You can pretty much mark out the year by a calendar of Girl Lacer’s friends birthdays, the last one of the year (as in academic year, which, sorry does mean year to me, I’m so institutionalised) is Scarlett’s, which is normally held in a small walled off garden in Richmond Park. But first up, the birthday present, or should I say the birthday present bag, as the birthday present was some soft toy from Club Penguin, which I totally don’t get.
The embroidery is ahem, a bit subtle, as the colour of the (yes again) variegated floss that I used for the lollipops was quite close to the colour of the bag (a really nice effect though, the choice of variegated thread I mean, not the colour of the bag, as it really reminded me of those swirly raspberry lollipops, which made me so crave one when I was stitching this). Anyway, so here’s a close up.
(I dream of living in a flat with nice light for photos)
The pattern is adapted from a pattern by The Split Stitch, which is a cute set of bunting themed days of the week (but which can be easily adapted, as you can see for things like names or anything else you can think of).
So, anyway, Girl Lacer had a party to go to in Richmond Park, she also had a tap exam today, so I needed to pick her up early, so instead of going home again after I dropped her of, me and my camera went for a walk. Now you may have noticed a distinct lack of Richmond Park photos in my blog for a while, I do think I have a tendency just to go there in the spring, specially early spring, when I’m desperately seeking out any signs of green I can. I am lucky that for most of the year, as I live in a very ‘green’ town, that normally I don’t have to go far to get some grass underfoot and some trees in my line of sight (in fact, since they’ve opened an extra gate in the playing field next to us, me and the kids have been able to walk across it to get to and from school and to walk to school, on grass (specially as they’re often not particularly brilliant at cutting it) has been wonderful). So, due to being generally busy and not having to actively seek out green, I go to Richmond Park far less, if at all. So today was the first day in quite a while and I realised how much I’m fixed into going to the different parts of the park at certain times of year, so that when I go to that part of the park at a different time of year, it feels a bit odd. Like why wasn’t there snow on the best* hill to go sledging.
And where did all these leaves come from on the hill where normally the only sign of green (in early spring) is lichen.
But as well as seeing some familiar sights, I had more time (and the freedom, as I didn’t have the kids with me) to follow paths I’d never been on before (I so love that, I’ve lived near Richmond Park for 7 years now and I still know hardly any of it). If you come through Kingston Gate there’s a ridge almost directly facing it, so today I decided to follow the line of the ridge, following the maze of paths, up and down, then up (you get the drift) the hill again, letting my instinct tell me which paths to take (and with the comforting knowledge that I had set an alarm on my phone to tell me when I had to turn back to pick up Girl Lacer and that I could get as lost as I want and still find my way back, also thanks to my phone).
Then it was back to pick up Girl Lacer, then home to change into her tap kit, then out again for her tap exam, whilst I had to pop into town to find some shorts for her in a sea of autumn clothes, which was tricky. I had luck, eventually, with that but I also needed to buy a new kettle and had less luck with that. Then it was time to pick up Girl Lacer again, this time with her hair snazzily done up in french pleat style pigtails and then finally home again.
* Best as in the best hill for slightly timid sledgers, there is another hill in the park where you could easily go and break your neck if you wanted.