Saturday, 13 September 2014

Message on a Bobbin

What a wonderful day we had on my Crafting For Beginners workshop today.
Using a wooden bobbin,
Patterned papers,
florist wire and buttons
my lovely ladies produced these

Monday, 8 September 2014

Afternoon Tea on a Bus !!!

Yes, that's what I said and lovely it was as well.
The tour round London lasted one hour 30 minutes and our plates and cups were replenished throughout the journey.
We saw some odd sights and lots of fabulous ones and like all the things we've done on our trip would love to go and do them all again.
To mark our 25th wedding anniversary we bought six silver cake forks and a silver cheese knife from the secondhand market at Covent Garden and funny enough they totalled £25.
Time for more cake I think vicar !!! 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Dazzle Ships

Some people may remember me drawing this ship as part of an art challenge that gave us the word Dazzle as a theme.
When I researched it I found that Dazzle ships were used in the war to confuse the enemy as to their exact position.
Imagine my surprise to come across one for real when I was walking along the Thames Embankment, London while on holiday.
It was part of an exhibition and looked quite magnificent.

Happy Times In London

Giggling on the London Eye. Don't miss the free 4D film if you go there.
Then off to Madame Tussaud's.
Philip being flirty with Nicole Kidman.
And I'm with the Beckhams.  It's like being at a big party.  We had a fantastic afternoon posing with sports people, royalty, superheroes, actors, people from times gone by and taking a black cab ride through London through the ages.  
I forgot to mention the walk through the SCREAM horror chamber and the mind blowing 4D superheroes film.  You really felt like you were being splashed with water, that you were in a wind tunnel and being jabbed in the back.  Can't you tell I was a little excited.  We both said we could have gone back round it all again 
Finished off with yummy cakes in Patisserie Valerie.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Little villages in London

We love to explore the different markets in the villages of London .
This trip saw us at Broadway Market, Hackney and strolling down the famous Brick Lane.  It's wonderful seeing all the different cultures.
People watching is a favourite pastime of ours while having a bit of lunch.
Who can resist the fantastic food stalls and all the independent shops.
I also went in my favourite shop on Cheshire Street "The Shop".  It's full of fabulous vintage textiles and clothes.  I got myself kitted out for winter with a Barbour jumper, a handknitted Arran jumper & cardigan and a cashmere cardi by Burberry.  Oh and some pure wool scarves.  All for less than £100. Bring on the cold weather haha

Friday, 5 September 2014

London war poppies

We have been to see the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London.
The whole concept will blow you away if you get a chance to see it.
Each poppy represents the life of a soldier lost to war.  Almost one million.
It's a very moving experience.  You can order one for £25 online

Sunday, 24 August 2014

West Coast Cumbria

Whitehaven, west Cumbria.
On the Percy Kelly Artist trail.
Sat on the harbour in the same place as Kelly sat to paint one of many of his pictures of the area.
Harbour wall
Great day out followed by lunch in fish and chip shop owned by four generations of the same family covering more than one hundred years.