What a day it’s been. Lots of thunderstorms and more on the way later, but I do love them, as long as they aren’t severe. There’s nothing like being cozy in a rocker with my knitting, windows all open, watching a movie while listening to thunder and seeing the lightening flashing all around. It used to scare our Chloe girl something awful, but Zoey barely notices. She’s always curled up on one of our laps under her blankets. The next two days are supposed to be in the 90’s but then another cool down so the windows will be opened once again.
I’m still not feeling up to par. Still no voice, (and I think Dennis is enjoying that), and a cough that keeps me sleeping in the recliner at night. As soon as I try to lay down, I start coughing like crazy, so it’s easier to just stay comfortably ensconced in my chair.
Today I’m going to share our last “field trip” out of London for this trip, to the town of Cambridge and Cambridge University. Our wonderful DIL graduated from Cambridge and loves it very much. Alex is hoping to get his PhD there soon. One thing that I didn’t realize before going is that there is a town and a university. The University does dominate most of the town though. It is easily the most beautiful town I have ever been in, and that’s saying something.
Here are a few photos to share of this beautiful place.
This is the actual apple tree that Sir Isaac Newton sat under when he discovered the law of gravity when an apple fell on his head. The tree was blossoming beautifully when we were there.
This is the round church in Cambridge. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is absolutely stunning, but it was locked and we could only peak through the windows. It was founded in 1115! Isn’t that incredible? There are a LOT of churches in Cambridge.
Although this one is even more majestic, I can’t remember it’s name. It was huge and very awe inspiring. The churches of Europe always fascinate me in their beauty and artwork.
Here we are standing on a bridge overlooking the canal that runs through the university and town. You can just barely see the boats with punters, like they have in Venice behind us. My hero husband carried my purse for me all day because my back was in a so-so mood. Alex and T. presented him his coat as a retirement gift and he enjoyed wearing it on our excursions. Apparently it’s a poplular brand in the UK. It’s a Barbour jacket.
This is the entrance into the school that our DIL gradulated from. Do you see the gates at the entrance? The suffragettes chained themselves to these gates in the late 1800’s for various womans rights. I think these are some of the most beautiful building on the campus.
Can you see tiny us sitting in front of the Great Hall of the law school?
The lawn is beautiful and is the only one on campus where students are actually allowed to walk or sit without punishment.
Another view of the beautiful buildings.
Yesterday I began making a “Wonderful Wallaby” sweater for Piper. This will be her third one. She has outgrown her most recent sweater but is still wearing it with very short sleeves because she loves it. She chose gray from my stash for her next one. I added a few darker Gray stripes on the bottom ribbing and also on the wrist ribbing. At the top is the first sleeve I just began about an hour ago. I love to make these sweaters. They look difficult but are really very easy. The front pocket is knit as you go, so there are no pieces to attach. The sizes go from childrens size 2 to adult XXX. I bought the pattern years ago at my LYS and use it often. It is a fairly quick knit.
While wandering around London at different times, I bought a couple of bags for groceries since they don’t provide bags for groceries there. You can never have too many bags can you? How appropriate is this bag for me? Queen’s Park is just a short walk from the kids house and we had a picnic there last Sunday.
This one I bought when were wandering around Portobello Road in Nottinghill. It was under 5 pounds so I went ahead and bought it for the produce we purchased while out. Now it has Piper’s Wallaby Sweater in it! We also had lunch at an amazing Lebanese restaurant in Nottinghill. Oh my! The food there was delicious. Alex ordered about 10 small plates so we could taste lots of different things. We could never live there permanently though. That neighborhood is definitely out of our price range!
After dinner tonight the rain let up and I went outside and harvested the first batch of rhubarb for the year. I bought the plant from Spokane and I was amazed at how much rhubarb I have already. Mom has a bunch too and Dennis picked at the same time. She doesn’t have an oven anymore so I’ll wash and freeze it tomorrow morning. My energy ran out before I could take care of it tonight. I think I’ll plan on a rhubarb crisp in the next day or so.
But for tonight we were both craving something sweet, so I made a pan of brownies while I cut up the rhubarb. We just had a warm brownie with ice cream and it was so yummy.
Another treat I got for myself was this Cath Kidston bunting that hangs in my craft area. I just love the colors.
Here is a bit closer look along with the gome that Piper made me for Valentine’s Day. She reminded me a couple of weeks ago that it was way past Valentines Day and I could take it down, but I like it. It makes me smile and it will stay up all year. :-)
I posted this on facebook today because, well, because it’s true isn’t it? Who wouldn’t rather be playing with yarn than cleaning?
I hope all is well with you. We’re adjusting to being home and very, very thankful for FaceTime. We’ve gotten to talk to little J several times this week and she does seem to remember our voices. When we talk to her she turns toward the phone and smiles. Ah, it does a Grandma’s heart good.
Poor Mandy has a similar thing to what I do, but she also is running a fever. She’s trying to work through it all because later this month they are leaving for a trip to Paris and London. I hope she gets over it quickly. I do think I’m on the mend, but my voice is still pretty bad. I did have more energy today though and I’m taking that as a good sign. I’ll be back soon!
Blessings and love,