Wishing all my family and friends a very happy Christmas and a healthy 2013.
Monday, December 24, 2012
I made a very cute bag with a Red Brolly stitchery on it to fill with some lovely Tassie wine for my neighbours who have very kindly given me a lift to work most days since I have moved to the city.
The stitchery is Red Brolly too, if I remember rightly!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Remember I said I was waiting for the electrician yesterday morning? Well I now have a new stove installed, only the second one ever in this house. The other is about 55 years old. I just had to take a photo of the new stove with my Harrod's tea towel. :-)
The first photo is my old stove, moved out of its regular spot ready for the installation. It is kinda sad to see it go.
A friend wanted to know what I had been doing since I arrived home as there have been no posts. I promise to mend my bad ways! :-)
This morning, while waiting for the electrician, (that is another story!)I went for a wander around the garden and found some beautiful flowers amongst the weeds.
The first plant is a teatree called Rudolph. I wonder why? :-)
Monday, November 26, 2012
Always nice to arrive home, even after fantastic holidays. Even better when greeted by such beautiful blooms on one of my outdoor pot plants.
Such a long flight from England, left 9am on Sunday morning (Australia time - 10pm on Saturday night in England) and walked in my front door about 1pm this afternoon.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The photo is the only one I took today, from our B&B window this morning
Happy Birthday to MBS, it is your birthday in Australia but not in England yet.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Weather not good today. Winds were very strong and apparently Bath has been experiencing more than usual rain. Everything flooded and looking like our train may not be running, hopefully everything will settle down before Saturday!!!
The local cricket field is flooded so lucky not the cricket season at the moment!
Before arriving in Bath we visited Montecute House which, despite the National Trust app I downloaded, telling me it was open we could only visit the grounds. Loved the wibbley wobbley hedge!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Next stop was a special request from Nicole, the engineer coming out in her and we had to visit the Levant Tin Mine where the 1840s steam-powered beam engine has been restored. We seemed to have almost free range of the place, no one was there so we wandered in and out of the buildings and around the site. Hard to believe they were mining under the sea, approx 75 fathoms deep I think (not sure if I remember that right!).
Back across to the other coast to the Minack Theatre, carved in the cliff face by Rowena Cade for theatrical performances. What a task, pretty sure it must have been a labour of love! Also had lunch here where we needed to try a Cornish Pastie...
St Mawes was our next destination and for this we needed to go to Feock and catch the King Harry Ferry. A bit of an experience!
St Mawes Castle was built by Henry VIII as an artillery fortress and looked remarkably well preserved. Couldn't go in of course but wandered around and looked across to Pendennis Castle and Falmouth.
Last stop was into Truro to visit the fabric store that Jillian (our hostess here at Haybarton) had recommended and yes I did buy a small bit of Christmas fabric. Now sitting by the fire with a cuppa and cake!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Left behind the Cotswolds and Trinity House where our stay was very enjoyable including cups of coffee in the kitchen with Zelie, a wonderful hostess.
We set the GPS (lovely lady - have to keep on the right side of her) to go to Stonehenge as our first stop but on the way saw some signs for a Roman Villa, our lovely lady did not like that one bit!! but we persevered and were rewarded with the most amazing mosaic floors and interesting story of Chedworth Roman Villa, found in the 1800s and preserved from the time it was found by a very forward thinking land owner.
On to Stonehenge where I was VERY glad to have my warm coat, I remember going there before in Spring and it was so cold and it was very cold again today. Unfortunately you can't get near the stones, I would love to be able to touch them. What an engineering feat to have constructed this so many, many years ago. Just a magnificent, awe-inspiring sight.
Salisbury Cathedral was next on our list. They have installed a new font since I was last there in 2004 and it has the most amazing reflections, especially of the stained glass windows at the back of the Cathedral.
We wandered around for a while before heading off on the last leg of our journey to Bradle Farm where Jillian was waiting with a welcoming committee of two friendly labradors (mother and child) and a terrier. Jillian had a lovely cup of coffee ready for me, very welcome after the drive through the rain and the dark, led by the lovely lady over spectacular roads, just sad it was too dark to see the views. Gets dark very early! No internet so will publish this tomorrow
Tuesday 20th November
Well our good luck came to an end today; rain rain, rain. Mostly travelled but we did walk up to Corfe Castle and go out to Kimmeridge Bay and Kimmeridge Village, setting off to Cornwall after 10:30am.
