The Stars Above

It was my last weekend in Beijing. There were only a couple of sights left on my list and this was my last opportunity. Unfortunately, the air quality was not in my favor. The AQI had vacillated between “Unhealthy” and “Very Unhealthy” since Friday. One could almost touch the air, it was so thick.

Azimuth Theodolite

On the daily commute, we would pass by the star-gazing equipment at the Ancient Observatory. This was my destination.

According to the brochure, the Beijing Ancient Observatory was built in 1442 during the Ming Dynasty.

Sextant

As I walked around the grounds, I felt both sadness and anticipation. I would miss this city.

Sundial - Detail

I would miss its history and its splendor, but most of all I would miss my new colleagues and friends.

During those last two weeks, every time I said good-bye to someone, it was with the knowledge that I might never see them again.

Chinese Moondial

Even though my sadness was tempered with the anticipation of being home with my family and friends, it would be hard leaving.

Armilla Sphere Replica - Dragon Detail (facing right)

My only comfort was that the stars above would somehow guide us back together someday.

Armillary

Zaìjiàn. 在见。

100 Followers

A couple of weeks ago, I was surfing my favorite blogs and noticed this in my “Notifications” drop-down:

Congratulations on getting 100 total follows on Agujas.

I was stunned. Perhaps some of you have hundreds, even thousands of followers and are not easily impressed. But to me, it was an incredibly joyous moment. I get so much pleasure and personal satisfaction from writing and publishing posts on Agujas. I am able to share my passion for knitting, and the occasional travel post, with people from all over the world. But the best part about blogging is joining a vibrant online community. I feel like I have 100 new friends! I enjoy reading and seeing the works of others and having online conversations. There are several of you whom I feel I know, like catching up with a dear old friend.

So, first and foremost, thank you for following Agujas.

Because I felt like celebrating, I painstakingly culled Agujas’ WordPress, Twitter and email followers in chronological order to find the 100th follower. (I eliminated the husband and child because they are required to follow my blog).

The 100th follower is Caity Rosey of All She Wants To Do Is Knit. As a small token of appreciation for following Agujas, I am pleased to send you some wonderful yarn from Habu Textiles to add to your stash. I love this delicate yarn that is spun or woven using traditional Japanese methods. I recently posted about my visit to the Habu Textiles studio which you can read here.

Caity, I will have the yarn shipped directly to you. Please send an email to Veronica (at symbol) AgujasBlog (dot) com with your mailing address.

Sinceramente y de todo corazón, gracias a todos. I look forward to reading your posts and responding to your comments on mine.