Monday, 25 May 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday Nathan & Nyah & 48th Sierra Leone Independence day

Things as usual have been pretty busy round here. No excuse really for not posting sooner.

It is really hard to believe that Nathan & Nyah have turned two. Where has the last year gone?

We decided to celebrate with a party, to not only honour their birthday, but the 48th Anniversary of Sierra Leone becoming independent, know as Independance day.

So we all got together on a hot Friday, dressed in our African finest and everyone cooked an African dish. The food was excellent and we all had a great time, especially all the kids.

Of course, as we were celebrating a kiddies birthday there was cake, a jungle cake, which was made with the Sierra Leone National flag colours. It was really delicious. Nathan & Nyah just loved it. We still have the lion in a tuperware dish as mummy cannot bear to part with it!

I have managed some knitting since my last post, I have completed my first ever pair of socks, finally getting past the dreaded second sock syndrome! They fit so well and they will be well worn when I return home in the summer. The Claudias Handpainted sock yarn is SO soft.

We also had a lunch this month with some fellow ravellers at the Noodle House, it was a long lunch lasting about 3.5 hours! I guess this is what happens when you get a few crazy knitters together. I reckon if some people did not have to get back to work we would still be there!

I also completed Nathans hoody, unfortunately I ran out of yarn for the hood, which I modified to become a Jacket. One of the problems living here where there is no LYS to nip into to get that required skein to finish a project. I think the jacket looks well anyway. Nathan hates it! Every time I put it on him, he crys and trys to pull it off.

I also completed an Owl baby vest and bibs for my friends little boy. So at the moment I only have one work in progress Liesl. It is an easy nice knit, the pattern is written really well and very easy to follow. I hope to have some photos of it finished soon.

Friday, 1 May 2009

A February Lady In April!

Yeah she is done and finished. My first ever top down project of which there will be many many more! No mattress stitch I love it!

I would model this lady, although it is now 40c plus here and the thought of 100 percent merino wool, soft as it is, makes me feel queasy. So she will have to wait until my impending trip back to Belfast in the summer. I loved this knit and the Malabrigo yarn was just so yummy!

Life is ticking along well here, the kids are growing every week and their new abilities astound me, they are like little sponges, absorbing everything around them. I am busy this week preparing for our 2nd birthday party next weekend and also Sierra Leone National day. Richard is travelling so I have to make all the preparations myself. Including his African costume. Oh the possibilities are endless!

The party will entail some usual kiddies party food and birthday cake etc, but everyone dresses up in African gear and brings a dish. So we get to sample lots of yummy fair. I will post a blog after the event.

We had a busy week last. We had dinner with Chris & some friends at Bussola on the beach on Sunday, the Golf club annual members party Tuesday and the highlight of the week, the boys birthday bash at the Exchange grill at the Fairmont. What a meal and a restuarant I definitely want to visit again.

I can hardly believe that a year has passed today since we got the call to travel to Sierra Leone to finalise the adoption of Nathan & Nyah. I have very fond memories of Jodie's Sierra Leone National Day party this day last year, when we got the call to travel. It truly has been the most wonderful year!