Monday 16 March 2015

The wanderer returns

Here I am ,wandering back along the bridge to write a little on my blog to you my blogging friends.
Before I start showing you where we have been the last 2 outings ,I think I had better start on the stitching news. After all I expect that is really what you want to see. 
I had a belated birthday gift from my birthday twin Angela. I was so excited when I opened this ,not seen anything like it before,and she had made the cover too with a Sampler Girl design. Of course as some of you know  we are both Janeites and so what could be better than this quote from Jane Austen.

Sorry the pic isnt up too much but inside the pages look like this.The title inside reads Books I have loved.It has lots of information for you to fill in about the book, and any notes you would like to add. At the back it has pages for books you would like to read . All in all a lovely gift and I was delighted , I had an e mail from Angela saying she is hoping to come down to Lyme  and do the Jane Austen tour at Lyme ,perhaps we could meet up. She also sent me a lovely Jane Austen note book ,again thank you so much Angela. I think I may do the other quote about reading from Jane -" She has read too many books and it has turned her brain ",I could attach it to  the back of this book lol.
Another Classic author I like  is Thomas Hardy and when I went out with Kate my daughter last week we found ourselves in a book shop. Well it is hard for both of us to resist them. Anyway my grandaughter Caitlin gave me a voucher for Christmas and I got these 3. One of them is called Winter by Christopher Nicholson ,it says it is a portrait of the writer T.H in the depths of old age, It appealed to me . I am looking forward to reading it. I just need more time.

Sorry gone off on a tangent again, As I am talking about books though if you are after a good book I will recommend this one. 

This is what I am reading at the moment,
Oh dear forgot to turn it the right way up. Enough of books , I will get back to the 2 finishes to show you. I also had 2 yesterday ,just thought I would add that in ,as I had to leave this on Friday and came back to it today Monday ,the day after Mothering Sunday. 
This is The Stitchers Prayer ,that I had to have framed professionally because of its awkward size. I was very pleased with the result.  As soon as I saw the piece of frame I could see it would really set off the stitching . The one above it is a stitched design by Tina who sent it for me for my birthday a few years ago. 
All pics are clickable if you want a closer view, Then I finished and made up Dear Santa.
I liked the Santa fabric so used that to back it too.I have started Snowy love the next in the series ,these are done on Fridays with Sally. We are hoping to fit in an extra evening with Sally stitching Shepherds Fold and me doing the Earth Gatherers. Tonight it is our spooky night and I am doing the Primitive Hares Hallowe'en cubes. I have almost finished the witches boot.

 Tuesdays I am stitching April from the Calendar girls series . Wednesdays I am in the parlour with the ladies at NH and I am stitching Neighbourhood friends by LHN. Saturday sees me with Julie and Mr Stick stitching my secret garden as this may be a gift I cannot show it here. Sunday I am stitching along with a Blackbird design again over at Needlecraft Haven. I hang my head here as I did not stitch last evening as I was out. DD Kate and her daughter and Martin came too, we went to the cinemas to see The Second Exotic Marigold Hotel ,with cousin Judy in. VERY distant cousin I may add. 
Our travels have taken us to Corfe Castle ,which was shut for staff training as most of the village was.
I suppose it is still very early in the season.

In the corner of the field was this horse which was very interested in my coat!!
Of course being on the animal theme I just had to take a photo of sheep ,it wouldnt be my blog if I left out the sheep.
Not a good photo really but I was standing on a bridge and they were underneath ,just thought their colouring was a little different.
I took a photo of the inscriptions of the history of Corfe but won't bore you with the whole thing just to show you a taster if you like.

Pesky sheep get in all the pics , While we were in Corfe we just had to pop in to the Old fashioned sweet shop, be warned the jars were not about to tumble off the shelf, blame the photographer ,(I do not do straight\).

I think everything has a list to the left lol. We also wanted to visit here but alas it was closed.
Enid Blyton spent a lot of her childhood here and this shop had lots of her books etc ,we could just see through the door. In the window was  certainly different display.

