Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday

In no particular order, here are my Friday Five:

New Neighbours!

A retired couple from Ontario has just moved into the cottage kitty-corner from ours. I introduced myself to the woman, who seemed very nice. As we stood visiting by the moving van I couldn't stop myself from peeking in to see if there was any sign of fibre in her life - maybe a spinning wheel, a bag of tangled circular needles, or some plastic containers marked "stash." I didn't spot anything, but that doesn't mean it wasn't there. I really, really wanted to ask her if she was a knitter, spinner, crocheter, but thought it might seem odd since we had just met. I've seen her once since the weekend when we were both out walking our dogs, so that makes two official meetings. What do you think an appropriate number is before I can pop the question?

Instagram

You might have noticed I put a link to Instagram in my side bar. I am new at this whole Instagram thing. I know many people have abandoned blogging and moved to this platform instead, but I can safely say I have no plans to follow their example. My blog will continue. However, I do like taking pictures and I think Instagram might be a fun way to pursue that interest.

My problem is I really don't know what I'm doing. So far I have just posted a few pictures with short captions. Am I missing something? Are there other things you Instagrammers are doing that I don't know about? If you are using Instagram and have some tips I would really appreciate hearing about them in the comment section. Also, if you are on Instagram please leave your details so I can find you there and follow you.

Shopping

I bought four portobello mushrooms when I was grocery shopping this week. Now I can't find the recipe I was planning to use them in. Does anyone else have this happen? I'm open to suggestions as to what to make with them.

Fashion

Okay. I might have hit an all-time low in the fashion department. A couple weeks ago I was thumbing through the latest Lands' End catalogue and came to the section with the turtlenecks. The caption at the side read "Maybe it's back-to-back super cold winters. Maybe it's the fun patterns. Whatever it is, the turtle is enjoying its day in the sun." Really? I hadn't been aware that turtlenecks had ever had their day "out of the sun" and have been wearing them under my wool sweaters for decades.

Then there was the lady on Gracepoint. Gracepoint is the North American version of Broadchurch, and has many of the same characters, including the crotchety, chain smoking, tough old woman who lives near the cliffs. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the costume department had dressed her in a barn jacket from LL Bean. The exact same jacket I own.

Teapot Hill Meet-Up

It's been a happy discovery to find that one of my blog readers, Ellen S., lives in nearby Chilliwack. Today we met for a hike up Teapot Hill. It is a gorgeous day - cold and clear. Halfway up the path we started seeing the most unusual ice crystals.


They were scattered everywhere, and if you stepped on them they made a slight crunching sound.


There were lots of smaller chunks broken off by previous hikers.


And, of course, there were teapots. This was my favourite. It was perched on a huge mushroom on the side of a tree.


Happy Friday!

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  1. Tea-hee! Do you mean to tell us 'Teapot Hill' actually has teapots on it?

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    1. Yes, there are lots of teapots on Teapot Hill, Freda. The tradition got started many years ago when a broken teapot was unearthed near the top of the hill. :-)

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  2. You can ask the neighbor the next time you see her. If the answer is yes, she'll be glad to know she's not alone. If it's no, then you can start planning out how to recruit her. About Instagram, apparently the only rule is that somewhere between 25% and 95% of the pictures have to be of food. Oh, and you can use hashtags to make you pictures "searchable". After the caption (or in a separate comment) you write "#whatever"...then later when I search for #whatever under the "Explore" function, I'll see your picture along with all the other whatevers.

    The ice crystals are amazing!

    PS - Is there such a thing as a "Monday One"? I don't think I have it in me to write about five things. :)

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    1. You are a few steps ahead of me, Rick. I hadn't considered the idea of recruitment. It's a good one. :-)

      Thanks for the Instagram tips. I do tend to take a fair number of food pictures, but not as many as nature and knitting. Do you use Instagram?

      If there isn't such a thing as the Monday One maybe you could start one up. Or you could do the Tuesday Two or the Thursday Three. :-)

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    2. On my rare sorties into Instagram I shell henceforth tag all my images #whatever ... it kinda sums up how I feel about the whole thing.

