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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Beautiful Montenegro

DH and I are currently slumming it in beautiful Montenegro.
This is a view from our hotel window.

I am busy taking lots of pictures to share with you when I'll return home.

Monday, 10 October 2016


Thank you Cheryll for hosting yet another FNwF.
I somehow missed the last couple of these, but I did remember this month!

Friday evening I finished block no 17 of Les Fleurs du Mardi BOM, by Quiltmania magazine.

3 more blocks to go!

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

I was looking for a small and easy project to take on holidays with me and came across pretty embroidery kits by Nancy Nicholson .

                                                                                                                                                                             Very neat and easy to pack, the kit comes in its own cotton bag.  
The bag is a small project in its own right, a printed design by Nancy Nicholson.  

The autumn chill is here, but today we had some glorious sunshine, warm enough to stitch in the garden.
I embroidered my bag, using threads by Stef Francis .

Now I look forward to stitching what is inside the bag! 

I wish you all a very good week!

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

just small things

For some reason my sewing is not going very well at the moment, you know how it is, other things get in the way.

But I have 2 small pieces to show you.

You might remember that just before the end of the school holiday my granddaughter and I started a small wall hanging each, following one of Lynette Anderson's designs. 
It is a good project for a beginner, like my granddaughter - it is small enough as not to be scary, but using different techniques, patchwork, quilting, applique, little embroidery....
My granddaughter is still working on hers, school and homework getting in the way at the moment :-)
I have finished mine.

And another block, number 16, for Quiltmania's BOM, Les Fleurs du Mardi.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Avebury Stones - and much more

We had a good summer and it has been a good September - still warm, with just enough rain to keep everything looking fresh.  
DH and I did not venture very far in the heights of the summer, our little garden was the best place to be, but now is a good time for days out.

Few days ago we visited  Avebury Stone Circle, some 45 miles from us.
Perhaps little less know than Stonehenge , it is actually much large; the stones are not as high as Stonehenge, but there many more of them, covering much larger area; in fact it is the largest stone circle in Europe and probably predates Stonehenge.
 It is believed that first stones were erected about 6,000 years ago, and the rest over a period of next 2,000 years.
I can never get my head around these numbers!

The Stone Circle is now looked after by National Trust and English Heritage.

The picture below is by English Heritage; the village of Avebury is to the north of the circle.  

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National Trust is also taking care of the 300 years old barn, which now houses a museum.

You can see many more pictures here .

Just a short walk away from the Museum are Avebury Manor and Gardens , dated back to 16th century.
It is also looked after by the National Trust.

The property was leased out for a time and when returned to NT, it was of course empty of any furniture.
Unlike Barrington Court (which the NT decided to keep unfurnished), Avery Manor was furnished in the collaboration with BBC.
Each room in the house reflects a different time in the life of the house, and because none of the furniture are museum pieces, you are encouraged to explore, to touch and sit on chairs and beds.

The dining room was my favourite - the wall paper is hand painted.

Outside are walled gardens - it is dahlia time.

And few pictures from the village itself.

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