Monday, 31 October 2016

The Nimble Thimble meet up, Autumn colours....Is that a Werewolf!

Saturday was our stitching meet-up at the Nimble Thimble.  Twice a year, usually April and October a bunch of us make the trip into the beautiful Welsh countryside to indulge in a day of stitching, eating and stash shopping.

If you have never been to the Nimble Thimble you are missing a treat, apart from in being in the most beautiful setting the shop is chock full of stitching goodies and at this time of year the shop is decked out for Halloween.

There is tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits waiting for us when we arrive and then at lunch time Chris, (the shop owner) puts on a lovely spread for us and in the afternoon there is yet more cake to enjoy!

There were 9 of us this time, and for the first time Michelle, better known as 'Mouse' of the blog Tales of a Stitching Mouse  and her friend Chris came too.  It was lovely to meet both Chris and Mouse and finally put a face to a name :-) and I think all of us were drooling over Chris's Mill Hill finishes, they were all so beautiful!

There are people missing from the photos because every so often they would wonder off to the shop in search of more goodies to add to the 'to buy pile' lol.

I had good intentions of not adding to my ever growing stash but you know how it is, once you start looking there is always something you want!

My goodies

I thought I was done, in fact I was just saying my goodbyes in the shop when Tina asked me if i'd seen this.

Oh my goodness!! how could I resist!
And of course the frame for it had to come home with me too.  I tell you, you should never go anywhere with Tina, she leads you into bad ways, lol.

I think I will have to start a little stash fund tin for next year, there are going to be 3 meet-ups and Tina has already booked one for April 1st :-)

This time of year it really is a pleasure to drive to the meet-up, the Autumn colours can make the scenery stunning, of course it is much better in real life, and I forgot to take my camera so these were taken on my phone, but you get the idea of how lovely the area is.

As you can see it was a misty sort of day, still not too cold though


Ooops, i forgot to show you what i was stitching on at the meet-up!
I decided to start something new, a Christmas ornament.  I had a really good day for stitching and I carried on with it over the rest of the weekend too, hopefully if I can get a few hours in this week I should be able to finish it, so I will save it for the next post, sorry to be a tease, but I haven't taken a photo I can upload.

We have Oliver overnight tonight and as it's Halloween when I got back from work we decorated outside

He has been obsessed with Halloween decorations and costumes for weeks, Stevie has taken him trick or treating, I thought you might like to see what he is dressed as...

Scary or what!!

Until next time

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Greenwich, London

It was Marks birthday this past Friday and we had booked to go to our favourite city, London.
This time we opted to stay on the 'other side' of the river, in Greenwich.

Mark had worked in Greenwich, or nearby a few years ago but this was my first visit.  
We got the train to Marylebone so getting to Greenwich involved about another half hour or so and some tube changes, but it's all part of the experience of London and I really don't mind.

We stayed at Devonport House which is a really lovely building, formally a home for nurses working at the Navel College, very central to everything.

We spent time browsing the lovely market and sampling the street food

I can't remember what these were called, they were like doughnuts, rolled in sugar and cinnamon then filled with caramel or chocolate fudge, they were delicious!! 

We walked around the wharf and saw the Cutty Sark

As you can see, It looked like the weather was going to take a turn for the worse, luckily it blew over and we didn't get the threatened downpour. 

We took in the view of Canary Wharf


And the view towards the Shard, and those fantastic clouds!

We walked through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel 1/4 mile to the other side of the Thames
It looks deserted, but there were quite a few people walking on Saturday morning.

And we took a late afternoon walk through Greenwich Park

Watching the light change in the sky and the lights come on in the buildings on Canary Wharf

We had a lovely pub meal in The Kings Arms on Friday night, if you ever find yourself in Greenwich and looking for somewhere to eat I can recommend it.
Saturday night we had a great night in the Admiral Hardy, listening to music, everyone singing and dancing and generally having a good time, I drank too much wine and we ate fish and chips out of the wrapper walking back to the hotel, it's the best night i've had out in a while!

I did squeeze in a trip to Loop while we were in London but I will show you what I bought next time.

I've had a lovely week off work, i'm back in the office again in the morning but at least I have a stitching meet-up to look forward to next Saturday :-)

-Until next time

Monday, 17 October 2016

Happy birthday little dude!

They say time flys when you're having fun. but these four years have gone by so fast,
there is certainly never a dull moment with this little dude around and I love every minute I get to spend with him :-)

Happy 4th Birthday Oliver!


Yesterday we all went bowling and for pizza and we are going round later to take his presents, because, you know, he hasn't got enough toys at the moment, and a four year old is always in need of more dinosaurs :-)

Until next time