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The 14 days of Valentine tribute to the love of couchsurfing continues.

DAY 6 – DURHAM, ENGLAND

HE: University Professor
SHE: Community Nurse
CHILDREN: Son, Son, Daughter

You may remember County Durham as the setting of the movie, Billy Elliot.  Or you may remember it from Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners program.  County Durham is the place in England with the highest rate of health problems among school children. Where is it?  North.  In England.  Way North.  Most people admire it for its UNESCO World Heritage Durham Cathedral.  For us it’s the accents.  Oh, those Durham county accents.  I swoon just thinking about them.

Tynemouth, not far from Durham

Tynemouth, not far from Durham

Our next couchsurf was with a family committed to Woodcraft.  Haven’t heard of it?  Well, we hadn’t either but it is a UK organization dedicated to bringing children closer to nature.  Woodcraftie welcomed my family and made them feel at home.  My family attended a Woodcraft meeting and Fahbio was swarmed with questions about homeschooling.

THANK-YOU!

Woodcraftie is a bit of a vegetarian tree-hugger.  Which is good because this part of England needs more conscientious objectors who refuse to buy into the turkey-twizzlers and cola that feed this part of the nation.

Venice chasing sheep in Northern England

Venice chasing sheep in Northern England

Her hat is knit in forest-coloured Berocco Ultra Alpaca Tonal.  Again, 5 mm/US 8 needles.  The pattern is called, “Graham” and the designer is Jennifer Adams.  It’s a practical hat that you can throw on when you need to run out and chain yourself to an old oak.  Or when you need to dash out to see someone with dementia.  She is a community nurse after all.

Onlyboy models the slouchy eco-hat

Onlyboy models the slouchy eco-hat

The pattern is a free download if you a member of Ravelry.  Which by the way is completely free to join.  Remember the days when you would have to buy $8 Vogue Knitting to get your patterns?  Ravelry is a blessing to knitters everywhere.