Mark was in charge of the camera today as he had forgotten his.
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.
Staff barbecue at Lantra House this afternoon. Weather was a bit cloudy but warm and no rain. It was nice to chat to people I haven't seen for ages and for someone who doesn't like barbecued food it was very nice, all supplied by Farmers Fayre, the farm shop on Stoneleigh Park.
Popped in to see Mark and Michelle on the way back to wish them a nice holiday and to take them some Spanish (AKA large brown) onions as a laugh. We were talking the other day about how nice and mild Spanish onions are and how you can't seem to get them any more and I said that Lidl sometimes have them. When I did my shopping on Wednesday they had them in stock so I couldn't resit picking some up for them.
Have finally finished the scarf I have been working on using the Scheepjes whirl that I had for Christmas (or was it my birthday last year?!)
Nice week spent in the caravan at Studley with Mark, Michelle, Anais and Roman. Arrived Monday afternoon and going home today. Weather had been very warm. Had to pop home twice unfortunately, once for the alarm engineer to fit a new alarm system and one to visit the dentist to get my crown fixed back in.
On Saturday we went into Alcester, such a pretty little village and lots of charity shops to browse round.
On Saturday evening I had a ticket to see the Simon and Garfunkle Story at Malvern. I booked to eat at Prezzo again before and had a nice wander through the town and took some photos. The performance was excellent, they played all the well known hits and told the story.
Spent a lovely weekend with my sister Scarlett who came to stay with me.
On Saturday we went to Worcester. We had a walk to the old part with the medieval buildings and had lunch in a nice cafe and then walked round by the cathedral and down by the river. There were lots of statues of elephants around the town. I liked the one in the picture.
Afterwards we went to Malvern as we had tickets for the theatre to see Oleanna. We had a walk through the gardens and up through the town and past the priory to admire the view from the top and then had tea in Prezzo.
Back home now. Left Poolsbrook at 9.30am on Saturday morning and was back at Studley for 11.30. Spent last night there with Mark, Michelle, Anais and Roman. It was nice to see Michelle's mom and dad and the children on the afternoon and we all wished Anais Happy Birthday for tomorrow and had some cake. Today we just chilled and then packed everything up and came home to piles of post and washing.
Really enjoyed my time away and have some lovely photos to remind me but it was nice to see everyone again when I got back.
Weather warm and sunny so decided to go to Bakewell. I have been there before but always enjoy visiting. Pretty little town with a river and a nice bridge. They have a good traditional market but it's on Mondays so missed that. Did buy a Bakewell tart though!
Moved on to my final destination yesterday. Poolsbrook Nr Chesterfield. Good journey and arrived dead on 12.00pm. Weather in the afternoon not good so did not bother to go out.
Weather today lovely and sunny so went into Chesterfield (well known for its crooked spire). There is a really good vintage and flea market every Thursday which I love to look around. Bought some coronation mugs for my collection, five big balls of wool for 50p per ball and a partly finished quilt in black and yellow.
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.