Monday, March 22, 2010


We had company on the weekend -- it was actually perfect timing for our friends Ray and Sandy to visit from up-Island!

Ten to fifteen years ago, our four closest 'couple' friends were Susan and Sri, Ken and Michelle, Chris and Barb, and Ray and Sandy ... Barb died of breast cancer about ten years ago (and Chris remarried fairly quickly and drifted away), and if you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know that Susan and Michelle are gone now.

So it was wonderful to spend some time with Ray and Sandy -- we first met them when Ray had bought an old Chris Craft that had sustained a fairly serious fire, and he, being a great carpenter (and having been raised in England by a shipwright father) restored it over the course of a year or two. In fact, the first time we went to Jedediah Island was with Ray and Sandy, and we were also cruising with them the first time we went to another favorite place, the Ballenas Islands. And Sandy's a knitter!

The boys arrived for their Saturday night sleepover, and Ray and Sandy stayed for dinner, too. How can you not be cheered up when you have a 4-year-old hamming it up in Papa's glasses and Grandma's Crocs?

And some time since I wrote my last post I managed to get some good work done, AND .... I went to a sheep-shearing yesterday. These dudes were already done by the time I arrived:

And these were waiting in the pen:

And Peter made fast work of the works:

(So, locals, if you want raw Corriedale-x-Suffolk wool, I have many bags full to give away -- get in touch!)

Then on the way home, I stopped at the Sidney waterfront to knit, and watched this barge come in:

The blue shawl is nearly done, and I may even have pics soon to show you that I really have been knitting!

Then, finally, last night we watched the Paralympic Closing Ceremonies, and said goodbye, as a host province, and as a country, to the amazing Olympic games. What a ride it's been!

Sure glad my funks don't ever last too long! :)


Grace said...

sounds like a great weekend!!!

Knotty By Nature Fibres Arts said...

Thanks for the fleece!



wendy said...

more wool?!! you are going to have to buy a wool barge to float beside your home!