Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Chatting with Patrice {from boots to dogs....}

Everyday Ruralty

SO lovely that you are "back" Patrice - I missed my chat with you last week and am glad you have got your computer back to rights! Thankfully, we are not as cold as you, and still have had no snow yet this winter. I don't ever remember a "snowless" winter, but February has been known to be very snowy in the past, so only time will tell. 

  1. How many seed catalogues have arrived at you home?


Clothing catalogues enter and leave within the same day - I look them over, see if I need anything, and promptly chuck them.

Some gift catalogues enter and leave the same way - one craft one, too. 

Otherwise, catalogues enter not herein.

Certainly not seed ones.

2.  Will you be learning to do something new this year?

I seem to learn to do something new fairly regularly. I am often coming across things that I have no idea about, being a home-schooling mother. For example, I am learning how to diagram a sentence and identify simple predicates. Considering my British status, and the "native-ness" of the English language to me, grammar was NOT taught properly as I grew up. 

Do I PLAN to learn something new this year??

YES! I want to get better with my crochet.  Learn new stitches - how to follow patterns - how to make more complex items - how to "block". I am really enjoying my new-found hobby.  However, I firstly need to learn to put it down and go to bed at a reasonable hour, so my mind is fresh to learn the grammar thing with my children. 5 of them at once - all asking about grammar. Yikes. Yes, it happens. 

3.  How many pair of boot do you own?(This can include casual, dressy, hiking, farm, riding, snow, or any other kind of boot.)


Black, leather ones, and spotty welly boots.

Hiking?? What's that?? Is that what I do when I go up the stairs with my arms full of everything under the sun?? Should I have boots for that??  

4.  Valentine's Day is just around the corner. There are decorations in the stores. Do you have anything planned for Valentine's Day?

I'm sorry, WHAT day? 

Decorations??? I think you are not living in the UK, perchance. Decorate for Valentines?? Nope.

We don't "do" anything. We try and celebrate our love every day of the year....


Or, something like that.

5.  Please tell me your favourite breeds of dogs. If you don't like dogs, tell me something about a favourite animal. (Please. :)

We don't have any pets, but if we did, I have always loved Springer Spaniels.

(Ours was very like this dog.)

 I grew up with one, as did my hubby. They are lovable, and a bit dipsy. Just like me.


Can you tell I have been staying up too late crocheting, and am a bit loo-la today??

I also love Old English Sheepdogs. Big bundles of fluffy loveliness, but I shudder to think how much effort their coats would take to keep nice.


Right, off to do geography with my kiddos, and then, perhaps, some crochet later.....

Look forward to chatting again soon.


  1. From one Brit to another...I hear
    But great answers..thanks for sharing
    Phoebe x

  2. nah, you are not dipsy. lol we don't do valentine's day either, i decided to write him a love letter in his birthday card. Took a chance, but he was actually touched!

  3. We don't do any more on Valentine's Day than to maybe have a batch of cookies shaped like hearts. There are some people who go all out decorating. I used to love diagramming sentences- I was a strange child! I had a Springer Spaniel once. He was one of the most difficult dogs I have ever owned. He was lovely, but nobody ever trained him. I ended up finding a preacher who thought he was the perfect dog. :) I bet a sheepdog is a lot of work! I also want to learn to read a crochet pattern. There is so much on the internet to teach crafts.

  4. Hello Caroline! I love your answers to the Chat! As a retired English teacher and library media specialist, I remember very well teaching grammar and loving every minute of it! Once you get the hang of it, it is loads of fun! You sound like a very busy Mom.

  5. I've been crocheting for years, and love the hobby and finding new patterns!! Good luck with your aspirations!!!

  6. I love to crochet, too. YouTube has tons of videos that can help you learn different aspects of it. Have fun with it!

    I also loved diagramming sentences when I was a child. :)

    Have a great weekend.

  7. I love reading these chats...a great opportunity for me to learn more about my lovely SIL..although on this one occasion I have mistake to point out....oh dear, a sharp intake of breath! If you know me but at all you will quickly realise it not with grammar or spelling! My most wonderful SIL you do own one catalogue..a phoenix one which you lovingly use very often all year! Perhaps some one is reading this and wonders what one is so here is a link:-
    Love and appreciate you buckets!