Monday, January 31, 2011

I don't just break resolutions....

...I jump on them with both feet!

I posted on the 19th, said I was going to post once a week, and then immediately left it almost 2 weeks until I posted again! Hopeless.

I am blaming the holidays (and the fact that I barely know what day of the week it is), for the fact that I suddenly realised it was 1 February, and the beginning of school was just around the corner. So, in 2 sleeps the children are back to school and very shortly we are all off to NZ for a short time.

So, you ask, what have they been doing?

Well, there has been knitting and the nearly eternal Hay cardigan is finally finished. It is currently blocking and awaiting buttons. There have been 2 versions of the Hurricane Hat - one where I thought I knew much better than the designer (and it didn't look even vaguely like a hurricane) and one with the remaining posmerino which actually abided by the designers instructions and looks great - but meant that I had to frog the not-quite-a-hurricane in order to finish it off. The hat will go with the posmerino Boneyard shawl and will be worn in a cold place.

That's right - a very cold place. I am off to Antarctica for a day trip! On the 30th annuversary of the Mt Erebus Aircrash, Air New Zealand sent 12 relatives of the victims to Antarctica to the crash site to place a memorial marker. The passengers were drawn by ballot - and I had no idea at the time that this was happening. Because it was so successful, Air New Zealand decided to put on a larger second flight. This time I actually knew about the ballot and entered my name - and I have a seat. The plan is to fly from NZ, land at Scott Base, place another memorial, and after a short time on the ground, to fly back to NZ.

What this has meant from a practical point of view, is that we are all going to NZ (because there are several alternative flight dates, depending on the Antarctic weather) and I need to pack thermals, a scarf and hat and warm socks.

Gosh - I wonder where the scarf, hat and socks should come from? I know - I'll knit some!

So the kids go back to school for two days, and then vanish for a fortnight for some real world experience of vulcanology, zoology, studies of flora and fauna and some vicarious Antarctic experiences. I'll try to blog before we leave - but I must go - I have a hat to finish and block......

9 comments:

Melinda said...

That sounds wonderfully exciting.

Kate_knits_a_bit said...

Hasn't the month just flown by? Have a wonderful time in NZ, and I hope the trip to Antarctica is amazing, and healing too.

Rose Red said...

Wow, I didn't realise that was the purpose of the Antartica trip - still exciting, but sad too, and yes, as Kate said, I hope healing too. I'm looking forward to hearing about it, if you want to share, on your return.

And don't forget, you can knit on the plane! Just in case you don't get those socks/hat etc finished!

Taphophile said...

So glad you are taking the opportunity for the Antarctic trip. Hope the knitting is done in time :)

Leonie said...

I've probably missed you but hope that you have/had a fabulous holiday and hope that all of your extremities are/were nicely warm :-)

shellauw said...

How was it? I've visited the Erebus memorial in Wellington often. They have the last 5 minutes of radio contact on loop. It's just devastating.

But what a place to visit. Hope it went well.

MadMad said...

OH MY GOSH! A POST! TWO!!! WHY DIDN'T I KNOW?! How come stupid ravelry didn't tell me? Off to read!

MadMad said...

Wow. What an amazing trip that must have been. Seriously. Maybe even worth a post, hint, hint.

catsmum said...

seems impossible that it's now over 30 years since the Mt Erebus disaster. I had no idea that you'd lost loved ones Ceri.
Hope the trip brings you peace and closure