped up nice and warm, the weather has been glorious up here for the past few days - I'll take cold with glorious sunshine and lovely pink wintery sunsets over wet and miserable any day. It is *cold* though, subzero all day despite the sun; only time I've ever wished I owned a down-filled winter coat. Still, what I do now own after braving the sales today, is a proper pair of fleece-lined winter walking trousers and a thermal base layer top, so I'm hoping it lasts into the weekend so the Boy and I can go out playingwalking in the snowy countryside. I'm also wishing I owned a sledge, I haven't been sledging since I was a teenager...
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Not an awful lot has been happening around here recently, although I do have a guy phoning me about doing some work for a farm scale greenhouse gas calculator at 2pm so *fingers crossed* that will happen.

Things happened as planned following my last post - Eurovision was fun, birthday also (although slightly marred by the Royal Mail depot, who decided not to bother providing proper cover while our regular postman was on holiday, meaning some of my parcels took 9 days to arrive 1st class!), and I've posted about the re-enacters at Edzell Castle and Potfest over on my ceramics blog.

Last week I had an annoying migraine, which didn't shift properly for days and left me rather out of sorts, but the weekend just gone was good. The weather was glorious and on Saturday, the Boy and I headed out to Arbroath and walked along the Seaton Cliffs towards Auchmithie, although we didn't make it the whole way because we had to get back in plenty of time for the DAFTAs (annual Roleplaying Society Awards Dinner), which was good fun. On Sunday, we headed over to Halliburton and walked around a forest park on the Angus/Perth & Kinross border, which was very pleasant, although a miscalculation involved having to walk about 2 miles back to the car park along the main road was rather less pleasant.

On Monday, I spent a chunk of the day reading Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr, which was interesting; discussion and mini-rant ) And then I went running, and yesterday was swimming; I'm on an exercise kick at the moment because I need the endorphins, I want to be much fitter, and also all my summer dresses and several of my tops are too tight across the rib cage where I have acquired flab, and I don't want to have to buy something new to wear for this summer's crop of weddings, when I already have several lovely frocks I have hardly worn. This may have to involve stomach exercises though, which I'm not very taken with...

Plans for the next few weeks involve hopefully some work, job hunting, and lots of flat wrangling - bought the paint for the bathroom woodwork yesterday so need to sand it all down in preparation for the undercoat.
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I am eating reheated leftover stew from yesterday, wearing an outfit reminiscent of a purple pirate wench, which is somewhat wasted by the fact I haven't left the house all day and only The Boy has seen it. Report page count is currently sitting 16 pages short of where I want to be by Sunday so that The Boy and I can actually go out somewhere for the day and relax. Have written 8 pages in the last two working days though, so this is emminently doable.
alithea: (LittlesoulRiver (made by enriana))
Have finally been paid, which is good because I need to do my Yule shopping and find a replacement for my favourite winter skirt, which is falling apart.

Am achey but contented today from lots of exercise over the weekend - went swimming on Saturday and spent all day Sunday at the Rokpa, doing a T'ai Chi workshop run by our head of School. Got to do advanced dar-lu with one of the other instructors as my partner so that was good, although my flexibility is crap because I can't do snake-creeps-down or bend-bow properly :( Oh well, can really feel it today so must have done some good! Hopefully, class tonight will stretch me out a bit and I'll be less sore tomorrow.

Also got treated to a lovely lunch at the DCA after swimming, yum, yum. Although, the poor Boy then proceeded to come down with a nasty cold and was too sick to come to the workshop and has been sent home from work today :( Am hoping I can avoid it, since I had the horrible head-explodey lurgy last week.

