My hubby says that of late, I am like an empty hospital - I have no patients (patience - his jokes are appalling!). I don't know where it went - perhaps he and two kids and a frustrating occupation have taken its toll! He's not far wrong though, and I find that whilst I still like to craft, I do like to see a quick result. So when I popped into a lovely craft shop recently, I found myself admiring a "charm" pack with HUGE squares that I knew would quickly make up a lovely bed size quilt. The main attractions for charm packs for me are that they are already perfectly cut (my cutting is sloppy!!) and they are colour matched perfectly too. I think you are supposed to cut theses exceptionally large squares up and make fancy shapes with them, but I was having none of that. So I sat and sewed them all together, then sandwiched a lovely piece of cotton wadding between that and my backing fabric - and hey presto!!
Sunday, 29 June 2014
A few years ago, my daughter expressed a desire to see the musical "Wicked". I have to admit that the songs didn't really excite me but last year when I saw that the production was coming to Leeds, I thought I would treat us to a couple of tickets. So last week after work on Tuesday, we hot footed it up to Leeds Grand Theatre. I love the way that we are still Theatre buddies.
Saturday, 28 June 2014
So on the Saturday, after a leisurely start, we headed into nearby Oxford. We had visited Oxford in the past and been stung by the very high cost of car parking, so this time we very sensibly used the brilliant Park and Ride scheme that they have.
having an affair with a lady who decided to marry his best friend whilst he was away from Downing Street. His begging letters to her were filled with his heart break - all this whilst he was "running a war".
* The actor that hubby spotted was Richard Hawley (not the singer) who played Hugh Grants Deputy Prime Minister in "Love Actually"
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
We visited Giffords Circus last year and enjoyed it so much that we promised ourselves a return visit this year. It travels around the Oxford/Gloucester area's all summer, so we were able to pick a different location to see it this year. They do choose the most gorgeous locations to set up camp.
Monday, 23 June 2014
On Friday, hubby and I packed up house and home and trotted off to deepest Oxfordshire for our first camping trip of the year - and what a perfect weekend it was for it too. Our campsite was lovely and exceptionally empty. Once pitched, we drove a couple of miles to the tiny village of Waterperry and parked up at the house and gardens to take a look around. You can only visit the house on certain days (and not today as ir happens) but the gardens were open. The house was once a centre of Horticulture - mainly teaching ladies I believe (when ladies were not considered suitable for gardening).
garden centre and gift shop attached!!