Sunday, 22 March 2015

Richard III and my 3 day weekend


I was lucky enough to enjoy a three day weekend this weekend - and it has been a pretty busy one, a complete contrast to last weekend! And what a contrast of activities too!

On Friday a friend and I went to the NEC to the Hobbycrafts, Sewing and Knitting Show.
 I had never been to a show like this before and my goodness, there was a whole array of
 very tempting goodies to buy - and a fair number of people even had shopping trolleys with
 them to carry their purchases!

 I thought I was very restrained buying two DMC cross stitch kits

 and two other small craft kits. 

Oh, and a light complete with a magnifying glass and large clip to hold an embroidery hoop. I can't believe I haven't bought one of these before, considering the time I have spent sewing/knitting 
over the years, and sadly (and I hate to admit this!) my eyesight isn't as good as it used to be!

I'm hoping this new light will last me many years. 

On Saturday, daughter and I tried out an orienteering course, not very far from us. It was in a
 beautiful location, that I didn't know existed. 

Daughter has recently started orienteering in an endeavour to maintain her interest in cross country running; and she has a big race coming up so needs all the practice she can get. The course took us 1 hour 45 minutes. I can see the  growing attraction to orienteering - fresh air, exercise, discovering new places, and relying on your map reading skills to work out where you are - not easy in dense woodland. 

Saturday afternoon we picked up both boys from University - so the poor washing machine is on
 over drive at the moment - and plenty more washes to go too!

Daughter had football this morning...

and Richard III grabbed our attention this afternoon. 

 Elder son and I drove to a village to watch the procession of Richard III's remains from Market Bosworth to Leicester. I was surprised by how many had come to watch. 
We only had a fairly quick glimpse of the cortège as it passed, but it did feel like we were
 observing an incredible piece of history. 

 And I thought I would finally finish with a photo of the view from my office window, taken one
 day this week. It's not a particularly inspiring view but that glimpse of blue sky every so often, 
during a working day lifts my spirits no-end!

Hope you had a great weekend and I wish you a good week, whatever your plans!


  1. Quite amazing to see that cortege. A piece of history indeed. I'm glad you enjoyed the orienteering, it sounds great fun, although I am absolutely useless at directions, really, really useless. CJ xx

    1. i think I might even have persuaded sons to have at least one go at orienteering to see what they think of it!

  2. Sounds like you've had a busy but fun three day weekend. Well done with your purchases at the show. I've been to the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate and there were so many lovely craft things to buy it was so easy to spend a fortune there
    ( I didn't! ) I think the light with magnifying glass is one clever gadget. I'd like to have one of those too. Have a good week! X

    1. I can't believe I have waited so long to buy such a light Marion, it is really very useful

  3. You showed great restraint, what lovely kits they are too. How great to have seen that piece of history, I saw them unearthing his body a couple of years ago, amazing xx

    1. It has been a fascinating story hasn't it? And amazing how they found Richard relatively easily!

  4. By the way, good luck to your daughter. Hope she does well in her next race!

  5. Those hobby craft shows are choc full of things you didn't know you needed aren't they! A good day out though. I quite fancy orienteering but my map reading skills are rubbish and I have no sense of direction! Best of luck to your daughter in the next race :-) xx

  6. I can totally understand the washer working overtime. When my eldest came home he packed his bag as full as he could with his dirty laundry. He was home for five days but I washed 21 shirts! It made me laugh. I find the whole Richard III even so fascinating, so many people turned out to see the procession.
    Hugs to you and enjoy your boys,

  7. I would love to get a light for my knitting/crochet/sewing. My eyesight isn't as good as it was. Where my desk is located in work I can't even see the sky.


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