Sunday, 20 November 2016

we have windows















Yes, we have windows. All of a sudden the dark extension is looking bright and cheerful. What a difference it makes!

After a rotten week I was really looking forward to putting my feet up and knit, or just stare into the distance, preferably all weekend long. Friday was particularly crazy but once I had showered and put on a nice dress, laced up my Doc Martens and walked with Richard down towards the bowling club, the gentle breeze started to blow away the stress and when I arrived, I was ready to smile. It was the PTA quiz night, an evening I always enjoy. Two rounds in and two glasses of Prosecco later I was ready to laugh. It was a fun night and my all woman team came second. It was quite a difficult quiz, not surprising because Richard and his friend Neil were quizmasters. 

I had even forgotten that I was anxious about Sam, who was camping with his Explorer Scouts friends. Who else would go camping in November?! They left the leaders at home but went to the nearby Scout outdoor centre in Auchengillan, so not completely off the grid and I was glad to know they could get help and shelter if conditions were too poor. Richard drove him and a few fellow Scouts to camp early on Friday evening, it was sleeting, the temperature was baltic and it was pitch black. Nobody else was camping. Of course not. Sam returned on Saturday, happy, tired and smelling like a smoked sausage. I haven't seen him for more than a few minutes since. I haven't asked for a detailed camp report either. 

Saturday was peaceful. First thing, I pottered around the house, tidying here and there, dealing with the laundry and stuff like that. It was quite pleasant. I kept venturing into the extension and soak up the light coming through the roof windows. Later, Jack and I met friends (his and mine) for a walk. The paths were treacherous, black ice in many places but I have no broken bones or bruised buttocks to report. Lunch was a morning roll with Lorne sausage and potato scone. Nothing quite beats roll and sausage the Scottish way. Except maybe two of them. You must try this when you next visit Scotland. Some knitting and a coffee with friends concluded the afternoon. The evening was equally pleasant, more knitting and listening to a new audiobook. In case you are wondering, kids and Richard have not moved out, they were all busy with their own things.

Sunday started slow with a long walk. Just me and Jack. Richard and the little creatures went to see a movie. Annie was feeling poorly and didn't feel like doing anything. Sam was still recovering. This was followed by an afternoon of blissful nothing. I did knit a few rows and cut leftover fabric from Sam's quilt into strips for the back but largely I stared into the mid distance. Richard cooked dinner, roast pork, roast potatoes and red cabbage, some chicken for me because I am not very fond of roast pork. The discarded oven in the building site is still going strong.

Now I am settled comfortably in my armchair, ready for some more of doing nothing much at all. Some weekends have to be like that, otherwise the week days in between would not be manageable.

The photos are from my lone walk this morning.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, too! x

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend. Your photos are beautiful. I'm happy you were able to relax a bit. Take care, Pat xx

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  2. Isn't it lovely when you get a bit of space in your weekend carved out just for you. Sound like you have and a wonderful time, time for family, time for fun and time for yourself. Hope your dear daughter feels better.

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  3. A blissful weekend I think although camping in November is a bit of a scary thing. I spent a lot of time stood outside this weekend. Sleeping out there as well would have finished me off! Lorne sausage, morning roll and potato scone sounds intriguing and quite delicious. Glad the extension is coming along nicely. Wishing you and yours a good week. CJ xx

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  4. Yeah for light, it makes everything seems possible.

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  5. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! Then Monday rolls around again. Black ice is hideous!

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  6. hurray for windows and slow weekends x hope this week is more manageable x and as for the camping. crazy. that is all there is to say about that...... x

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  7. Glad Sam survived his ordeal. You definitely had the best set up. Good that you have had a bit of 'me' time. Sounds like it was well deserved. Windows eh! Sounds like it might be ready for Christmas.... have a lovely new week. B X

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  8. That sounds like a perfect weekend!

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  9. Beautiful photos, a lone walks sounds blissful. Glad to hear that you now have windows, a great step in the right direction. Light makes everything possible. Take care.

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  10. That does sound like a weekend with all the right ingredients. Congrats to your quiz team and hope there was more of doing nothing. I think I could be a champion at the latter.

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  11. It sounds like it was a wonderful weekend. It's lovely when everything slots neatly into place. x

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  12. Hey Christina,
    I've felt in need of a lot of staring into the middle distance lately. I do it when my brain is too full, or my boys have worn me to a nub. Hoorah for new windows! I can't wait to read the next renovation instalment.
    Leanne xx

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  13. We had sleet then snow here on Friday. I can't imagine anyone wanting to go camping in that weather so hats off to Sam and his fellow campers for braving the rain and cold.. Good to hear the latest renovations update, hoping to see photos soon! x

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  14. Windows, how exciting! It sounds like a pretty good weekend. I used to enjoy winter camping quite a bit when I was younger but I don't think anything could get me out there for it now. Hope you have a good week ahead.

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  15. yay for windows! they make a worlds difference to a room.

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  16. Fantastic about the windows!! But "shudder" at the Lorne sausage. I think Scotland divides on the Lorne sausage question!

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