The first 3 days of this week, I was working in Newcastle, at the Employment Tribunal court, on the final 3 days of a employment case, but having to hit the Lemsip hard to keep a sore throat and cold at bay, it worked, but only just. Thursday, at trip to Hawes for the Teeswater Sheep Breeders Council meeting, which always means a 150 mile round trip and a very late arrival home.
Friday was the low point of the week, Julie's funeral. It was a celebration of her life, as it should have been, but we all felt we shouldn't be doing this now, Julie's life was cut short too early and in a very brutal way.
Saturday was a trip to Stocksfield to the Tynedale WS&D's spinners gathering. This is the 3rd year I've been to this event and I enjoy it immensely. There are usually around 10 stall holders and the event is organised like clockwork, from arriving the ladies come out and help you unpack your vehicle, keep you well supplied with tea and coffee and provide an amazing lunch. The members of the guild sit with their wheels and looms etc trying out the fibre they have just bought along with any new bits of equipment they have bought. I did succumb to a knitting book the has 200 Fair Isle Patterns in it, amazing colour plates and pattern ideas. It was also good to catch up with friends I haven't seen for a while and do a little bit of spinning. Martin from P& M Woolcraft had a look at my Lendrum Spinning Wheel as the wheel is not running "true". But as far as Martin was concerned the "wobble" was nothing to worry about as it wasn't affecting the way my wheel was spinning. Sales were good as well and I got back home early evening, but the effects of the past two weeks finally caught up with me and I was in bed by 9.30 and asleep 5 minutes later.
This coming week we have some very strange questions to answer from the buyer of our house, make the final arrangements for our farm equipment sale and, keeping everything possible crossed, exchange contracts on our smallholding and the house we want to buy, at the end of the week!