Tuesday 23 June 2020

A Tuesday catch-up

Looks like the hot sunny weather is back with us again.  I've had a lovely quiet day so far, all my chores are up to date and I've had some time sitting in the garden listening to my audio book.

Yesterday I managed to finish stitching July's calendar girl and will have a go at fully finishing her tomorrow.

I knitted five new dishcloths last week.  I'm a fairly new convert to knitted dishcloths and have developed a bit of an obsession with them

Yes, there are a couple of Christmas ones in there too 🎄🎅

I've wanted to knit the Dandelion cardigan for quite a while now so today I took the plunge and cast on.  Yarn is Drops Nord from stash

I haven't heard anything from work regarding my job.  I had to go into a meeting last Friday which didn't really tell me anymore.  There was another new position on offer which at first looked promising but I have since found out that it is more specialized role for which I do not have the qualifications.  The role of PA / Admin is no longer an option either because they have changed the goal posts and decided that the person who takes on this role will need to have I.T qualifications to assist in the day to day I.T issues .  That leaves the Service Coordinator position which to be honest I don't want.  So, It looks very much like I will be made redundant unless by some miracle they find another role I can fill.  I'm not holding my breath.

On a more pleasant note, I went for a lovely walk last week, up to the Wychbury Obelisk.  This is another local to me walk and there are several paths you can take to get to the top of Wychbury Hill, this time I took the public footpath not far from our house.

The Obelisk Is 84 feet high was built in 1747 under the instruction of Lord Littleton.  

The graffiti, Who put Bella in the Witch Elm first appeared on the obelisk in the 1970's and  refers to a local murder mystery from the 1940's
Apparently on 18th April 1943 four local lads were poaching or bird-nesting in Hagley wood and they came upon a skull in a hollowed out trunk of a wych elm tree.  The younger of the lads confessed the find to his parents and the police were told.  An investigation was launched but apart from discovering that the remains were female the body was not identified.

The views from the top of the hill are fabulous, you can see for miles and is well worth the climb

See you again soon

Sunday 14 June 2020

This post is brought to you from the new blogger interface.....

And so far I don't like it one bit.  The only reason I used to was because blogger wouldn't let me upload photos from the old interface.  I know you are supposed to be able to revert back to the old style blogger but as yet I can't see how to do that.  (If you have discovered how then do let me know in the comments).  I don't much like change so this is going to take some getting used to!

More news about change later, but first finishes.

I have two finishes to show today.  The Weathered Garden was finished Friday night, it should have been finished a few days before that but those satin stitches and eyelets, (last photo) drove me mad.  I found I had an inability to count three spaces!!

But it's done and I like it, despite the colours not being as per the photo on the chart 😕

My second finish is another shawl / scarf.
My daughter, Joanne bought me the yarn for this for my birthday when we went to Yarndale last year.
The pattern is the Sandstone Shawl by Drops, a free pattern on their website and the yarn is Drops Fabel and Drops Delight.
I can't remember which stall we bought it from now, they had it knitted up as a sample and provided a link for the pattern with the yarn

At first I thought it was going to be a bit dark, but It came out way better than I expected.  It's going to be lovely and warm come the winter.

So, other changes.  After all these weeks on furlough, (is it about 12?,  I've lost track) I got a phone call last Monday to say that they are thinking about doing away with the reception role altogether.  We, me and the other receptionist, are now under threat of redundancy.

 They are making the assumption that because the calls have been low while all this has been going on that the call volume will stay low afterwards.  I really don't know what their thinking is with this.  We have both had to email with a list of our duties and there is going to be a meeting this week to decide our fate.  So, as you can imagine, lots of different emotions going on at the moment.  

There are two new positions that we can both apply for should they decide to do away with reception, I have decided to apply for both, the other receptionist has decided against applying for either.  Although ultimately I would like to carry on with my job as it was I'm not ready to give up work just yet but we'll have to wait and see.

Well, that's all my news for this week

 The weather here has changed from hot and sunny to wind and rain.  Although today and yesterday the weathermen got it wrong, we missed the thunder storms that many had and it was really quite warm and sunny again.

I hope you are all still keeping safe and well, I'll see you soon