Knitting, My Week in Pictures

Week 13.40 – Pete and Dave visit Edinburgh

Week 40 (30 Sep to 6 Oct) saw lots of excitement, good and bad.

Firstly, MissKatja started Nursery proper this week. Her first full 5 hour days. She’s not sure yet, and tends to swing between the excitement of all those toys and other kids to play with and the terror at being left behind.

A traumatic morning = a cuddly afternoon #silverlining
2031001 – A traumatic morning = a cuddly afternoon #silverlining

Tuesday was particularly hard on her, she thought it was the end of the world when Papa left for work in the morning and then I took her to her last “settling” session, a three hour one at the nursery. I felt so guilty leaving her there with her little heart breaking. The upshot was an afternoon filled with cuddles which was nice.

Red door #polwarth
2031003 – Red door #polwarth

Two balls down and more than half way #carnaby
20131003 – Two balls down and more than half way #carnaby

With the girl in nursery I’ve more time, which is great for the web project I’m working on, and also great for the knitting projects. I’m now over half-way through my Carnaby, which I’m hoping to wear soon. Still hating the yarn and still not a fan of knitting box stitch, no matter how much I love the effect. I’ve also figured out that the skirt is going to be much longer than expected – really should have done a swatch!

No way poorly MissKatja is letting go of the necessities - dummy, blankie and dolly!
20131005 – No way poorly MissKatja is letting go of the necessities – dummy, blankie and dolly!

Unfortunately the excitement of nursery got too much for the girl and she succumbed to a nasty cold. Cue fevers and sleepless nights and so I kept her home on Friday. She spent most of the day just lying on my chest. Such a change – you really can tell when she’s sick the poor love. On Friday night she decided she wanted the doll that Jenny had given her for her birthday. She cuddled it for a while and then sat it in front of her, put it’s hand to it’s mouth and made the doll blow kisses. The cutest thing ever! Blowing kisses is the latest big thing here!

Pete and Dave at the Caley last night
20131006 – Pete and Dave at the Caley Sample Room

We met up with Pete and Dave who are on holiday from Melbourne. Was great to see the guys and we popped down to our local for a thoroughly pleasant dinner. It’s so lovely to get out, you don’t really realise how seldom you do so until you get a chance!

MissKatja at the Caley is more interested in Mum's phone than the selection of beers
20131006 – MissKatja at the Caley is more interested in Pete’s phone than the selection of beers

And MissKatja was feeling a lot more herself which is lovely to see. After such a rough time for her it’s so nice to finish the week with the sound of her giggles.

Geocaching, Stuff

Unexpected Willies

I have to say it’s been a lovely week, albeit quite tiring and I’m finding it very difficult to comprehend the fact that it’s already Thursday.

Last Saturday I went geocaching with Siobhan. We decided to do some of the easy caches along the DART line and headed for Kiliney, south of Dublin. We then walked to Dalkey taking in coastline and train tracks and Bono’s house and many other fabulously wealthy houses along the way. In all we found 7 caches on our travels. One of the caches we tried was an Earth cache – these are designed to teach you something about the physical earth and this particular one wanted us to find a certain type of rock on a bit of beach. A few guys were hanging around the beach, at first we figured surfers but then as we were examining a rock face one of them ran past completely starkers, with willies and all! Yes, we’d stumbled across a boy’s nude beach – completely not what we had expected to see on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon! Did we find what we were looking for?

Sunday night Steve, Siobhan and Kate came over for a night of tacos and Settlers of Catan. We were all going easy on Siobhan as it was her first game, but then she went and won it – hmmm…. not so sure about that now! Cheeky!

And then Monday, Chris and Marisa arrived from Germany, they spent a few days in Dublin, see what sounds like some awesome sights (and some I must add to me to do list) and we’d meet up for a drink and dinner in the evening. Today they’ve grabbed a car and are headed to Glendalough and then are making their way to Tipperary. It’s been great to see them both, a bit of home. Although really, it just makes me homesick which isn’t so good – argh! Why does Australia have to be so far away? Not fair!

Tonight I’ll go to a yarn tasting, not really sure how that’ll go but it sounds like fun – will report in tomorrow.