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  3. I would ask the new neighbour right after asking 'do you have children/grandchildren?' No need to delay - ask her over for coffee. I joined Instagram and don't know what to do with it either, and prefer blogging. But it is handy for stalking, ahem, looking at other people's stuff. Such a fun post full of smiles Kristie, and I would be enchanted to find ice crystals like that on my walks (found a snake here yesterday), and the teapot hill is so much fun. I'm glad the teapots continue to appear.

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    1. I've already covered the "do you have children/grandchildren." :-)

      I could maybe put up with your possums Patricia, but your snakes would do me in.

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  4. I need to find me this teapot hill...I live in north vancouver and my sister lived in Chilliwack for years and I never heard of it. Shocking! I know of the teapot house in Vancouver on the west side, and that is a cool trip. Those crystals are amazing!

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    1. If you drive through Cultus Lake Provincial Park along the lake, it's towards the end of the park on the left-hand side. I've never heard of Teapot House, so I'm off to Google. :-)

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  5. I've often thought of these tea pots since reading your blog, and you mentioned at one time the park wardens? take them away. I've tried to imagine where they take them to? Is there a warehouse? Is there a park office with shelves groaning under the weight of abandoned tea pots? I really hope they are not pitched in the dump. As to your new neighbour, you just have to wear lots of hand knit things so that she can see them, and if she's a knitter she will ask "Did you make that?!" ... maybe that doll sweater would be eye catching enough for her. Non-knitters don't notice this stuff. I love the crystals! The look like the inside of crumpets ;) Happy Weekend! Wendy x PS Good luck with Instagram, I'm not on that (despite my love of photos!!)

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    1. You have a good memory, Wendy! Yes, last year the parks people decided to clear out all the teapots. But the park visitors were having none of that. They were replaced faster than the parks people could get rid of them. Ha! This year they seem to have lightened up a bit. They still do take them away, but not all of them at any one time. I fear the confiscated teapots end up in the garbage.

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  6. When the weather is right, sit in your front garden happily knitting/crocheting until your neighbour sees you. That should break the ice!

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    1. Great idea, Una. The problem is then I would have to wait until next spring to find out. :-)

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  7. Next time your see your neighbour, just ask her right out. I love the idea of teapots on teapot hill, it must be an amazing sight . The ice crystals were beautiful, a rare sight.

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    1. That's my plan! I figure we've done the ice breaker questions and now I am probably safe to move on to the important stuff. :-)

      The ice crystals were a rare sight. In fact, I've never seen anything like them before.

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  8. love the ice mushrooms, lets hope your new neighbour is a kindred spirit

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    1. I have a feeling she is going to be, Sue. :-)

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  9. Invite your neighbour over for tea/coffee, and have your knitting/spinning/crochet or whatever just 'lying around' casually. And wear one of your gorgeous jumpers as well, That should provoke a reaction of some kind. I can't believe you've got such cold weather already - those ice crystals are magical. We've been wet and windy, with temperatures still in double figures during the day here in mid-Wales! This morning the sun is trying to shine a bit, but there are some ominous black clouds around, and the ground is saturated - and the forecast is for more of the same for the whole winter! Yuk!!

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    1. Tea/coffee is a good idea. I think I will give her a week to get settled, then do just that. Until this cold snap hit a few days ago we had weather much like yours. Fairly warm and very, very wet.

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  10. I'm agreeing with Helva's comment. Definitely wear one of your own creations, she'll say how lovely it is, you'll say you made it and then bingo you can ask her if she makes things too!
    As for your mushroom predicament, I'm having the same issue with some leftover cold roast beef, infact I'm supposed to be looking on the internet for recipe ideas but I got side tracked by your post and find it much more interesting and an enjoyable read!

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    1. Yes, wearing one of my sweaters next time I see her is a great idea. I always have on handknit socks, but those don't really show. Another knitter wouldn't miss recognizing a handknit sweater. I hope you figure out what to do with your leftover roast beef. I still have no clue what I'm going to do with these mushrooms. :-)

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  11. Maybe next time you speak to your neighbour you should simply drop mention of your yarny activities into the conversation, start with the weather and the need for the warm clothing that you're knitting and if she's a kntter too I guarantee she'll confess.

