Sunday, April 27, 2008

What Did You Do On The Long Weekend?

Another quick one (by which I mean no photos!).

We’ve had a very full and happy house this weekend – an old friend of mine (the one who I’ve been friends with since kindy – or should that be ‘with whom I’ve been friends’? Not sure) stayed for Thursday and Friday night – he had come up to visit a great aunt for her 100th birthday. It’s always fun while he’s here – we drink wine, tell silly stories and he does jobs around the place – this visit he decided his job was to collect walnuts, so he’s filled the vast basket with his endeavours.

And we also had the Knightly Knitter and her wonderful family to stay! It was a bit squooshy, and the weather didn’t cooperate – Kate and I managed very pleasant early morning walks, but later in the days it got cold and rainy.

It was lots of fun – the children enjoyed each other’s company, the menfolk chatted and looked after kids and played about, Kate and I knitted and talked about knitting and blogging and her new job. She gave me a crash course in downloading podcasts (No, I hadn’t been able to work it out on my own – I could listen to the current one but couldn’t find the back issues, so now I can listen to Lime’n’Violet, Stash and Burn, Cast On and Sticks and String - in my copious and child free time – ROFLMAO!!!).

I did a tiny bit of enabling when I took her into our little town and showed her Picture Patchwork (yes – it has Amy Butler fabric and patterns), a new shop which sells nice clothes and yarn called Simply Us and we both succumbed to the lure of wool silk, and our local clothing/craft/haberdashery/hardware/camping/menswear/shoe shop and supermarket. Each of the bits has a separate shop inside a shop and they are all interlinked – the Hardware shop and supermarket bits actually have doors between them, and they sell great clothes. And Shoes. And have just expanded their range of yarn.

Kate liked it so much she bought stuff and I put some shiny red shoes on lay-by.

We had fun. We cooked and talked and played with kids and knitting books and yarn. We drank wine and played in the garden when the weather permitted. We picked mushrooms in the paddock and made pizzas. All in all it was a fun long weekend. I don’t know about Kate’s children – but mine were exhausted by last night! You and your family are welcome any time!

In knitting news, I have finished most of the knitting on the Slouch Rib Cardi – I should have the bands done tonight, leaving only the remaining sewing (most of it) and the buttons to do. Then it’s onto Tahoe and the other 16 things I want to knit in the next week! So much knitting, so little time!

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and funny stories about things up noses. The Lego Man’s hand was undamaged in the incident, and so far Destructoboy has managed to restrain impulses to shove extraneous objects up any orifices. I hope this restraint continues well into puberty!

12 comments:

Amy Lane said...

It sounds like a lovely weekend--I just love it when someone else's kids come over and exhaust my children! Life really is better that way, isn't it? But I envy you your rain--it's getting to be full summer here--I'm not sure if I can live through another one!!!

amanda j said...

What a lovely time! You have to tell me WHERE IS THAT SHOP! You are not so far away from me and I am working on 2paw - we need an excursion!

Glad to hear the Lego man lives to fight another day with his little curvy grip.

crafty things said...

I remember both those shops - loved the supermarket/clothes/hardware store for the little treasures you could find stashed away.

Kate_knits_a_bit said...

We had THE BEST time - and I think the rest of the family enjoyed themselves too!
Our kids were quite tired when we got home, but the icing on the cake was the hubby going off to play soccer at 6.45pm, and returning at 9.30 pm displaying a large strip of dressing across his right cheekbone - he met a hockeyball halfway through the game!! He is fine and we are looking forward to exclaiming over the rugged adventurer scar.
The excitement never stops :>

Taphophile said...

Oh what a wonderful weekend. So pleased you had a great time. :)

Rose Red said...

Not sure why, but the thing that really jumped out at me in this post was the SHINY RED SHOES! Ooooh, exciting!

Lynne said...

It sounds like a good time was had by all.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Every weekend should be a long weekend when they are as fun filled as that. I really, I mean REALLY like the part about the friend who likes to pitch in when he comes to visit. Do you think that he could come and visit me. I'm sure that I could fimd something for him to do.

Donna Lee said...

I love a house full once in a while. It throws off the schedules and all the shoulda's. It sounds like you all had a great time.

Jejune said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend! We used to have times like that when I was a kid... now I live in a household full of people with chronic illness, and having friends over to stay is very low on the list of Things We Can Cope With, sadly.

2paw said...

Hooray for visitors!!! AmandaJ has suggested a road trip!! As soon as she convinces people that she is real.........

MadMad said...

Oh, that sounds like such a fun weekend! Of course, I wasn't in charge of cleaning anything, so that makes it even more fun!