Plus there was a grockle bus in the way.
And we may have been headed in the incorrect direction on a one way lane (but only maybe - there were no signs!).
(Is this a definition of purple prose?)
Or perhaps diamonds?
Flowers it was.
The little girls had flowers but Granma choose diamonds (of course!). See how gorgeous they all look?
And our lovely FairHands lady had a birthday surprise for Princess C-W too.
The next day was her actual birthday!
It started with international phone calls
Happy Birthday Princess Curly-Wurly!
For the first time in three months we are alone in our house. Just the six of us, all back in our own beds - much to the dogs' disgust. They got used to being in our room to stop Mum standing on them in the night.
(Accidentally standing on them I mean!)
As squashy as it has been and as busy as it has been we have had a fun time.
Lunch at a friends' lovely new cottage, complete with long country walk. (Took some cow pics on someone else's camera. Will post when I get them.)
We made scarves with beautiful velvets and silks.
There was a day trip to Cardiff to the craft show. We drove past Ikea but didn't go in. We went over the Clifton Suspension Bridge just after Carol Vorderman nearly crashed in to my car. There was a little getting lost but we drove around a nice country park with a big posh gate and everything!
We went to Stoke-On -Trent. There was A LOT of getting lost.
We also bought a lot of china. After much traipsing around and turning back at Uttoxeter we finally found the Burleigh pottery factory. It was a delight and a dream and I wish I had photos to show. Large wooden tables laid out with gorgeous plates and bowls. A crackling fire surrounded by a few comfortable chairs to sit and enjoy a cup of tea. To just to sit and take in the history of the building. The skill of those who developed and maintained this style of pottery making. The time at Burleigh more than made up for the detours, wrong turns and backtracking. It was a moment out of time.
Then we came home. Via Ikea. Yippee!
Just two sleeps later and the Tropical Family began their invasion. Three 200 mile round trips to the airport in the space of six days plus all the touristing around we did. At least it meant I got to drive CK's whizzy new car for a week!
Just sitting quietly on the couch whistling to myself when suddenly it hit me ..... we should organise a 'Monkees made of Knit' convention. No, listen. Everyone who has purchased a monkee or monkee related product or who just loves the hilarity, madness and mayhem over at Monkee Maker could descend upon a certain coffee bar in a particular part of Brizzle. The potential is enormous. (Not least to share those famous white chocolate and raspberry muffins.)
There could be workshops in creating monkees made of knit or planning wacky, zany primate storyboards. Throughout the day we could have little discussion groups about posh wool vs. no-name cheapy stuff. Felted monkees vs. novelty yarn. This has huge international potential. I am envisaging guest speakers with interesting takes on things pertaining to the world of monkee, culminating in a special evening after-dinner speech by THE Monkee Maker herself.
What do you think? Any takers?
The woman in charge - let's call her Jenny - was about 752 and passionate about the beautiful velvets and silks she had brought along. However she was also very bossy in the most passive/aggressive kind of way. And me not following the pattern she had identified for us. Strips equal on both side, I didn't really do it that way! I liked the idea of going light to dark. See what you think!
How lucky am I?
I got a beeyootifull scarf from my International Scarf Exchange Spoiler today.
What I love is the block striping. And the colour. And the pattern. Did I mention it was long? Very, very long.
So long that I am feeling a little guilty that the divine Miss B over at http://www.stitchesmayvary.blogspot.com/ has probably developed RSI from knitting it and knitting it until it stretched all the way from the upstairs window down to the front gate and onto the road.
The package included a clever notepad/calendar to hang on my fridge, a sweet little bag of Christmas scented potpourri (mmm - oranges, cloves and cinnamon) and a yummy chocolate bar.
Oh! Did I forget to mention the TWO gorgeous skeins of malabrigo Merino wool all the way from Uruguay via Chicagoland? I think not! The two gorgeous skeins of Emerald green Merino wool. Aaaaah bliss! When the sun comes out again I will try and get some photos that do the colour full justice.
And the card could not have been more perfect. It says 'Breathe'. This is a standard in my house in response to hyped and over-emotional small people. We loved the card that says 'Breathe'. Princess C-W and I are stil smiling.
It has been such a joy to be a part of this exchange and read about people's work and interests. People who do craft are good kinds of people. Thank you for letting me be a part of this.
Must now hurry and post mine off, just one more thing to get for the parcel. How exciting!