Riding to fight MS

This Sunday, I’ll be riding 50km in the MS Melbourne Cycle to fight MS!

Multiple sclerosis strikes young people in the prime of their lives, and there is no known cure. The average age of diagnosis is just 30 years old.

My ride won’t be easy, but it’s nothing compared to what people living with MS face every day as they live with this cruel disease.

So I’m taking on this challenge to fight MS and ride for those who can’t ride themselves…

But I need your help.

Please sponsor my 50km ride this Sunday and support my efforts to fight MS!

To make a donation, simply click the link below:


All funds raised will be used to provide vital support services to help make the everyday possible for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Thank you so much. Wish me luck for Sunday!


Stornaway and the importance of Harris Tweed…Tuesday Travels

Our first trip into Stornaway was from Leurbost and we found this magical Aladdin’s cave that housed an incredible collection of Harris Tweed in all forms.

The place was back off the main street and the man who ran the shop was a real character.  We spent some time with him solving all the problems of the world today. 🙂

We did buy some tweed and then headed off to the building that houses the Harris Tweed Authority so we could get the full story of the importance of Harris Tweed to the Outer Hebrides.

The exhibition in the building gave the full story of Harris Tweed.  I didn’t know that there is an act of Parliament relating to Harris Tweed.This map shows the location of the weavers.

We were able to see several looms and were given a description of how they operated.This last loom is operated like a bicycle and the tartan is Macleod of Lewis. We took a photo of the butcher’s shop where apparently the best black pudding is made.Back to the Harris Tweed.  We were lucky enough to be able to visit a croft where tweed was being woven.  There are so many different uses of the fabric so I thought I would share a few photos of the items we spied.The last one is a great way to use up scraps.




I finished it!

I am finding it hard to believe that I managed to finish this piece of knitting in such a short time.  I really concentrated and got it done in super quick time for me.  Not my usual procrastinating.

The first two images are the tam while it is blocking on a ten inch dinner plate.

This is before the tam was completed and I still had a bit of work to do.

These are all the ends that had to be woven in.This is the inside of the tam after the weaving in.

I am delighted with the finished product and I have plenty of wool left over to make at least another two tams if any of my family would like one.

Memories stirred when cleaning out the computer documents.

A couple of days ago I spent nearly a whole morning working on tidying up documents on my computer.  I had been looking for a particular document on the computer and realised that I had a lot of “stuff” on the computer that I no longer needed.  I guess it was a bit like cleaning out a filing cabinet.

I did get rid of a great number of documents but while doing that I discovered documents that I had forgotten about.  One folderr of many documents is my mother’s book of memories.  When my mum died I scanned the whole book,105 pages, so that each member of the family would have a copy of what my mum had written.  The scanned pages were put on a CD.  I knew I had the scanned document on the computer but it was a while since I last looked at it.

What lovely memories it brought back.

Just the first page starts you on the journey of her memories.

Although I don’t have the physical copy of the book I can still read it when ever I want to and it is here for my children and grandchildren when they want to look at it.


Not Quite the Man for the Job. . . a couple of poems. I posted this way back in 2012.

As a follow up to my post about the book Not Quite the Man for the Job by Adam Ford, I have been contacted by the author and he has very kindly given permission for me to share a couple of the poems from his book.  I think you will see why my students enjoyed the poetry book so much.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with William Carlos Williams’ “This is just to say” . . . here it is.

This is just to say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Another February read

This is a Miles Franklin WInner to add to my 2019 Reading Challenge.  It certainly lives up to the status of winner and depicts Australia in beautiful language.

From the book cover:

“His father dead by fire and his mother plagued by demons of her own, William is cast upon the charity of his unknown uncle – an embittered old man encamped in the ruins of a once great station homestead, Kuran House.  It’s a baffling and sinister new world for the boy, a place of decay and secret histories.

William’s uncle is obsessed by a long life of decline and by a dark quest for revival, his mother is desperate for a wealth and security she has never known, and all their hopes it seems come to rest upon his young shoulders.  But as the past and present of Kuran Station unravel and merge together, the price of that inheritance may prove to be the downfall of them all.”

I loved how so many aspects of Australian history were woven into the story.  I will be searching out other books by Andrew McGahan who had written many books before his untimely death from pancreatic cancer.