On Wednesday last I celebrated a birthday ,now I am going backwards as the next one will be a O one and I shall be up to my three score and ten. How did that happen I ask myself,. I would like to thank all of you who sent good wishes, parcels and so many goodies.Here is a pic of all those lovely things I had.
Here is the back,such an original and lovely idea.
Being June she included sheepie things too. Loved the peg bag. I am just so lucky.
My friend Clare who runs Needlecraft Haven sent me this book to enjoy. I wondered when the postman knocked what it could be as I knew I had not ordered anything. I am sure I will be reading this one soon.
Tina sent me this , you may remember we do a Halloween exchange and my witchy friend from the midlands sent me this , which I have been drooling over for some time.
I cannot wait to start this one. She sent me some Bohin needles to try , also the special threads to stitch it with.
Angela my birthday twin sent me lots of sheepie goodies including some rather nice sheep notepaper which she had found. Christine was her usual crafty self and made me a bag,which will be so useful.
More sheep. Last but not least my friend Sally sent me this gorgeous stitchery . It is so pretty, All sides are different and I am thrilled with it.Thanks Sally.
The grandchildren Sam and Alfie came over with daughter Kate in the morning with more gifts ,one of which was this.
We met our Son Graeme and his wife Sue here.
This is just outside Dorchester , the food was absolutely gorgeous, and the scales told it this week!!
The next day we decided to go for a walk , we went over to Chesil Cove armed with a flask of homemade soup. We sat on the beach and watched the waves.
We crossed the road and here is a statue of Thomas Hardy ,who wrote and lived here in Dorset.
We then walked to the Roman town house, This floor was incredible ,to have survived for all those years.
All those little mosiac tiles. Just so incredible. We walked round here, and then we walked to the river . Here is Hangmans cottage.
It really was the Hangmans Cottage ,it was quite large and it said his ropes were kept under the eaves. In the garden was this shepherds hut that was home to chickens.
There is so much history in this town. The infamous Judge Jeffries who kept the Hangman busy. In1685 he was made Lord Chancellor,in the same year he was sent to deal with the Kings rebellious subjects in the West Country. He took up Residence in the building shown below.
This is now a restaurant. The uprising known as the Monmouth Rebellion, was defeated by the Kings troops, the trials known as the bloody assizes were held in the Oak rooms of the nearby Antelope Hotel. He handed down death sentences for 251 rebels. Only 74 of these sentences were carried out ,but the brutality the executions will live long in the memory of Dorchester. As was traditional for those convicted of treason the condemed men were hung drawn and quartered and their heads were displayed on spikes in Dorchester. The remaining rebels were transported to the West Indies.The county museum is reported to be haunted by his ghost.
On the way home we passed this garden of snowdrops.
I love seeing these sweet flowers at this time of year. We have some pretty violets out in the garden , speaking of which guess what appeared in the garden over the weekend.
I got home on Saturday to this addition to the family. She is metal and is great. Martin apparently ordered it for Christmas but they were out of stock . A lovely post birthday gift from himself.
I had a knitting pattern arrive this week with a note from Graeme he wants a hat.. So I ordered the wool , which was packaged nicely and started knitting his hat. It is American wool sold by The Wool Warehouse and it seems strange having long balls of wool.