Weekend at Menucha

Not a lot of knitting time last week. I was prepping for our annual women’s retreat at Menucha. The retreat was this past weekend, and we had a great time. No snow this year! But we did have an awesome thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon. The sky was very dark, right about the time we were working on quilt squares, and trying to thread needles in the gloom.

The labyrinth was finished last summer. It’s in a rose garden; it will be gorgeous in June, but right now it’s a little spare. Which is beautiful in its own way.

center flower

This was my favorite stone.


Sunday morning was sunny and perfect, so I abandoned my planned program, and we walked the labyrinth instead. I’ve walked labyrinths before, and I always find it very meditative. Sunday’s walk was no exception. It’s interesting how the walk is an individual experience, even when walked in a group. Just like life.

labyrinth 1

There’s a sculpture garden behind the labyrinth. This piece reminded me of the Venus of Willendorf.


What little knitting I did this past week and weekend was on Ishbel. Once I became accustomed to knitting with really skinny yarn on medium sized needles, it started to flow. But it’s still not my favorite kind of knitting. I do think the effort will be worth it, though. It’s like gossamer. So lovely. No picture yet.

Sunday was apparently pink sock day. Joanne was wearing her Oriel socks from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks, and I was wearing my Shur’tugals.

pink socks

Here are a few more pictures from the weekend:


vista house 3

vista house

Can you see Vista House out on Crown Point? This is the view from the swimming pool (it’s not pool season yet, though). The swimming pool is right by this fireplace. The fireplace has ovens, and a huge tank on the back for heating water. Clever! JM stands for Julius Meier, of Meier and Frank (Oregon department store, now part of Macy’s). Menucha is the old Julius Meier estate.


I hope your weekend was as nice as mine!

12 responses to “Weekend at Menucha

  1. It looks like a wonderful weekend!

  2. What a wonderful spot for a retreat!

    Love the pink socks!

  3. Thanks for sharing about the weekend.

  4. Looks like you had a gorgeous weekend! =)

  5. Gorgeous photos! I went to a retreat at Menucha once and it was lovely. I would love to go back and see the new labryrinth.

  6. beautiful! I would love a weekend there I think!

  7. Beautiful pictures!

  8. What a wonderful weekend!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

  10. Great pictures! It looks like a lovely, restful place to be for a retreat. I love labrynths, too…there is one at a park near us…I should make a trip there sometime soon! Love the pink socks! 🙂

  11. What wonderful pictures! I particularly like that oven one.

  12. Sounds like a great weekend – and what a beautiful place!