Afterwards we drove to a local park to eat our picnic lunch and have walk round.
Did some work this morning and then had a walk along the path from the campsite to the church. The steeple is quite unusual as it has windows in. Picture's not much help as I have cut most of the steeple off.
After lunch I went over to Rutland Hall (was Barnsdale Hall) where Mark and Michelle are staying. They have a nice ground floor apartment in the stable mews. We had a drive to Normanton to see the sunken church. It was very busy with lots of cyclists. Came back for tea and did some more work.
Went with Mark and Michelle to Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Isaac Newton. I have been once before but this time we joined a guided tour which was fascinating. His family were yeoman farmers so although not especially wealthy they did own their own farm and were able to send him to school and university (Trinity College Cambridge). Although he did not live in the house all of his life he spent two years there on a break from university when a lot of his ideas began to take shape. There are still some of his drawings on the walls and an apple tree in the orchard that descended from the original. The is also a new apple tree planted by Tim Peake and grown from the apple seeds he took into space. Coincidentally there was a young student on our tour whose design won a Blue Peter competition to design a logo for the space mission. The mission was named 'Principia' after Isaac Newton's first book.
Mark was in charge of the camera today as he had forgotten his.
Next we went to Belton House in Grantham. A very different property and again one we had visited before. The queue for the house was long so we just walked around the gardens which were lovely. The place was very busy.
On the way back to the site I remarked that the wheat fields on either side of the drive looked ready for harvesting and later I was sure I could hear the sounds of a combine so I went to investigate. When I arrived only the first row next to the road had been cut so I had a really good view. The combine was operated by a young man and the tractor by a young lady with the farm collie dog sitting on her lap.
Back in the caravan again, this time at Rutland. Site is right out in the countryside and is very nice. About 6 miles out of Oakham. I have been to this area before but not with the caravan. I have previously stayed at Barnsdale Hall on the shores of Rutland Water which is where Mark and Michelle are staying now. I met them earlier today for a walk round Oakham and then went to the museum which was really interesting. It was about life in Rutland which is very rural so had lots of exhibits about farming.
As a major wool producer there we also exhibits about spinning, weaving and knitting. The first picture is a hand loom. A note said that by the early 1800s patterns could be programmed into looms by punchcard systems. I think I have seen a punchcard one somewhere else but I had no idea they had been around so long.
The second picture is a sock knitting machine but I don't know how old and the final picture a wool winder. I actually have one of these but without the bobbin. The contraption for holding the skein of wool is ingenious. When all wool came is skeins we used to just get someone to hold their arms out or use the arms of chair.
Caravan all set up. Fully serviced pitch.
Spent a lovely weekend with my sister Scarlett. On Saturday we went to Coughton Court and had a nice walk around the house and gardens, which were beautiful. We had some lunch there sitting on a bench overlooking the lawns and then moved on to Stratford. A nice walk around the shops and market, then tea in Zizzi's and on to the theatre. We saw A Comedy of Errors outdoors which was excellent. Luckily the weather was really good, lovely and warm with no wind and no rain!
Decided to join Mark and Michelle for a couple of weeks in the caravans at Studley. As we are staying a while we put up the big awnings. Roman and Anais helped to put mine up. Weather warm but a bit cloudy.
Went into the office on Tuesday, first time for ages. It was deserted, just myself and the chief exec in my area with a few more people downstairs.
Have finally finished a tapestry that I inherited from my mother in 1991. I think that might be a record! Just need to frame it now.
I am currently working on granny squares in mohair for a blanket. I did one before in autumn colours which I eventually sold and swore I would never crochet with mohair again. However .... I had quite a few odd balls of mohair in shades of blue and grey plus quite a lot of black so ... I have started another. This one is called 'midnight sky' and so far I have done 7 squares of each of the four colour repeats.
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.