It's been an emotional weekend. It began before we even started and was not helped by DH attempting to change the volume on the car radio before we even pulled out of our driveway. I had - quite by accident - set the radio to my favourite Christian station and employed the use of the controls on the steering wheel to mute or change the volume. DH decided to use the touch pad and that was when we got into trouble. Ten minutes out of town all we had was static and so, in frustration, turned off the radio, and embarked on a rather silent journey.

On arriving at our destination all were asleep although I woke sometime during the night to cries of a hungry baby (a lovely sound to my ears because I didn't have to get up to feed) but had to wait until morning before becoming reacquainted.

We had a delightful one and a half days with The Most Handsome and Charming Grandson#1 before heading over to see Son#5 and his girlfriend. This was the main reason for our weekend away and not a happy one. Son#5's girlfriend had been in New Zealand on a study visa and it was now time for her to return home.

As a memento of her time here in this beautiful country I made her a cowl from a deliciously soft New Zealand yarn. While no self-respecting Aussie (aka Jules) would admit to wearing an item made out of a yarn that contains not only New Zealand merino and silk, but possum fur as well, I am sorely tempted to make myself one next winter. It was a delight to knit and, I hope, a delight to wear, such was the softness and drape of the yarn. The pattern reminded me of the Southern Cross - a constellation that has special meaning for both Kiwis and Aussies and is represented on the flags of both countries (as well as several others). This pattern is available free on Ravelry as the Orchid Cowl.

The weekend over, it was time to return home, but, as often happens, there was a detour along the way …

And the scenery on the long drive also brought its our sense of calm …

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV