Had tickets for the Bowes Museum this morning. Quite a spectacular building designed by a French architect. It was originally built as a museum by John Bowes (of the Bowes Lyon family) and his French wife Josephine. It is full of paintings by famous artists, ceramics, glass, furniture and an 18th century silver swan automaton (which was unfortunately not working today but there was a video which was pretty amazing). There was a weaving loom operated by punchcard which fascinated me and also a costume and textile exhibition plus a display of quilts which were very intricate and, of course, all stitched by hand.
From there I went to look at Egglestone Abbey. Though in ruins there was quite a lot so see and the surrounding countryside was lovely with a river running alongside.
I am Jenny (when I was little my dad always called me Jenny Wren) and I enjoy making hand crafted things. Watch this space to see what I am working on.