Betsy’s Maiden Voyage

2 weeks ago we decided there was no time like the present and we bought the Motor-home that we have been wanting for the past year. We spent some time learning all the bells and whistles that it has and fitting it out with the essentials so that last Saturday we felt ready to try it out.

We have friends that live down in South Georgia near Oglethorpe on a beautiful property but more importantly, they are already set up for additional RV with full hook up. For those not into this strange new world, that means electricity, water, and sewer. We decided to drive down avoiding the I 75 so not exactly back roads but definitely not the main highway. It took a little longer but was so much nicer and we were not in any rush. Here is Mr. Rob driving, Travel Foxy looking forward to the adventure and the dogs deciding to share one dog bed rather than have more room, although the whole insides are much larger once the slides outs are done.

She drives very well and is really comfortable although at 35ft long 13.6 high and 25000lbs she is a bit of a gas guzzler. We maybe get about 10 miles to the gallon. Here she is in all her glory, parked up next to their 5th wheel.

The property was even more beautiful than we thought it would be -100 wooded and landscaped acres with a stunning 5-acre fishing lake. Not a sound to be heard other than the birds. We were spoilt and had some great meals topped off with venison sausage on Sunday morning that has been produced from deer caught and shot on the property.

The lake was teeming with catfish, bream, and bass, we also saw a giant turtle and OMG a snake swimming across to the bank on Sunday morning. Our hosts assured us that if the snake puts its head below the water it is not poisonous and if it stays on top it is. Sorry not buying it, as far as I am concerned if it puts its head below water it’s still poisonous but also super smart. It came onshore and this time they were right, it was a king snake and they eat the young of poisonous snakes so they are good to have around. Well, that’s what people tell me. I have been in Georgia for 7 years and I still believe that every spider is a brown recluse and every snake is a cottonmouth and treats them accordingly. The dogs were oblivious to everything but loved it there, happy dogs that love to camp.

Sunday afternoon we drove back through some really lovely scenery its mostly farmland so we drove through acres of corn, peanuts, pecan groves, and peach trees. We stopped at a farmers market and had some delicious peach ice cream. Great weekend, Betsy did well, the dogs were fine with it all, so what’s not to love about it!

I will leave you with a final look at the property and promises of more adventures to come.

Lace Knitting and Blocking

So as most people who know me are already aware, I love to knit lace. I think one of the main reasons is because what you have in your hands as you are knitting, looks very different when it’s been washed and blocked.  So you get the pleasure at multiple points.

coming off the needles soon

I thought I would show both Knitters and those aspiring to knit, the process that I go through, the tools that I use and what the finished result looks like. Above is an example of a shawl as it looks when it comes off my  Needles. I will now soak this in hand-hot water, with a little wool safe soap and just let it rest for about 20 minutes. Then I will gently wring out most of the water and wrap it in a towel to get out the excess moisture. The next step is quite time-consuming. First, you need to decide what the intended final shape is. For this one it was a plain rectangle but some are curved, some have points etc. Over time I have collected a number of things to get this done. 

Various tools

I use spongy floor tiles from somewhere like Home Depot. In the above image here are some of the things I have collected. On the right there are straight wires, great for long straight edges, I thread them through the edge them hold them in place with the U shaped pins in the middle of the circle. The circle is a covered flexible wire, perfect for curved edges. You do the same thing, thread it through the edge the use the U pins to hold the shape. The U pins and the T pins are used to pin out small points etc. Top left is some smaller straight edge pins (got those from knit picks). For this shawl I threaded wires through the top and bottom edges and then used the straight blocking pins for pegging out the sides. 

Pegged out and waiting to dry

Just leave it to dry and when fully dry, take the pins out and voila! it looks so different😀

Week 2 of isolation

Hey it’s fiber foxy here, first I need to start with an apology it’s being pointed out to me that I live in the south and therefore I should refer to my people as Miss Lynne and Mr. Rob. So I will correct that going forward.

