Sunday, 23 October 2016

Greenwich, London

It was Marks birthday this past Friday and we had booked to go to our favourite city, London.
This time we opted to stay on the 'other side' of the river, in Greenwich.

Mark had worked in Greenwich, or nearby a few years ago but this was my first visit.  
We got the train to Marylebone so getting to Greenwich involved about another half hour or so and some tube changes, but it's all part of the experience of London and I really don't mind.

We stayed at Devonport House which is a really lovely building, formally a home for nurses working at the Navel College, very central to everything.

We spent time browsing the lovely market and sampling the street food

I can't remember what these were called, they were like doughnuts, rolled in sugar and cinnamon then filled with caramel or chocolate fudge, they were delicious!! 

We walked around the wharf and saw the Cutty Sark

As you can see, It looked like the weather was going to take a turn for the worse, luckily it blew over and we didn't get the threatened downpour. 

We took in the view of Canary Wharf


And the view towards the Shard, and those fantastic clouds!

We walked through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel 1/4 mile to the other side of the Thames
It looks deserted, but there were quite a few people walking on Saturday morning.

And we took a late afternoon walk through Greenwich Park

Watching the light change in the sky and the lights come on in the buildings on Canary Wharf

We had a lovely pub meal in The Kings Arms on Friday night, if you ever find yourself in Greenwich and looking for somewhere to eat I can recommend it.
Saturday night we had a great night in the Admiral Hardy, listening to music, everyone singing and dancing and generally having a good time, I drank too much wine and we ate fish and chips out of the wrapper walking back to the hotel, it's the best night i've had out in a while!

I did squeeze in a trip to Loop while we were in London but I will show you what I bought next time.

I've had a lovely week off work, i'm back in the office again in the morning but at least I have a stitching meet-up to look forward to next Saturday :-)

-Until next time

Monday, 17 October 2016

Happy birthday little dude!

They say time flys when you're having fun. but these four years have gone by so fast,
there is certainly never a dull moment with this little dude around and I love every minute I get to spend with him :-)

Happy 4th Birthday Oliver!


Yesterday we all went bowling and for pizza and we are going round later to take his presents, because, you know, he hasn't got enough toys at the moment, and a four year old is always in need of more dinosaurs :-)

Until next time

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Stitching on Elizabeth and Tastes of Autumn

So far October is proving to be a lovely month, although the temperatures have dropped we are still having some lovely sunny days.  I love the mid afternoon light on the garden.

And I caught my little garden friend having fun in the bird bath, this really bought a smile to my face watching him enjoying splashing about.

My intention at the beginning of the year to decorate my mantle each month fell by the wayside but I collected my Autumn decorations together and made an effort for October.

I made this last year, I was happy that it was still ok to bring out again.

The apple garland is from last year too, the white pumpkins i picked up from a florists on my travels in the Cotswolds during August, aren't they cute! the ceramic pumpkin was from TK Max and has a light in.  The pine cone was picked up by Oliver on one of our walks.

These are on my other fireplace and i've had them a few years

My £ shop pumpkin, I love him :-)
The green gourd behind him was another TK Max find

Now these little beauties below are real, I just couldn't resist them when I was shopping in Aldi last week 

I can't resist picking them up and looking at them whenever i walk past, they are just so perfect!

I have been stitching too, Elizabeth has had quite a lot of attention and the end is in sight.
She also fits in with the Autumn theme too with her colours

 Got to love her scribbley hair!
(When my eldest daughter, Jenny was little she had very curly hair and used to call it scribbley hair, hence, curly hair has always been called scribbley)

The next couple of weeks are going to be busy with 2 birthdays to celebrate, a trip to London to enjoy and a stitching meet up to look forward to, so life is good :-)

I hope October is being good to you too.

Until next time

Monday, 26 September 2016

A shawl finish

Way back at the end of May I shared some photos of a shawl in the making, Antarktis by Janina Kallio, a (paid for) pattern on Ravelry.  I'm afraid I didn't pick it up again after that photo, and when I did I just wasn't happy with the yarn, I thought it might end up a bit scratchy for a shawl, so I ripped it back and started again with this lovely Ginger Twist yarn I bought when I was in Edinburgh earlier in the year.

