Tuesday, 6 April 2021

a fine Easter weekend








I am on holiday!!!! Did you have a nice Easter weekend? Ours was just fine. Nothing spectacular or spiritual but fine. I coloured six eggs, which is about as exciting as Easter got. 

The kids still enjoy an Easter egg hunt. These days, Annie hides the eggs and then encourages James and Alistair to find them all. She counted the eggs so that we could be sure none would be left behind for Jack to find and eat. He has eaten an entire large Easter egg before. Annie hid some special dog treats for him but he didn't quite get it. 

I almost lost Jack on my Saturday walk. He often veers off the paths to follow an exciting scent and he usually catches up with his people after exploring for a short while. On this particular walk, he got confused and went to look for us in the wrong direction. I was quite worried but luckily another walker had spotted him. He must have eventually heard my calls because he came flying, like one of those super fast Japanese bullet trains, paws barely touching the ground. He didn't leave my side for the rest of the walk. 

I enjoyed sitting the garden with Sam, chatting about life, university and his upcoming move down south for his year long work placement. Lots of people were enjoying time in the garden, it as lovely to hear children squeal with delight, jumping on their trampolines and playing happily or the gentle murmur of grown up conversations.

I spent Saturday afternoon sewing an unwearable skirt. The pattern is the Fiore skirt by Closet Core Patterns. I made version A and it looked rather nice but I should have tried it on before finishing because the finished measurements indicated in the pattern chart were way out and the skirt slid off my bum. The masterfully inserted invisible zip served no purpose whatsoever. I pinned the skirt in place sitting on my natural waist. Then I spent a good while on Sunday morning removing the waistband to adjust the width in the side seams. I had graded the waistband seams and it was a bit worse for wear but I had accidentally cut two so all was good. Except that I couldn't find it. I thought it might have ended up in the bin with the scraps from cutting the pieces out. The bin meanwhile had of course been taken out. Nothing wrong with a bit of dumpster diving on Easter morning I thought and I am pleased to report that I was successful in retrieving the missing item. I am glad I didn't put it in the compost bin, where I normally dispose of natural fibre fabric scraps. I took the skirt in by 10 cm. I kid you not, a whole 10 cm. It should fit now. I don't really feel like modelling the skirt, it is far too cold at the moment. One day maybe.

Richard and I went on our first social visit since New Year's Eve, in our friends back garden. Their teenage daughters meanwhile visited Annie in our garden. We can still not have indoor visits and social gatherings are limited to a total of four persons from two households. James and Alistair did their own thing, one playing football with a pal, the other watching the telly. Everybody was happy. I couldn't get the smell of fire out of my hair, even after a double shampoo. It is cold here in Glasgow and spending an afternoon with friends requires a fire, blankets and winter coats... a bit like camping really. 

The boys are quite feral, a sure sign of spring. James in particular likes to spend the afternoon in the woods and down by the river, building dens and dams. He is lucky to have one good friend who also loves to spend time outdoors and whose parents allow him to do that. Urban parents are quite risk averse. I try to keep my own worries in check (not always successfully so). I know how important it is for children to experience the outdoors and have adventures. 

On Monday morning I was a bit worried of being bored because my days are so full when I am working that I am find it difficult to imagine what I might do with all the free time. I started the day with a jog/walk along the canal and river. Then I did a spot of cleaning and finally spent some time clearing out my wardrobe. I held onto some clothes purely for sentimental reasons but I decided that someone else might get joy from finding a nice dress in the charity shop so parted with everything that I had not worn for a while. I am not sure if charity shops take handmade items because they don't have labels with care instructions and size/material information but I hope they do not just throw these items in the recycling pile. In the end, the day passed really quickly. No doubt the rest of the week will be similar.

I have my crossover vaccine trial clinic visit today. I expect to spend a couple of hours there. There are always more consent forms to read through and sign, recent medical history to discuss, a physical examination, blood tests, a Covid-19 test and plenty of waiting around before the injection then some more waiting around after. Then follows seven days of temperature checks and side effect tracking (at home). 

The kids are on their spring break, too. At least the boys are, Annie has to go to school most days, which seems a bit unfair but this is an unusual final school year for her and she is not complaining. At least she'll see friends at school. 

Anyway, must get dressed and ready for the day. Thanks for visiting!

14 comments:

  1. Ah I can relate to the skirt experience. Make garment, measure afterwards seems to be my norm! Your photos of the flowers and buds are beautiful. So pleased to haveI stumbled upon your blog :) x

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  2. Forgot to add, the eggs are lovely! Would love to know how you did them.

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  3. Your blooms and eggs are both lovely.
    I am surprised about the dog. Here it isn't legal to have your dog off leash in public places.

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  4. I'm glad you found Jack. Bertie has got lost once or twice and it throws him into a huge panic. He got stuck in someone's garden on New Year's Eve and couldn't get back. The householder (in his pyjamas) was flapping around behind him and he was trying to squeeze his head through the smallest hole imaginable and literally screaming in shock. In the end the householder suggested I run round to their garden, which involved going out onto the main road and trying to find them. It took me ages to locate them, I couldn't find the right garden and I was SO out of breath. When I finally found the right garden they came out of their bungalow to tell me he had managed to get back through. I was really worried he had tried to find me on the main road, but fortunately he was still by the stream. Like Jack, he didn't leave my side after that. I really love the first photo - not only the orchid (amazing!) but the backdrop of books. There is something about it that is really comforting. Enjoy your time off. CJ xx

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  5. Your eggs look lovely. Glad you found Jack safely. X Doris

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  6. Those decorated eggs are gorgeous! I'm glad you found your extra waistband - at least the measurements were out the right way; how infuriating if they were too small! I'm glad that Jack was none the worse for his adventure. Enjoy the rest of your time off. xx

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  7. Wonderful post. So glad your dog found you. Like your son, I love the outdoors. It's so healing for the spirit.

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  8. You are so brave letting your dog off-leash on hikes.. ours would run and never return so she has to be leashed on every walk outside. We've chased her down our road watching her dart in front of fast moving cars one too many times. Good job on keeping busy!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. Such beautiful eggs. Thrilled you seem to be filling your days and enjoying your break from work. Glad you were reunited with Jack.

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  10. I'm glad to hear you had a nice Easter weekend! Those eggs are just beautiful. I am so happy that Jack was able to find his way back to you. I know that had to be a very freighting moment.

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  11. Your Easter eggs are fabulous Christina. Sounds like you had a lovely Easter with family and friends. It does seem a real treat to actually be with other people and be a little nearer normal doesn't it.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday week x

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  12. You have triggered my memory with those beautiful eggs that I have admired before. I love the pulmonaria too. I have a pink one and a purple one in flower at the moment. Glad you sorted out the skirt. I have unravelled my Carbeth cardigan down to the armpits today! It was just too tight in the arms and had not given any by wearing so I took the opportunity to get the length right as well and went for a full frog to the armpits. It always feels OK when it has had a good go at being wearable and doesn't pass the grade. I know I must be getting older because I would not have considered frogging anything 10 years ago! Jo x

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  13. Your holiday sounds like it was low-key and restful, Christina. Nice that you were able to visit with friends and your children were as well. I never like sitting outdoors by a fire as the smell does linger, so fire pits never appealed to me. Those are some seriously beautiful Easter eggs and definitely quality over quantity. Glad Jack was reunited with his people.

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  14. So glad you are getting a bit of a break. I am sorting my closet as well and just went through a few shirts of Little Buddy's that are getting too short. He grows as fast as a snail but at least he grows. Have a wonderful week.

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