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It was Tai Chi Man’s birthday on Friday so I made a nice lunch and then in the afternoon we packed our bags and abandoned the kids for the weekend.

We stayed at a resort (read hotel/spa) only half an hour’s drive south, which was great, because too much driving can cancel out some of the relaxing effects. It’s right on the lake with a little bit of a wetland in front of it, and we had booked a one bedroom suite overlooking said wetland.

We didn’t bother with any spa treatments (they cost extra…a lot extra) but we used the hot tub Friday night and Saturday afternoon, visited the nearby town centre (more like a village really) for some shopping and browsing, and walked along the waterfront, well wrapped up against the bracing chill. There was plenty of time for just relaxing and appreciating the break from the everyday routine.

Saturday was our 24th wedding anniversary (I realised today that I totally forgot to wish Tai Chi Man Happy Anniversary)! Twenty four years ago, we were in St Lucia on a Weddings in Paradise holiday package. Three weeks away – after the first week we had our marriage ceremony in the hotel grounds – and when we returned home we surprised our families and friends with the news that we were hitched.

I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want the whole white wedding shebang.

So, one of the stores I went into on Saturday had some beautiful woolly knitted hats, legwarmers and socks from Nepal. There was also a small amount of fibre, including some banana silk, so I splurged and bought two skeins. It’s pretty rough stuff but I thought it would be an adventure to knit something with it. The larger royal blue skein is 200 grams and the purple is 125 grams.

My Rikke hat is growing very slowly – it’s now 7 inches and I need to knit to 9 inches before the crown shaping. Love this colour and the easy garter stitch is very calming.

While at the library on Saturday, I found this book – Knits from the North Country. It’s full of designs from Canadians, all knitted with Briggs and Little wool yarn. I was surprised to find a face and name that I recognised in the book. I have actually met Janet Armstrong as she organises an annual knitting retreat, which I attended for the first time earlier this year. I intend to go to the next one too. There are four workshops, and I have signed up for Janet’s Colour workshop, which I think will be a lot of fun.

Finally, a new experiment. Crystallised ginger. I used a recipe from Heaven’s Banquet and it tastes really good. My reason for making it was to use it in a fruit cake recipe from the same book. After a day of drying, though, it started to exude syrup, and I felt that if it was moist it might go mouldy, so I tossed it in the freezer as I’m not ready to make the cakes yet. Hopefully that won’t be a problem.

I think we’re all up to date now. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week ahead brings you everything you wish for yourself.

 

 

 

 

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