My week started with a wedding last Saturday, which featured a lot of sunflowers. These ones had been planted on purpose in the garden where the wedding was hosted, growing right outside the tent where we sat down to dinner. I've never successfully grown sunflowers myself, so I was very impressed as there were quite a few of them, and they were all very tall and beautiful.
I then spent the week on a residential course at Highgate House in Northamptonshire. The course was very brain-intensive, and the days were long. I didn't mind quite so much though, as the hotel is amazing!
It was built in 1663, and was a coaching inn originally. The main house is huge and everywhere I looked I found interesting details, like this sundial in the main courtyard:
I did take my knitting with me, as I was sure I would have the evenings to myself. It didn't quite work out that way though, as there was a lot of networking/socialising in the evenings, and on most days I was too tired to stay up even to my usual bedtime.
I did manage to escape it all on Wednesday evening though, and spent a couple of hours relaxing in my room, knitting my Wingspan and watching BBC Four documentaries on iPlayer. I've completed five triangles now, and it's starting to get too squished up on my needles to be able to take a proper photo of how it's progressing. There's one shade of green in the yarn that I'm not overly fond of, so while I'm enjoying the process of knitting it at the moment, I'm uncertain how much I will actually like the finished scarf! I'm sure I will feel differently once it's done and blocked though.
No rest for the wicked, however. Got home from Northamptonshire yesterday afternoon, and am off back to Northampton today for another wedding. Then it's five days and counting until Renewal, and I have so much to get done before the event that I doubt I'll get much knitting in. Which does mean I won't get Dragonfly Wings finished by the official end of the KAL, either. It's a good job none of my projects have an actual deadline!