Once I started it turned out to be quite a quick knit

And although it is probably a tad smaller than the pattern says it should be, I'm quite happy with it :-)

Here is a closer look at the eyelet pattern, which looks way more complicated than it actually was.

I have been stitching away on Elizabeth too but haven't taken any progress photos, I really am very close to a finish on her though.

Autumn came like the flick of a switch on Thursday, I have bought some plants for my kitchen window baskets and was going to put them in after work today but weather is telling me to wait, perhaps tomorrow it will be dry enough for me to do it.

My little 99p miniature rose didn't get the message that Autumn had arrived though and is having it's second flush of flowers :-)

I've never managed to keep one of these going before, certainly not one that flowered twice!
Does anyone know if I can plant this in the garden next year, perhaps in a container if not the ground?

  That's all for now, see, I can do short posts sometimes :-)

Until next time

Monday, 19 September 2016

Sudeley Castle Part 2, other pretty Cotswold places and a Sea Life Adventure

I think I mentioned that Sudeley Castle is chock full of history, I love walking the grounds of these places, the gardens where royalty and people from our past have walked before, it's somehow very calming.

Katherine Parr lived and died here, although it seems that for a time her coffin was lost.

Bu thankfully she was given a final and fitting resting place in the church of St Mary in the castle grounds.

The church outside

and in.

You cannot take photos of the rooms in the castle which are still used by the family, which is understandable but you can take photos of the other rooms and the exhibitions.
(These were took on my phone so the quality is not too good)

The ceiling in Katherine Parr's room

 How about this for a loo, lol

The exhibitions were of Henry VIII and his wives, Richard III and a replica of his skeleton
and this reconstruction commissioned by Lady Ashcombe

 There were many lovely samplers and tapestries too

These were nice additions around the grounds

And I wouldn't mind this view from my back garden wall either!

There is also a pheasantry with quite exotic looking birds, I only managed to catch a snap of two.
This beautiful coloured one

And this rather stern looking one

I found plenty to do for the rest of the week too.  I decided to stick with the Cotswolds and took a ride out to Chipping Norton on Wednesday, which was a nice little town with quite a few shops, including this knitting shop which had a wonderful selection of yarns, I didn't buy anything though, I was very good :-)

It was still early afternoon so I took a trip over to Chipping Campden.
Now this was a proper Cotswolds village.

When you think of the Cotswolds you think of thatched cottages, right?
Lovely isn't it?

But then you turn round and see this.
Have you ever seen anything so pretty!

And a little closer, can you see the two birds on the roof?  I think that each thatcher has his own trademark and birds must be this particular craftsman's trademark, (there was a fox on another roof).

I could quite happily have stayed on that corner and sighed over this house for hours, I reluctantly walked away before they called the police.

The village itself was very nice although quite busy with traffic because it was picking up from school time, I noticed a couple of nice place that were serving afternoon tea so perhaps a visit back there soon will be on the cards :-)

Church on the high street

Clear blue skies made a perfect afternoon

I had a little wander around some of the side streets and all the houses were so pretty with lovely colourful displays in their gardens, I loved all these Dalia's, so pretty!

I could have stayed much longer looking around, well worth a visit.

I was on my travels again on Thursday, this time I had some company in the form of the little dude and we went to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.

We both loved the penguins who put on a great show diving in the water, i took a video on my phone but for some reason it won't load up onto my computer.

Oliver was obsessed with sharks that day

But Nanny loved the turtle.
They have one of those tunnel type of things that you walk through and everything is swimming around and above you, very good, i was mesmerised, but by that time Oliver was already thinking about what soft toy he was going to buy from the shop!

I'm quite pleased I got a good, (considering it was taken on my phone) photo of the turtle

Normal service has been resumed this morning with me back in the office, although weather wise I think I chose a great week, this morning was all change, it was dark and raining when I went out and there is a definite change in the air tonight.

It's a 3 day working week for me, I have Wednesday and Thursday off, nothing planned as yet, I might just have a Gilmore Girl fest with my feet up on the sofa if nothing else calls to me :-)

If you got to the end of this looooong post, thank you, I know I go on a bit sometimes, lol

Hoping to post a stitching and knitting update next time :-)

Until then