Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Well! we went to Harrogate on Saturday. We had a really nice weekend. This year it was rather windy, which was different from last year when we had to stay overnight because we got snowed in!

We went for the Knitting & Stitching show which is held every year in the International Conference centre which is in the heart of Harrogate. Historically, Harrogate was a Spa town, a place you went to take the waters, supposedly to heal from as many ailments as you can think of. These days it is more famous for Betty's tea rooms.

We British love our tea! If there is a problem to be solved we stick the kettle on and make tea. Betty's tea rooms take tea drinking back a era to when tea was served at 4 o'clock with cucumber sandwiches and dainty cakes

My friend, J and DD booked a table for Sunday afternoon for the 3 of us to have afternoon tea as part of my 50th birthday celebrations.

Here we are, with our afternoon tea laid before us!

By the time we had eaten our sandwiches and scone we didn't have room for the cakes so they were put in little boxes for us to take home with us. 

DD & myself

We had shown the staff the invitation that DD had given me for my birthday, they loved it and at the end of the tea they presented me with this little cake. Such a sweet gesture!

As for the show! We enjoyed looking around it but we didn't buy much this year. Money is tight so I only bought the fat eighths shown in the bottom picture and a yarn kit to crochet a scarf which I have started so hopefully photos when it is completed. DD bought a hat kit for me to knit for her as she doesn't knit but she loved the hat! We have decided to give this show a miss next year and concentrate on the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August instead where there are many more fabric stalls as both J and I are much more into quilting than anything else at present.

On other news, I have received my Modern tablerunner swap. I absoluately love it! I love this fabric range (Moda Figgy Pudding) and the colours are perfect for me!

Look at the quilting!

Thank you, Sarah!
  Fat eighths to add to my Civil War fabric stash

Friday, 25 November 2011

Off to a show!

Tomorrow I'm off to the Knitting & Stitching show in Harrogate. I'm going with my friend, J and DD. I am hoping to buy some more Civil War repro fabric.

and maybe some yarn

and maybe a precut or 2.

Last year we got snowed in and had to saty overnight. This year we are deliberately staying over.

It was also this weekend that the Oh! Bearded One started with problems with his eye which culminated with him having his eye removed. I am hoping nothing like that happens. I have to be honest and say I am feeling slightly uneasy as this anniversary comes up.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Modern tablerunner swap

I've finished my Modern tablerunner for the swap of the same name (see sidebar)

We had to send a Christmas ornament as well and this is my offering.

The tablerunner! Made from Moda 12 Days of Christmas which I love. I hope my swap partner also likes it. It is now off to Canada.

I couldn't resist showing you this photo of Meg! so cute!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Here, in Cheshire, it is very dull at the moment. I can't wait to put the Christmas tree up but it is still too early so I've looked for something to substitute. I went into town this afternoon and I found the basketweave vase and the fairy lights both reduced. The lights help brighten up my mood during the dull miserable November.

I'm supposed to show photos of my Modern table runner on Flickr but it has been too dull to photograph it. I go back to work tomorrow so there is no chance until Friday morning at the earliest. It is well on its' way to being finished. I've started to go to a local quilting group. It will be my 2nd visit tonight and my friend, J, is going with me. I will be taking the runner with me.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

May we never forget!

11th minute of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011

May we never forget those that gave their lives so we may live ours now

Monday, 7 November 2011

Meg is has been doing a lot of this, this weekend.

We have been to the Lake District. The weather was beautiful!

This is Derwent Water on Saturday morning.