I arrived at Lynn's (in Shropshire) in the afternoon and after being shown to my bedroom and where everything else was we had a relaxing time, chatting and doing a little bit of stitching. I seem to have been a bit of an inspiration to both Lynn and Kathy as they both said they'd sewn more with me there than they would have normally. Now there's a ringing endorsement! LOL. As Lynn was in the middle of having her kitchen overhauled we had fish and chips from the chippy for our tea that night, and it was yummy.
On Sunday we went to a local garden centre called Bridgemere, which had a Hobbycraft and had a mooch around in there. As Lynn's kitchen was still unusable we had lunch in the restaurant before heading back to Lynn's house. We did a little bit of stitching in the afternoon, relaxing and chatting. While I was at Lynn's I stitched a square on one of her round robins, the Margaret Sherry 12 Days Of Christmas that I had been going to join in but then had to pull out of. I ended up stitching on Kathy's RR (on glittery evenweave!) and got it finished before I left. Lynn was really grateful as she doesn't like glittery material.
On another day we went to a candle making place. There isn't a web site but I found this info about it...
Burwardsley, Nr Chester, Cheshire CH3 9PFTel: 01829 770401Open: 7 days a week 10.00am-5.00pm. Free Admission & Car parking.
Candle workshops set in the heart of Cheshire. Hand carved candle making, unique brushed and dipped candles made as you wait, glass artist, gift shop and restaurant. The workshops are a delight for children of all ages. They can try their hand at approximately 10 different activities including candlemaking, pottery, badge making and many many more while you are able to explore the factory and gift shop.
Nestling deep in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside flanked by rolling hills and the twin castles of Peckforton and Beeston. Candle supplies at factory prices. Cheshire Workshops are situated only 20 minutes from Chester and 60 minutes from Manchester. Follow the Tourist Board brown signs ‘Candle Workshops’ from A49, A41 or A534.
After the candle shop we went to the ice cream farm where the three of us (Lynn's daughter Cindy came too) had a scrumptious ice cream. Mine was Bailey's flavour and was really delicious. Another afternoon was spent in Shrewsbury where we had a good look round some of the shops and had a snack in a little cafe. I surprised Lynn with a little present of a perfume bottle, which she collects, and we bought Colette a birthday present - a wind chime with fairies on it.
I had a great time with Lynn but it was time to leave on Saturday morning. I was heading to Nottingham next to stay with Colette for the night. The 19th August was Colly's birthday and I arrived just after noon. I gave her the card and present from Lynn and I, which she loved, and her husband Richard made us all some lunch which was delicious. Later in the afternoon we had chocolate cake and a few hours later we had Chinese takeaway before retiring to the sitting room to watch a Cher in Concert DVD. Colly adores Cher! Richard made us some extremely drinkable gin and tonics (well I had bitter lemon) and we got slightly squiffy. I think Colette really enjoyed her birthday and she got away with murder, but it was allowed, cos it was HER BIRTHDAY after all. LOL.
After a light breakfast on Sunday morning (we were still stuffed from the night before) I headed for home and arrived back at 2pm, just in time for lunch. Kate cooked and it was very nice....roast lamb. I got the kids to help me empty the car and most of it is now upstairs and put away. Boy was I knackered when I got back.
Thursday, August 24, 2006