The drive was interesting to say the least with a few diversions for roads closed and lots of flooded roads and narrow roads but we made it to Haybarton via Launceston and Mevagissey.
Blair and Jill greeted us with cake and tea and now settled in by the fire. *happy sigh*
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The car windows needed a good old scrape before setting out to our first stop of Bourton-On-Water. We went for a lovely walk along the canal and on the way back drooled in shop windows, luckily nothing open so no money spent.
Next stop was Upper and Lower Slaughter where we had coffee and cake, went for a long walk along a foot path through the fields and generally enjoyed two lovely Cotswolds village, although I did feel sorry for the dogs when I saw the thickness of the ice on the dogs' water bowl.
Can't name all the places we visited and walked through today but one highlight was Anne Hathaway's cottage. The GPS decided we needed to go to places not at all where we had thought we were going but it was all good and such fun.
Finished off the day with a lovely meal at The Fox, Lower Oddington! Just a taste of the Cotswolds but a fantastic day, even walking to the Fox in the dark with a torch for about 1 mile each way, have to admit is seemed shorter on the way back with a very nice bottle of red consumed at dinner!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Nicole had a full program for the morning so I went shopping up Oxford Street and managed to find a couple of jumpers to buy even though I was looking for bathers for when we go to Bath! I am so stupid I forgot to bring mine. I had a lovely lunch in Piccadilly Square and then went for a wander through the National Museum in Trafalgar Square before going back to the hotel to find MBD.
Nicole wanted to see a squirrel so we went for a walk across town to Hyde Park, past Christies Auction House and Xstrata London office. Well did she see squirrels, they were everywhere and so bold too. We walked back to the hotel via Oxford and Regent Streets where the Christmas lights were a great attraction.
Saturday 17th November
This morning we were up bright and early to pack our bags and make our way, like Paddington Bear, to Paddington Station to board the train for Oxford. Not exceptionally pleased there as we had to wait for over 40 minutes for the hire car people to come and pick us up despite 2 phone calls. Then when we got to the depot the GPS that had been requested was no where to be found, so our first stop was to buy a GPS!!
We decided to go to Blenheim Palace as it was (sort of) on our way to our first B&B. I went there in 2004 when I was in England before so have now experienced it in both Spring and Autumn. It is hard to believe that people live in such grand places. The grounds were just magnificent as I remember and where, on my previous trip there were masses of bluebells, there are now masses of fallen leaves. I don't know how I do it but guess what!!!! There was a Christmas Craft Fair in the Palace so I had a fantastic time looking around that as well BUT didn't buy a thing, how restrained was that. Our new GPS and Nicole's marvellous driving skill brought us safely to Trinity House, Upper Oddington where Zelie was waiting with coffee and cake. We were made feel very much at home and our room is very comfortable so we are looking forward to our stay here.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Walked over to Waterloo Station to catch the train to Axminster where Maureen and Denis were going to pick me up for a stay in Lyme Regis. I quite surprised myself by managing to find the right train at the right time and found a fantastic seat.
After a lovely lunch Maureen and I went for a walk around Lyme Regis. Since my very quick visit in 2004 a lot of work has been done by building up the beach so that the boathouses can stay all year round and work along the sea side with new facilities available.
Wednesday 14th November
The next morning we set off for a day out sightseeing. We drove along the coast to Chesil Beach where I was fascinated by all the little fishing tents along the beach. Quite a few people there fishing although I didn't see too much action!
Then on to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. What a lovely place, first established in 1765, the gardens have had a lot of work done to them since a big storm in 1990 and are well worth a visit. Interesting cafe and shop as well as a garden packed with different flowers and trees.
This is the view I saw from my bedroom window when I woke up this morning, how good is this!
Wednesday night we went to the Axminster Guild Hall to see a local production of Anything Goes. Maureen did all the costumes and they were fantastic! Such a lot of work with running repairs done this afternoon where I was able to help with a bit of handsewing on a beautiful beaded evening dress.
Thursday 15th November
Maureen and I went down to Axminster where we had a coffee at the famous River Cottage cafe. Took some photos of me entering and also of some of the books on sale. It was also market day apparently happens every Thursday, I did manage to resist some very beautiful curtain material. Went to the local fabric shop where I wish I had taken photos as it was absolutely crammed with all sorts of goodies.
Arrived back at the Haymarket Hotel around 5:30pm after once again negotiating my way from Waterloo Station to find Nicole had been given some lovely flowers and a gift from the Hotel for her birthday. How nice is that!