The problem with taking a break is that, well, life gets in the way, doesn't it? I've been trying my best to rest but life goes on and with it the busy pace of the season.
In amongst other things, Thursday saw me knitting and nattering and on Friday I took a trip out to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show where temptation lay around every corner! I had quite a lovely time there, actually - I met some very inspiring people and, yes, came away with a couple of woolly purchases!
Saturday was, of course, the day of the 50th anniversary Doctor Who episode and some weeks ago I had booked tickets for Cameron and I to go and see it at the cinema in 3D. On the same day there was a new exhibition opening at the National Media Museum called Doctor Who and Me: 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans. Doctor Who has been a part of our family from the beginning and three generations of us have now grown up watching the time travelling adventures avidly so the idea of a fan-based exhibition was really appealing.
There were all of the things you'd expect like Daleks, Cybermen costumes etc. but the exhibition is really based around fan reactions and there were so many stories of how the show has impacted people's lives. If you're not local then do have a peek at the website as there are some videos and things.
I was struck by the creativity in fans devotion to the show - there was a wholesome thread of homemade craft running throughout the entire exhibition from long knitted scarves to artwork, models, cross stitch and even life-sized replicas of the TARDIS, Daleks and more, often with a label telling about the creation of the items.
A lot of people (of all ages) had dressed up for the occasion and were telling stories to anyone who would listen. It was a really great atmosphere; we had a blast.
There were hours to go between visiting the exhibition and the live episode so we took advantage of a voucher I received for my birthday and went to a different cinema to see The Butler. I have been catching bits and bobs of interviews with Oprah over the last couple of weeks and the film looked stunning. It didn't disappoint. It wasn't an easy watch but the story was very well told. Well worth a watch.
The day was also a bit of a personal triumph for me because I don't often venture out for multiple things or for long periods of time and very rarely go into a city at night. We didn't get home until 10.30pm and I marveled at the ease in which I managed the day.
Today I have been whirling around the house trying to straighten things out and prepare for the week ahead. This week is bookmarked with outings but the middle should hopefully offer some time for recuperation.
How was your weekend? What did you make of the Doctor Who special?