Together again

Oh, it’s so good have big daughter back home!  

She’s had a wonderful time in Peru and has promised to write another guest blog post to show you some of her amazing photographs and share some of her experiences – after all, you’ve played a big part in getting her there by buying the Super Socks and making donations towards her fundraising so she wants you to be able to see her pictures too.

We collected big daughter from the airport late on Wednesday evening and it was a joyous, emotional occasion.  Waiting for her to collect her baggage seemed to take longer than the four weeks she had been away, and small daughter was doing so much hopping up and down that she was in danger of making craters in the floor!

Back home, we were able to continue our celebrations.  Big daughter wasn’t allowed to try any of the local alcohol whilst she was away (World Challenge rules; very wise, given the altitude!) and had grown rather fond of Inca Kola.  It’s terribly sweet and not something that I think I would choose to drink on a regular basis, but it made a change for the group from sterilised water.  Big daughter didn’t say no to a glass of Prosecco instead!

I’m pretty certain that her rucksack had turned into some kind of TARDIS whilst she was away – much bigger on the inside than it looked from the outside – as she pulled clothes, gifts, water bottles, sandals, towels, sleeping bag and travel guides out of it.  It spilled all over the table and onto the floor and the dog was fascinated by the unfamiliar smells.

And here are the socks!  One pair of them anyway (you can see the other pair on the table in the picture above).  They’ve held up remarkably well and I’m going to be writing an update on how they’ve survived whilst big daughter has been away which I’ll post in a day or two.

For now, life is just returning to normal. It’s harder for big daughter than for us; after all, for us nothing has changed except that our girl has come home.  Big daughter has swapped an amazing adventure, a large group of travelling companions and daily excitement for … normal life.  We all get holiday blues after a wonderful trip away, and we’re keeping a close eye on big daughter to make sure that she doesn’t suffer too badly as she gets used to being at home.  

I mentioned gifts earlier, and I thought you might like to see what my sweet girl brought home for me.  We’d been joking for months about how she should leave all her clothes behind and just bring a baby alpaca home in her rucksack (what an interesting experience at customs that would be!), although of course before she left I made sure she knew that what was important was that she came home in one piece, never mind the gifts or the baby alpacas!  

She brought home the closest to our joke that she could.  Baby alpaca yarn in my favourite colour, and a “lucky llama” which she bought for me at a local market stall.  And she came home in one piece.  It’s all good.

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18 Responses

  1. Elle M. says:

    Glad she is home safe and ad a great travel experience! Looking forward to her pictures and guest blog!

  2. Gillian Roe says:

    I'm really glad she's home in one piece and that she had such a great time. I love the labels on that yarn, by the way, with the little picture.

    • Winwick Mum says:

      They're really sweet, aren't they? They made me smile too! I'm going to have to find something really special to make with that yarn – and it's definitely not sock yarn! xx

  3. AnnieOBTextiles says:

    It must be so good to have her home safely and I'm looking forward to her guest blog and hearing all about the adventure. The socks look to be in fine shape after 4 weeks of hard work! Beautiful yarn and cute llama.

    • Winwick Mum says:

      It's brilliant! The socks are in remarkably fine shape and I'll be writing about them this week! xx

  4. Unknown says:

    I'm so glad she had such a terrific time and is home safe and sound. That yarn looks too good to use but I adore the llama …. does he have a name? If not, he needs one – he really does! xxx

  5. Angela says:

    I'm so glad your daughter is back safe and sound. Sounds as though she had an amazing time. I am a new reader to your blog thanks to Lucy over at attic 24. My second pair of socks are almost finished. I'm completely addicted. Thank you for such an easy to follow pattern. We have just returned from a week in the Yorkshire dales. Such a delight to see so many wool shops. I treated myself to two balls of west Yorkshire spinners so will look forward to using that. Have a lovely day. Angela x

    • Winwick Mum says:

      Hello Angela, it's lovely to see you! You're going to really enjoy knitting with the WYS yarn, it just slips round your needles so easily that it's a joy to see the socks grow! Well done on making your first two pairs – here's to many more! xx

  6. You must be relieved to have her home safely. The wool and the llama was a lovely thoughtful gift for you x

    • Winwick Mum says:

      Yes it was, I was really touched that she'd brought them for me! It's just great to have her back again 🙂 xx

  7. Jo says:

    You must have heaved a sigh of relief as you saw her walk through customs, you can breathe again now you know she's safely home and sleep too. Such thoughtful gifts she brought home with her, how cute is that little lucky llama.

    • Winwick Mum says:

      It's really cute, isn't it? I can't tell you how great it was to see her come through those doors at the airport! xx

  8. pandchintz says:

    I'm so glad your daughter enjoyed her time away – it has gone quickly, hasn't it? What beautiful yarn. Wonder what you'll make with that?

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I would knit a shawl from that lovely yarn if I were you.

    • Winwick Mum says:

      Yes, I'm inclined to agree, Elizabeth. I'm not one for fingerless mitts and so soft that a shawl would be something nice to snuggle in 🙂 xx

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