We are very lucky that we are all able to access a 2 1/2 mile walking trail, straight from the house. We can spend an hour or in the fresh air with no people, no cars and no houses in sight. Every day this week Miss Lynne and Mr. Rob have gone out for a walk and they tell me that it makes them feel much better and happier with life. Today I went with them and at the beginning of the walk we passed Mr. Rob’s bike trail. The picture below is me sitting on Mr. Rob’s large ramp that he uses for trail practice.

We are also lucky that we have enough room in the house that they can spend time apart. Mr. Rob likes to watch 10 hours of news a day and Miss Lynne thinks that’s really depressing. Miss Lynne likes to watch murder mystery’s like Midsummer Murders and Mr. Rob thinks that’s mindless froth that has no bearing on reality. Miss Lynne says yes and that is exactly why she likes it. Anyway they can both go to separate rooms and spend time apart and then come together in the evenings and watch programs that they that they can agree on like number nine on the BBC and DCI Banks plus they watched a really good documentary last week about a guy called Jason Able they said it was really interesting. OK that’s all for now, as my first name is fiber, I guess I should stay with Miss Lynne while she knits, spins and watches her mindless froth.

Botanical Gardens

A Day trip to the City

Hey, it’s Fiber Foxy, here again, I did not get to go to the Botanical Gardens with Lynne and Rob yesterday, they were muttering something about “the abundance of caution”. But they came back and regaled me with stories of their day.

Arrived pretty early at the gardens and paid to get in, Lynne took some great photos that are posted below and was saying that they reminded her of home. Seems the daffodil is the national flower for Wales, news to me! They were a little disappointed to find that they were not informed at check-in that the greenhouse with the Orchid exhibition was shut, as was the food concessions. But that disappointment grew when at 11.30 the gardens decided to close and ask everyone to leave (no refunds offered)

To make the best of the day, they decided to go for a walk in the nearby Piedmont Park and were pleased to see how busy it all was. There was a crazy juxtaposition in Atlanta, a distinct lack of cars but lots of people out walking and enjoying the day. There are at least a few positives with the current situation!

They assure me I can go on any future trips and I am also looking forward to Lynne getting some of her many crafting projects at least started.

The Beginning

So I was gifted a really cute addition to the Fox family, please meet Fiber Fox. As you can see this foxy lady has come prepared to travel. I thought I would try and see how well she behaves in company so I took her to the Spring Fling at our Needlepoint guild on the Saturday.

It was such a fun day and we were all starting on a little Xmas tree project with some help from Colleen. Just what I needed, another project! Yet another addition to my WIP. As you can see she behaved well and is now ready for even more adventures. She did express a preference to come to all my Fiber events so that she can check out what I am doing and try and keep me on track to finish a few things and also curb my spending. Let’s see how that works out😀

Hey Fiber Foxy here, Sunday Lynne to me to Callenwolde in Atlanta to watch her finish her color weaving sample. Its a lovely building and they have all sorts of arts and crafts classes there. Lynne finished the weaving and cut if off the loom to bring home. I wonder what she is going to make with it? Tomorrow is going to be really exciting , I hear that we are going to Ireland. My first trip abroad. Lynne is looking forward to it as next weekend she is going to see a friend that she has not seen for too many years.

India day 4

A real cultural experience today. Lynne and I roamed the narrow back streets of Bangalore to find the huge commodities market. We were kind of unique in the crowd and treated with wonderment and kindness in equal measure. Until FB embraces “scratch and sniff” technology I’m afraid the photos don’t really do it justice.

India Day 1

It’s been a hot day to start the adventure. A walkabout day in the center of Bangalore

From the bedroom window. Indoor sports complex in the park
Hotel gardens
Courts of Justice
Even the mad dogs didn’t want to move from the shade tree
Local Palace
State rooms
State rooms
Inner courtyard
To the manor born
Street vendor cart
Small temple
Interesting accommodation …. in both senses
The Sun goes down on the first day