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I began this at the Mouse House on Wednesday and any sharp eyes out there might notice that it was a re-start as I had begun far too close to the edge, the frugal Scot in me always trying to save fabric. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this, definitely not an apron as suggested by the designer, since I am far too hard on those and grease marks would not be a *good thing*!
I had two visits to chez Mouse this week ~ why, I can hear you cry? Has the woman not suffered enough putting up with you once, that you have to repeat the process? Well, being a well brought up lady, I offered, as you do, to wash up after supper on Wednesday evening and took off my rings and laid them on the kitchen counter. We dispatched the washing up in quick order, I collected all my bits and pieces, bid my hostess a fond farewell and made it back to Cheshire in good time. Went to send a text to say I had arrived and there was one from Mouse - the rings.....still on the kitchen counter! Well, drat! To cut a long story short, despite a week of popping back and forth to France, the WT graciously agreed to accompany me to Yorkshire to pick up the recalcitrant jewels. So, on Saturday, after some strenuous exercise at an impossibly early hour (more on that later) we set off. I'd suggested to Mouse and her beloved that, as a small return for disturbing their Saturday, we would take them out for a pub lunch and my goodness, they chose a nice one, the Strafford Arms, roaring log fire and great food. Despite Peter not having met either of them before we all got on like a house on fire and have promised ourselves a return visit to some lovely gardens nearby. I was glad to have my rings back, I must say, there was a gleam in the eye of the Mouse, I could see she was reckoning up how much stash could be got by flogging them!
Strenuous exercise, hmm, not something that has often been mentioned in these pages! I saw an advertisement for Nordic Walking in our local paper shop so I borrowed a pen and wrote down all the details. A phone call later and I had arranged with a very nice-sounding woman called Kerley to try a taster session. Three of us arrived in the Delamere Forest and after some warm up movements we were off! It's a whole different way of walking but you certainly cover a lot more ground using the poles. I enjoyed it so much I persuaded the WT to try a session too, and of course, wouldn't you know it, after about five minutes, Kerley is calling him a "natural", quite sickening, don't you think? We signed up for a course, blithely ignoring the fact that we had agreed to be in the Forest at 8 am on a Saturday morning, and a grey one it was too. If I'd been able to lay my hands on Kerley's phone number I might well have chickened out but I have to say I am so glad I didn't. I spent most of the time at the back of the group and "the natural" set the pace at the front. When people got too far ahead they circled back (thereby increasing their steps!) and for a brief moment I was the leader of the pack!
A few more photographs to end with. We had an ornament exchange just before Christmas on Friendly Stitchers and I was partnered with Julie over in Oz. This is what I stitched for her. It's from Little House Needleworks and it was first published in the 2004 JCS ornament issue.
Not the best of back grounds looking out into the car park of our apartment building! I am a little short of elegant places for a photography shoot right now with no garden.
Well, dears, enough of this, I need to get back to Fifteen/Two! What will our intrepid stitcher choose next? Blackbird, Brightneedle........tune in again and find out! As always, I LOVE comments and read and enjoy every one!