Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The widening gyre

A bit of Yeats for you there, because I'm still spinning and because Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, died this week, which made me think of the poem.

So, yes, still spinning. The doctor says it's labyrinthitis which is what I suspected.  It comes and goes. And is particularly bad in supermarket checkout queues! I think that's because that's the only time I'm actually standing still. The rest of the time I'm either moving or sitting down, and it's manageable then. In fact it's not really bad, I'm functioning, getting the kids to and from school, doing most of the usual things, though Powerhooping is out for the moment - the sight of all those hoops is just too much!  I've been using the computer less and for shorter periods of time which is why I haven't been blogging - I'm a s-l-o-w blogger,  it takes me a while to find the right pictures and write a post!

So what have I been up to? Well I did do another loaf of bread, following an actual recipe this time and it turned out ok:

 Then My Beloved made some of his wonderful oaty rolls using his usual method of haphazard measuring and, as far as I can tell, minimal kneading, and they were amazing!  Hmph.

 I've made choc-choc-chip cookies with Miss Mouse:

And apple and blackcurrant crumble just for me, 'cos nobody else likes it (but no picture of that because the ones I took looked too visceral).  Comfort food? Oh yes! It's been grimly cold with a really biting wind. I've just been watching the snow falling again. It's been snowing a bit every day for days - mostly tiny pebbles of snow, not hail because it's too light and soft for that, but not flakes either, more like very small polystyrene beads. Today it was back to real flakes though briefly. I'm not looking forward to going out to get the kids. This time last year it was like this, which was nice but weird.

Today I mordanted a skein of wool - that's the first mordant this year, we're getting to dyeing season, yay! I might even invest in a bigger pot so I can do more than one skein at a time.

And that's all for now. It's taken me two hours to write this post because it all got too spinny and I had to go and lie down in the middle, so if it's incoherent don't blame me, blame my inner ear!


Mrs. Micawber said...

That snow sounds like what we call "corn snow" or "spring snow". Very typical for this time of year. But some warmer weather would be awfully nice.... :)

So very sorry to hear about your labyrinthitis. That is a bugger. Mr. M has permanent dizziness - a relic of his brain tumour which was on the hearing and balance nerve - so I know by proxy what it's like to have those attacks of dizziness. Life just has to stop while you wait for it to go away. (Also have an elderly friend who suffers from labyrinthitis.)

Hang in there, Ginny - I hope it resolves itself very soon.

P.S. The crumble sounds delicious.

P.P.S. And I thought Lewis Carroll invented the word "gyre". :)

far from harm farm said...

hello there, thanks for mentioning chinua achebe in your post. i hadn't heard he'd passed away and his book is one of my all time faves.

as if waiting in the checkout line isn't bad enough, but now you have dizziness to contend with too. i hope it passes soon.

Peeriemoot said...

Thank you both, it's been an unpleasant few weeks - such a mild thing really but *so* disorientating - but I'm feeling a lot better now!

I though I'd heard that Lewis Carroll invented 'gyre' too, but it seems it's much older!

Things Fall Apart is one of my favourite books, though too harrowing to be read frequently - mostly I like my fiction very light!