Friday, 29 May 2009

Days Out & New Starts

My week off work has finished, it will be back to being awakened by the alarm in the morning, i could so get used to getting up when i feel like it and pottering around the house, and the weather have been very good to me too. i don't do sitting in the garden really, much prefer there to be a pool i can dip into to cool off when it gets a bit much. On Monday we went to Blenheim Palace, which as you probably know is the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, and a very impressive building.
How about this for a back garden! don't think I'd fancy the job of mowing and edging though!

Capability Brown designed the gardens, which are huge and very beautiful. We didn't look round them all, this is the water garden.

And i was dead jealous of the Hostas in the Secret Garden - they were HUGE!
Inside the rooms were very large, as you would expect, no photographs were allowed (why i don;t know) i usually get around this by disarming the flash and holding my camera in front of me then no one can tell! best not to share those photos though, i don't want to get done for breech of copyright! We were able to exchange our 1 day pass for a 12 month pass on the day we went so we will definitely try and go back again - I'd love to go again at Christmas time and see the rooms decorated.
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I've been getting lots of stitching time in this week too, usually i only stitch in the evenings but I've been parking my butt down in the afternoon and getting a few hours in! I made good progress on my ABC, which I'll show you next time, this time i wanted to show you my new start. i bought this when i went to the Craft show at the NEC in March

The Primitive Needle -Live Simply

I'm using 28 count with Gentle Art threads - I'm loving the way the threads are giving it a faded subtle look & I'm surprised at how fast it's stitching up. I now have 4 WIP's, and this from the woman who not so long ago said that she couldn't cope with more than one project at a time! I blame you lot out there leading me astray, LOL. The next part of AT has been released so I'll be working on that for a few days next week. Hope you all have a great week, the sun is shining beautifully again here but i am going to sit in the cool of my sitting room and stitch, i may venture out into the garden later with the hosepipe and give everything a good dousing. Thank you for visiting me and all your lovely comments, see you soon..Tara-a-bit x

15 comments:

Cindy F. said...

Maggie, thanks for sharing your beautiful pics of Blenheim Palace! It's huge and the lawn must take days to mow!
Your sampler is also beautiful! LOVE your colors!

Heather said...

Great shots, looks like it would be magical at Christmas

Miss 376 said...

It's been lovely to have to sun and warmth for a change. Great new start

Sherry said...

What beautiful pictures! I have never seen that place! Reminds me alot of Biltmore Estate. I love your new start!

Gaynor said...

I was a one at a time kindda gal...they have led me astray as well lol
Lovely peices though and Blenheim looks fantastic

Siobhan said...

Beautiful photos of Blenheim Palace! It looks like you're having the same lovely weather that we're getting over here.

Fabulous start on Simply Live!

Kim B said...

Gorgeous palace pics! I would love to see it in person! It looks magnificent!!!

Your new start is great! I love this design.

Anonymous said...

What fun you had on your day trip! Love your new start too.
Jane in WV

Mylene said...

Beautiful pictures of the palace and i are envious of the hostas, mine aren't doing well and i don't know why. I just transfer them to another place, hopeing they'll look more alive so we'll see. Good start on the new project. Love that one too and will sure add it to my wishlist.

mollycaff said...

Great photos of Blenheim, I LOVE the hostas. It's all so easy to be led astray when you see all the fabulous stitching on all the blogs that are around!

CindyMae said...

Oh my goodness, those photos are amazing! I would so love to visit there and so many other places! One day maybe. Your stitching is looking gorgeous, I just love the colors and everything. I know what you mean about the WIP's! I use to be a one project kind of girl too but all these ladies out here in blog land have just ruined me! LOL

Chrizette said...

Wow, the palace is very impressive although I couldn't imagine living there! Too many open spaces - I love (and am used to)our little "doll house". My husband and I can talk to one another from anywhere in the house without having to raise our voices. :)

Brigitte said...

You must have had a great week off. Wonderful pictures, Maggie. Thanks for sharing.
Very nice progress on Live Simply. It's such a lovely design.

Karan said...

Sounds like you've had a lovely week off. Blenheim is on my To Visit list... that we'll get round to one day! LOL Lovely new WIP, those soft colours are very pretty. :0) Hope you have an easy start to the working week.

Meari said...

Wow, awesome photos!