London was our destination and we stayed in a lovely B+B is East Putney, which was very conveniently located for travel to and from the city. I just loved the sights of London and here are a few of them.
Liberty Shop in London
Cooking paella at the Chelsea Markets
Yummy chocolate coated strawberries
Hanging baskets with lovely flowers all over the city
Guard outside Buckingham Palace
An interesting shopfront
The fresh flowers at Harrods
We did a daytrip to Hampton Court. I was delighted to find a small patchwork shop at the village of Hampton Court. It was the only patchwork shop I found on the whole trip.
We left London by train and went to Yorkshire, where we hired a car. We stayed in a B+B just outside of York. The village was called Linton on Ouse.
The Shambles in York. Loved the narrow cobblestoned passage with interesting shops.
Halloween was around the corner
Bettys Tearooms in York. I went to the original Betty's Tearooms in Harrogate 30 years ago.
We did day trips into the countryside and we visited one of the national Trust places called Fountains Abbey. It is the ruins of an old abbey-- beautifully kept grounds and very interesting ruins.
The first sighting of a pheasant for me-- seen in the grounds of Fountains Abbey
Green fields and old stone walls
We drove over the Yorkshire Dales admiring the lovely scenery (which was impossible to photograph). I admired the craftsmanship involved in building the stonewalls which still stand today.
The next destination was The Lakes District. We stayed in the best B+B in a small village called Troutbeck ( near Windermere. Would you believe there is another place also called Troutbeck near Penrith). I hope to return there one day. There are lots of walks and very interesting places to explore--- we need a lot more time there to do them.
View from a walk out of Troutbeck. Lake Windermere is in the distance.
The colourful fruit platter at breakfast
Birdfeeder outside the breakfast room of our B+B in Troutbeck
Old stone bridge
We caught a ferry at Bowness and crossed Lake Windermere to Far Sawrey. I went to Beatrix Potter's House, Hill Top Farm, 30 years ago, and I enjoyed it just as much this time round. The house and gardens and surrounding countryside was delightful.
Hill Top Farm-- Beatrix Potter's house
Robin in Beatrix Potter's garden
A Bunny in Beatrix Potter's garden
We went on a walk and found this waterfall.
We went on to Derwent water and did a walk along the lake's foreshore.
Geese on Derwent water
Wordsworth's garden in Grasmere-- Dove Cottage
National Trust building-- Wray Castle
View from the B+B in Troutbeck.
The views of the countryside in Yorkshire and the Lakes District, with the stone walls and woolly sheep with black faces, reminded me of my "Day in the country" cot quilt. I guess I got the inspiration for my quilt on my trip there 30 years ago. I had wanted to capture that scene all these years-- only took me 28 years to do it! I feel inspired to make another quilt with the country scenery-- hopefully in 2014.
A Day in the Country-- Cot Quilt
Woolly sheep with black faces
Country scene wall hanging
I will return in 2014 with the second part of our holiday.
Wishing each and everyone a Very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. May we all continue to find enjoyment and relaxation in our craft.