HAVING FUN WITH ALL MY FRIENDS,
WHEN EVERYBODY SAYS HELLO
YOU KNOW THERE'S NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.
IT'S SO GOOD, YEAH, IT'S SO GOOD,
IT'S SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN....
After all the decorating, now it's time to put it all back!
Here's my desk under piles of fabric - am loving all the fab Union Jack material that's out there at the moment. I've got to get a shift on though as a craft fair is looming on 31st March - I'm just going to do loads of tote bags, aprons, carrier bag holders, peg bags - nowt fancy, like.
I've really enjoyed seeing the zentangles and other black and white art that's been shown in recent weeks. I used to draw all the time and decided I had to try again. So here's my Wiltshire inspired 'Barrow Tree'
It's very much a work in progress! I'm fascinated by the way that these clumps of trees grow on Bronze Age round barrows in Wiltshire. You really don't see it much in other parts of the UK. The tree clumps on the horizon just symbolize my home county - this whole area is just so ancient with the earliest traces of human activity.
Some clumps near Avebury, just by the Ridgeway path,
The oldest, continually used pathway in the UK - 5,000 years of human movement, along the edge of the Wiltshire downs eastwards for 70 miles. It gives me great pleasure to walk the same path as our ancestors...
WARNING: LOTS OF DAY OUT PICS APPROACHING FAST!!
It was just G3 and I for Mother's day as DH is on night shift at the moment. We had a Grand Day Out! Lacock, a really old fashioned place, is about 30 minutes away. You may recognise it from being used as a film/TV location in Pride and Prejudice, Cranfield, War Horse etc. There are no TV aerials or satellite dishes in this first shot!
I love the huge piece of tree involved in the construction of the roofline of the cottage! Here's G3 in the clink and a steampunky clock in someone's front door!!
Then we paid a visit to Lacock Abbey which was an Augustinian Nunnery
that was converted into a house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry V111. The cloisters are there - you may recognise them from the Harry Potter films...
It's easy to walk along here and not look up at the roof bosses, they're beautifully carved and very interesting. It was a very wealthy establishment and so no expense was spared.I loved this owl, who has caught something tasty..
And it never ceases to amaze me how many pre-Christian symbols are present in churches and monastories. Here's a very fine Green Man..
And a Mermaid combing her beautiful tresses with mirror in hand. I wonder what the nuns must have thought, looking at this creature, so different to the life they were accustomed too. Jealousy? Who knows...
But my favourite 'find' was nothing posh or high church - it's the mark of someone who built it.
Now that stretches across the centuries to me more than any finery. After all, this person lived a mere 35 generations away, still so close to you and me.
Have a wonderful week xxxx