Over the last week life has quite literally, been a pain in the arse. No doubt at some point I will go into far too much detail about that and the surgery I am going to have this Thursday which promises to be an even bigger pain in the arse, but hopefully will cure aforesaid pain. Suffice to say, when the surgeon offered me last Thursday as a possible date... I said, NOOOOOOOO, I can't miss out on Craft Weekend. I am nothing if not committed. Luckily, sitting down has not been a problem.
Anyway, enough about my bottom issues. Craft weekend was delightful. As always. The last week or two have been so insanely busy. I set myself a huge amount of work and put far too much pressure and stress on myself and those around me. So for me, this weekend was all about relaxing, not rushing and just being. One thing that really helped was not driving, thanks to Di who came and picked me up and Suse who drove me home. It really is an absolute luxury to be driven and I really appreciated it this time. So thank you both.
1. view out the front yard, 2. lichen and shadow, 3. dew and mist, 4. daffodil, 5. the shot through the window of the studio in the evening, 6. tea and snack time, 7. lana and bruce, 8. tree shadows on green grass, 9. my new knitting bag, 10. di making a sewing machine cover, 11. it was quite windy, 12. ellen, 13. blossom, 14. jill with some wool, 15. lichen, 16. catherine and suse, 17. brooch for grace, 18. the light coming in the window, 19. wool silk jumper, 20. ellen, suse and di, 21. looking at pictures of ellen's niece on the internet, 22. morning view, 23. lana's amazing toasted muesli with yoghurt and strawberries, 24. in my new green t-shirt (by suse), 25. cath and ellen behind the flowers, 26. moody spring skies, 27. di and lana knit before breakfast, 28. front of the studio, 29. new growth, 30. the corner bedroom
Arriving at Sewjourn is always fun, noticing seasonal changes in the garden and watching the house and studio take on the colour of the group for the weekend. Despite not rushing or being particularly focussed, I completed five finished items. A knitting bag which I totally didn't plan on making out of some vintage fabric samples from Sooz's grandmother in law and some linen from Di's stash. It has a high wonk factor, but the sight of my new knitting bag sitting on the couch, or hanging from the back of a chair with a new bamboo scarf project in it gives me little thrills of pleasure every time I walk past. Much classier than the Clegs bag. I also made a pair of pyjama pants (for hospital), a green t-shirt and brownish silk wool lace fabric jumper. Both out of fabric I have taken to craft weekends many times and both of which turned out pretty well. Although I think I should have changed the thread when I did the hems on the t-shirt and perhaps my machine really does need a service. Oh,and a flower brooch for Grace. Also unplanned and using a brooch finding from Sally-Rose and a couple of buttons I had with me for goodness knows what. Grace was thrilled to receive it and has worn it ever since. She also got a book about a teddy bear lost in the bush from the opshop and I bought G a record which turned out to be a bit of a find, so he was pleased too.
Meals as ever were fantastic. Another luxury. We had a fabulous lamb stew from Ellen on the friday night. The aroma made me think of my childhood in the best possible way. Then we had sticky date pudding with caramel sauce (which took me three goes to get right as it's been ten years since I did any sugar work and I couldn't find my sugar thermometer - recipe coming on eater next week maybe) from me which was pretty good even if I do say so myself. Breakfast was the most awesome homemade toasted muesli with yoghurt and strawberries from Lana. Lunch was two utterly delicious soups from Cath and Suse accompanied by sensational bread from the farmer's market. Then dinner was the most astonishing lamb roast stuffed with pinenuts and other delicious things with a tomatoey reduction sauce served with kipfler potatoes, baby beetroots and salad. Then we had this divine citrus fruit salad and I could not resist taking the last few pieces of grapefruit. Just perfect. Amazingly the next morning we we ready for brunch served by Di which was a caramlised onion and feta frittata and baked beans. Just delicious. Perhaps unsurprisingly we gave lunch a miss and snacked until just before leaving when we polished off the remaining frittata. Not only was all the food totally scrumptious, I hardly had to cook any of it and being one of the last to leave, I took home a few choice leftovers. Which we've been eating ever since.
Like always I feel so lucky and grateful that I get to do this, that G doesn't mind and encourages it even, that a place such as Sewjourn exists in a magic little space just on our doorstep and that I have this group of wonderful women to share it with. I feel well refreshed. Thank you universe.