(Full photo set for September can be found here)
Yep, we’re still waiting for school placements. We should be hearing today. If not, as I told Mom-of-Dr.-Thingo, I will show up at the council office every day starting Monday, with the kids, and I’ll let them run around the cubicles and bicker with each other as incentive to process our applications quickly.
We had a good week. Dr. Thingo’s parents were visiting London, after a cruise to St. Petersburg. We had them, and the friends with whom they’re traveling, over for dinner on Saturday night, and it was good to hang out with people who are not Dr. Thingo or the kids. Not that I don’t like Dr. Thingo and the kids. It’s just that we’ve been together, traveling and getting settled in London, for six weeks, and while it’s been great to have so much family time, one needs a little contact with other people. Plus I got to cook for a crowd, which is always good.
The Thingos were here until Wednesday, so we did tonnes of sight-seeing. We spent a morning at the Tower of London, we did a Thames boat tour, we went to the Victoria and Albert, the Science Museum and the Museum of Natural History. The latter three were free – it’s so weird to me that one can just walk into a museum and look around. But all the National Museums here are free (donations appreciated). Same for the British Museum, which we visited last week. The museums are also well-curated and well-designed. We quickly looked at all of them; we’ll have to go spend some more focused time later. I liked the V&A especially, though it wasn’t the kids’ favourite. If they ever get into school, I’ll venture into the city and go visit, a little bit at a time.
I like exploring the city. First off, it’s huge. Second, it’s surprisingly green. There aren’t that many skyscrapers, so it doesn’t feel too closed in (unless you go to Canary Wharf, where it’s all skyscrapers). There are big, sprawling parks everywhere. And lots and lots of people. It’s a beautiful city. Administrative nonsense notwithstanding, I’m very glad to have the opportunity to be here as more than just a tourist for the week.
Token knitting content: I finished the socks for Vorlon:
And I’ve started a pair for Zebula:
This pattern is interesting – you knit the cuff, as usual, but then you knit the rest in strips, starting from the cuff, and working down to the heel, and then picking up stitches back to the cuff, and continuing. Then the heel. Then the sole, and the front. You never break the yarn. It’s clever, and interesting. This is the second pattern I’ve done by this designer, and they’ve both been very interesting to knit up. I’ll have to keep an eye on him.
I also started my Parisian Souvenir Scarf:
The above is from the kit I bought from La droguerie in Paris. It is a four-row lace pattern, memorized easily, and not terribly interesting to knit, but it’s fluffy and sparkly and I think it will be much appreciated when everything is grey and drizzly and chilly in a couple of months.
Think successful and prompt school-placement thoughts for me!