Murphy Relaxing


Murphy Relaxed


2011 Photo Round Up

My 2011 knitting summary will come later.  In the meantime, here are twelve photos from 2011:

Last year I took part, for the first half of the year, in 25of2011, the idea being to take a themed photo each week.  One of the first photos I took was titled “This is Me!” for which I stretched the theme a little and also allows you to see a bit of the snowy garden.

This is me!

Murphy makes his first appearance of the year hiding away from the snow and cold. Will it be his last appearance?


After an exceedingly snowy winter, I was glad when spring flowers appeared at the end of March.

purple crocus

April bought more Spring flowers, including cherry tree blossom at Longwood Gardens

Cherry Blossoms

May is the beginning of fiber festival season with Maryland Sheep and Wool. As a keen and eager spinner, I am more than ever interested in the animals whose product I love so much.


I travelled a lot in June. First to England and then to Wilmington VT. I loved the Green Mountain State. Visiting and falling in love with VT, made really devastating when the flooding happened after Hurricane Irene.

I have a large collection of Daylilies in my garden. This was there month. Not sure if they usually flower in July. 2011 was a strange year for gardening.

Orange Daylily

I went home to England again to help Dad pack. He has moved nearer, like right next door, to my brother. This was the last time I’ll visit my childhood home. I took lots of pictures and in some I almost expect Mum to appear around the corner. This was one of her favorite spots, looking at the garden while washing up:

Birmingham House Back Garden from Kitchen

I started a new job and one weekend explored Nockamixon State Park. It has lots of water:


Well, there had to be one fiber related photograph. It seems that I only took photos of spinning in October.

Three Balls of Singles BFL

And here is Murphy again:

Spending some time with family in England.  My Dad and brother now live in St Albans so I had an afternoon of photography of St Albans Cathedral:


Week #20: My Passion

It was hard to chose one passion, but to keep it simple I needed to do just that.  One thing I have learned so far is that pictures are better if they are not too busy.  So what is my passion?  I love gardening, fiber arts, music, science…oh and Murphy:

Cat paws
How could you not be passionate about something with paws like that!

Week 7/52: Love


Love and Valentine’s Day for me are always hard to represent especially in a photo.  I am not really into hearts and romance at the moment. So I tried to compose a picture of some of the things that I love: photo of Mum because I miss her and the rest of the family; fiber and spindle to show my love of fiber arts; flowers indicating my gardening.  Not shown chocolate [oooh an idea for this theme next year just comes to mind], books, music, and Murphy:


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Murphy Monday: Is there such a thing a too much yarn?

Back in August I took this photo to show you why I must stop buying yarn and fiber. Murphy is there for scale, and attention. BTW he is a long cat.
Recently aquired stash

This is the yarn I bought in July and August.  There was fiber as well.  Oh, it doesn’t include the yarn and fiber I left with my parents to work on when I am visiting. I find it annoying to have to pack knitting and spinning projects and as I visit often, I thought it was worthwhile to have, ahem, two stashes.

Another Rainy Saturday

Rainy Street

Rainy Street

This is the second Saturday in a row that it has rained.  I am finding it a little frustrating as I had hoped to go to Longwood Gardens today.   Still my fridge is getting cleaned and Murphy seems to like having me around to bully.

Murphy Sleeping

Murphy Sleeping

Here is an aster from a few weeks ago, when the sun was out:

Purple Aster

Purple Aster


It is about time I had a Murphy Monday, but I keep missing it because of all the grading and stuff I have to do. So rather than make you wait forever, here is  “Murphy on a Tuesday”.  I asked him to look at the camera:

No camera in here

No camera in here

Eventually he settled down by the window and smirked:

Smug Murphy

Smug Murphy

I can even feel the smirking when he has his head turned.  It is in the ears:

Murphys head and ears

Murphy's head and ears

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Murphy Monday: A New Collar

Murphy has a New Collar

Murphy has a New Collar

Murphy likes the fact that I am spending lots of time lying around as he can join me.  Sometimes he gets a bit mopy that I haven’t moved for a few hours, but most the time he tells me to stop moving.

I bought him a new collar just before going into hospital.  He does not like the plastic collars you can buy at a petstore, so I get him collars from Moon Valley Collars as they make them in cotton.  They wear well so he only needs a new one about every two years.