Pippa checking in this week for Monday Sevens, on the gloriously rainy Monday morning… I’m sure it is doing someone somewhere’s garden some good but personally, I am utterly fed up with this damp spring weather.
Staying firmly inside at the beginning of the week I sorted through some of our pen stash, I think that we are not allowed to buy any more ‘normal’ pens for a while…
Whilst doing that I made sure that all the ones that were kept worked and also serviced some of my old technical pens. I have a ‘student’ set of Rotring isograph pens which haven’t been touched for about 15 years so had dried solid! After much soaking them in warm water and learning how to fully dismantle them, I managed to get them working again. I am so glad I managed to get them back together again (the internet convinced me I would struggle, as the filament inside the nib of the 0.25mm pen is just soooo thin!) thankfully the gods were smiling on me that day and all it cost me was some dirty/ink-stained hands…
Nikki in the meantime had driven down to Devon with Philip for a bit of a holiday before he starts working at UEA’s undergraduate field course in Slapton Sands. They drove to Berry Head to have a picnic and must have chosen the nicest day of the week as they actually had good weather and got to watch some porpoises before enjoying the food they had brought.
During their time in Devon Nikki and Philip made a lovely looking spread of Tapas food for them and our parents, giving them some time away from cooking as they are currently spending most of their time travelling to and from Torquay Hospital where our Grandad is at the moment. (Thankfully it looks like he is getting better at the moment, but still a way to go). But how good does this spread look 🙂
When Nikki drove Philip down to Slapton they took the chance to go down and check out the road that had been washed away. It’s always surprising to see the power that the water can have. Almost 3/4 of the road was washed away in places!
In the meantime, I finally got round to sewing a Seamwork Oslo Cardigan in its original unaltered form. Which resulted in this very smug day of 100% handmade clothes. Ginger Jeans, Renfrew top, Oslo Cardigan, Oslo Coatigan…
Saturdays weather was nice enough that A and I took a “quick walk” before lunch and ended up walking through Delph woods and then all the way to Wimborne (4 miles), had lunch there and then caught the bus back (thank goodness for that bus I don’t think I would have been able to walk to the 4miles back again!)
Combining the walk and the miserable weather on Sunday my socks got some more length on them… I did get out of the house walking A down to the village to start the journey back to Portsmouth (got to love a rail replacement bus!)
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