Friday, June 11, 2010


I can barely believe it's four weeks since I last posted. My blogging mojo isn't what it used to be but I seem to get there in the end.

The past few weeks seem to have been busy busy busy. I had a very busy half term at work and there was no let up at weekends either.

We were ready for a holiday and the half term break was just what we needed. While Moog went to m-i-l's for a break, Mr Moog, Monster, Minx and I packed up the car and headed off for a glorious week's camping in Wales.

Our first stop was near Chepstow for a wonderful few days of camping with family - my brother, s-i-l and littlest niece (a very grown up 13!) and my cousins and their children from Mum's side of the family.

Mum's brother and two sisters also came along and it was so precious to spend time with them all - especially as it was exactly three years since Mum passed away (on 31st) and we all got to be together and talk about her. The general consensus was that we all miss her more than ever and are still very cross with her for going off and leaving us far too soon.

After several days of camping in a big group on a very busy but very basic and very slopey site overlooking the beautiful Wye valley, family Moog packed up the tent (in pouring rain) and went deeper into Wales to our favourite campsite.

A total contrast to the first site, we were nestling amid the trees in a flat valley bottom, with glorious sunshine the whole time we were there......and managed to do the laundry and have clean, hot showers every day!

Although missing the chat and fun of big group camping, we did chill out and relax more than we ever have on a camping holiday before. Thanks to the fantastic weather we spent days sitting outside reading, chatting and playing - none of the driving miles trying to find something to do in the rain that we have had in the past.

Whilst there we caught up with very dear friends - my friends of 20 years standing, who came to visit us en camp and Mr Moog's friends of many years who we stayed with on our last night. Both friends have children of similar age to our own and they all got on brilliantly, whilst their parents got slowly sozzled on rather a shocking amount of wine!

On the drive home over the Severn bridge we concluded that this was without a doubt the very best holiday we have ever doubt helped by the fact that for the first time ever I actually slept well every night whilst camping :o)

You may well be thinking that nine days away camping would have seen an awful lot of knitting being done. I took four knitting projects with me - one Baktus scarf and three different socks.

Shockingly I knitted four rows of the scarf and not one stitch more.

In fact, this is the first proper knitting I have done for nearly two weeks!

The first pattern repeat of Rhodie Gus - the June sock for the Stashbasket and Moogsmum sock challenge. I cast on last night and so far I love this pattern - even the fiddly cabley bit. I'm using some Blue-faced Leicester sock wool that I hand-dyed......couldn't face using any of my posh stuff in case I didn't like the pattern!

If it works out I may end up doing another pair in something more delicious.

Crochet has taken a temporary back seat. After doing 9 ten inch Granny squares in four days I had to give my poor aching hands a rest.

Luckily, I can foresee a whole lot of knitting and hooking this weekend as the little beasties are heading off for a whole weekend away at Cub's camp......of course, I'll miss them dreadfully but will just about manage to console myself with some yarny doings ;o)



Gina said...

I thought you'd abandoned us bloggers forever! Sounds like you've had a brilliant holiday. x

Jodie said...

I've been wondering what has kept you so busy - it all sounds like fun ! ...

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, can I be adopted in your family? Your camping trip sounds like heaven to me! (Is that Tintern Abbey in the shot?) Imho, a successful vacation is measured by how much knitting you didn't get done -- it means you were having such a wonderful time you couldn't manage to pick up the sticks. Congratulations on a Fine Time. And it's great to have you back!

Emma (silverpebble) said...

Hey what's with the swanky new look Moogs?

It looks as though you had holiday fun.

Enjoy this weekend Mrs - the quiet, the making, the wine. Ah, the wine xx

locket said...

I agree with Emma - you've got a very swanky new look going on Moogs! Your holiday sounds fab and your new sock looks lovely - the way you have dyed the wool is great! Lucy x

Julie said...

I like the new blog layout :o) Glad you had such a great holiday, it's allowed not to have done much knitting on hol. A good chill out is really valuable.

Good to see you blogging again. enjoy the weekend. I think the sun is going to shine!

Annie said...

Great to see photos of sunshine in your part of the world. Good to relax.

Angela said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic family holiday. Love the new look blog.

French Knots said...

Like your new look and colours! Good to hear what you've been up to, chilled out camping sounds the perfect antidote to a busy life.xx