It’s school holidays here at the moment, which means I’m on holidays too. It’s possible I’m a little excited about that. It’s also possible that I’ve been annoying my friends by doing a countdown to holidays for several weeks. Happily, they are patient people.*
In the weeks leading up to holidays I had lots of plans for what I would do. My body, as it turns out, had other plans, and decided I need to sleep and relax. It took very little persuasion for me to be on board with this plan. Instead of a holiday full of day trips and excitement, I’ve had a week of walking, relaxing brunches, hanging with friends and sitting on the couch. So, you know, a generally awesome holiday. Here are the highlights:
Early morning walk in the sunshine, leaning into people’s gardens to photograph the daisies.
A morning in a local park, which included…
…hiding in a duck blind, like a ninja.**
$15 plastic sandals, with glitter. I feel entirely sure these sandals will be as sweaty and uncomfortable as the almost-identical pair I had when I was 12, but… GLITTER.
An early celebration of a friend’s birthday, where I helped her children make this amazingly delicious cake. This is only half finished – the end result looked a little like this:
(Recipe and photo from here)
Several walks at another local walking track, which included a little loop into here:
…where I fully expected to find a mysterious gingerbread house around the next corner.***
I’m also teaching myself to crochet. I made this, then went on to these…
…which might be the beginning of a rug. Or might just be the beginning of a crocheted hexagon collection. Who can say?
Unphotographed events include:
A Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon with two friends, one of whom had never seen any Star Trek and wanted to see what the fuss was about. I sat and crocheted, she did patchwork and my other friend did some colouring in her daughter’s very intricate colouring book. A comment was made that it felt like we were in a Jane Austen novel, with all the women busy with their handiwork while someone (in this case, the TV) read to us and entertained us.
Lots of reading. In addition to some book group reading, I’ve been working my way through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. They’re very funny and weird. I’m enjoying them a lot.
A trip to the zoo. Okay, I haven’t actually done that one yet, but I’m looking forward to it on Wednesday.
Verdict: School holidays are totally awesome. Totally.
* This is a prerequisite for being friends with me. I can be a little… insane… at times.
** Note the complete absence of ducks in this photo. It’s possible they knew I was there.
*** I didn’t find a gingerbread house. I did find seven – SEVEN – fallen trees over the path. I was ready to run at the first ominous creaking sound.