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Menocreatikul; How We Doin'?

I have to admit, I am rather enjoying a silent Edinburgh. The birds are definitely singing more clearly, probably because they are not competing with nose-to-tail traffic noise. Any traffic noise. It's lovely. Shame for the reason.

Meanwhile, having dashed back to the Hutch for a four-day respite, I brought back with the yarn I had earmarked for a scarf for myself. It is started, and I hope to finish it before Easter.

If anyone else is interested, this is the pattern.

When I got to the Hutch, it was a joy to find it still in place... but was glad I had made the effort to go. The combi-boiler was red-lighted and there was no hot water or heating. The pressure had dropped to zero. So I had to go into maintenance mode and switch off, reset, let it do its diagnostics and half an hour later, all good. Have no idea how long it would have been like that, but will need to keep more regular tabs.

Also, make sure this lot behave. I swear they have been having a party while I've been absent - and they clearly didn't get the memo about social distancing...

I travelled by car. Father very generously permitted the hire of a vehicle, so that Mac1 and I don't have to deal with public transport. (Her car off the road due to need for an engine part... and as it's French and all of France is shut down, it could be quite some time before she gets it back!)

Deep breaths, everyone.


  1. YAM what a beautiful color of yarn and the pattern...quite delicate.
    Good to have a party with your merry band of roommates who are not at all contagious
    Hugs Cecilia

  2. I had a sweater in that colour as a kid and I loved it. Glad your travels were safe.

  3. Good to see some creatures are having a party!
    Traffic very quiet in Aberdeen and environs too. I cycled out of town for some fresh air and exercise this morning and there were more bikes than cars on the roads. So some plusses. But a very cold wind.
    Cheers, Gail.

  4. Your scarf is beautiful. I can't wait to see it finished. It does look like that gang is having a fun time while you are away.

  5. Hey, we pups don't have to observe social distancing so we think your critters are A-OK. But we wonder how that party was!!!

    Nice scarf. Thanks for the pattern link. Maybe Mom could try it if she ever gets good use of that right arm.

    Woos, Lightning and Timber

  6. That scarf is simply beautiful the thread and the pattern. I'm glad you're back to a car from the ends of Scotland. The father is a very fortunate man.

  7. Hi Yamini - You are so right... Here too the silence is being broken not by the vrooms of vehicles but by the musical chirps of birds! How nice!
    Take care!

  8. we love the color... it is like a sun what can brighten the days ;O) we hope the car-problem can be solved in time and we hope the time we need to go back to normal will not be that long... although we think it needs more than another 14 days...

  9. Your scarf is coming along beautifully! Love the color!

  10. I would love to hug that elephant that is not practicing social distance.. so glad you could fix what was wrong and got a chance to go home and find it.. you are right the birds are louder, walking yesterday I even noticed I could hear them in the video I took of Bigs new harness.. I have passed on the link to your blog to a puzzle person.. you should call to attention it is on your side bar for those people who are bored and at home...

  11. So beautiful.
    Be well...Stay safe...

  12. The yellow scarf is looking beautiful.
    Yes with no traffic noise and reducing pollution levels, Mother Nature is at peace.
    Take care. Stay safe.
    Hari Om.

  13. What a pleasant post about just every day things. Lovely scarf! namaste, janice, xx

  14. Yes, deep breaths.
    It is horrid.
    How wonderful to have a vehicle. We have the kids back tomorrow. That's gonna keep us out of trouble!!!

  15. Glad you were able to reset the 'boiler' ~ and how wonderful you have a car(thanks to your Dad) ~ and how adorable are your sweet colorful stuffed animals ~ ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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