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Holiday time!

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Hurrah, the holidays are here! I’ve been counting down to this pretty much since the end of the last holiday!

The holiday started with a hen weekend. We stayed in an amazing house in Bude – there were so many doors and stairways I felt sure I would find Narnia at any moment! (Sadly I didn’t find it – think I might have to go back and look again.)  We visited some gnomes…

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They were really quite friendly…

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… and seemed to be having lots of fun!

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We then moved on to Rowan Tree Studio, a place that I’m convinced is just like heaven! From the moment we walked through the doors there were pretty things everywhere!

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The old sewing machines were my favourite – and she had over 30 sewing machines altogether!

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We started with lunch. Some really yummy sandwiches, tea in pretty cups…

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… and delicious cakes.

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We were there to make a quilt for the Bride to Be. We each had a square of fabric to decorate. I think some of us were a little ambitious in what we could do in the time. I ended up bringing mine home because it’s not finished yet!

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We had a lot of fun and everyone came up with great designs.

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Being there made me realise just how much I’d love to do this sort of thing myself. I’d love to have a big space to work in, run classes and workshops and generally spend all my time making things with other people! Maybe one day…

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Bank holiday weekend

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Yesterday some friends and I visited Lytes Cary.

I thought I’d been there before, but I didn’t recognise any of it so perhaps I haven’t! But it was great to have a look around. I just love visiting old houses. I think part of it is just because I’m quite nosy, and getting to look round anyone’s house is fun. But I love history too, and the sense of wonder that comes from seeing things that were made hundreds of years ago.

This birdcage kind of scared me a bit – I think probably because it’s so dark and made me think of a prison – but the craftsmanship is amazing. It was made in the 18th century and has survived all this time. 

A lot of my indoor pictures didn’t come out very well, as flash photography wasn’t allowed and my hands obviously aren’t very steady! But I got one or two good photos. This little window (although it didn’t have glass) fascinated me. It was right at the top of the stairs and overlooked the entrance hall below.

I hadn’t noticed it from this side when we arrived, but spotted it on the way out.

I loved the ceiling here too. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but the colour was a sort of grey/duck egg blue, in between some lovely, swirly carvings.

This beautifully carved rail was in the chapel.

 

Look at this teeny, tiny window! I’m not sure what the point was, as it’s so very small it couldn’t let in much light.

 

We also had a wander in the gardens. Unfortunately we couldn’t see all of the gardens, as several parts were shut because of the heavy rainfall we’ve recently had. But the bits we saw were really lovely.

 

The place was full of lovely doors and gates that were just begging to have their picture taken. I was only too happy to oblige.

We also had a game of croquet! We thought that our Australian friend needed educating in the way of all things English (although I’d never played before either, and proved to be really quite hopeless at it). It was a lot of fun, although I think none of us are very likely to take it up properly!

However, my favourite part (which my friends found very strange) was a bedspread. I got some odd looks and comments as I moved all around the bed taking trying to get some good shots, but it was just beautiful. So many tiny hexagons (probably about 1 inch in size) all so neatly stitched together – the stitches were incredibly tiny. Unfortunately the photos aren’t very clear, but will give you an idea of some of the fabrics.

Some of the groups were not made up of individual hexagons, but were all one piece. It seems to me like it would be harder this way (more complicated working out seam allowances perhaps?) but they were perfectly sized.

And now today I’m enjoying a quiet day at home. I’m hoping to get my shawl finished, although as I have at least 47 more rows to go it may not happen!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend (bank holiday or otherwise) 🙂