Oh Monday: what have you got for us this week?It's been a long time coming, since they began to plot and plan and book online, this one. It's Prague week!
The (Not So) Small One (I'm going to have to stop calling her that: she's so completely grown up now, every time this morning that I've shouted up the stairs "Have you packed your...?" I've heard Yep! right back at me) and her friends are leaving in the morning for an adventure all of their own. They are all used to travelling, but this is their first go it alone trip and the excitement, as we say round here, is mighty.
As she set off for another planning meeting on Saturday, she turned, bemused, and said, "So you are going to spend all afternoon, just you and Dad, again?"
Oh, yes. We had plans of our own and they included the wool shop, the hardware shop and then home for exactly, completely whatever we wanted to watch on TV. So, I did the wool shop (was pretty restrained, just one ball double knitting, for boot socks), then we bought a new whirligig (as we know: a rotary dryer, I think, is its common name. First thing I learned this weekend is that they come in different sizes and I've spent years squeezing laundry for four onto a two person. Who knew?)
Then we found a charity shop. As soon as I walked in the door I spotted a brass bowl exactly like the one we've had in the family for years, from Nigeria, Granny has a collection. So I paid 32 for it and the man behind the counter started to talk and it turned out he used to be a silversmith and he told us all about how he thought it had been made and about he technique of repousse, which creates a design in the opposite way, in relief; and it was a pleasure to listen because he was enjoying himself too, so that we left the shop knowing more than we did when we went in on a whim. Plus, we had a bowl to take to Granny. So we packed up the brasso yesterday and took a trip. "But it's exactly like my bowl! she said. Have you brought a cloth?
So that's what I learned this weekend. Did I try anything new?
You know I like to share a local delicacy when I can (remember the Guinness flavoured crisps?). I have tried to try them. I just can't bring myself to open the bag. They might be amazing, all fried potato bread and bacon, but then again. I'll let you know. Sometime.
How about you? Did you try anything for the fist time or learn something you didn't know before? Today could be a good day to make a memo. Remember it on Monday! And then give us a shout so that we can share, just as..
Deb, Barbara, Helena, Eileen, Krafty Karen, Mitra, Mary-Lou, Ladkyis, Susanne, Maggie and Karen
did last time. Go on, give 'em a wave! And have a good week.