Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Sun Came Out

Got fed up with being cooped up indoors all week so took myself off to Croome for a walk.  The view of the Malverns with the sunlight catching the tops of the hills was magnificent.  Managed to get myself a bit lost on my walk but eventually ended up somewhere I recognised.  I was in no hurry so not a major problem.

This was the view across the parkland from the woods (where I was lost). I knew I could always retrace my steps and return the way I had come if I really was lost.  As it involved a very, very muddy track it was not something to be relished.

It was a chilly day and I would not have relished posing like this for long, however, more surprises were not far away inside the Temple where a photographer was taking photographs of a scantily clad model, much to the amusement of an elderly couple walking their dog. They were so embarrassed that they were going to walk behind the Temple rather than pass in full view across the frontage.

Finally is Spring just around the corner.  A small group of winter aconites were in full bloom hidden under some shrubs very close to the sculpture above.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Just One More Hut

I promise this is the last hut photograph for a while.  If you have not guessed I have not got anything recent to put on my Blog as I am working on something for the next Journal entry which I want to keep secret for the time being. Unfortunately it is taking me much longer to stitch than I expected.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

More Huts

A second beach hut from one of the Yorkshire Travelling Journals.  See it was a year ago, how time flies.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Beach Huts

Seems I am not the only one participating in the Yorkshire Travelling Journal who likes sheds ....

These two pages are from last year's completed Journals.

Monday, 16 January 2017


One of my friends from the Venture Group has a thing about 'Pears' in all shapes and sizes. I could not resist taking a photograph of this wonderful specimen at Hampton Court located at the entrance to the car park.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

More Regal Creatures

What whiskers!! Reminds me of the large chap in the compare advertisement. (Apparently it is the Seymour Panther, there was me thinking it was a leopard)

Assume the chap below was a dragon as he had something to do with Wales. (I now know it is the Tudor dragon of Cadwalader). The bottom one is the White Greyhound of Richmond which should also feature the red rose of Lancaster.

All of these creatures, plus several more and two ships were in the Chapel Court Garden at Hampton Court.  Wish I had taken my sketchbook with me.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Regal Creatures

On Wednesday we went to Hampton Court for the day. These animals, together with representations of fish, were used to dress the table when Henry VIII dined in view of his public. They were created from folded, starched fabric.


Friday, 13 January 2017

A Jolly Holiday

Just had a few days away in Surrey staying with my best friend.  The main reason was to visit the Opus Anglicanum exhibition at the V&A before it ended and we were not disappointed. It was fabulous.  Met up with a friend who used to live in Bromsgrove there too She really deserved a medal as due to the tube drivers strike she had an horrendous journey getting there and back from Islington. It had taken her over 2 hours to travel in each direction.

Tuesday we went off in the car to Brighton for the day and the weather managed to stay fine, although it was a bit breezy along the promenade.  Needless to say ... we had a very nice time.

I was fascinated by the remains of the pier following the fire which I had not seen before, especially the twisted interior steelwork ....

We walked around the i360 which unfortunately was closed to the public. Something to put on my list for a future visit if I can persuade someone to go up it with me.

Also found a textile artist (Heidi Rhodes) working under the arches on the promenade and selling her pictures and postcards from there too.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The End of a Journal

I have just put the last entry for 2016 into a copy of the Yorkshire Travelling Journal and returned it to it's owner.  It is a very fat little beast as it has completed two full year's, containing entries from most of the participants that have taken part. I decided that perhaps I could Blog my entry as it will now not be seen by anyone else other than the lovely lady it belongs to.

Shown above is my inspiration  -  It was an article which appeared in the December issue of STITCH and for some unknown reason I had decided I would rather like to learn how to stitch the pears.  What I had not realised was was that they were rather tiny!!

I prepared my inspirational page and stitched my pears, added a partridge having no idea what they actually looked like .....

As it was the last entry in the Journal, and there were still plenty of blank pages, I thought I may as well use some of them up and created a window through which to view the partridge.

The lovely surprise was the view from the back of the window ...

Finally, I pasted the instructions for stitching the pears onto another blank page (or two) with details of the meaning of the items given to his 'True Love' over the Twelve Days of Christmas which I had managed to discover whilst researching the origin of the Partridge in the Pear Tree.