The sun is streaming through the windows today, but it’s been a weekend of contrasts.
This is what we woke up to on Friday morning. Oh boy, did I have a big smile on my face! We’ve hardly had any snow this winter and even though the meteorological spring started on 1 March, it looked like the winter had finally caught up with us! The neighbouring gardens were blanketed in white …
and it was still snowing when the dog and I went for our walk after dropping small daughter off at school.
In the garden, the plants all wore snowy coats …
but by mid-afternoon it had all melted and the snow had turned to rain. My girls (and yes, me too!) were very disappointed – they had hoped it would last over the weekend (and a bit longer – they’re always hopeful that the schools will be closed!) but it wasn’t to be.
It was just as well really – on Saturday I went to listen to Betsan Corkhill speaking about therapeutic knitting and if we’d been snowed in I wouldn’t have been able to go. What I learnt ties in very well with what I already know about well-being and relaxation and how knitting can be an important part of that, but I also learnt more about how it can be used to help alleviate pain and combat stress and anxiety and why knitting works so well for this. I’ll be writing more about the day a bit later on – and telling you why it’s absolutely fine to have more than one project on the go!
Today is Mothering Sunday. The service in our church is always very considerate – Mother’s Day isn’t an easy day for everybody – and today the talk was about how the day was originally a day when people would return to their “mother” church which was the main church of the parish. Later, children in domestic service would use the day to visit their mothers if they were close enough to do so, but the tradition of giving mothers presents is one from more recent times and in the UK has been amalgamated with Mothering Sunday although in other countries Mother’s Day falls on a different date. It’s interesting that a quick Google search on the subject gives lots of different origins for Mother’s Day, but the focus of the church talk today was on how everybody “mothers” in different ways, whether a man, a woman or a child, and so the day should be a celebration of how we care for others. I like that sentiment. I also liked breakfast in bed, cards and presents – and having dinner cooked for me tonight. I really like that bit!
Despite the sunshine, it’s still been very cold today and back home, small daughter and I were glad of our new socks. I’ve finally finished my cashmere socks and they feel very luxurious on my feet. I’ve noticed that some of the socks in my drawer are looking a little tired (they do get worn a lot!) so it’s nice to have some new ones to replace them with.
Small daughter found herself the cosiest spot in the house, happy reading her book and pretending that she didn’t have any homework to do. I made her socks with some growing room so I’m hoping they’ll last her for a while.
It’s been a lovely weekend, and today I’ve enjoyed having a day of not doing very much at all – usually Sundays are full of chores and getting ready for the week ahead. There’s still been some of that, but I have deliberately not done any more than I needed to and have not felt guilty at all about sitting down with my knitting this afternoon.
I hope you have had a lovely Mother’s Day, whoever – or whatever – you mother xx