Going out

Oh I have been spoiled this weekend. I very rarely go anywhere without a child or two in tow so when I go somewhere on my own I feel slightly giddy. So imagine how my head has been spinning as I have been out alone more in three days than in the three months before. No one to carry, nothing to push and no hands to hold. Strange but not a little exhilarating.

On Good Friday I met a chum at The V&A for the Quilt Exhibition. I toss that out so casually but it was such a treat I cannot tell you how excited I was to be at the exhibition and in such good company. We both made hot cross buns to swap which superstition says will cement our friendship for the coming year. Ordinarily I wouldn’t pay much attention to such a notion but in this case I do hope it is true. I also made a little thank you in the shape of a pincushion which is one of the fastest projects I have sewn up.

Sadly photography was prohibited in the exhibition or I would be bringing you a feast of stitchy delights. The workmanship in the quilts was humbling and inspiring. I found myself drawn to the older quilts and their intricate designs. My head is so filled with ideas for projects I find myself grabbing scraps of paper to draft my ideas before they are lost.

What museum trip is complete without a stop in the gift shop. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful fabric, wealth of books and their price tags. A lot of stroking and gazing went on but I managed to restrain myself (for once) and came away with only a small selection of wares. The cafe was a delight. We were awe struck by the splendid surroundings and I spent rather a lot of time trying to capture the beauty to take home.

As with all good days out it was over far too quickly, we said our farewells and headed our separate ways into the Spring sunshine. I couldn’t help myself from taking photos out of the car window as we drove West and the sun set.

Saturday saw Mr Kat and I heading out for the evening for the first time since we became parents. I know – most people gape when we tell them that but in all honesty we have never had need to leave the children behind. So we left two decidedly awake children with our most trusted of friends and went out! We had the most wonderful evening and laughed so hard that my sides are still aching today.

Going out alone is a sweet pleasure and like everything enjoyable, all the better for its rarity.

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11 Comments

  • Reply amy April 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I’m so glad that you have been having such a good time over the last few days. The quilt exhibition sounds marvelous. I was very happy to babysit the little ones and will happily do it again anytime that I’m in town. xxx p.s Thanks for a inviting me on the lovely egg hunt today.

  • Reply Abby April 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    What an uplifting post, glad you have been having fun x

  • Reply Abby April 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

    That sounds like the perfect day out to me! x

    • Reply Kat April 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      @ Amy – I may well be taking you up on that offer :) Check the next post for hunting pictures…

      @ Abby Juicytots – Thanks, it has been an awesome weekend!

      @ Abby Red Buttons – It most certainly was and I even got some yummy chocolate cake!

  • Reply Natalie April 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Whoop! Sounds like a fantastic weekend! It’s good to have some you time xx

    • Reply Kat April 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      @ Natalie – think the last time I was out alone for so long was when we did the baby show!

      @ Kitschy Coo – come down for it, I’d happily go again ;)

      @ Jo – buzzing is the word! Just need to bring my skills up to match my big ideas :)

  • Reply Kitschy Coo April 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Very jealous, would love to see the quilt exhibition! Glad you had a nice time:)

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  • Reply Jo April 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    All sounds wonderful. It’s so exciting to come home buzzing with inspiration and ideas. Glad you had such a lovely little escape this weekend.

  • Reply BertieD May 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Oh my how did I miss this post? I so enjoyed our visit to the V&A too and hope that we can repeat the experience in the future.
    I am also delighted that you appreciate our blossoming friendship, over the short time that we have know each other you have shown me so many interesting things and inspired my craft and creativity – thank you x

    • Reply Kat May 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm

      Bert what a lovely comment. I have to say you are an inspiration yourself and will not stop hoping you start a blog to share your talents! xx

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