Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Venice - part 2

 Looking from inside the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs joins the Doges Palace with the state prison


We found a small passage that took us canal side on the other side of the Bridge of Sighs so we got a view that isn't normally seen

St. Mark's Square

People were beheaded between the 2 pillars!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Venice - Part 1

We had a great 5 day visit to Venice last week. 

St Mark's Square

St Mark's Basilica and the Doges Palace 

The main staircase inside the Doges Palace 

There are many, many paintings and acres of 24ct gold leaf

The main state room

Til the next part!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

A visit!

I thought I would drop by my blog and give an update!

On the 9th of August we celebrated my Mum's 80th birthday. She is opening her quilt! It was a very quiet celebration, just Mum, DD, Little Gromit, The Oh! Bearded One, SofM and his girlfriend.

Her cake made by DD.

It was a lovely hot sunny day so Little Gromit was able to play out in the garden and in his paddling pool. He had great fun!

A rare photo of me and Mum!

The Oh! Bearded One & I have just come back from a 5 day jaunt to Venice. I leave you with a photo of us in front of the Bridge of Sighs. 

I will show more photos of Venice and what I've been working on recently.

Sunday, 2 August 2015


In the last week I've finished 2 quilts. The one above is for a family member who has some serious health issues and the one below is for my Mum for her 80th birthday next weekend. 

August the first marks the fact Little Gromit is 18 months old. Where does the time go?

Monday, 27 July 2015

WIPs & things

I have received my parcel from the summer shawl swap I took part in. 

The contents of the parcel

 The shawl!
I love it!

My completed shawl that is now residing in Telford!

I enjoyed knitting it so much I started another shawl - Hitchhiker. I'm knitting it in Knitting Goddess's 4ply and nylon. I'm much further on than this now, it's a nice easy knit.

I have been worrying about my UFOs. I have quite a lot! So this summer I have been trying to work on some of them!

This weekend I worked on these. These 9 patches were from a 2010 international internet swap of 9 patch blocks. I had started putting the setting triangles on them but I'd on;y done a few, they are now all done.

I am hand quilting as you go - I now have 60 blocks to finish! Don't expect to see the finished quilt anytime soon!

I also made a peg bag for DD. 

I also got the binding machine on a lap quilt that I want to send to a cousin that has had bowel surgery. I need to hand sew it down.

These blocks were made in 2011 from Barbara Brackman's blog. I've had a think about how I'm going to set them so I'll get on with them when I get chance. I also did a couple of string blocks last night.

And lastly meet Bella, a 1947 Singer featherweight. She is in quite good condition and is sewing well. I'm chuffed with her.

Tomorrow it will be back to mucking out The Oh! Bearded One's office whilst he is on Scout camp. So far there are 6 bags of shredding and 3 bags of paper for recycling!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Days out!

The War Memorial 

As you know I went to Builth Wells last Monday when The Oh! Bearded One had go there for work.

A painted mural by a bus stop that amused me

Here are a few shots from around the town.

I'm not sure what he has to do with anything but he was rather handsome

A very welsh looking cottage

A different use for a disused church

An early steam train

On Saturday The Oh! Bearded One, DD, Little Gromit and I went to Ironbridge and one of the Ironbridge Gorge museums. It was a lovely sunny day and we really enjoyed our day out.

Little Gromit enjoying the steam train

We visited Blist Hill Victorian Town and have got passes to go and visit the other sites within the year.

Old metal signs on the side of one of the shops

the mission chapel

a working carousel 

I love post boxes!

An old dustbin with a modern bin liner in it!

The staff dress up in Victorian dress

A steam driven tractor

A 'Bobby' on his bicycle!

Me and Little Gromit taking 'selfies' on the carousel

George taking an interest in Little Gromit

The Ironbridge

Views from each side of the bridge