Answer? Both were part of an enjoyable weekend away
Our family took a long weekend break this past weekend to travel across to Turangi to visit DH’s great aunt. Apart from his parents and sister, she and her family are his only relatives in NZ. We usually go across to visit her once a year, although we missed a year last year. And we love to visit in Autumn if we can – Turangi has something we don’t get here – lovely deciduous trees. It’s much better to visit than to be responsible for raking up all those leaves, but it’s totally irresistable to crunch and kick your way through piles of fallen leaves.
Another lovely aspect of the visit is that DH’s great aunt in another knitter. So lovely to have knitting company, even if she does favour acrylic yarns! DD 2.8 was delighted to find a hand-knit blanket on her bed – there were also ones for DS, and a double one in the master bedroom. And in our room, this crocheted beauty 🙂
I had plenty of time to sit and knit while the kids explored a new house, DS enjoyed a Sky-watching marathon and we all relaxed after our time at the Tokaanu hot pools. There is a cool wee DOC track around a geothermal area including a few wee mud pools which were a hit with the kids, as per usual. And look at what got it’s first outing…
Great Aunt’s house is full of wee treasures – from the nostalgic items like candlewick bedspreads and a knitted doll covering a spare toilet roll, through to a great collection of teddy bears for the girls to enjoy. And, for me, a copy of Bill Bryson’s book on Shakespeare. Okay, call me mad, but I had it read cover to cover by the time we left today. And really enjoyed it. Given my not-so-past-life as a high school English teacher, and my current post-grad -student-of-English designation, such madness is really par for the course. And luckily, thanks to many a mis-spent evening in front of the computer knitting, I can knit and read at the same time.
As well as knitting on Whisper, I cast on these cute socks last night:
These are the Staccato Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn, colourway JOY from Vintage Purls. They are supposed to be knit in stripes, but I only had one colourway with me – they are looking sweet though, so I think they will be a success.
It was time to head back home today, and somehow DH missed the turnoff to take us back the route we came. I deny all responsibility – I was knitting, not driving! So we ended up coming back via the Forgotten Highway. Possibly the shortest, but most isolated route home. The AA describes it as ” one of New Zealand’s most secluded roads, explores the ever-changing landscape between Taumarunui and Stratford.
New Zealand’s first heritage trail, this scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 180-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel.” They forgot to mention the 30 or so kilometres that aren’t sealed yet. But it was a good, very quiet, trip – we didn’t pass another car, or get passed, on the whole 4 or so hour journey home.
And so now we are home again… I think I’ve got a bit of button shopping and blocking to do tomorrow!