Monday, 2 August 2010

bits and pieces

Lots of messy bits and pieces today may perhaps make a unified post.  That's what I'm telling myself, anyway.

I had a weekend on the Central Coast with babysitting grandchildren and a ring-in for one of the nights.  I guaranteed the weather would be perfect by taking my umbrella.  It was.  It was mild, too warm for this time of the year really and sunny both Saturday and Sunday.  I've been caught three times lately when the weather has changed and I've been wet.  Not this time, perfect weather all weekend, although a change has arrived here now.  It's dark grey and quite chilly in the wind.

DIL and I took Miss almost 10 and her best friend, a boy, shopping at Erina Fair to spend birthday money they both had.  I was surprised how discerning they were in their purchases.  Very little rubbish at all and heaps of comparison shopping for quality and prices.  So  much of that that we were very glad to sit down for lunch.  It's only the second time I've been there.  I really don't like shopping malls very much, preferring smaller individual specialty type shops, but it wasn't crowded, so I coped.

The weekend had been planned for almost three months.  They went to a fundraising trivia night while I babysat.  It worked out well.  Divorce papers finalised, were emailed to me on Friday.  Even though I left 30 months ago, I still felt strange and somewhat at sea for most of the weekend.  So it was good to be occupied with different things to normal.

My second Brandywine shawl is now soaking, prior to blocking and weaving in a lot of ends.  I used 50 gm balls so lots of ends.  I'm pleased with it and will post photos when it's dry.

Another FO was the scarf in Bendigo black alpaca for my son.  No photos of this as I finished it up there and left it there, forgetting to take a photo on my phone.  I used the one stitch scarf pattern from the Yarn Harlot.  Super easy, it makes a reversible fabric which has no curl in it.  They all loved the softness of the alpaca.  I was glad to finish it.  He's tall, 6'5" like his older brother.  The scarf was about 3.5 metres long so it could be wrapped around his neck.  Woy Woy station is right next to a large stretch of water in Woy Woy Bay and near part of Brisbane Waters.  There's a really cold wind on the station most winter mornings.

Sunnies needed now!  I bought these tights from We love Colours.  Many years ago when I was at Uni,  I paid what was then to me a small fortune for some bright red tights.  They lasted years and years and became almost a signature piece for me at Uni.

I bought some good thick black tights at the beginning of winter and decided I would like some coloured tights as well.  Growing Old Disgracefully*, as the poem puts it.  I couldn't find any easily around here.  Then I saw a link to the We Love Colours site.  Socks, tights, leggings, long socks, over the knee socks, plus and regular sizes.  51 colours!!  While the scarlet here is bright, the purple and the green are more muted than they show in this photo.  The firm has free shipping to Australia and NZ for the month of August.  Enter the code WELOVENZAUS in the checkout box to get free postage. US$15 pair.  They cheered me up too.

When I returned home last night, I checked email.  There was a lovely surprise from Fee.  I'd won a prize in a blog comment competition.  A bag!  Thank you, Fee, very much.  A lovely end to the weekend.

"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn't suit me. 
I shall spend my pension on Brandy and Summer gloves and say we have No money for Butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired and gobble up samples in department stores and ring alarm bells.
And I will run my stick along public railings and make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain and pick flowers in other people’s gardens and learn to spit."

(It goes on and then ends with)...

"But now we must have clothes to keep us dry and pay our rent and not swear in the street and set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
BUT maybe I ought to practice a little now so people who know me are not too shocked and surprised when suddenly I am old and start to wear PURPLE."

Jenny Joseph


2paw said...

Oh I plan to buy some tights!! Nice to know they are good, love the colours!!!
Glad that things are finalised: a big weight off your mind and kind of a line drawn, and a new start!!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the link - I just bought some tights. Now I am wondering if I should have bought more pairs!