you know it’s cold outside when . . .

when . . . the cats are all indoors lol.  Yep, all four cats are spending most of the their days and nights indoors due to cold, damp weather.  Willow is rather difficult to catch sight of as she loves hiding under beds or in boxes or under desks and when she does come downstairs, it’s to slip furtively out the cat-flap without disturbing the dog.   However, the other three are a lot more present so I have been able to take a few photos. 

Merlin is enjoying the comfort of a brand new bed – I bought it in the January Sales for a mere 3,60 euros (it was half price)

 and both Merlin and Le Bleu seem to like it.  They take it in turns . . . when one is on the new cat bed, the other is on my lap or vice versa.

And sometimes, we see two cats on the same chair – here Gandalf and Merlin hoping for some tidbits at the table.

Oh, and while I think of it . . . I finally got my act together and contacted pet insurance company to add Le Bleu to the insurance policy.  I had taken out insurance for the other 3 cats and Blackjack following Le Bleu’s accident in Sept 2009 and, understandably, couldn’t add Le Bleu to the policy right away because his convalescence was very long and drawn-out. And then I sort of forgot.  But as of last month, Le Bleu is also covered.  It was about time I got it sorted out ! The surgeon was asking after him the other day, so I was able to pass on the message that he’s fit as a fiddle and as agile as ever. He still can’t quite scratch his ear (and I don’t think he ever will) but he manages to scratch his chin, so that’s not bad lol.

Cybook Opus – first impressions

My Cybook Opus has arrived ^^ 

It arrived yesterday so I’ve had time to get to know it a little, mess around with the USB cable and work out how to transfer books, as well as sitting down for a read yesterday to see how it felt compared to a real book.  And I have to say: I’m in love lol.  It’s such a cute little thing and it just feels so comfortable to hold. 

I really am not the world’s most competent computer user, but even I fathomed out how to add books from my computer to my Cybook and since the Opus doesn’t have many functions, it didn’t take me long to understand them all.  It really is an Ereader for idiots – just need to switch it on, and start reading.

To begin with, I shall be making the most of free books: either those already in my Cybook or ones available on the internet because there really is a great deal of reading material available for free, so it seems silly not to take advantage of it.  I’m going to be able to have a clear out of my book shelves because wherever possible, I will be replacing my old paperback classics with their epub counterparts.  And what better way to read all those classics again rather than just seeing them collect dust.

My only disappointment hasn’t been with my Cybook Opus but with the choice of places to buy from on line. There are plenty of French on-line stores where I can buy from, but I had been planning on buying English books from WHSmith on-line . . . and discovered last night that they can only sell to UK customers at the moment.  Not to worry – I have plenty of books to keep me going and if I can only buy from French stores then I’ll just read in French, it doesn’t really make any difference.

For the time-being, I am in the middle of

 “There Must Be Murder” by Margaret C Sullivan – a modern day author who has written a “sequel” to Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” with illustrations by Cassandra Chouinard

and am thoroughly enjoying myself.  I found that on this site a real treasure trove of novels by women authors . . . I think there are enough books there to keep me going until 2015 at least ^^

Anyway, a few other photos to show off my new book

blackwork in blue

After my little 8 point star in blackwork (article on 30th Jan) I’m back to show you two little cushions I have made, using my star square and alternating with another geometric design I drew.  Since I like to make “practical” objects rather than purely for decorative purposes, I added some mother-of-pearl thread rings (the small ones) to two corners so these little cushions are thread holders. 

Chart in pdf format FREE blackwork in blue