With help from the internet, Becky has recently been teaching herself to knit.

She has discovered cable stitching. Yesterday evening she was very cagey about what she was working on, but did manage to send Ian a video when she had finished, long after Jackie and I had retired to bed.

This is what she produced and we found on our morning bucket of coffee today. She chose the colour as one to blend with any spillage. Note that the upper rim of the casing slopes downward to fit beneath the handle.

This afternoon, having deposited their belongings at Elizabeth’s where they will be spending the next few nights, Sam, Holly, Malachi, and Orlaith visited for the rest of the day.

The years rolled away as we reconnected after the Covid restrictions, and the cousins met Dillon and Ellie, who was very comfortable, especially with Holly.

Malachi soon joined Jackie on her computer, just as he had done some years ago. Then, quicker than Ella into the toy box, he made straight for the library where he selected Robert Graves’s “The Greek Myths”.

Orlaith, observed by Ellie, then took over the computer.

After an excellent takeaway meal from Red Chilli

we all relaxed, some playing a computer game on the television screen, before Sam, Holly, and their family returned to my sister’s for the night.


  1. What a thoughtful handmade gift. I’m glad the cousins could get together. so much family time was lost because of COVID.
    Wishing you and Jackie a healthy and rewarding 2023, Derrick.

  2. How wonderful and such a useful cover to keep the coffee pot warm… Excellent cable stitch Derrick… And I got your email update too 🙂 Yeah……
    Such a happy peek into your families window of Love with one another Derrick .. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family… <3

  3. What a fantastic reunion, how lovely for you all.
    I do like Becky’s knitting, what a great idea.
    I am a knitter, at least I was, and I can say that cable knit is not easy and definitely not for a beginner. Well done to Becky for mastering the skill.

    1. I came to say the same thing; she did extremely well for a beginner. And, you will no longer have fear of the dreaded drips, Derrick!

  4. The French press cozy is very impressive! Brava to Becky!! Thank you for sharing all of the heartwarming. family reconnection photos. Is it my imagination, or does Ellie look a lot llike Ella? They’re cousins, I think?

    1. Thanks very much, Liz. Becky (our daughter) and Danni (our niece) are cousins; so Florence (Ellie’s mother) and Ella are ? second cousins. After that, I’m lost. 🙂

  5. What a clever poppet is Becky. One of the reasons I shy away from using the cafetiere is because the coffee goes cold so quickly.
    And a cute little poppet is Ellie. We saw our Ellie (Eleanor) yesterday. Seven months and very alert.
    So glad your family could make it back for a visit. You will have a marvellous time together.

  6. Impressive knitting! I very much enjoyed the family photos of everyone relaxing and having fun together. Cool tiger jammies, Ellie!

  7. My mother, who was a terrific knitter, tried and tried to get me to follow in her footsteps, but I just never could grasp the process. I’m mightily impressed by Becky’s work. That’s a step or a dozen above a knitted dishcloth!

  8. Oh good. The photos are here. I’m not sure if it was my server but there were no photos on your post earlier.
    Beautiful post. So many new memories for all of you.

    1. Thank you so much, Chrissy. I don’t think that was your server. Mine gave me problems and I had to do it all again

    1. I don’t understand why you can’t follow on

      Does this message from SueW help? I’ve just made a discovery.

      “Using my iPad and Google there IS a Follow button on your site and an avatar (see attached image)
      Using my iPad and safari there is NO follow button and no avatar (see attached image)

      Using my Windows computer with both Google and Firefox there is NO Follow button.
      and no avatar

      This suggests that the fault is a browser issue and my settings but NOT a fault with your new site.”

        1. Andrew, none of us can see Derrick’s posts on our readers but hopefully that will be rectified soon.

          Are you able to receive notifications via text or e-mail?

          1. The team that built Derrick’s new website are still working on it.
            I’ll send you something via e-mail that might help.

        2. I am sorry, Andrew. I am hoping Peacock Computers can sort this out; and that Sue’s e-mail will help in the meantime

  9. You all look so well in these pictures, Derrick, and that’s great. I have never been good at knitting.

  10. What a lovely family gathering, Derrick and Jackie! To have these times together with several generations under one roof now, especially after the pandemic years, must bring a sense of relief, and profound happiness.

  11. Such a beautiful family day ? I also couldn’t access the video but I can visualise Becky’s creation and applaud her. My daughter made me a mug cosy as part of my Christmas present!

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