Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A busy few days.

 I did all this last night and was just about to press publish and it all disappeared.Fingers crossed.
Last Thursday we decided to have a little tripto Biddulph Grange garden.We havn't been for years and it seemed much smaller than we remembered.Quite a hard walk round as there are 400 steps.
                                         The Chinese Garden.
                                             The Stumpery.
 As we didn't spend as much time here as we thought we moved on to Little Moreton Hall.This is 500 year old timber framed hall and has wonky floors everywhere.A real Tudor treasure.
 The day after,Friday,was the 40th birthday weekend of our wonderful local theatre.Penblwydd Hapus is Happy birthday in Welsh.We took along our granddaughters Ruby and Emily with us.
Theydid a drumming workshop which was amazing.A poetry workshop with the Welsh children's Laureate
 They tried on masks and costumes.Some,from the pantomime, were so heavy.
 We went to a dance performance which at the end the audience joined in and suddenly realised the dancers had gone and they were stillcarrying on!A great day was had by us all .

Yesterday we went to the Lady Lever Art Gallery to see an exhibition of lino cuts by Picasso.
This afternoon we have had a guided tour of Chester Cathedral.Sorry,no photos.
Tomorrow I am meeting up with 15 others who were in college with me.We left 50 years ago.Will we recognise each other and will I come back thinking I look the oldest with my white hair and wrinkles.


Friday, 12 August 2016

I had a bit of a spend earlier in the week!

 Last Monday we had arranged to meet my brother and his wife for lunch halfway between their house and ours.Looking at the map I realised we would be going quite close to Black Sheep Wools.They have a great craft barn and stock all makes of wool including all 58 shades of Stylecraft DK which is brilliant for blankets.They have a cafĂ© so with OH with his coffee and a paper I indulged my self for 45 minutes.
I bought some extra wool to complete the above blanket(only started to use up some stash but I always run out and have to buy more)
 Over the winter I want to make a blanket for the conservatory.The rug is various shades of greens and cream.Obviosly I couldn't take the rug so it done out of my head and although on here they don't look to match,they do.
 Thenin the bargain bit I spotted this Debbie Bliss reduced to £2.49 a ball.Bargain.I will have someof that.
 I only bought one ball ofsock wool.Very restrained!
I treated myself to a new cross stitch kit(why it is on itsside I have no idea.


I find buying yarn off the internet very tricky.Colours are never accurate so this was an opportunity not to be missed.This lot should keep me busy over the coming months but I must say the amount of wool is a little daunting.Watch this space!!!
Watching the Olympics will get me started.
Have a great weekend everyone.Babrbarax

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

what is happening in Blogland?

No photos in this post.I just wondered what is happening in Blogland.A lots of us seem to have lost our "mojo.I have 93 followers (I would love more) but don't hear from many and lots of blogs I followed in the past have stopped blogging.
So,I thought if I did a little resume about me it might inspire others to do the same and kick start us all again.
Here goes.
I am a retired Primary school teacher.I used to teach little ones but retired when I was50 due to dodgy knees.I am married and have two children.Matthew lives in Cambridge and works in London(going into Kings Cross/St Pancras each day.Abit worrying with all the terror threats)He has three children.Ella 17 this Saturday.Finlay 13 and Angus  9. Matt's wife runs a coffee shop in Cambridge cb4.Sarah lives in Northwich in Cheshire and is a teacher.She has Emily who is 11 and about to start Secondary school and Ruby who is 8.
I live in North Wales which is beautiful.Lots of mountains ,castles and lovely coastal scenery.We live ten miles from Chester ( in England) which is a lovely city.
I love any form of crafting.Knitting,crochet ,tapestry and cross stitch but love try new things.I read a lot,go to the theatre and to see films .We enjoy going to France as my OH speaks French fluently.I have IBS which blights my life and I do get down at times.Do you fancy doing a little resume to get us all going again.
Lots of love to you all.Barbarax

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Back from the Loire Valley in France.

 We have had a week in the Loire Valley in France.The weather was mixed,a bit of rain and then temperatures at 35 degrees making it very hot and humid.As a result out came all the bugs!!I got bitten quite badly and ended up,when back home, on a course of antibiotics as the bites were infected.Not very pleasant.The antibiotics made me feel sick so I have been feeling a bit out of sorts.I finish the tablets today and feel much better.
This is the cottage we stayed in and it was very nice.We reckon we have stayed in at least 23 gites(cottages) in France over the years and this was one of the best.It was in a small village which had a bar/restaurant and also a small shop.There were lots of empty shelves in the shop but they did sell bread and milk.
 We were a 10 minute drive into Amboise and this the chateau that we visited.During the 15 and 16th centuriesit was a favourite residence of French kings.In 1516 Francis the first invited Leonardo Da Vinci to visit.He ended his days here and is buried here.
 Statue of LeonardoDa Vinci
 The chapel where he is buried.
Another day we went to the Chaumont Garden Festival held in the grounds of the chateau.This is an international festival and is an annual event.The gardens are on display all summer.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Ruthin Craft Centre

 This lovely Centre for Applied Arts is only a twenty minute drive from our house in the pretty town of Ruthin.There are three exhibition areas showing different work.
 This glass work by Bob Crooks is in one of them at the moment.He is one of the leading glass artists in the UK and the works are stunning so I thought I would share some with you.

I did take photos of the other two exhibitions but Blogger won't let me load them so they can be for another day.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Back from Menorca


 We are back from Menorca.We had beautiful weather.This is the view from our balcony.
 We stayed in a place called S'Algar.Very quiet.
 We had a visit to Mahon the capital using the local bus.
 How about this for a choice of colours?
 Lovely flowers.Hibiscus.
 Bottle Brush tree.
 Help needed here.Does anyone know what this plant is?
It was a very restful week.It was good to feel the sun on ones face but is it worth all the waiting around at airports.We did all inclusive so we ate and drank too much.I think we decided this was not really our kind of holiday.We like our own space too much.Theprospect of a week in a cottage in France  I think is more"us" or a few days away in the UK.

Hope you can help with the flower

Saturday, 14 May 2016

I am all "socked" out!!!!!

 This is my sock drawer.
This is mine and C's put together!!I think I counted 26 pairs.How many pairs of socks do two people need?So,I think,enough is enough,.I have a pair on my needles to take away and then that is it for a while for sock knitting.I have done more than this as many have been given as presents.
I can remember being in awe at a craft fair in Manchester many years ago,of a lady knitting socks with no pattern in front of her.It was all in her head.How times move on and I must too.