Weather is cold but frosty, and sunny and clear, so lovely to my mind :) The Coat even got an outing on Thursday night for roleplaying. Sunsets have been gorgeous and there was the most beautiful reddish tiny crescent moon yesterday evening, She almost looked like a solar eclipse.
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- Gainful employment, as of tomorrow

- Not being late for my dental appointment (by the skin of my teeth *hehe* NOTE TO SELF: walking to Lochee High Street takes 40-45 mins at a sensible pace, not 30 mins, and your feet won't thank you if you do it wearing patterned net tights!)

- Clean bill of dental health

- a proper cup of tea and a toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel

- 4 books for the price of 1 new one in the British Heart Foundation Charity shop - the first two volumes of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, a Georgette Heyer (one of her murder mysteries rather than a Regency romance but nevermind, next thing I'll be reading Dorothy L. Sayers, given half of [ profile] stylishly_yours's obsession with Harriet Vane!), and a random impulse buy, The Nightingale's Nest by Sarah Harrison, because I've never read any of her stuff before.

- Finally reading the Dune books (I can't believe I've never got around to it before!), which are very thought provoking about religion and history and power, but still have great characters and plot. Okay, so they fall down a bit feminism-wise but we can't have everything, and I *heart* Duncan Idaho.

- Autumn - the trees outside my bedroom window are beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow, and the weather is bright and sunny and cool, perfect for knee high boots and snuggley cardigans.
alithea: (Autumn wolf (by tiger_tyger))
I gave in to the weather today and bought new knitwear, tights and long socks, and turned the heating on for the first time since May. Fortunately, this is not going to be as damaging to my financies as I feared because it looks like the funders have finally got their arses in gear, and I'll be getting paid to write a report this month after all :)
alithea: (Pottery)
Now have one poured vase, a slab vase, a coil pot, a little bowl and two thrown vases drying out in preparation for Raku at pottery. Apparently, we are going to learn how to make our own glazes and everything, because this is an official ceramics module rather than just a leisure class (there was a timetabling mix-up apparently, it was supposed to be scheduled as a day class rather than in our evening class slot). Exciting :)

Also, I treated myself to this skirt in M&S today - it's a really fabulous shape, with an almost Edwardian flouncy bit at the back, I'm really pleased with it.

Now I guess I better tidy up; the roleplayers are coming round here tonight and the table is covered in paper work and junk at the moment.
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is fab! I enjoyed it even more than the original. The visuals are fantastic, I love Del Toro's aesthetic, and it's thoroughly entertaining - very funny but also quite touching in places.

Swam another 40 lengths on Saturday and then went to a BBQ in the evening, which was good fun and involved catching up with some people I haven't seen in a while. And spent yesterday pottering around being domestic, including discovering that it is now possible to recycle plastics locally.

The weather can't make up it's mind at the moment. It's gone decidedly autumnal and the nights have really dropped in recently but after being cold and slightly damp all weekend, we have lovely sunshine again today and I had to change when I got back from town because I was too hot in a jumper and knee highs with my cotton skirt. Still, I have funky new stripey tights for when it is actually cool enough to wear them :)

Am not overly impressed with the world today though, as I had grand plans for achieving lots of stuff but my stomach is playing up and I don't really feel like doing much, which is doubly annoying today because it's T'ai Chi this evening and I don't want to miss it again :( I hope I'm not coming down with something again, I was sneezing at the swimming pool on Saturday and my throat has been sore since yesterday...
alithea: (Kaylee (made by viadisaster))
I got back from a long weekend down at my parents last night, and this afternoon Gizmo came home too so the household is reunited (although her eyelid is broken out again and she is curled up behind me not pestering for food, which is not a good sign). Visit went well - J's baby is indeed incredibly cute, my Mum had a lovely birthday, my hair is about 5 inches shorter than when I left, I have a pair of trousers and a new frock to wear to Claire's wedding do on Saturday evening courtesy of my sister, and no mention of my work status was made because I have a job interview a week tomorrow! Huzzah! Of course, this means suit shopping and much stress, because having spent my entire adult life in a university setting, I have never had a formal job interview before, but hey ho. Progress :)

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