The most beautiful village in England?

The most beautiful village in England?

Bill and I wandered around Bibury the other day, giving our dog Monty a run around the public footpaths and letting him bark at the ducks who had the nerve to be out of the water! We used to come here when the children were small and try to feed the ducks. I say try...
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...
Visiting Thyme in Southrop

Visiting Thyme in Southrop

Just one of the beautiful botanicals at the exhibition. I think this lovely estate has been one of the best kept local secrets – I visited last month for the first time, and I have lived within five miles for over 40 years! The Thyme estate has been developed over...
How going on a journey has become such a treat again!

How going on a journey has become such a treat again!

When I look back at the time before the Pandemic, I realise that both Bill and I took our travelling and visiting very much for granted. I do not mean our overseas travel, which has been marvellous, but just moving about the UK at will. Next weekend we will be...
Inspired by Darning Samplers

Inspired by Darning Samplers

I do not know how many of you still darn socks – I don’t. Like so many of us, I can be wasteful with clothing and throw away items that perhaps could be mended. Maybe it was my time as a nurse that put me off. I can still remember darning my black stockings that I...
I dreamt of visiting Colonial Williamsburg

I dreamt of visiting Colonial Williamsburg

The imposing Williamsburg Inn Over our years in the needlework industry, I had heard of Colonial Willamsburg Historic District, but was not really sure what it was but wanted to visit if I had the chance. In the end Bill and I have been lucky enough to visit this...