Sunday, July 5, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I had an amazing time with the kids and felt very privileged to be part of their overseas adventure but all too soon it was time to head for home and get back to "normal" (not that I am sure what normal is really). Back to work and also back to catching up with friends and family...which I have been busy doing over the past few weeks.

A couple of stitching days with the girls....With some show and tell...this is Kris' pies and tarts top...

Kay's baskets.....

Claire has been busy as well.....

It's always fun to catch up with everyone and it was my turn to host the next time we met (so you can see I have been home for a while!)

Shay bought her stars to show and tell and had some help with it...

 

Rose is always pleased to have friends visit..

Shay also worked on some hexies.....

Kris brought her knitting...

Kay was hand quilting....And Claire was working on a project but had packed up by the time I got the camera out! I was working on a Kathy Schmitz stitchery....

It's Wimbledon and Tour de France time so I have been getting some hand stitching done while I watch...and the cricket also starts this week so yet another reason to stay up way too late!

More catch up in the next post!

'Til next time.......Lorraine

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Anzac Day - Villers-Bretonneux

Rhiannon and Wade invited me to join them on a 24 hour coach tour to Villers-Bretonneux for Anzac Day...so on the evening of 24 April we left London and headed for Dover on the first leg of the adventure.....

The Channel crossing was smooth and back on the coach we settled in for some sleep (as well as you can on a coach lurching through country roads in the dark).....we reached our destination in the early hours of Anzac Day and set off to walk up to the memorial for the dawn service....along with thousands of others...

I should say that at about this time it started to rain.....but it didn't dampen our spirits as we found a seat and waited for the service to begin....the dawn service was beautiful...poignant.... and as always the last post bought tears to my eyes....

Back to the coach for a tour of some of the battlefields......

..........and lunch

......before heading back to Calais where we caught the train across the Channel and on to London.....24 hours and we were shattered! But a great experience.....and fantastic to share it with Rhi and Wade. Special memories!

Back in London and I prepared for the trip home the next weekend.....packing and repacking to fit a few purchases in!

The day before I flew home we went in to the city and spent some time at the Tower Bridge....

What a fabulous holiday - great memories but time to go home and save for the next adventure!

'Til next time.......Lorraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A little more London fun ....

......... Before it's time to go home! ...and I had a partner in crime for the next few days in Judy Newman who was visiting her daughter in London and teaching a class at Tikki Patchwork ...so we set off for a patchwork shop crawl bright and early one morning.

First stop was Village Haberdashery...a cute little shop where Judy found some gems in the scrap basket which needed some time to sort through.....


Next stop was the Antique Textile Company and words just can't describe how amazing this place is....wall to wall and floor to ceiling antique quilts....we were in heaven!

We spent quite a while in the shop and went to have lunch and try and decide which of the quilts might come home with us......then it was back to spend some more time looking at the quilts and trying not to drool too much!

We finally tore ourselves away and it was on to the next shop....Ray Stitch....best use of space in a shop I have seen for a while I think....

Out the back of the shop......Would be a great spot to take a break during a class....

...and downstairs to the classroom and yet more fabric....

The next day we met again and caught the train to Tikki Patchwork where Judy was teaching.....another pretty shop full of temptations!

I started on Emma Mary......more hexies....

Over the next few days we wandered around London ......

The Globe Theatre......

The Millennium Bridge over to St Paul's .....

 

A little train trip down to Hever Castle.....

 
Magnificent grounds..

Loved this rustic gate outside the grounds.....

We had the best time and packed quite a bit into our days - I farewelled Judy who was off to Florence with her daughter and got organised for a trip to France with Rhiannon and Wade for Anzac Day ...my holiday was drawing to a close and there was just time for one more adventure.....next time....