Hi Everyone - sorry if this is rather a long 'un for WOYWW, Julia, but it's mostly pics, and you can whizz through them.
Before I start, thank you for all the lovely comments last week. I didn't want (or expect) to hear how great I was to help my friend with her blanket - I'm definitely no Mother Teresa, it was no big deal! I just couldn't imagine how cobbled together it was going to look, after so much time, sweat and tears going into something that wasn't going to be at all square, and simply sewn together. It would probably have put her off crochet for life!
School holidays have a tendency to fly without us doing anything special so, as the weather was so wonderful on Monday, DH and I took Mum to Ann Hathaway's Cottage (Shakespeare's wife, for anyone who didn't know). We had a great time, and the guides were so helpful, making sure that Mum saw as much of the house and grounds as she could.
Apparently, no matter how many colour tulips they plant, after 3-4 years, they all seem to revert to yellow or red.
The house is beautiful, and very different from the two room home that Ann was brought up in. It belonged to the Hathaway family from the time Ann's grandfather was a tenant farmer (late 1400s) to 1911, and has been added to and updated down through the ages.
The entrance fee of £9 each sounded expensive to me (cheapskate!! LOL) until I realised that it was for a year's pass. We have decided to go back in June, when the 16 little beds of sweet peas are in flower, that they were planting yesterday, and all the other summer blooms.
Nothing spectacular on the crafting front this week - I spent yesterday afternoon in the garden, digging over one of the veg beds. I'll do one each day (four in all) so I don't do myself in.
This afternoon, I just took 6" off the bottom of Mum's dressing gown, so she can wear it without tripping
I finished the back of DDs cushion, having finally decided on a pattern. The first couple of tries came out too thick and chunky for the front, so I ended up doing two trebles above each pair below.
I haven't shown you Mum's finished room yet, so here it is. I just have to put her family photo's on the long wall above the bed.
She's very happy and cosy in there, I'm pleased to say.
Hopefully, little heaps of stuff like this around the house will soon be things of the past, when I get all my crafty bits upstairs, and sorted in my new craft/guest room. Whoop whoop!!
Before I forget, a warm welcome to all the lovely peeps who have joined my little band of followers. It is much appreciated. xx
In the meantime, I hope the sun is shining for you as it is here. Have a great week, and don't forget to pop over to see all the work going on around the globe, via Julia's blog.
Lots of love,