Skyscrapers and String

About Me

About me:

I am a working Mom. And deeply contented.

I probably have the best job anyone could wish for, as a geek and SharePoint Developer at the Wharf. Most of the people I work with are really smart. It’s competitive but you get the chance to shine.

London buzzes, and the Wharf has an energy unlike any other. The skyline is breathtaking, the vertical landscape, the water, the trains and the people. In the middle is a park, with yellow wagtails, thrushes, duck and koi. And fountains playing. What is there not to love.

I have a daughter, a Tiger and a white cat – accordingly life is kind of complicated. I live in the house I was born in, and I try to grow things to eat in the back garden with varying degrees of success…

When I am not at work, or busy doing something related to one or all of the above, I like to make things. Music is also a huge source of pleasure, especially singing.

I went to Art College for Fine Art however seem to have not painted or drawn in the last decade, which seems wrong somehow. Maybe I just don’t have anything to say these days that can’t be said in wool.


This is me on the right with my friends from Knitting Club. It’s kind of like Fight Club only you can wear your top and shoes when you first join.

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  1. * tfaswift says:

    You have a tiger?? LOL. Oh my goodness, I’m looking for people who might like to participate in my Blog Challenge and you sound just like the right kind of person, and yet so busy. 😦 Nevertheless, I shall explain about it here and you can see if you might be interested!

    My name is Tilda, and I came looking for knitting-focused blogs for a reason. I do a Blog Challenge, which until now has been focused mainly on writing and a photo challenge. I would like to introduce some more creative elements to the next Challenge, however, which is due to start fairly soon, and I have been thinking of adding a knitting part to the Challenge (as well as drawing, painting and poetry). But before I commit to a knitting challenge, I need to go around some knitting-focused blogs to ask if any knitters would be interested in participating.

    Do you think that might be something that would interest you or your followers? The knitting challenge would simply be that I would offer two themes and then knitters could knit anything they like based on either theme, whichever they prefer. For example, meadows or moonlight. Then the knitter could knit anything incorporating a theme of either meadows (flowers, grass, sheep, etc.) or moonlight (moon, stars, etc.).

    If they like, they could participate in the rest of the Challenge and be eligible to earn Awards to be displayed on their blog, and win prizes, but that is purely optional. Here’s my blog in case you’d like to take a look at the current Challenge and if you think you or anyone else would be interested in participating if I included some more creative aspects to it, including knitting, would you let me know?

    I’m not trying to plug my blog; I just need to know before I start a knitting challenge if any knitters would know where to find it, or whether they’d even be interested! Thank you so much for your time, and either way, good luck with all your projects!

    | Reply Posted 4 years, 5 months ago
    • * jengolightly says:


      Thankyou for your kind comments!

      What sort of timescale are you talking about for your challenge, knitting is terribly s-l-o-w!!


      | Reply Posted 4 years, 5 months ago
      • * tfaswift says:

        Hi there! Thanks for your reply. Oh it’s all very easy going. A challenge usually lasts for at least a month or more. There’s no pressure. I’m a slow knitter as well! LOL. I’ve had a few knitters say yes already, so I shall go ahead and do the knitting challenge. I’ll drop by to let you know when it’s started so you can peek in and see if you’re interested. 🙂

        Posted 4 years, 5 months ago
  2. * alisonsye says:

    That is a great ‘about me’. You sound very warm

    | Reply Posted 4 years, 4 months ago
    • * jengolightly says:

      How kind! Thank you!

      | Reply Posted 4 years, 4 months ago
      • * alisonsye says:

        Just read your post about Camden, it was lovely. Really like your writing style, friendly.

        Posted 4 years, 4 months ago
  3. “like fight club only you can wear your top and shoes ….” ha ha ha like your sense of humour – such a vital ingredient for staying sane in todays world!!!!

    | Reply Posted 4 years ago
    • * jengolightly says:

      Thank you! It is like Fight Club, so intense!

      | Reply Posted 4 years ago
  4. Wonderful blog, I like that you embrace your career. I look forward to following you on your journey and your insights on home life and career.
    Have a fab day, Allie.

    | Reply Posted 3 years, 11 months ago
    • * jengolightly says:

      Thank you! I really love my job, it’s important to be happy!

      | Reply Posted 3 years, 11 months ago
  5. * Akiswife says:

    Love your blog and have just clicked to follow… I live in Greece so loose touch with knitters etc… but will visit Ally Pally with my daughter in October for the knitting and stitching show…

    | Reply Posted 3 years, 10 months ago
    • * jengolightly says:

      Thank you! Am expecting to visit Ally Pally as well!

      What do you like to knit?

      | Reply Posted 3 years, 10 months ago
  6. * Akiswife says:

    I like anything complicated… especially cabled items but they aren’t much use here in Greece !! as you say in your blog, knitting can be a bit ‘sticky’ in high temperatures so summer knitting is a bit hit and miss !! I have however just found a new pattern for a knitted donkey which I hope to make for the local donkey sanctuary (full off old, abandoned, mistreated donkeys) which are up for adoption.. I have just adopted a baby donkey as, miraculously, one of the rescued donkeys was pregnant… can’t wait for Ally Pally.. haven’t been there for around 20 years but have pushed the boat out and plan to visit for a 4 day break… am currently looking for a hotel in London.. any ideas ? would prefer something a little bit luxurious and I want walking distance to central london shops… maybe Mayfair area ?

    | Reply Posted 3 years, 10 months ago
    • * jengolightly says:

      Thankyou! I love the knitted donkey idea! Cruelty to animals is shocking, well done for supporting them!

      Not much help with hotels I’m afraid as all of London is about 30 minutes from where I live, so never use hotels.

      I can ask about in work, they’ll have some ideas!

      Have a super weekend! Whereabouts do you live in Greece? I am very envious lol, it is raining here!!

      | Reply Posted 3 years, 10 months ago
  7. * Akiswife says:

    Crete !! and it is HOT !!

    No worries about the hotel… I’ll find something on ‘Secret Escapes’ I used to work in London so I know how it is.. I would travel to my office and never notice a thing.. too busy rushing to work… 25 years later I love to travel to London and actually ‘see’ everything with my daughter.. makes a nice change from the views we have here… sea and beaches… how ironic, the grass is always greener !! I have just noticed your pictures and that you have had a summer holiday in Greece…. love the projects you were working on… congratulations for battling through the sticky heat !!… maybe I should start a blog also.. ‘sticky knitter’ would have to be my name 🙂

    What are you working on now ?

    | Reply Posted 3 years, 10 months ago
    • * jengolightly says:

      I love Crete! I have been twice, once to some village near Iraklion, and last time to Chania, which was lovely. I studied Classics at school and wanted to be an archaeologist, so I always seem to choise Greece for my holidays!

      I do love living and working in London, it is so wonderful to be in the centre of things!

      Today I am making some placemats for our dinner table, in crochet! And I have been knitting the last sleeve of my daughter’s cardigan. I cant wait to give it to her!!!

      | Reply Posted 3 years, 10 months ago
      • * Akiswife says:

        I am in Chania, my husband is Greek… have been here 17 years… I also love it here but always escape in the summer to England with my daughter !!!…. nice chatting.. off to knit a donkey 😉

        Posted 3 years, 10 months ago

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