Monday, 14 November 2011

Last night I dreamt I had a dirty ear

Last night I dreamt my mum told me I had a dirty ear, I was expecting it to be dirty with wax, but when I had a poke with a cotton bud with was thick with muck like I'd been rubbing my ear in the garden!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

How slow is sloe gin?

Sloe Gin wk5On 2nd October I began making sloe gin using sloes I'd picked on holiday, and I also wrote a very nice blogpost about it. Including a recipe and some nice photos.

I've been shaking it weekly, tipping it upside-down and back again (as recommended by the recipe).
It's been on the go (boil/brew/distillation) for 5 weeks, half the time it needs.

I might open one at 10wks and give the other 6months or longer, I don't drink that much sloe gin.

I thought I'd do an update, with photos so you can see how it's developing. And if mine looks completely wrong you can tell me so.

Sloe Gin wk5 

How's it looking?
Pinky-purple in colour and quite see-through.
The berries are still berry-shaped but slightly wrinkled, like you get when you've been in the bath too long.

It doesn't look syrupy like ribena (which is what I was expecting).

And there are a small number of berries that insist on floating whereas the majority sink to the bottom.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


This post has nothing to do with sewing or needles. It's a post about hair removal.

I quite like my eyes and have always tried to keep my eyebrows tidy.  They do have a certain unevenness about them, one tends to have a nice looking arch and the other doesn't quite know what it's doing.

Over the years I've waxed, plucked and  creamed, I've never shaved, lasered or electrolosis'd.  But this week I've had them threaded.

This strange looking hair removal procedure looks like a form of cats cradle, with the beautician holding a single twisted piece of ordinary sewing thread in her mouth and each hand, and then twists the thread whilst moving along the eye area and in the process hairs are plucked out.

It's difficult to describe what it looks like because couldn't open my eyes and watch at the same time, so I may need to watch it getting done so I can describe it better.

I also think it's one of those activities that you can't perform on yourself either.

Pain Factor: I'd rate this as a 6, it has the same feeling as plucking (with tweezers) but hairs seemed to be plucked out in a regular way, I felt the pt-pt-pt-pt-pt-pt-pt of an entire row of hairs being removed in one action. It wasn't painful, just  unusual. I wouldn't have it done on any other area of my body though.

Result: my eyebrows finally match, the immediate redness around the eyes went after about 30mins and the eye area is as smooth as Duncan Goodhew's head. I'm very pleased!

Will I go again? I might if they get unruly, or I mess up the shape. But I thought if they were done once (like that) I could keep on top of the shape.