22 July 2009

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alstroemeria

The eldest has gone to camp again. This time only for a few days, but it's the middle of winter and they are sleeping under the stars; no tents, no toilets, just groundsheets and sleeping bags and a trowel (tmi?), and a cave for one of the nights. He's been off school sick this week, but was desperate to go on the camp despite our doubts as to whether he is up for it. His pack weighed a ton and I shudder to think how he's going to carry it for three days. Plus he didn't take enough food in my opinion but I'm only the mother so what do I know.

I know he's growing up and away, seeing the world with his own eyes.

stray eyebrow

Meanwhile, I will keep the fire burning, do another load of washing and make a big lamb casserole in the slow cooker for the man of the house who is another year older today.

Guess what I bought him for his birthday?

Edited to add: my necklace is from the very talented Lauren Williams.

23 comments:

k said...

this is wholly unrelated to much of your post, but I love your necklace! hope your son enjoys camp!

Stomper Girl said...

He's not even my boy and I'm worrying for him, it is pissing down rain at the moment!!

Happy Birthday to Mister Soup.

innercitygarden said...

Isn't school camp designed to make teenagers appreciate their mothers? My brother got home from one camp and annoucned that the food had been so awful it had made Mum's casserole taste good. Perhaps he will come home with new ideas, although it make take a few more years before he confesses them.

Leonie Guld said...

I see your shawl is getting allot of use, I just love it when it all works out! Thanks for commenting about your teenager's camp, as a mum of the smaller variety, I have all that a head of me, I wonder if I am going to be so gracious!

kim at allconsuming said...

lingerie?

Janet said...

happy birthday to Mr Soup!

something knitted or photographic?

Mary said...

Happy Birthday to your Mister. Although i have no idea at all what you bought for him/made for him - socks perhaps?

BabelBabe said...

you got him his own camera, so he'd leave yours alone? : )

happy bday, Mr Soup.

and remember when you thought you might have to rush off and take him a tent? you can always rush and take him food : ) nahhh....

Badger said...

Happy birthday to your Mister!

And YIKES on the camping. I'm so glad my boy child is allergic to adventure. My girl, on the other hand ....

Karen said...

Yes, your shawl looks beautiful. Best wishes to the birthday boy!

peppermintpatcher said...

Surely sleeping on the ground in the middle of winter is against the Geneva Convention.

Happy birthday to your man.

peppermintpatcher said...

Surely sleeping on the ground in the middle of winter is against the Geneva Convention.

Happy birthday to your man.

String Bean said...

When he gets back from camp he will appreciate you so much more. I stopped enjoying camp when puberty hit and all the things that young womanhood entails. TMI? Absolutely.

Beautiful shot of the Alstroemeria. I see the shawl made it into the shot. Reminding me to buy myself a REAL camera.

Suse said...

This is where I pout and say, He goes on camp all the time and he does NOT appreciate me.

Also, no one has correctly guessed what I would buy a hardworking weary tradesman husband for his birthday. I am very disappointed in you all.

sueeeus said...

An ipod? If you were like my dad when he gave gifts to my mom, you would have bought the Pentax, presented it to him, then taken it back for "safe keeping". :)

Stomper Girl said...

A new powertool?
A Bunnings Voucher?
Socks and jocks?
Nice shirt?


These are the only gifts you give men, aren't they?

Tania said...

Best put some leftover lamb casserole aside ready for the return of the famished one...

(lucky, lucky Mr Soup).

Tan said...

I love, love, love your alstroemeria, white and green together are my favourite colour combo - white petunias, snowdrops - gorgeous! I'm going to try your pea soup recipe tomorrow... very exciting.

innercitygarden said...

I never said he'd learn from camp to appreciate you right away. Only that slowly but surely all that time away will teach him. He might take another decade to admit it!

Lauren said...

Your necklace looks great! Glad you like it :-)

Lauren said...

Oh and Happy Birthday to your Mister :-)

Meggie said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Mr Soup.
I am sure your boy is safely home now.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'm now haunted by that trowel . Perhaps he can dig up grubs and fungus-sy things to eat ? Or is it just for latrine duty ?
You didn't buy Mr Soup a spinning wheel all of his own ? Geraldine .