C17: Day 154 – Getting the nib in the holder correctly

June 3, 2017

I was searching for more worksheets online this morning when I stumbled on a whole book about penmanship, including a section on how to use an oblique holder. It seems that I had my holder the wrong way round, so today I have repeated the same exercises as days 153 and 152, with the nib now at the […]

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C17: Day 153 – Today’s calligraphic exercises

June 2, 2017

Shoulder still not impressed by the work it’s being asked to do, hence the wobbliness. The Indian Red ink is lovely, though. (Updated with better photo.)

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C17: Day 152 – Round hand calligraphy

June 1, 2017

Whilst I was in London, I went to the wonderful L Cornelisson & Son, the most amazing art supplies shop in the city, to pick up some ink and ask advice about calligraphy pens. I’ve always wanted to do calligraphy, but being left-handed has posed some problems. Because of how I hold a pen, so-called ‘left-handed’ pens […]

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C17: Day 151 – How am I doing so far?

May 31, 2017

May was supposed to be a month of blogging, something quick, easy and portable as I knew I’d be travelling for most of the month. I didn’t manage too badly, though I missed six days. The blog posts haven’t been as ‘thinky’ as I thought they’d be, I will confess. I’ve been thinking a lot […]

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C17: Day 150 – Restingolites

May 30, 2017

One of the nice things about looking for photos for my recent (quite lazy) blog posts is that it’s reminded me that I have a huge number of photos I’ve never really looked at since I took them. Case in point: Last year, I went to Madrid and, amongst other things, had a fabulous time […]

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C17: Day 149 – Home again, home again, jiggety jig

May 29, 2017

The great thing about flying home is that I end up with 30 hours to write my daily blog post. The problem is that I end up with no brain to write it with. So here’s a photo of a cat instead. Both Mewton and Grabbity are purring fit to burst, which only makes me […]

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C17: Day 148 – Seen in Sheboygan

May 28, 2017

One of the first things I did when I got to the US was start learning the local bird names. I’m not that big into birdwatching per se, but I do like knowing what they’re all called. We have some very cute species, so here are a selection of photos of birds I’ve seen in […]

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C17: Day 147 – How does this decorating thing work?

May 27, 2017

Being a house owner means that we’re now having to learn how to do DIY. Last year, we worked on the front bedroom, which was a nasty shade of monkey shit brown and was offending our eyes on a daily basis. It was, without a doubt, a learning experience, but we got there in the […]

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C17: Day 145-146 – The platonic ideal of public transport

May 26, 2017

Busy day yesterday, going to Southampton for a meeting, but it did give me the inspiration for today’s brief blog post. One of the things I miss about the UK when I’m in the US is the public transport. There is no easy way to get from our house to Chicago O’Hare Airport, for example. […]

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C17: Day 144 – Gardener’s delight (or tragedy?)

May 24, 2017

I haven’t seen the Chelsea Flower Show for years, but it just so happens that I’m back home, and it’s on TV, so I’m enjoying seeing lots of wonderful flowers and plants in amazing arrangements. I can only dream of such perfection. I do have, sad to say, a bit of a black thumb – […]

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C17: Day 143 – Act against media hate

May 23, 2017

After the terrible events in Manchester yesterday, we have sadly seen some horrific behaviour from parts of the media trying to dig up “stories” on those who were there: I have dealt with 50+ journos online today. Two found my mobile number. This cunt found my house. I still don’t know if my brother is alive. […]

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C17: Day 142 – Knitting ftw

May 22, 2017

First few rows of knitting! And I haven’t yet dropped or added any random stitches!

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C17: Day 141 – Going over to the dark side

May 21, 2017

You know what they say, resistance is futile. I have been resisting knitting ever since my mum attempted to teach me when I was a kid. It didn’t go well. I’m left-handed, she’s right-handed, and I really struggled. I did manage to make a jumper, a black and red striped jobbie in the style of Robert […]

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C17: Day 140 – Horn OK Please!

May 20, 2017

This started as a Facebook post, but I post it here because it’s 23:21 and I want to go to sleep.  An Atlas Obscura post claiming to explore the origins of the phrase “Horn OK Please”, seen frequently on the back and sides of lorries and trucks in India, popped up into my FB feed […]

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C17: Day 139 – Oh, what a palette

May 19, 2017

Gelish, the DIY gel nail polish system that I use, has a fabulous array of colours. Some 233 of them, to be precise. All listed with colour swatches on one page. You’d think that that would make it easy to pick colours, but whilst it’s easy to see colours that you like the look of, […]

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