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American Experience January 25, 2017

American Experience is a regular program on PBS – last night the life and work of Rachel Carson was featured.  Her seminal work Silent Spring was published in 1962.

rachelcarson1  Rachel Carson, 1907-1964

What an inspiring and brave woman.



Everyone Was Knitting September 28, 2009

Filed under: Cancer,Colours,Country Markets,Knee rugs,Knitting,Yarn shops — Janet @ 10:22 pm

When I went to the Sunday Market in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire, it seemed as if everyone was knitting.  As I walked along the seafront to get to the Park what should I see but a girl sitting on a bench and knitting intently.  Looked like she was using thick yarn.

Knitting while enjoying the view  Knitting while enjoying the view across Dublin Bay to Howth


I continued on my way to the Market


Ian sept 09 207   Approach to the Sunday Market in the People’s Park

The first stand I found was my favourite Amani Crafts Ltd with Lucy Ndungu Lane from Kenya selling the Kazuri Beads.  Much to my surprise Lucy was knitting – I thought she had told me she didn’t know how.  Beyond her I could see several people sitting on the grass and concentrating on their knitting.   And another person standing and knitting while chatting with a friend orcustomer.

Having a chat  Having a chat while working away at her knitting


I proceeded  next door to The Yarn Room to see Stephanie and Maria.  Not surprising that they were knitting.  But here the reason for all the knitting became clear – Stephanie and Maria had organized their friends in the Market to knit squares for a comfort blanket.  The blanket is to be assembled by Stephanie and given to another Market friend who is ill.  I thought this was a great idea and I volunteered to knit a square as well.  So I was given a pair of size 10 needles and some uninteresting gray and white yarn, which I managed to exchange with Lucy – her green yarn was much more my colour to knit.





Ian sept 09 324   Here’s my effort so far – cast on 20 stitches and knit a square

After Stephanie stitches each person’s squares together to make up the blanket, I’ll try to get a picture to post.  Keep watching.


Long distance cycling June 27, 2007

Filed under: Cancer,Cycling,Reading — Janet @ 8:43 pm

I have just finished reading the Lance Armstrong book It’s Not About the Bike.  What a fascinating book to learn about the rigours of training for and battling to win the Tour de France.  Combined with his personal struggle to overcome cancer.  A very inspiring and challenging book.  I happened to be reading this book just before I went to Wales and therefore cycling was sort of on my mind.  What a coincidence that I found The National Cycle Museum located in the town where I was staying, Llandrindod Wells. 

Here is a link to another cycling event – the PBP (the Paris to Brest to Paris cycle challenge).    This is the one that one of my sons is training for.  This is not a race, rather it is a challenge to do the 1200 K within 90 hours.  The event is held once every 4 years and it was first held in 1931.  Riders will be coming from all over the world.  Great excitement that he will be 1 of the 4000 riders doing this.