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    1. I like your round about approach, Annie. I think the reason I'm a bit hesitant is I have asked a few other people here if they are knitters, and they have looked at me like I have two heads. This is always a good indication that the person you are asking is not a fellow knitter/fibre artist. :-)

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  12. All the excellent suggestions you've already had should be enough to find out whether your new neighbour is a yarn-addict, Kristie. :-) I'm glad the teapots are back on Teapot Hill, but agree with Helva that it's a bit early for ice crystals, even such unusual ones.

    Not having a smartphone I haven't been tempted to join Instagram and am also deterred by reading that they reserve the right to use any of the pictures posted for advertising purposes. :(

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    1. It has been nice to see the parks people back off their plan to remove every teapot. So many people kept replacing the teapots they removed that they couldn't stay on top of it. Now they just do an occasional sweep and take out excess teapots, but there are always some there to spot. The people prevailed! :-)

      I didn't know that about Instagram having the rights to posted pictures. Not good.

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  13. I am afraid I have no tips for instagram (never used it) but I do really really love your photos with the special icicles. It just never gets cold enough here for a decent icicle! As for your new neighbour: I am not one for beating around the bush, I just ask. Some of my British friends call this my Germanic bluntness.... Maybe your new neighbour is desperate to find a fellow yarnie? You could also ask her for tea and casually pick up your needles whilst chatting. Oh, before I forget, the most beautiful small book arrived yesterday in the post. I have been turning it in my hands, admiring the cover. I have told everyone near and far that this is a book my friend Kristie in Canada wrote. I am going to start reading it tonight. Thank you so much! xx

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    1. I'm so glad the book arrived safe and sound, Christina. I hope you enjoy reading it! The icicles were very unusual. Not so much because it doesn't get cold enough here for ice to form - it does. It was the formations themselves that were so different. They were on the ground, amongst the leaves and resembled miniature stalagmites and stalactites. And I do have some German blood running through my veins. I guess I need to summon it up. :-)

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  14. l am no help in the fashion department, I am really decades behind. And I am not an instagramer, I cannot deal with anything more techie, blogging is enough for me. However I think that if your new friend is not a yarn/fiber lover you just might be able to turn her into one. Wear some of your wonderful knits outside while walking the dog, I am sure a conversation will start up and you will have knitting needles in her hands in no time at all.
    Hugs,
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    1. You might not be any help in the fashion department, but I bet you don't own an LL Bean barn jacket that matches the one the crazy lady in Gracepoint wears. :-)

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  15. LL Bean barn jacket, hand knit socks, and turtlenecks under wool sweaters - I am so with you, Kristie! What's not to like about comfortable, practical clothes?? Although if I ever win a lottery, I'd be very tempted to go upscale and get a Barbour jacket! -- Ruth

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    1. At least the crotchety lady on Gracepoint wasn't wearing a turtleneck and hand knit socks. :-) I've never heard of a Barbour jacket. Is it an upgrade from the barn jacket?

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    2. Barbour jackets are made of waxed canvas and are quintessentially British (in a totally good way). They look like a more stylish kind of barn jacket to me. Unfortunately I'm not sure where to get one in Canada; a mail order company in the States called Orvis stocks them. But if you are in the U.K. next year, I'm sure you will see them. They ain't cheap, though :(.

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  16. I love that there are teapots on Teapot Hill, it's made my day. I think you can bring knitting up at your very next meeting with the neighbour if you drop it casually into the conversation. Maybe, "Gosh, I'm so tired, I was up crocheting till 2am", or "Mmm, I think this handspun alpaca is the warmest yarn I've ever knitted with". A kindred spirit will jump on this opening. I'm keeping my fingers crossed she is one of us. CJ xx

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    1. It's always fun to hike Teapot Hill and see if I can spot any new ones since I was last there. :-)

      I have an update on my neighbour. I"ll share in my next post!

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  17. Those icicles are really interesting! How fun to have a new neighbor. I hope she does have a fiber hobby because that will be an instant ice-breaker and a topic for conversation. I had portobello mushrooms that were marinated and grilled once; they were served like hamburgers on a bun with other vegetables and maybe cheese.

