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A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

How We Met March 27, 2017

Filed under: Africa,Friendship,Hotels,Kenya,Memoirs,Memories,Northern Ireland — Janet @ 3:00 pm

A few years ago, 18 to be more precise, I wrote a memoir which I called 8 Countries, 62 years.  Now at age 80 I plan to write the sequel and fill in a few gaps.  Yesterday at church coffee hour I was asked the conversation starter question – how did you meet the man you married – or words to that effect.

It’s a long story – or a very short story.

Step 1 – we met in Kenya in August 1966.


IMG  Ian at the Nairobi Show, September 1966


Shona La Fheile Padraig March 17, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Friendship,Holidays — Janet @ 5:40 pm

IMG_2632 Happy St Patrick’s Day to all.


Bicycling and Friendship March 8, 2017

Filed under: Ageing,Bicycling,Friendship,History of Cycling,Old Age — Janet @ 4:50 pm

Woman Cyclist  Don’t you love this image?  I found it on a friend’s Facebook page.  I consider her a good friend even though we have yet to meet in person.  We’ve known each other for years.  We first met when I was living in Ireland.  Now we live much closer but still haven’t managed to get together – only a few miles separate us.  Maybe I should pump up the tires on my bicycle and suggest we meet at a halfway point.


A Sad Gathering Of Friends September 9, 2016

Filed under: Churches,Friendship,Milestones — Janet @ 12:24 pm

taney-clergy  Clergy at Taney Church Dundrum Dublin Ireland

Present and former clergy members were gathered for the funeral of a long serving member, colleague and friend, Audrey Harrison.

Taney was my church for many years while we lived in Dublin.


My Shetland Neighbor March 9, 2016

Filed under: Friendship,Knitters,Knitting,Lerwick Scotland,Scotland,Shetland — Janet @ 3:54 pm

How I wish we had got to know our neighbors better – a  young couple who purchased the new house next to our new and first house in Dublin.  They were from Scotland.  The young husband was a chemist and worked for Guinness.  His wife Jean was a nursery school teacher.  They were expecting their first child.  Jean and I got together occasionally for friendly chats.  What I wish we had chatted about more was KNITTING.  In my eyes she was a master.  I was interested but not as interested as I am now 50 years later.  SHETLAND – a magic word for knitters and knitting history.

A number of years later I met another knitter from Shetland and she brought me up to date on Jean and her husband George and their son wee Gordon – and a subsequent daughter.  The family was living near Inverness.  I wish I had tried harder to get in touch when I had this more current information – but that more current information is now 20 years old.  Alas.

  Me years ago when life was young .  I knit the sweater myself.   Jean was a natural but I’m quite sure I followed a pattern.  Two sons and I are framed in the doorway of our courtyard – where Jean and I would sit and chat.


My Friend’s Cats December 29, 2015

Filed under: Cats,Friendship — Janet @ 4:25 pm

My friend Freyalyn has 2 handsome cats.freyalyn's cats


Friends Of Our Cat December 22, 2015

Filed under: Cats,Christmas,Friendship — Janet @ 5:41 pm

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Katerina sends Christmas Greetings to all.  MEOW