As you know work has been uber crazy and I was really realllllly pleased to have booked a couple of days RR from it last week .... It was a stitching meet up at The Nimble Thimble stitching shop in wales ... there was 10 of us altogether on the Saturday but I digress ...
Chris and I had decided after last years visit that it would be lovely to stay for a few days and make a break for us and I managed to book us both into Ye Olde Boot Inn in Whittington ... famous for its castle as well as the Castle Court Quilters shop too ... did I mention it was only "three doors" away ..lol and of course we just had to visit it ...
We travelled down on the Friday morning and arrived there just after dinner and got booked into the Pub and up to our twin room which had a lovely view of the ponds next to the Castle ... we quickly got sorted and had a reviving cuppa before we tootle out to the quilting shop ... we spent a lovely few hours oohing and ahhhhing before we made our purchases ... well it would have been rude not to hahahahahah..... I even took my quilt to show them and had it out on display in the big room ... if I had taken my backing fabric I could have got it cut to size while I was there too *sigh ....
After we had been there, we had a wee wander round the village and found some lovely photogenic sheep ....before meandering back to the pub for our evening meal ... followed by many hours stitching and cups of tea drunk ... Chris and I have decided next time we go we are taking mugs with us ... as the china cups just weren't big enough hahahaha
The next morning after a wonderful nights sleep and fortified by a lovely breakfast we set off to the Nimble Thimble to meet up with the other girls ... we got there before most of them being soo close this time and we wasted no time in getting settled and having a good nosy at the wonderful goodies on display... Chris and I popped our choices on one of the chairs in the shop to go back to later and make a final decision before heading upstairs to stitch ... The spread they put on at dinner time was lovely as usual ,but this time we had it in the café next door for a change which was nice .... and as the weather had cleared up a bit by then I took the opportunity to take some photos of the garden and the river again ... "Nimble Chris" has a new furbaby too who was 10 weeks old sooo we got a cuddle off him as well as Harvey tooo .
The afternoon was spent stitching and drinking cuppas and doing a bit of show and tell .... Maggie took a lovely photo of my quilt while I and Pat were holding it ....so bob over there if you would like to see it :)
The day was over too soon and we all took some cake back with us to have later and of course our goodies from the shop ... I was quite good really .. honest :)
We had a dinner later that night as we were still full from our lunch so we took time to stitch some more before and of course after too ... I got quite a bit done on my Linen and Threads Sal while there on the day but also on "Honeybee Sampling " by LHN on the nights ... in fact I can almost smell a finish ..lol
Sunday dawned gorgeous ... I awoke to the birds singing and the sun shining into our room ... we were glad it was nice as we were going to the Castle again to have a look at the book shop there and it was a pleasant surprise to have the Whittington Guild setting up their camp that day too ... Chris and I also decided to stop off at Llangollen on the way home and we actually braved walking along the aqueduct for a short way at any rate before turning round back the way we had come ... it was a lovely stroll along the canal seeing all the boats and the youngsters learning to canoe on there ...
We arrived safely back home in time for tea ....and I while I was away my lovely postie delivered a parcel from Sally my belated birthday gift from her which is really pretty and a perfect sentiment :)
Cooo I have waffled on a wee bit soooo with out further ado photos ......
|Stop showing off Ethel ...|
|gorgeous Magnolia tree in bloom|
|Girls best sides please|
|small stash of fabric :)|
|this where I had got to before the break away|
|where I finished at the weekend end|
|The Nimble Thimble shop|
|you only bought how much ????|
|Can you spot Maggie|
|River at the back of the Nimble Thimble|
|Can you spot the dog ????|
|Where I got to at the end of the afternoon on this|
|my small stash pile ...well compared to normal hahahah|
|getting ready for the public ...|
|The Book Shop in the Castle|
|Young maiden of the guild|
|Just love this shot of them|
|See we did walk across it for a bit ...|
|My lovely present from Sally|
|Castle Court Quilt shop|
Soooo there you have it folks , a few photos of our break away .... can't wait for the next one :) ... and now back to reality and work ...lol well it does have its advantages it helps me save some pennies for stash heheheh ...
I shall leave you now and wish you all a wonderful stitchy week and I shall bob over as soon as I can and say hi ... take care one and all ... love mouse xxxxxx