It's better now, after watching the first part of the Swedish Eurovision qualifiers together with Rickard, Maja and three of her friends. And now I am even happy that I bought two new blue gouache paint tubes for my scroll-making today. So it got beter, but it still feels like a waste day.
Tomorrow we'll go to my sister's place, because her youngest turns five, and I look forward to that.
I also got a nice phone call from my GP, and we made plans for how to persuade the people at the sick fund.
It was very hard to put a headline on this post, because it's just a general update, I'm trying to get into the habit of posting on LJ (almost) daily again. I finished Rickard's birthday shirt yesterday and I also finshed hand sewing and felling the seams on the body pieces of my new mint green Italian kirtle. It's a silk/viscose satin, so you can imagine exact how slippery that fabric is, with the result that I have had to recut pieces while sewing to make thim fit together (the armscyes looked totally different on the left and rigth sides for example), but now it looks rather good. I will hopefully have the energy to cut out the sleeves for it today.
It also has a very different colour from the one it originally had. When the fabric arrived I thought it was too bright and too blue in the colour, but I didn't think there was much I could do about it. Then I tried removing a smudge of dirt on oen of the pieces and found that the fabric became much lighter in the colour.
So I washed it. First the two pieces of the gown by hand in the wash basin, then I took all of it down to the laundry room and washed it on the wool cycle.
it was a lot of extra dye in that fabric:
So now it has a pleasant, much less blue amd less strong green colour.
In other news my GP is going to call me this afternoon. I've left him a message saying that I am lectuering until 3 pm, so hopefully he won't try before that.
I tried to work too, but my arthritis is now so painful that it is hard to be still, even less concentrate on anything intellectual, so zig-zagging shirt pieces while waiting for my extra tramadol to take hold seemed like an excellent idea. It's one of my mum's old patterns from the 60s, which I've used twice before, to produce these shirts:
I am trying not to despair, but it's hard. Didn't sleep much last night either.
I do no think it's wise for non-native speakers to write their research grant proposals in English. Unless they really have to. Having read two this far for a seminar tomorrow i just want to bang my head on the desk. In the names of all the Gods: Please have them checked by a native speaker!
Like I do with you people ;)
Their luck is that the applications will probably mostly be read by non-native speakers.
The cut, which skims the body, but isn't tight, and the modest neckline would probably place this one in the 1330s or thereabout.
Now I'm going to rip of the skirt from Måns' waffenrock and replace it. And make Pies of Paris for dinner.
Now I have to get back to grading tests.
So most of the photos are of Åbo/Turku castle and it's collections, and of nature. But there are a few posed ones of me.
The first leg of the trip was train to Lidköping, some 130 kilometres north of Gothenburg, leaving at 1 pm on Wednesday. There my friend Vanna picked me up and we went to Karlsborg 100 kilometres roughly to the east, to pick up another friend: Jovi. From there qwe proceeded to Stockholm, more precisely the beautiful island of Ekerö, about 315 kilometres to the North and East. The roads were bad due to heavy snow fall and we weren't there until maybe 22 pm. There we stayed with another friend, Annika, over night, and until half past five in the evening on Thursday when we got into her car and went in to Stockholm to the ferry to Åbo/Turku which left at eight. It was very cold, around -15 C/5 F and a rather strong wind. It was also rather cold in the house where we slept, around 13 C/55 F, but with a woollen blanket and a woollen cloak on top of the quilt I slept well.
And it was stunningly beautiful.
The ferry takes about 10 hours and most of that (though not enough of course) was spent sleeping. There were lots of us going to the event on the boat and much merriment was had, as well as last minute sewing ;)
Since we arrived in Åbo/Turku before dawn we couldn't go directly to the site, so after breakfast at a hotel people set out to look at things - in my case I went to the castle with my friends Gudrun and Leif.
I hadn't been in Finland since 1979, and then I didn't see the castle, so I felt that it was a must. There are lots of stairs, so it's not for the faint of either heart or body.
It was also -22 C/-9 F and windy.
For more photos, including 16th century jewellery/accessories check this blog post.
After the castle people had a late lunch and then we went to the site in Ahtela, which is a kind of scouting camp in the forest in Sauvo at the coast. It was snowy, but much warmer then - just below zero /32F.
When we were there there was a light dinner (soup I think) and then at 9 p.m court. I wore my mi-parti italian wool gown and to my joy realized that I need a new hole in my apprentice belt! I also had my gold striped veil.
I went to bed early, because all landed nobility were to be at the Royal Sauna at 8 a.m on Saturday morning. But that will have to be told tomorrow, for now I must go to bed.