Sunday, 11 September 2016

August. And a bit of September

Well if I don't do this post soon it will be too late and in my dotage I will be wondering what I did with my life during August 2016!

First a gorgeous surprise arrived in the post from Mary-Anne Richardson of Magpies Mumblings.
We've been blog friends for many years and it was a generous and beautiful and unexpected gift.
Isn't it pretty?

Mid August I had a lovely visit from a college friend I first met 47 years ago.
We are still close and had a very happy four days together. We had a super 'Beatrix Potter ' day, visiting Hill Top Sawrey and Yew Tree Farm. Connected with Beatrix. We crossed Windermere on the ferry and experienced the ridiculous and controversial new ticket machine, which was later the subject of a an item on the local BBC news!

Shortly after that we had a week in Dorset. Lyme Regis to be precise.
When we arrived at our last minute accommodation we were a bit daunted by the exterior view at first.

But it was like opening a craggy oyster shell to reveal the beautiful Mother-of-Pearl interior,
Entering the door at the top of the steps revealed and lovely apartment with French Windows opening onto a gorgeous little patio overlooking the sea.

We had a most beautiful relaxing week . It was a complete joy to walk about the town and down to
the sea and relax in the very comfortable apartment.

Lyme Regis is a lovely town. Real English seaside with something for everyone.

We did get the car out on one or two days , We went to Beer.
Very quaint.

Lyme Regis harbour is so interesting
The light is glorious.

There are so many lovely places to eat as well.
We ate in The Harbour Inn. A seagull swooped and ate half my hake!
And one day we revisited The Anchor Inn at Seatown. Still fabulous.

On our journey home we took a detour to eat in Wells at the most wonderful vegetarian restaurant  The Good Earth. Really worth a detour.

And the Town Cryer of Wells will offer all sorts of helpful advice like car parking tips.

Its always good to get home though.

Usualy at this time of year we are in Symi but not this year.
I made a moussaka to help us get over it.
I used nearly every pan and every utensil.
It was worth it.
Even better when we ate the other half a few weeks later, defrosted and reheated it was delicious.

Hetty had a haircut at a different place, much nearer home.

I finished a piece of felt.

And a mirror.

Then.... the scaffolding began.

By the end of last week every surface of our house was covered.
We are having a new roof, some pointing and while the scaffold is up my husband is painting the hard to reach bits.
Its a good job he has a head for heights but I can't help worrying.

And meanwhile I'm preparing for Yarndale.
Stand 17 . Come and see me.


Robin Mac said...

Wow, you have covered a lot in this post! We visited Beer many aeons ago - fascinating but that was our first experience of English pebble beaches! Looked like you had fabulous weather for your holiday.
The new felt piece lives up to your usual very high standard, I love it. i would love to be able to visit you at your stall, but just a tad too far away.
Hope you survive the month of scaffolding - just think how virtuous you will feel to have all the roof and pointing done - even if you can't see much sign of it. Heaps better than leaks. Cheers

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So glad you liked it! I am blessed to have some of your art so thought it was time you had some of mine. btw...comments from me will be sparse one the next few weeks . ..we're driving across the country to meet our new grandson.

Lin said...

What a lovely post and you have been to my favourite seaside town - Beer! Hope you get the roof finished safely. xx

Heather said...

What a lovely post - you have visited all my favourite places. Love your gift and felt pieces. Good luck at Yarndale and with the new roof - good to get it done before winter arrives.

Kate Fernyhough said...

Lovely photos of the english seaside, and your fabulous work.

Rachel said...

All the best for the work on the house. I hope it's soon done!

Els said...

Love your felts, Jackie and your hearts are as beautiful as ever !

(good luck with the house ...)

Joan said...

Love it -specail all the differents things on your blog

Acornmoon said...

Love your new felt piece !

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