>Crazy week

>I’ve had a hell of a week & am finally glad to be back home again.

I spent the first 3 days of the week away with work. Lets just say; long days, sore feet, aching back and hotel rooms. Factor in an evacuation of the hotel just as I was dropping off to sleep, on the second night due to a steamy bath in room 517 &, hundreds of people stood outside in subzero temperatures
& you can understand why I was keen to get home.

I got home late on Wednesday due to horrendous traffic conditions & at one point we actually thought we wouldn’t get back that night. Every motorway we attempted seemed to be either congested or closed. We finally made it & I fell into bed. Back at work on the next day & I was a zombie. Home at 4 o’clock & by quarter past I was in bed leaving potatoes baking in the oven & DD eating the contents of the fruit bowl. DH tried to wake me up for dinner but I couldn’t move – 15 hours later I finally woke up again.

Friday afternoon saw me back on the road but this time for my own pursuits. My friend CL who lives in Canada was coming back to England to visit her family & I was picking her up from the airport We ‘met’ on the Hot Socks Swap as she spoilt me rotten & we continued the swaps at Christmas. We hadn’t met before but email regularly so I was really looking forward to putting a face to the ‘voice’. However the drive over was foul & the mix of fog & driving heavy snow meant the motorway traffic was reduced to a mere 15 miles per hour for part of my journey. I spent an enjoyable evening with a good friend who I’ve known for 20 years, which included an Indian, a visit to one of Manchester’s most popular pubs plus a night on her sofa bed.

The next morning found me at the Airport & finally CL came through the arrivals gate looking tired having endured a long flight with the woman from hell seated next to her. Just to make you all green with jealously check out the beautiful yarn that she brought over for me as we’ve continued our swapping:

Koigu KPPM
Koigu KPPM

Before she crashed due to jetlack we ‘popped’ over to Coldspring & found some wonderful bargains. Debbie Bliss yarns retail for £6 per 50g in Canada so CL was chuffed to find a haven of bargain yarn. We both bought a cone an unlabelled pure wool chunky in the most beautiful shades of brown & this afternoon I started My So Called Scarf for my Manchester based friend mentioned above. She doesn’t read this so I think I’m safe to share my progress with you:

My So Called Scarf
My So Called Scarf

The colours in this yarn remind me of Monet who had to get in on the photo shoot:

Tortishell cat

I started the scarf whilst DD swam in a District gala this afternoon. Her swimming has really come on over the past few months & she’s beating her personal bests all the time. She came 3rd in the 200m Freestyle knocking 16 seconds off her previous pb which she had set at the beginning of October:

Freestyle swimming gala
DD swimming 200m Freestyle

Then a 4th in the 100m Backstroke & again she knocked 10 seconds of her previous pb set at the end of October:

Backstroke swimming gala
DD swimming 100m Backstroke

DD has nearly always beaten her pb’s at this level but has never been placed before so we’re both really pleased for her. I think the Rescue Remedy that I gave her helped to calm her down as normally she gets really stressed before she competes.

Finally one last photo in this already picture heavy post:

Winter Sunset
Winter Sunset