Carolyn and John took us to Hamsterley Forest today for a walk. It is a mecca for mountain bikers with lots of routes ranging in difficulty but still with plenty of areas for walkers to go. There was still loads of snow around and the temperature didn’t get above freezing all day. Our walk into the forest was a bit of a challenge, with John nearly falling a couple of times as it was so muddy but once we got onto the proper trails it was fairly easy underfoot.
It was a lovely walk and there were lots of people about, dog walkers, young children with their parents enjoying the countryside, couples and cyclists all enjoying this wonderful country.
When we got back to the house Carolyn had made a lovely roast dinner. We’ve been treated so well by them both and it feels like we’ve known them all our lives. Carolyn has been my knitting tutor over the last few days too – I’ve learnt the correct way to hold the needles, as before I was holding them as if I was writing – no wonder it’s taken me forever to knit! I can now undo a line of knitting if I’ve made a mistake and know how to go back a couple of rows and pick up the stitches to correct a mistake.
Also, I know how to identify what different stitches look like so I know if I should be knitting or purling, instead of having to count back every time. All you who have had someone to teach you how to knit don’t know how lucky you are! During Carolyn’s tuition I noticed I’d forgotten to decrease so I’d ended up with 20 extra stiches – I’ve started again!
I’ve been given some really helpful advice and feel confident now to carry on – thanks Carolyn!