Teaching in Carlisle

Carlisle EG branch booked the Layered (abstract) Landscapes course and they beavered away, working really hard.  It’s not a course to finish in a day but they have their work to take home and it’s all set up to simply pick up and sew.

I had a really good day and I hope they all did too.

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At lunch time I took a walk around the outside of the cathedral and was delighted to discover some beautiful old buildings.  Along with beautiful spring flowers.

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Meeting up with old friends…

Doesn’t happen as often as it should, note to self, visit more often.  It’s only just over an hour away.

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They rent a cottage on the Humshaugh Castle estate, it’s an adventure to get there on the narrow road around the outside of the castle.

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Their garden, waiting for summer….

Best quote of the day “you’ve got some good embers there”.  From me, on the state of the fire when we returned from a trip to a garden nursery.  Thirty years changes what you say to each other……and where you visit.
Once upon a time it was
“pass the wine”
“does my bum look big in this?”
“D&T tonight?”
and perhaps, funniest of all….. “What did Andrea just say?”

You had to be there.

Crafts, doors, lampshades, quilts and Romans

A road trip,  First stop the British Craft Trade Fair – for a mooch, to see whats new and whats in style.

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Then a drive across the A66 to Sedburgh and Farfield Mill. Where I saw this wonderful door.  Just look at the texture on that (!)

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And lampshades made from offset curls.

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After at night at the Tebay Hotel (recommended) to Rheged and the quilt exhibition.  Home via Chesters Roman Fort.

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