Category: Life Ramblings

That darn sock!

The cold time of the year is approaching. For me, that means my long and funky socks come out to play and I get to enjoy the pleasure of wearing them and the occasional compliment.

But my lovely socks had holes in them.

I could simply chuck them. But that didn’t feel right – four otherwise good pairs of socks only had holes in the toes and heels. What was I to do? Learn to fix them seemed the only way forward.

Now, I made this decision a while ago. Months back I watched a YouTube video on how to do it and I bought a darning mushroom. This nifty little item has been sitting next to my neglected, unworn socks waiting to be used. I’ll do it this afternoon, I’d say. The weekend, tomorrow. Yet they say untouched.

And autumn is here now. I couldn’t put out off much longer – I’d be out of socks before too long. So today I picked them up, raided our chaotic sewing box for needle and thread, re-watched the video, and set to work.

It’s a small thing to be proud of, but I am. I’ve saved some favourite items of clothing and learned a new skill. And I watched the  Paddington film too while doing it.
Now to learn how to join granny squares of different sizes.


Currently reading: The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

In Oxford

Spending weekend in Oxford with friends this weekend. Finally injecting some dragons onto the blog with the Dragon School above, and perhaps some blood with Inspector Morse below. 🙂

Ramparts of Saint-Malo


We’ve been in Saint-Malo for two days. The first we spent on one side of the Walled City, traipsing around a headland. As always at the coast, I’m reminded of where I spent my teenage years. Photo below is particular reminiscent for me of home. Above is the ramparts of the Walled City, which you can walk around, and is surrounded by marinas and beaches. I tend to find something to grab onto, something for inspiration for writing, particularly historical places – certainly had it in Mont Saint-Michel, the dragons and dragon slayer not withstanding (no, I don’t need to write a time-slip story featuring a medievael monk and a pre-revolution prisoner, thank you very much! No, I really don’t…shut up brain). Here… I’m really just enjoying the weather, the colours, the sea and sky, the beachy aspects of it. My sister and I dipped our toes in the water – my mother told us we made steady progress down the beach, and were immediately stilled when the cold water rushed over our feet. And it was chilly, but I got used to it. Just so nice to back with this for a while.

We were pointed to a very nice seafood restaurant where we ate twice – really nice waiter working there, who also rescued my camera and phone when I stupidly wafted out of there without them!

View of the sea at Saint-Malo

Seagull at Saint-Malo
Oh, and these seagulls? HUGE!

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

Naturally, I was excited when my parents said that when they came to visit my sister and I in Europe, we’d go to interesting places like Mont Saint-Michel. I was just after the history and the views – completely failed to make the connection that it was of course dragon related. Saint-Michel is of course Saint Michael in French, and Michael is one of the significant dragon-slaying saints, probably takes a back seat just after Saint George. Beautiful day, lovely views. Interesting to note that they’re in the process of removing the causeway that gets you out to the mount so they can put in a bridge instead, to try and return the natural surroundings to what it is meant to be (you can see if very silted up around where the car park used to be). I can imagine it would have been an interesting place to live, either as a monk or a prisoner… no, I’m not getting inspiration for a new story, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not!

Ok, onto the Saint-Michel pictures. The first is a replica of the bronze statue on top of the highest tower, the second is a stained glass window from the parish church – the latter was not as crowded as the monastery itself.

Saint-Michel and dragon statute - replica of bronze on church tower

Saint-Michel in stained glass