Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lyveden New Bield

Looking for somewhere to go for a walk we decided on a visit to Lyvenden New Bield. Owned by the National Trust this property is only about 25 miles from home, but we had never found the time to visit it before. The morning started off sunny but cool, by the time we got to Lyvenden the sharp wind was bitingly cold on this very exposed site. Needless to say we did not stay as long as we had planed.
A very bumpy rough track leads to the entrance.

It is such an impressive sight surrounded by a Ha Ha.
Sir Thomas Tresham created the garden and lodge between 1595 and his death in 1605. It was planned as a pleasure garden and secret place of worship for Treshams persecuted Catholic faith.

Richly decorated with religious symbols of Christ's Passion and Crucifixion.
Although looking like a ruin it is in fact just an unfinished building site, 
due to lack of money and heavy death duties there was no money to pay the workers, so they just 'downed tools' and walked away.

A quick trip to the loo and I found this on the door.

A swallow fly out of her nest as I closed the door 

Inside one of the main ground floor rooms.

The views in every direction are amazing

Yes that's me sneaking into the kitchen


A deep Ha Ha surrounds the building.

The gardens contain interesting snail mounts [Chris took the photo from the top of one of them]
There is also a moat and maze cut into the grass.

The walk to the maze.
The stone for this splendid building was quarried from the local village of Pilton. This is definitely a place to re-visit in the warmer weather.

A Little warmth was now called for and we visited the Harvester Restaurant at Kettering for lunch using a 50% off voucher, making a great end to out day out.

The Great British Land Rover Show

Sunday Chris had arranged for us to attend the Great British Land Rover show at Stonleigh.
Two large halls were filled with everything you could possibly want or need for your Land Rover.
Car parks were overflowing with Land Rovers of every colour, shape and size.
As Chris is the Representative for GLASS [ The Green Lane Association] covering Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire we spent some time visiting their stand.
A quick sandwich for lunch and then it was off to the Off Road Course for "play time".

Narrow lanes with side drop offs [ always seem to be my side!]
area's of mud and extremely sharp hills with sudden drops that had me closing my eyes.

The sun was shining and it was great fun

Waiting for the car in front to manoeuvre one of the hills

On lookers place themselves on all the hair raising places,
needless to say holding on for dear life I did not manage to take many photos!

Busy busy busy

Busy busy busy  Life seems to have been a blur of chocolate!
Easter Monday was spent with the family and after lunch we and the girls were banished from the house, actually took the dog for a walk. Jacqueline had designed an Easter Egg hunt, one for each of the girls and one for Chris and myself. Each started with a clue which led to an egg and another clue, it was great fun and we all ended up with lots of eggs and much laughter.. thank you so much Jacq for doing this.

Eleanor cannot wait to try an egg.

Can just here the cat saying " what on earth is going on"
as we race from the house to the garden and back again following the clues.

Abigail seems to have found a large egg and is reading the next clue.
The next two days were taken up with visits to the nurses for asthma and blood tests, nothing serious just routine after a change of meds. 
Hamtune Quilters had a re-cycling evening so I took along a load of things I want out of my Happy Room, plus I promised myself whatever did not sell would stay in the car and go to a charity shop.
My nails were long overdue for a gelling [ is that a word? ] so I booked a session and came out with Hot Tomato nails.

Thursday I was back at BSK, Bedford machine embroidery class, having missed so many months due to my new knee and then 6 weeks in Spain and France. It was so nice to see everyone again. I ME'd a Japanese lady and started on the alphabet banner... why are there no photos... no idea I had my camera with me so must just have been too busy.
Friday we decided on a day out.
First stop the Fabric Guild in Oadby to visit their new building.
I wanted white on white fabric and was really good, as that is all I bought.
Emmaus at Hinckley was the next stop to unload the boot of charity donations, including all the items left over from the sales table on Tuesday.
After all this we needed food and stopped at the Brewers Fayre Hinckley for lunch. The building is on the side of the canal and it was fun watching the narrow boats sail by.

Too cute for words, seen from the canal footpath.
 







Saturday, 15 April 2017

Easter Week

Easter week started with my promise to myself to have a sort out in my Happy Room.
"Stuff" seems to have a life of its own and filled every drawer, space, shelf and table.
I started with a drawer full of odds and ends and kits for everything from Christmas decorations to penguins! Most will go to a table top sale next week, some to the bin and some to a charity shop.
First empty drawer

Stuff everywhere, no space to even cut out or sew!
Two days this week the granddaughters came to stay, so we made Planners from card, paper and stickers. Both girls did really well and the time passed far too quickly. I have a Happy Planner of my own and it was lovely to share a hobby.

Abigail 13 yrs Planner, journal

Inside Abigail's journal

Eleanor 9 yrs planner / journal

Everything is Keep Calm and... with Eleanor

A brisk walk along the side of the Brampton railway

Chilly but a nice walk to the mosaic 

With Easter around the corner they made Easter baskets for all the family
After the hectic pace with the girls we had a peaceful day today. It was spent working on more tidying in the Happy room, followed by a trip to Billing, and walk around the lake.

Bit of a nip in the air, but at least the sun is shining

Lots of narrow boats at the moorings

Mummy swan had even used beer cans and plastic in her nest building

Lastly we visited the garden centre and bought ten new Shubunkin fish for our pond
it was hard to take their photo before releasing them in the pond.
I'd like to wish you all a very happy Easter.


Saturday, 8 April 2017

IAM craft day

May's IAM meeting was a wonderful way to spend the day after the hectic week in Hemsby.
There were lots of laughs and chat plus some craft work!
Penny's poppy picture, such delicate work

Penny's Linus quilt, partly machine embroidery.
Beatrix Potter is always a favorite.
Backed with fleece, a child is going to love this.

Maureen's cushion was a challenge with a group she belongs to.
Love the central star.

Clare's quilt for a new Gt Grandchild due any day was made with machine embroidered fleece sheep
and pretty barn yard fabric.

Shirley had been busy with her crochet hook.
This will be the centre of a throw for her caravan.

Pauline bought the pattern at Duxford and made two of these door stop owls.
We all loved them.
Jenny provided the dessert for lunch but forgot her encaustic art painting that she intended bringing for show and tell. I showed a couple of quilts I have in the process of having their bindings sewn on [more about them later].
Part of my show and tell. Sewing machine machine embroidery to be made into a bag or cushion or ???


Friday, 7 April 2017

Hemsby Holiday

The first three days of the holiday were spent on my own doing not very much! Then Chris arrived on the Saturday for the weekend, which was really nice.
Sunday the family arrived and left the girls with me until the following Wednesday.
A selection of photos from the Hemsby Gt. Yarmouth holiday.
Eleanor decided to sit in every ride just for the fun on it!
This was in "our" arcade where they had fun rolling pennies in the machines and winning prizes.

Spooky fun at the Haunted house

Thank goodness there were plenty of seats around


Richard and girls with Jacq doing what Jacq always does, petting a dog.

First of three rides on the Waltzer



Bit chilly on the beach


Crazy golf was great fun



Abigail's golf ball went into the lake!

Missing Grandad !


Another trip in the Waltzer


Dodgem fun, taking it in turns to drive

Ball fun outside the chalet


Brewers Fayre meal and sharing dessert

A bumpy ride down the big slide

Reaching the bottom


Back on the dogems again!
It was a wonderful time but very tiring, sometimes I forget I'm 72 years old!