There has been plenty going on though, true enough. Shall we do this in bullet points?
• a fun swap with the talented Tania led to the most lovely parcel arriving in the letterbox ...
• in fact I've been thoroughly spoilt lately with more tea towels ...
Eye chart tea towel from the fabulous Auntie Cookie, just because.
and gifts ...
Exquisite birthday gifts from a dear friend
and winnings ...
Habu linen yarn and a Paper Crane pattern, from Kirsten at assemblage
and more winnings ...
Knitting needle case, chocolate (long gone) and two pairs of Addi Turbos from Lesley at Chapter III
uhh, where was I? Oh yes, the bullet points.
• an essay was
• lime pudding was constructed and consumed. Thank you for all your lime suggestions! The British remained true to type and mostly recommended marmalade, while the Americans all suggested something called Key Lime Pie, which I googled and discovered is a dish native to Florida, made with special Key Limes which are, according to wikipedia, round and yellow and quite unlike the Tahitian Limes we have here. It looks quite like lemon meringue pie though. (I didn't make it, sorry).
• an Easter egg hunt for six children, aged 3 to 16, took place in the wilds of the tea tree scrub on the Mornington Peninsula, followed by a glorious day at the beach. Throughout the day we took turns at exclaiming how amazing it was to be swimming at a beach at Easter. This is the first Easter in some years that we haven't been camping in the mountains. (Same boy-heavy families though, it's Easter tradition).
• Sons #1 and 2's indoor soccer team made it to the grand final and won, for the second year running! Nail-biting stuff.
• several books have been read and/or listened to. The History Boys by Alan Bennett, marvellously adapted to become a BBC radio play; Salley Vickers' Dancing Backwards which was up to her usual wonderfully high standard; Labyrinth by Kate Mosse which held my interest mostly but the writing was pretty ordinary (it featured one of Pavlov's Cat's pet hates - the 'slither of light', amongst other corkers), and now The Darling Buds of May as a little light relief before I crack the spine of Wolf Hall. I loved Sarah Dunant's Sacred Hearts - I even went to our local library to hear her speak and spent an outrageous amount of money buying not only the book (I had already read a library copy) but the accompanying cd, and asking Ms Dunant to sign them. She was very entertaining and utterly charming, I am pleased to report. And by god she can talk for hours without pause.
(I totally sucked up by telling her that a lecturer on Renaissance Italy had recommended her books to me as being 'a bit racy but the research is spot on', to which she positively squealed. A bit).
• lastly, there was a truly fabulous extended Craft Camp at Sewjourn that Jenny and StomperGirl organised and kindly invited me to. My spinning wheel didn't even make it out of the car but my sewing machine (and knitting) made up for it and I now have a couple of pairs of new pants and one and a half new skirts to show for it. Interestingly my camera didn't get touched once so I have nothing to show you, but it was a refreshing change to be in the moment itself rather than thinking about recording the moment. Anyway, Stomper's report says it all beautifully so I'll just point you in that direction rather than try and repeat it here. Suffice to say it were grand. Thanks for the invitation Jen and Stomper - it's very nice to be wanted.