Knitting neopolitan ice cream and a day in Sussex

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Not exactly the same shades as neopolitan but as I knit this hoodie it sure does remind me of it. The pink is strawberry-ish, the cream is a creamy-cream not vanilla, and the green is not chocolate at all (more of a pistachio, my favourite flavour of ice cream). I can remember when I was little we had the odd family treat of neapolitan bought from the ice cream van as it drove and parked up in the roads around where we lived. It was sold in a cardboard sleeve and you had to make sure everyone got a taste of all three flavours even if you intended to stir it all together in your dish to make a pale brown mush, as my Dad did.

So that’s enough about food. My ‘changing dietary habits’ hasn’t been going as well as I’d intended. Now I am even dreaming about treats, and it’s just been Easter and who can turn the Easter Bunny away? Not me!

Onto another note, another something nice as we all still need a few nice things to think about whilst the pandemic is still causing concern and restrictions. Last weekend, Easter as was, we took a little foray into the countryside near to where I am from rather than where I live now.

This is Sedlescombe, near Battle, near Hastings (which is famous for the 1066 Conquering by the Normans). There are resident ducks who just do their own thing along the High Street. There’s even a speed zone for 20mph and it seems drivers obey the rules, luckily for the ducks. There are gorgeous houses, many of which are 15th or 16th Century or similar. The thatch is my ultimate favourite, 1509 it says on the plaque. I dream about living here.

Not much else has exactly been happening in my part of the world recently. Still sitting crafting, though sporadic. I keep thinking about sorting out ‘stuff’, also sporadic. Why hurry when it feels like I’ve all the time in the world? We’re still encouraged to stay home as much as we can. I am getting very bored. How about you?

17 thoughts on “Knitting neopolitan ice cream and a day in Sussex

    handmadeknits said:
    April 8, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Eeeeee… Its funny how different things evoke memories!
    We had a group of ducks resting on the street, out of the wind last weekend, probably on their way to the lake at Marsden Quarry!

      tinaor responded:
      April 8, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      It really is. I find just recently I am reminiscing more than I usually do!

    ReginaMary said:
    April 8, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    I love pistachio! I went through a phase where I would stir all the flavors together. Rainbow sprinkles on top, of course. That town seems so serene and the weather looked ideal.

      tinaor responded:
      April 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      ReginaMary, another pistachio fan, yay! In the UK it’s difficult to get it but in France it’s usually the one I dive into first. And French ice cream, if you’ve never had it ….. to die for!!! Yes, Sedlescombe is a very pretty place.

        ReginaMary said:
        April 8, 2021 at 3:09 pm

        I have never had French ice cream, but on our honeymoon to Italy, I enjoy pistachio gelato on the steps of the Duomo in Florence. divine!

        tinaor responded:
        April 8, 2021 at 4:40 pm

        Lovely !!! I wonder when you were there. I did the same in February 2018 !

        ReginaMary said:
        April 8, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        We were there in May 2015.

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 8, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Love those hoodie colors! We used to get neopolitan ice cream slices with our school lunches sometimes 🙂 I like pistachio ice cream as well – yummy! What a beautiful town! Now I want to live there too. Lovely houses, and the ducks are so cute 🙂

      tinaor responded:
      April 9, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      Wow, neapolitan ice cream for school lunch! I just remember lots of desserts like crumbles and custard or rice puddings. I loved school lunches despite the lack of ice cream!

        quiteayarnblog said:
        April 9, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        It was a once-in-a-while treat. Mostly we had jello or pudding too 🙂

    tierneycreates: a fusion of textiles and smiles said:
    April 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Sorry you are getting bored and I hope having amazing historic sights when you head into the countryside helps a little. Maybe you need more forays!
    Your hoodie in progress does make me think of yummy Neapolitan ice cream! Now I am craving it! That sounds like a wonderful memory of getting it from the ice cream van. I think it has changed over the years (at least in the US) because it was so much for delicious when I was a kid – now the ice cream quality does not seem the same.

      tinaor responded:
      April 9, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you. I think I need to get out more too! You are right about a lot of ice creams now – they are so much more ‘waxy’ and don’t get me started on choccy bars in general – they have all got a lot smaller!

      tinaor responded:
      April 12, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Yes I need more forays!

    tialys said:
    April 10, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I do love a thatched cottage but, when we were looking to buy back in England we discovered that having a thatch puts your insurance payments up quite substantially and, in the end, we settled on a more modern cottage from the 1920s🤣
    I do feel the days are getting a bit ‘samey’ but at least I’ve managed to get a hairdresser’s appointment in a few weeks’ time. The excitement this has caused is out of all proportion and a sign that I’ll be relieved when we can get out and about more even though I fear my social skills have plummeted.

      tinaor responded:
      April 12, 2021 at 8:13 am

      I hadn’t thought of insurance premiums, definitely something to consider. He he about your excitement over a hairdressing appointment. Someone I spoke to at the weekend said she wasn’t going to cut parts of her own hair for a few weeks now as when she got an appointment at the salon she didn’t want to be ‘told off’ by her hairdresser for having a bit of a hack at it!

    Olivia said:
    April 12, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Not bored, well, I was last week for a bit but Easter helped with something to do. Finally finished my sweater pieces and is blocking now. But it’s not as cold and I got my 2nd vaccine so I feel better about walking seeing as there’s no one around (I live in a golf community on Cape Cod & they’re all still thankfully in Florida). I found 2 baby bunnies in a nest outside my front door on Easter. Moved them to the woods. Probably won’t survive but they eat my hostas, tulips and roses so I wished them good luck..

      tinaor responded:
      April 12, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Olivia, I agree it’s not as cold here either and that definitely helps me want to get out and about a bit more – though we have had flurries of snow amid the bright sunshine – UK weather over the last 2 weeks has been pretty bizarre. I keep concentrating on the fine days to help keep me chirpy! Well done moving the bunnies, I hope they survive. Our cats brought in a live bunny a few years ago. I caught it and took it on vets advice to a nearby country park – he said if I released it possibly my cat or another cat in the area would just catch it again (I live in a town with green spaces not too far away, must have been a warren under someone’s garden!). I wished that bunny well, hoped it would find a nice family to join.

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