This was The Golly Bill of rights , I do think it is a shame that these things of certainly my childhood are seen as such a racist thing now. The same window was in support of womens rights.
So our little tour of Corfe I think finished there , just to give you a flavour of the place. This on the day our son Graeme was sitting a panel to become a store manager for Sainsburys. He was really nervous as it was not the first time he had done it , He got to the interview a few years ago and despite jumping through all the hoops etc he failed. So it was a very big day for him ,his family and us.He works in Wareham and as it was on the way home ,we called in ,just to see how had got on. We knew it started at 9a,m and finished one way or another by 12. So we parked the car and walked to the store.
A very smart man was standing in the door, Of course his dad had to get in on the act.

I must admit to having a very proud Mum moment. We let him make his few calls then met him on the quay for a cup of coffee to celebrate. He has worked so hard and really deserves his promotion.
I think I have rambled on enough for now, I am not sure if to continue with the other news as well as stitching ,could you let me know in your comments if you are happy for me to continue in this vein. I do enjoy sharing my news with you but would hate to bore you. I am not showing you last weeks outing as it would be too much I think so I shall not take so many on Wednesday as that is this weeks day out I expect as it is our 48th wedding anniversary. So I will give you a quick peak of where we went this last week and if you want to see more let me know . Meanwhile thanks for popping by and the comments you continue to leave. You are so kind. Take care my friends and I shall see you again with another update soon.
Isn't this church window beautiful ,this is where we went this last week.


Jane said...

Dear Barb, yes yes yes please carry on with all your news as well as showing us your lovely stitching.
I thoroughly enjoy hearing about your trips out and seeing all the lovely photos you take ~ it's nice to see other parts of the country and hear about landmarks and the history behind them.
Your finishes are lovely, you are always so busy I don't know how you find the time to do all the things you do!
Have a lovely week and Happy Anniversary to you and hubby xxx

cucki said...

Aww I love Jane Austen so much..
Beautiful stitching my dear xx

Justine said...

Reading your blog is like having a chat with a good friend - please don't change it! No one has to read if they don't want to. Your stitching is beautiful as always.
Congratulations to your son on his promotion - he looks the part already!

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Linda said...

I enjoyed seeing all the pics and reading the stories Barb. Your stitching looks great.


Vickie said...

You my friend, are always a joy. Congratulations to Graeme and to the both of you! 48 years! Wow!

Michelle said...

Another Jane Austen fan - lovely photos Barb thank you for sharing them xx

Christine said...

Lovely stitching and finishing Barb, and I definitely enjoy reading about your excursions, reading and family news.

Julie said...

Keep writing just as you's lovely.
Congrats to Graeme, fabulous news.
The church window is stunning.
That shop with the golly was closed when we visited too, and the golly was in the window then, hope he's not been there all that time!
Nice books you have chosen.
Beautiful stitching and finishing, santa pillow is adorable.
You look lovely wandering across the bridge.
Happy anniversary to you both for tomorrow. love and {big hug} xx

butterfly said...

Lovely post again,
Congrats to Graeme ,It is nice to hear some good news well done to him.
Your stitching looks beautiful .
Love what Angela made for you , enjoy this sunny week , and hope you had a good Anniversary hugs.

Andrea said...

A wonderful post. a lovely gift and some great WIPs that you are stitching. Your framed finish looks beautiful.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A very enjoyable post. It's years since I been to Corfe and I don't really remember it. Congratulations to your son on his promotion. Love your Jane Austin gift, your framed pieces and what you are currently stitching.

Stitching Noni said...

Wonderful to catch up on your news!
Looks like you have been having some great outings :o)
Great stitching and finishing happening and your Jane Austen gift is lovely
Hugs xx

Sally said...

It is always so nice to pop by and see what you have been up to. Love the photos of where you live. One day I will get back down that way and see you I hope.

Love your gift. It is so you.

Lovely stitching too. I do so enjoy our SALs.

Congratulations to Graeme. X

Tina said...

Well done to Graeme.
Lovely santa pillow,that fabric is so cute.
Love how halloween cubes are coming on,must start mine,have the christmas ones now too.
Fab piccies of you,you are looking so well.
Lovely gift,must stitch another sampler girl soon,loved stitching them.
Look forward to next blog post xxx

Hazel said...

So much to catch up Barb. So glad to see you're doing well. Lovely stitching as ever. xx

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