I spent the morning catching up on emails, talking to fellow stitchers waiting for taxis and considering my last Robins panel. I have given all my Windermere embroidery projects to Philippa to send back to Australia for me. The slate frame of whitework is too large for my suitcase and Jenny's roundel is in a hoop for which I am not carrying a stand. They are not projects for doing on the road so they will arrive in Australia just after I return. I would dearly love to keep working on them - but no good would come of doing it while travelling.
I have three projects of my own with me. Priority 1 is my 9th, and last robins panel. I am trying to embroider a group of Scarlet Robins in a nest. I had put in a branch using Bokhara stitch but the tension was poor. I spent much of the morning removing it - a tedious and messy process.
My driver was cheerful and chatty on the lovely - if wet and misty - drive across the hills to Keswick. Sue and Alf had arrived, found our apartment and parked their car in our allotted space by the time I arrived at the Wainwright Pub where we'd agreed to meet. We had a hearty meal and a lot to catch up on.
Our apartment key was not in the allotted key keeper at 3pm as promised. Fortunately the cleaner was still in the downstairs apartment and, when we asked her, reread her instructions. Had we not found her and asked, we'd have been locked out.
It is a pleasant apartment with a comfortable sitting area with a view over Derwent Water. - today moody and grey but periods when enticing peaks loomed up.
Our bedroom windows overlook the street.
It's great to have decent wifi. And even better to be in a comfortable place with plenty of interest around us and time to spend with each other.