Loving William Morris

Loving William Morris

Kelmscott, William Morris’s inspiring Cotswold home. There is so much to say about this extraordinary man and so much written about his life and work, that I couldn’t possibly do it justice here. I recommend the account created by the V&A, which I do not...
Today I went to Witney Antiques

Today I went to Witney Antiques

Aladdin’s Cave has nothing on Witney Antiques! Owner Rebecca invited me over to see her refurbished shop earlier this week, and today I succumbed both to the visit and more samplers. Tomorrow I am rearranging the sitting room yet again, so I can hang all my...
To Russia on our first cruise

To Russia on our first cruise

St Basil’s, Moscow. I do not think of us as the cruising type, but a few years ago we could not resist the opportunity that presented itself. We flew to St Petersburg and joined our boat there, then spent two or three days exploring the city. It was a beautiful...
A Visit to Madeira

A Visit to Madeira

Tracing an intricate design on to fabric, ready for embroidering. Several years ago, Bill and I took a group of fellow stitchers on an Arena Travel holiday to visit the island of Madeira – it was a marvellous experience. Our hotel was up a very steep hill but the view...
Should I be inside or outside?

Should I be inside or outside?

Even the washing seems to look good in the garden! I am aware that some of you think that I am the luckiest woman alive… Well, I am, but that does come with quandaries! I have a work room that looks like a hurricane has passed through and dumped everything on...
My new potting corner

My new potting corner

A plant conspiracy in the un-loved corner.. I am working on the ghastly corner of the courtyard that has been bothering me for some time. Whatever I have planted there has never seemed quite right. I even tried adding a lovely feature mirror, but the plants decided to...