Hello and thanks for reading. I’m still hanging in there with Substack for these newsletters but it’s getting too noisy in that place for me. I guess that’s a sign of a popular site but I’ll be investigating alternative ways of sending newsletters by email. Does anyone have a recommendation for newsletter software?
It’s difficult to hand sew when my fingers are cold (it’s been so cold here!) so I’ve been mostly cutting fabric instead. Is there anything more fun than playing with fabric? Fondling it, rearranging it, combining colours and patterns and, finally, cutting it. It pleases me to see piles of cut pieces.
I’ve been knitting to keep my fingers moving and am pleased to make progress on a jumper I started four years ago. Yes, four. In between sessions of knitting, I forget about it completely so it’s always as if I am starting something new when I pick it up again. It’s the Fundamental Women’s Pullover by Jen Hagan – basic but warm.
Action in my garden has mostly involved watering, since we’ve had only 14mm of rain so far this month, and protecting sensitive plants from frosts. I feel sorry for my plants outside on frosty nights but that’s reality here. Instead, I’m pampering my indoor plants, including a stunning Streptocarpus. You can read about that here.
Writing and books
I started a new Facebook page this month. It’s called Writers and Readers Southern Highlands and I’d love if you could take a look and leave a comment. As with everything I set up, it’s free. I started it because I couldn’t find a FB page that brought together links to inspiration about reading and writing. There will be information local to my area but most of it will be of interest to readers and writers, no matter where you live.
I’m trying to find a local writers’ group but, since I’m vague about what I expect from such a group, I’ve not had success yet. There are many creative people in this area so I live in hope.
I read and reviewed a cosy mystery novel set in our area – Echo Lake by Joan Sauers. You can read that review here.
What are you enjoying? Are you making quilts, nurturing your garden or reading good stories? Let me know!