Saturday, 20 July 2019

Table setting

Before leaving for the holiday I managed to complete my new table setting.
Using a Moda Farmhouse Reds by Minick & Simpson charm pack with Green dimples fabric I made pinwheels, used heat resistant wadding and Christmas fabric backing. Yes a quick overturn and they are ready for the Christmas table !

Goodbye Cornwall

Having had a lovely time in Cornwall visiting with my niece Jessie and her family, plus cream tea with friends Joan and Ian we decided to come home on Friday as the weather was turning wet. 

BAD move, A30 accident, heavy traffic, M5 accident, heavy traffic, M4 heavy traffic, A34 heavy traffic. Home at 1830. Considering we got there in less than 5 hours, 9 hours return is just !!!!!. Still at least we were comfortable in the Range Rover!!

Someone please remind me NOT to go to Cornwall in July!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Wednesday and Thursday

A great lack of photos on Wednesday! Must have been having too much fun...
We visited Carnon Downs Garden Centre for lunch, which was excellent and to do a little shopping. Bon Marche, Edinburgh Wooley Mill and Cotton Traders all received my custom!
From here we spent the afternoon with good friends Ian and Joan, chatting and eating Cornish Clotted Cream tea... yummy.

Today we have been for a little ride around visiting Boscastle, where we parked and walked admiring the scenery.
Love the roof of this building.

The witches museum

Dramatic water on its way to the sea.

From here we drove through Tintagel, very touristy so we didn’t stop/

On the way back to Hengar Manor a sign intrigued me to Advent Church, so we decided to investigate. The lane was so narrow it was touching both sides of the car! What a treat when we eventually parked the car and walked another lane to the church.
St Adwena in the Parish of Advent is a 13th century church. The curvilinear bank around the church is evidence that the church has a very ancient Celtic

An old Celtic Cross marking a grave.

A more recent, 2015, grave marker.

The wagon roof ceiling. Simple pews, but someone has provided all the makings for a drink and a biscuit.

A tomb stone from 1650 leans against the wall of the church.

Love the simplicity of the Altar and wrought iron work

This is obviously a much loved church, with hand made kneeler and this beautiful patchwork banner.

Something I had never seen before was a bowl of water with a supply of pebbles at the side. The note said to use them as a prayer, dropping a dry stone into the water to see the change in colours was a symbol of the power of prayer. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Doc Martin Country

The mornings have been brighter than the afternoon, so we set off for Port Isaac, where one of our favourite series on TV was filmed, Doc Martin with Martin Clunes.
Parking was not as bad as we feared and we found a spot easily. From here we walked into town and back along the coast, it is very hilly, which my knees do not like, but the views made up for the discomfort.
The Pretty harbour.

Looking out to see

Opps whose thumb is that spoiling the seagull portrait!

Dark mysterious caves send the imagination into overdrive.

Doc Martins TV house in the distance.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Pinetum Gardens

Discovered on Groupon, Pinetum Gardens and a two for one offer, so off we went to visit the gardens.
We were not disappointed, beautifully laid out are a number of different gardens within an amazing landscape.

The blue of the Hydrangea almost take your breath away they are such a stunning colour.

The Water Garden

Unusual white hydrangea in the Bridge Garden

My favourite, The Japanese Garden

The Winter Garden

The Cottage Garden

A reminder we are in Tin mining country.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Cornwall for a week of relaxing

I managed to bid for and win a week at Hengar Manor on Ebay for £175. [£200 cheaper than buying it from the site]
We arrived Saturday late afternoon and settled in to Bungalow 73. The accommodation is pretty basic but will be fine for a week.
There are lots of facilities on site, swimming pool, archery, entertainment, resturant etc...

Enjoying the early morning sun on the patio.

We arranged to meet my niece, Jesse and her husband and daughter at Lanhydrock, a pretty National Trust property and grounds.
The house is someway from the car park so we took the buggy, much to the delight of Mabel.

Mabel on the buggie facing backwards and loving the ride!

After a visit to the pretty little church and a wander in the gardens it was time for our first Cornish Clotted cream tea. I was told there are no calories when your on holiday!

This was the saying on the back of the dining room chairs.
Jam or clotted cream first or last? 
Richard and Mabel enjoying the gardens.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Glass fusing workshop

Five of us have enjoyed a workshop with Gingercat Glass in the Happy Room today.

Vanessa brought a mass of glass for us to enjoy, plus the four pieces of glass that will go into the lanterns after firing.
Dorn’s abstract

Clare’s butterflies

Ann’s flowers

My flowers

Christine’s flowers

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Proud Grandma

On Sunday Abigail was performing at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough.

Before the start of the show she nipped out of the Stage Door to give me a programme, so I quickly snapped a photo in the outfit she was wearing [minus ballet shoes] in her Ballet class, to You Take My Breath Away.   She actually performed in six of the different routines. My Star.

Richard was assisting with the props, which he, Abigail and Eleanor had helped make. Jacqueline was back stage chaperoning the children. A real family affair.

Eleanor was away on a school trip to the Isle of Wight.

Workshop day

Four of us got together today for a sewing day. I decided to work on a kit from two years ago, guess this is hardly a UFO, I have kits waiting to be made from years further away.  As I completed the seaside scene fairly quickly I started work on a kit from 2009, so many tiny pieces to complete this pretty bird.

Table setting

Before leaving for the holiday I managed to complete my new table setting. Using a Moda Farmhouse Reds by Minick & Simpson charm pack...