A Visit to Gawthorpe Hall and the Shuttleworth Collection

A Visit to Gawthorpe Hall and the Shuttleworth Collection

Gawthorpe Hall, home to an incredible textile collection Like many of us, I have been reminiscing about places I have visited rather than planning new trips. Gawthorpe Hall is somewhere that definitely merits another visit when it is possible to travel further afield...
Another visit to Monet’s garden

Another visit to Monet’s garden

The beautiful rose arches now play second fiddle to the stunning dahlias Now I know that I sound rather greedy saying “another visit”, when many people never get to see it. Let me explain – this garden is like no other and you could not visit it too many...
Bluebells & Bottles

Bluebells & Bottles

Dreamy bluebell woods As I write, we are in the fifth week of lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis and I thought you might be cheered up by these pictures. Bill and I are being good and well-behaved and so far, have obeyed the rules. We shop once a week – I shop and...
A trip to Norway

A trip to Norway

Bergen Fish Market My husband Bill and I have visited Norway on a number of occasions. We both love the scenery and the wonderful quietness of the place but for me there is an additional reason – I just love Hardanger embroidery and want to share this feeling with...
Going to Liberty of London for the first time

Going to Liberty of London for the first time

The iconic store front I can remember my first visit as if it were yesterday. I was travelling through London from my home, here in Gloucestershire, to Kent with the intention of surprising my father on his 60th Birthday. I had telephoned the Needlework Buyer, Miss...