I took this weekend off from the paintball site to meet three Australian cousins: two firsts and a second. They are here because second (daughter of one of the firsts) is doing a PhD in astro-physics at Oxford, so her mother and aunt have come over to see her and meet us. They have been staying with another cousin near Oxford; he held a huge meet the whole family party earlier in the month but I didn't go because I had no money for the petrol. Luckily they wanted to see the Lake District, and we have another cousin who lives in Manchester, so we met up there on Saturday.
My sister, who lives even further north than me, and her husband came too. They got the train to a station from which I could pick them up, and off we drove. Thank goodness they were with me, when we got lost she was able to phone for directions.
It was lovely to be back in cousin J's house again, it had been her parent's before so I had spent many a sunny summer week there as a child. Her husband is an antique dealer who likes to paint things green, and bring home interesting things.
The shed door-stop.
Elements of other past lives merge with ours.
On Saturday evening Oxford cousin took Aussie cousins to a hotel on Lake Windermere, we stayed with Manchester cousin but arranged to meet for Sunday lunch in Bowness on our way back up to Scotland. Blimey it was busy!
It's changed since I was last there, too. I remember it being pretty but full of shops that sold stuff I wouldn't be seen dead with, and rancid fat cafés. Like any tourist spot it still has those but it also has shops that sell things like this:
(it's made out of a old boat and if I'd had two hundred and seventy nine quid and space in my car I'd have bought it for the garden, minus the shells),
and we were able to find somewhere non-rancid for lunch:
This morning I was distracted by a link on another blog to a wordle site, and spent far too long choosing colour and shape. Maybe I could justify the time spent by finding a way to use it at Thursday's workshop. I tried to put it on my sidebar but couldn't see how, so had to put it here. I couldn't work out how to save it to my computer either. Any tips would be gratefully received.
Update: I managed it all by myself, see sidebar.