May 30 check in
I've finished up the In Full Bloom Quilt, finally! I'll take pictures sometime this week. I'm going to start on a quilt from Robert Kaufman's Ready, set, go! line sometime soon.
I'm crazy busy graduating from university, social occasions that I just can't pull out of and housework that I can barely keep on top of. we don't normally have a super busy social life, our friends are all fairly laid back and if you're stressed out it's totally okay to skip every now and then, but lately there have been a lot of special occasions.
Also, we've been having very awful weather in western Europe, which complicates travelling anywhere. Every day for more than a week we've been having short but extremely heavy bursts of rain and thunder (a month's worth of rain in just an hour, that kind of heavy) Flood barriers have been put up everywhere and roads have been blocked and flooded because the water just didn't have anywhere to go. In between the rain and thunderstorms we've been having lots of sunshine, but that's kind of tricky because the weather just turns really bad in a matter of minutes. So far we've not had any serious emergencies in my area so we are very thankful for that (and thinking of the unlucky people in France and Germany where things have gone wrong) but I have this lingering hestitation in the back of my mind going too far away from home because I don't want to end up stranded somewhere. I'm lucky in the sense that unlike many people in my country I don't live in an area that's particularly vulnerable for large scale flooding, but a small local river has already flooded a few roads close to my home.
Last week I went to the Hague to the Houses of Parliament for a symposium. In the 18th century former ballroom that was the main room for the conference, they have this huge carpet that's apparantly also an important work of art and it just reminded me so much of a huge quilt: