I had a brilliant day out with my mate Angela - a day trip to the University of Stirling to Knit Camp. Knit Camp had been running all week, ending with the Marketplace. My indoor pictures were taken with my compact camera and came out fairly fuzzy (camera has since died, boohoo..) but the one below shows a momentary lull - actually the place was heaving and initially quite overwhelming. I'd never been to a knitting event like this before. I think that's Sulkycat's stall on the left, where I got something beautiful stitch markers and could have spent a fortune on project bags* - had I a fortune to spend.
And as we left in search of the bus back into Stirling we found the knitted poem.
* Just to clarify, the bags weren't expensive, in fact they were very reasonably priced, but as I was on a budget I couldn't justify bags I don't actually need, no matter how pretty!
So our Northern Adventure is over and we're hard at work in our garden. We moved the playhouse and discovered that the fence behind it was rotten so that's been pulled down and MrBorg has set about building a new one. Sooner or later we're going to have to do something about the back fence too as there's a steep drop into the neighbours-over-the-back's gardens - at the moment it seems to be held up with will-power and fuchsia roots.
Another very mixed day in terms of the weather. It started bright as we wandered around the village looking for wildcats - painted ones, that is, part of theWildcat Experience, an excellent way to get kids to walk for miles quite happily. Hidden around the village are 70-odd painted wildcats - armed with a map we had to find them and mark them on the map. This was one of my favourites, 'Cat Among the Pigeons' I think it was called:
Genius! The kids loved it, even when the weather turned wet later. Hey, we had raincoats and wellie-boots :-). We headed out again in the evening in the pouring rain to look for a few more.
More glorious weather so we headed along to the Highland Folk Museum where we had lunch al fresco, then let the kids loose in the play area.
Then we took a wander around the site, first down to the croft:
The museum site stretches alongside the railway line.
The bus transports visitors from one end of the site to the other - the kids love it! But it's a pleasant walk around the site so we made'em walk up to the township end. On the way MrBorg caught a placid grasshopper for Miss Mouse to meet. Very laid-back beastie!
Up at the township the kids loved running in and out of the houses...
..and trying on costumes. Nice kilt!
Miss Mouse getting into character.
Unfortunately the completely excellent Highland Folk Museum is under threat of closure - more on the Don't Let the Highland Folk Museum Become History campaign here, the campaign's Facebook page here and the online petition here.
Once upon a time my friend Bee told me about 'project 365' in which you take a photo a day for a year. I wasn't that disciplined about it and it took me one year and 3 months to reach Day 365, but it quickly became a habit of sorts and also a record of my year. So I've overrun but I continue with it anyway!