Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I did this stitching before my holiday.... but everything got in a muddle before I left....

seed packets

Smell the Roses

These are for Gardeners Journal... I'm looking forward to getting back to these sweet stitcheries...

After we had recovered at the farm with a family reunion, barn dance and country walks Hubz and I travelled up alone northwards for a couple of nights ....

A stop in Sheffield at the Winter Gardens.... it was fun to recognise a couple of Ausi plants flourishing in the warm climate created by a huge class conservatory....


Norfolk Pine

 The main reason for this pop in was to meet up with Jane from Loopy's Place.  Jane and I have been blog friends for as long as I can remember but we have never met.  It was so fun to see her and have a couple of hours catch up.  Jane has grown her blog and business over the years we have been friends - and is always supportive and generous with her time.....  especially helping people develop skills and find a love in crafting....

Thank you Jane for my lovely fobs - perfect gift for me and they are already adorning my rotary cutters...... now everyone knows who they belong to!

 After our meet up Hubz and I walked around a bit... this is their town hall!!!  Beautiful...

In the quadrangle there was a number of groupings of these huge silver balls - it was a lovely day as you can see so the reflections showed up so effectively through the water.... very clever....

We then drove up to the Peak District to spend a couple of days ....... look at the view at the airbnb my son found us to stay..... tough gig?????

It was called Paddock Cottage and these were some of the residents of the paddock..... gotta love a black sheep!

Of course by then we needed to eat so off we went and found a little village with a pub...

It was pie night - and I have to say this was the best pie I have ever had - home made and such wonderful pastry - and served with lovely crispy soft in the middle chips!

Following that feast we had a lovely walk ...... (daylight until 10pm) .  Isn't this view just lovely - (that hill was actually quite steep so I hope you appreciate the walk I had to capture this picture!!)  It's the little villages I just love in the UK - those stone walls are ancient and I want to know their stories!

Righto, Gotta Go.... off to catch up with the Tuesday girls and sew little beach houses - yayayayaya......


  1. What a lovely vacation! Thanks for sharing some of your photos.

  2. Yes, I do appreciate you walking up the steep hill just for that picture. It is worth millions. Gosh! it's so beautiful. I just had to save it on my Pinterest. Awesome shot. Thanks for sharing your fantastic holiday with us. Enjoy! ;^)

  3. Just love the English country side - love the UK house shows - though I am not sure I could live in some of those old country homes.

  4. What a wonderful place to end your vacation and relax.


  5. Wonderful photos.....so glad you had a great time.

  6. Lovely pics......thank you for sharing! Isn't it awesome when you come across a reminder of home as you did, we were thrilled to meet a pet cockatiel in a park while in Toronto, not a sound we expected to hear in Canada!

  7. Hi Fiona wow what a lovely time you had o/s's and so glad you finally got to meet Jane,lovely stitching my friend and good to have you back xx

  8. It seems such a long time ago, it was lovely to meet up with you both :) the apron met with approval from number two son, don't think they even noticed the other additions :) and the bag has been used. Thank you.

  9. Lovely to see you back in Aus, how good is it to meet a blogging friend in the flesh!! The Gardner's Journal blocks are great. What a beautiful view from the B & B.

  10. Fabulous! Cool to meet a bloggy friend - a great excuse to explore a bit more of the country. I"m enjoying seeing your photos - and looking forward to more blogposts of them :-)

  11. Lovely pictures of the places you saw. Love black sheep they are so cute. Look forward to seeing more holiday piccies. Hugs,xx

  12. Love your GJ blocks....I am a little behind with mine. Love your piccies and how neat to meet Jane xx

  13. What fun to find a little piece of home growing there!
    And how good to meet a blog friend. That is special.
    The views are lovely and everything looks so green. How wonderful to have the opportunity to travel around.

  14. Love your stitching and oh those stone walls....if only they could talk!

  15. I'm so glad you had such a nice vacation! England in the summer looks just lovely.

  16. Holy wow Fiona, so much beautiful surroundings! Very 'period drama'!!
    What a wonderful experience to finally meet Jane in person, after this duration of cyber-friendship... cherished times indeed x

  17. Sweet stitcheries completed before you went on hols.
    Wonderful to meet Jane and have some special time together , love those fobs...
    Nice countryside for walks and your pie looked delicious 😋

  18. you were only an hour away from me! Jane is lovely, isn't she?


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