Have spent most of the last week carrying on with the decorating which is at last taking taking shape. (Except for the bit at the top of the stairs which I can't reach and I'm waiting for the decorator). I managed to paint the ceiling downstairs and the beams are now cream instead of brown. I also painted most of the ceiling upstairs and have done all of the bottom paper and top paper where I could reach. Today I painted most of the bottom paper, just upstairs to finish off tomorrow.
Today I joined Richard, Debbie, Brendyn and Olivia on a trip to Monkey Forest at Trentham Gardens. Monkey Forest is home to 140 Barbary macaques which are apparently an endangered species. They are free to roam and you can see them really close up.
We took a picnic lunch and then Debbie cooked a lovely pasta tea when we got back. Weather again was glorious. The cats were busy sunning themselves but looked up when they heard the click of the camera.
Changed bathroom into its late spring/early summer colour of apple green. Spot the little bunny!.
Spent a very enjoyable day at Wightwick Manor with Richard, Debbie, Brendyn and Olivia. The weather was glorious and we walked around the house and gardens looking for purple bunnies! The lady playing the piano was excellent. I always like visiting Wightwick Manor, it's the kind of place that you think 'I could live here'.
Afterwards we all went back for a lovely Easter dinner. The Easter egg scene in the middle of the table was made by Olivia for a project at school and she won a prize. The centre egg is a unicorn (she is mad about unicorns) and the caption says 'It's okay to be different'.
Came back home on Tuesday. Started to rain as I pulled away, rained all the way home but stopped when I got back to the storage yard.
Went to see Mary Queen of Scots at the cinema on Wednesday morning (special screening for oldies with cheap tickets, tea and biscuits!) and afterwards went to the Virgin shop at Merry Hill and got my phone fixed. I was then able to access the photos I had taken on holiday so have updated some of the posts.
Went with Shelagh yesterday afternoon to a meeting of the local historical society which was very interesting. The speaker was talking about the clothing worn by those who lived and worked on the canals. She was an excellent dressmaker and crocheter and had recreated a lot of the clothing and other items including two lovely rag dolls, a boy and a girl in traditional costume.
Later I had a lovely tea with Michelle's family to celebrate her dad's birthday but today it will be back to the decorating.
I couldn't really visit this part of the country without going to Stonehenge as I have never been. The National Trust handbook advises that you book in advance so I went online this morning before I set out and managed to get a place at 3.30pm (it is very popular). I decided to go to Salisbury in the morning so looked up the nearest Park and Ride and headed off.
Salisbury is an interesting town with a river running through the middle and the cathedral square is lovely. There is a National Trust property in the square called Mompesson House so I popped in for a look round. It was for a time the home of the Bishop of Salisbury and houses an impressive collection of old cut glass.
Michelle, check out the crochet bedspread!
Stonehenge was very busy. A shuttle bus takes you from the visitor centre to the stones (or you can walk but it is quite a long way). The stones are very impressive but the actual size of the circle was smaller than I expected. A brass marker set into the ground marks the direction of the midsummer sunrise and the midwinter sunset. Apologies for the slightly drunken nature of some of the shots, I was trying to take with one hand while I shielded the lens from the bright sun. It was also very windy.
Thought I would take a look at the flight of locks at Caen Hill that I read about. Apparently there are 29 altogether coming down from Devizes towards Bath and 16 of these are in a continuous flight. The others slightly (though only slightly) more spaced out. We have done a bit of boating on the canal in the past so I am always interested in canals (though the longest flight we have done is Foxton locks which I think is 8). There were a few boats going up and down and a swan had a nest.
When I got back I did a bit of sewing. I have made two cushion covers and a pretty lining for my laundry basket. (I will photograph the laundry basket when I am back home, I hope it fits). I also sewed all of the ends in on the beret I have crocheted, just the scarf to do now.
Today I caught the local bus just outside the site into Devizes town which is about 4 miles away. It is a nice town with a market square and lots of little streets and alleyways. I had a good look around and then had lunch in Greggs. Weather as you can see was bright and sunny.
I was back for about 2.00pm so decided to go for a walk along the canal towpath. There was a wide variety of boats including some wider 'Dutch barge' types and a lovely family of ducklings. One boat I saw had washing hanging at the front which reminded me of some years ago we were on a hire boat with Richard and Debbie on the Shropshire Union canal heading towards Llangollen. One morning Debbie and I were on the back of the boat when another boat came towards us with washing hanging at the front, large ladies pants! Well we just looked at one another and went 'Bridget Jones's' and burst out laughing. We had to compose ourselves quickly before the owners of the boat came alongside.
We later turned onto the Llangollen canal and over both the Chirk and the Pontcysyllte aquaducts which was amazing (so long as you have a good head for heights). We spent a couple of days in Llangollen and then turned round to come back. A very memorable holiday.
Went to Bath on Friday. Drove to the Park and Ride and caught the bus into the city. Used bus pass so no cost and no worry about finding somewhere to park in Bath. Fashion museum was very interesting, it had examples of clothes from the early 1500s to the present day. It was good to see the Tudor clothing as I am currently reading books set in the Tudor period. I had a nice scone and jam and a cup of tea in their cafe.
The city is full of interesting and imposing buildings including the old Roman baths and the cathedral. Bath is surrounded by hills as you can see from a couple of photos taken through the car windscreen.
Well here I am in the caravan! The first trip of the season and the weather is beautiful. I am staying at Devizes and am looking forward to exploring the area. The site is alongside the Kennet and Avon canal and I can see boats from the window.
I am intending to visit Bath as I haven't been there for years and would like to go the to the Fashion museum located in the Assembly Rooms. Avebury Manor and Stone Circle also sounds interesting.
Have spent most of the week working on the hall, stairs and landing. It is now all stripped except for about 2 square metres at the very top of the stairs which I can't reach. Have also done most of the white paintwork, just two doors to do. Took up all of the old carpet and got rid of it to the tip. (Came back with two picture frames. I'm a hopeless case but I do have something in mind for them!).
Spent a lovely day today with my friend Jackie while her husband Piete serviced the caravan. We had a nice meal in the Queens Head at Wolverley which was in a very pretty village by the side of a stream. We then visited a fabric warehouse in Kidderminster called Oh Sew Crafty. I have never seen so much fabric under one roof, and reasonably priced too. They also had lots of haberdashery, sewing patterns and knitting wool.
The 'van was given a clean bill of health so I can start getting it ready for my first trip away which is on Thursday. (The decorating will have to wait a bit).
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.