Sunday, 27 September 2015

Dreaming Spires

An old friend had a significant birthday. We have known each other since our children were very small but, as they grew, went to different schools and are now adults, we hadn't seen her for ages.
Out of the blue, a few weeks ago I had a call from her husband to invite us a surprise dinner for her at her Alma mater in Oxford.
Of course, as usual I couldn't decide what to get as a gift. Several times I made a firm decision about what I would definitely buy but changed my mind when I got to the shop. Originally I had to buy a tree for her new garden before I thought through the practicalities of transporting it to Oxford. Finally, yesterday morning, I decided on some National Garden Centre vouchers which I know she will enjoy spending. 
The plain white envelope looked a little drab and boring. Lightbulb moment! I would crochet an envelope. It was, now, far too late but I grabbed a hook and some white cotton 4ply and leapt into the car where my OH was waiting to get going. 
The journey was just long enough to make a 6in doily and to attempt to "block" it by sitting on it for the last 10 minutes. Tied with a red ribbon and Ta- Dah! Oh well, I tried.
The dinner was fabulous. It was wonderful to catch up with old friends. I ate far too much of the amazing four course meal and had, maybe just a little, more wine than I am used to. This morning after breakfast we took a stroll in the college gardens.

A really lovely weekend and a great catch up with old friends. We mustn't leave it so long next time.