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    1. I'm excited to have the new neighbour, Jennifer, especially since she will be living here year-round. Grilled mushrooms sound good. Thanks for the idea!

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  18. The icicles are amazing I have never seen anything like those before. I should offer to take your new neighbour on a walk up teapot hill, if that doesn't break the ice, nothing will - see how I linked that! - and then you can ask about the yarning while you are walking! Whatever happens I hope that you have a new friend! xx

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    1. I've never seen anything like them either. I went up Teapot Hill again today and saw more. One formation looked like an ice castle!

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  19. I have always admired your photos, Kristie. I am on Instagram (deepcovegrl) because I love the inspiration I find there. Looking forward to seeing your posts. I don't post many pictures. I do take my camera out more often now and experiment. It's helped me to see the ordinary, differently.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I am a very amateur photographer, but really enjoy taking pictures in spite of my lack of knowledge. You are so right about how taking a camera out makes you see the ordinary in a new way.

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  20. Ooh I shall join follow you on IG. I just post pics as they take my fancy. I don't tend to pose them, although I may crop from time to time. I only use photos from my phone when I'm out and about. I find it fun, but like you it wouldn't replace my blog.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Great Leanne - I've just found and followed you on Instagram too. I'm sure most of my pictures will be nature and knitting, with a few foodie ones thrown in for good measure. Looking forward to seeing your pictures!

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  21. Well maybe you could put a small ball of wool in your pocket and when you are talking to her reach casually into your pocket for something and oops look what just fell out! Now if she doesn't bite on that......hahaha! Just being silly here! Love the icicles, so pretty and so unexpected.

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    1. You are sneaky, Chris. :-) I have an update on the neighbour, but am saving it for my next post. It's a blog cliffhanger.

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    2. Duh duh duhhhh, the plot thickens!!

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  22. I would have asked her right when I met her :) Go for it! Instagram is fun, I guess I like looking at other photos and commenting, as well as seeing my blogging friends over there. It's more immediate and instant gratification sort of thing.

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    1. I've tried that before with people here Karen and got some pretty strange looks. All from non-knitters of course. :-)

      If you let me know your ID on Instagram Karen I'll follow you.

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  23. I just found and followed you on Instagram. I'm new to it too and am at a bit of a lost. I find it much more stressful than blogging because I can't figure out how to make changes so after I press publish, I think of ways I could have improved it and can't. I remember I was always tweaking my posts when I first started out blogging. Now I don't care as much, so maybe that will happen with IG as well.

    I love the ice crystals - I bet there was a fast freeze after a rain to form them. Too funny that people put teapots on teapot hill.

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    1. I've followed you back, Grace! It is a bit stressful. If it makes you feel any better, on the caption for one of the first pictures I posted on Instagram I misspelled the name of the place it was taken. I wasn't able to find any way to edit it either, which now has me kind of nervous.

      You are right about the ice crystals. That's exactly what happened. We had tons of rain, then an Arctic front moved in.

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  24. The ice crystals are wonderful - we get them over here quite often. What a gorgeous, cold week it has been across BC, perfect for walks with new friends! Have a great week.

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    1. That's interesting that you have them quite often, Kate. Maybe we do too, but I've not noticed them before. It has been an incredible week in terms of the weather, especially after all the rainy days that preceded it!

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  25. Your fashion section made me laugh! I think you could go ahead and ask your new neighbour about knitting/crocheting etc. now. If she's a knitter/whatever then she'll know exactly why you're asking and will probably be relieved that you've popped the question. If she isn't a knitter/crocheter/spinner/whatever then there will never be a right time to ask! So you might as well get it over with now.

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    1. The one positive thing about my barn jacket is at least it isn't the same colour as the one the cranky lady in the show is wearing. :-)

      I've got an update on my new neighbour. Stay tuned for my next post!

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  26. I love the teapots! We have teapot trees here as well. I will pop over and find you on Instagram, like minded people find you by hashtags so if you for example include hashtag knitting people will see your lovely photos. It's just a bit of fun so don't worry about 'doing it right'

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  27. Even if your new neighbor is not currently a knitter, it doesn't mean she won't be in the near future! :-D

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  28. I just love that teapot hill.. so would love to see it :-)

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