Saturday, 18 August 2007

They all did very well!

Firstly all of my A level Geography group achieved a grade B in their final exams! I am soooo pleased & proud of them (There were 5 in the group & I know that at least a couple of them call in here from time to time to see what Mrs J is up to!) I don't yet know the details, but hopefully it will help them all to the uni. places of choice. Remember guys, 'Geography is everywhere'! We will have to see what Thursday brings along with the GCSE groups. Actually it was my wish to find other ways of supporting my students that led me to blogging and to this blog. So a big thank you from me to them! I know some have caught the blogging bug and thank/ curse me for it! Last Thursday was also A/S results day, so son & heir was up for his results. Not too shabby fortunately. They put him on course for his favored uni. course & as he is fond of quoting what Mum actually said 'That's OK, they are a good building block for next year'!!!! Teacher speak for OK, can do better! It will be about working smarter & just a little harder! Thursday also found me with NO KNITTING ON ANY NEEDLES!!!!!! I finished my prairie shawl & love it! That was not on! I needed something to focus on whilst waiting for THE phonecall from s&h (Mr J was at school (as a Head of Sixth Form this is his BIG day!), so I started my Christmas knitting! How many days until Christmas????? I still had huge amounts of Rowenspun 4 ply left from my Cherry Leaf Shawl, so I looked through Victorian Knitting Today & decided to knit Mr J's mom (MIL) a scarf for Christmas. Its the scarf with striped border. The border was complicated enough to have to concentrate pre phone call, the body of the scarf is an easy peasy car/ tv knit. It will of course have cost something as I defiantly need to buy some blocking/ dressing wires now! I think this pattern or something similar may feature in several christmas stockings this year.


I am also awaiting the arrival of Gryffindor Sock yarn form Bright Dyes etsey store! It was hitting the dye whatever yesterday! I will post pictures when it arrives! The wonders of t'internet!

Please note the addition of a new badge to my side bar! It is a the “Talking Knitting” Badge - Required for all Knitting Scouts from Brenda Daynes brilliant podcast 'Cast on'. It states that 'The recipient must conduct himself/herself in such a manner as to talk knitting whenever an opportunity presents itself. Not easily fazed by looks of disinterest from friends or the act of “zoning out” by well-intentioned loved ones'. Easy! I must load the latest podcast to my MP3 player -I like to listen whilst taking the dog for a walk. He doesn't think its at all odd when I get excited about some new pattern, yarn or technique that Brenda mentions!


On a final note. My day seems to start & finish with a trip to the poly tunnel to tend my plants & remove slugs and snails!!!!! I am trying so hard to be 'organic' but after they destroyed all of the Calabrese heads & some of the cauliflower it is verrrry difficult! However we have eaten some home grown cauliflower (& I am guarding the last few carefully), carrots & cabbage. ..... and oh yes, runner beans, lots and lots of runner beans! The cucumber plants is also doing well & the peppers are growing slowly.

9 comments:

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

What an appropriate spot to photograph the Prairie Shawl. I am at about stitch count 200, so I have a bit more knitting to do on mine. I have some Christmas knitting completed, but I do want some blocking wires. I saw somewhere that you could get wires from a welder and they were cheaper and would work. Must google that again. I love the market bag and Brenda Dayne. I, too, must download her latest podcast! Wish she were well enough to podcast more.

Mrs J said...

It does start to slow down at this point!

sarah said...

Oh, I'm with you against the molluscs. I tried to be completely organic, even putting out the beer traps a fortnight before planting anything, and failed. I thought the carrots hadn't germinated until I got down on hands and knees and spotted the miniscule stems denuded of leaves. So: my two tiny veg beds are now netted to keep the birds and frogs/toads away, and I use slug pellets. We've had home-grown salad this year!

Kath said...

I love all your latest socks and shawls and what lovely holiday snaps as well! I'd forgotten when you were back and have had mounds to read through as a result! Congrats to all your students - must be a sign of a good teacher as well!

clarabelle said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

I love your Prairie Shawl and what a stunning autumnal colour (eer, we had some summer?). I'm also on the hunt for some blocking wires...

And well done with your students' results!

Artis-Anne said...

Lovely shawl and great pic of it also :)
Congrats on your studemts results and of course son & heir:) This is the satisfying side of teaching isn't it ?
I too need blocking pins at the very least and more floor space too !!
Pesky slugs ,do they EVER give up ?

Dipsy Doodle said...

Your Prairie Shawl looks absolutely fantastic, and I have to say that the spot you took the photo of it seems to be the perfect one! Great job indeed!
And yay for your students' results!

WJS said...

I am well happy that we all got good results, after the earlier differences. Must be the sign of good teachers...

Thanks.

Kath said...

Blogger has a new option for inserting video clips so if your camera is smart enough to be able to record video then hey presto - it's as easy as inserting a photo! If it were more complicated than that it would never have appeared!