We were supposed to walk through the Park this morning to admire the azaleas and rhododendrons. TFL didn't get the memo about waking me up in time. I'll get up early, but I won't necessarily wake up early all on my own. So it was 20 minutes past leave-for-the-Park time when he woke me.
So we skipped the Park and got on with the rest of our itinerary for the day: run down to the bike shop to swap a part, stop in a yarn shop for customer appreciation day, and head out of town for a ride. I signed up for a raffle as soon as I walked in the store, and 5 minutes later they held the raffle, and I won one of the prizes! I was a little dubious when I heard "rainbow scarf," but lo:
Aren't they lovely? They're actually two skeins wound together, one the greenish boucle, and the other the cream wool. It turns out the "rainbow" was a reference to the fact that you could get the boucle in all the different colors and make that many different scarves... or, you know, you could just stick with the one color, quite pretty on its own, thank you.
And I got a goodie bag!
I have no idea what I'll use a hot-pink zipper for, or a scrap of cute-ish fabric, or the little batches of yarn. Although, actually, the maize-colored one in the middle is just the right shade for a nice elegant M on a dark blue sweater. That might happen at some point. That's a nice little canvas bag behind everything, and that's always handy.
I managed to stuff everything in a saddle bag and we were off, riding up the river valley. It was a spectacular afternoon and we found some great new roads and a few charming towns and got back into the city just as the weather was turning foul. Perfect timing. We even managed to admire some azaleas -- and wisteria and lilacs -- while we were riding.
I may now have my winnings draped around my neck, getting ready to wind them into balls so I start knitting. Work? Well, there's always tomorrow.