Small things of life

1. I have completed a knitting project - a 'snug' - rather like a poncho but with no shaping at all. Easy for the novice knitter. My next project is a matching hat. And then.... a dog jumper!

2. My seven year old daughter has beaten me twice at chess in the last week. I really was trying too! My only concession to her has been to warn her again moves where she might lose her queen. Mind you, after the first time I was beaten, I took her queen with glee.

3. Again, I come to the conclusion that I am the worst cook I know, after burning the curry again last night. What's the point of buying beautiful Jamie Oliver cookware if I keep burning the bottoms out of the pots?