I had wanted everyone to do something simple to start. In the end everyone did something much more ambitious which required a great deal of tying up. It all took so long that we were putting the last warp into a dye bath at 5 o'clock. You could tell the class was absorbed by the silence in the room - punctuated occasionally by muttered curses as something had to be undone. On the way home I had an idea about what to do with my own warp and I was tempted to start at once today but no, I will be good and deal with the huge amount of paperwork that has built up this week while I have concentrated on textiles.
The other thing that has happened is a new objective! Someone asked me what I was going to do to top the Silk Route and Africa and I said I was staying at home till next July. Not true any more. My elder daughter, Ruth, is having a special birthday in early January so we are all going to a nice house in Dorset to party for a week at New Year. My younger daughter, Anne, who celebrates a similar birthday in 2015 has organised that everyone shall go to Cropready which is a folk festival. Anne and her family attend every year (Alice Cooper was there this year and caused uproar). She was a bit concerned about me but I pointed that Cropready could not be worse than camping by the Aral Sea. At this point I realised that I had a very special birthday just after Anne's and said that I wanted to walk Hadrian's Wall but really I wanted to walk the Pilgrim Way to Santiago del Compostela in Spain and Ruth said that she had always wanted to do that. So all of a sudden some of the family are doing that next Easter. It requires an ability to walk 10 or 12 km per day so I have to get very fit in the next six months which is no bad thing. I have decided I need to make a list of the things I really want to do/see/experience before the insurance firms refuse to take me on.
Opera at Milan/Bayreuth/Dimitri anywhere/Palmyra (I believe there is a slight problem with Syria at the moment)/Bali/HongKong. That will do for starters.
Now for the paperwork.