When in Agra I visited a marble workshop where men worked day upon day creating marble masterpieces. They inlaid semi precious stones into the marble to make gorgeous tables coasters and hand carved elephants I couldn’t carry one in my hand luggage ( and neither could I afford it) but they were absolutely beautiful.
Agra is also the home of the beautiful Wonder of the World known as The Taj Mahal I visited just after the dawn on a magical misty day. I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity.
I’m still “dust busting” It’s amazing how having friends to dinner can motivate you to clean your house! That and the dusty remains of a new boiler installation. But even better news! I’ve finally got back to working on my own projects! Maybe I will even finish something.
I was traumatised to find an error on my Miriam pattern from Quince and co. It was only when I reached all the way to the sleeve insertion that I realised the error. The pattern instructions shape at the “sides” as this is knit in one piece. However whilst it does state 4 sts dec’d the instructions only decrease by 2 stitches. When I enquired I was just informed that I must be using an earlier edition of the pattern and subsequent editions had been amended. Well I don’t think that is good enough. Patterns should be fully tested before publishing. I have had to pull back hours of work which is so demoralising. Still lesson learned….. don’t buy un checked patterns from the Internet!
The recent cruise to Canada was a great success. The one project that I haven’t shown you was Decoupage, which is always popular. It’s the sort of decoupage where you glue torn pieces of pretty paper to a wooden form or box and then varnish it. I think that we all love messing about with glue and creativity.
The photo frames were decoupaged using the ships Daily Times, and cutting outsignificant locations. The end result was a great souvenir to take home.
Perhaps next time I will tell you something of the actual cruise!
Many years ago I bought my first house. It was exciting times! A friend gave me a plant cutting. I remember her well because she told me to fill my home with plants that people gave me. This would fill my home with friends not plants! I have to confess that this was about 45 years ago. That particular plant has flourished and bloomed twice a year ever since. Here it is! My beautiful Christmas and Easter cactus blooming its heart out to cheer up the dull, dark days of Winter. This is really a Vintage Plant.
Our girly week end was a great sucess as expected! Having been away twice a year for sixteen years we have a formula that we know works.
I) We select reasonably high end self catering accommodation.
2) We each have our own tasks eg who drives, who shops for food, who cooks etc and it suits us!
3) We know each personality, likes and dislikes.
4) We plan menus and walks with great precision in advance.
5) We always have a great time!
As I blogged about in my previous blog titled “memories” I had sorted out dozens of photographs from our previous trips away. I took these in a tin and we spent a happy few hours sorting through them. We worked out the locations and approximate dates. We laughed at what we were wearing and marvelled at our dated hair styles. We remembered some restaurants, swimming pools and appalling weather. We discussed changes in ourselves and were amazed at the passage of time.
I purchased a photograph album and spent another couple of hours fixing the pictures into the book. I did manage to label most of them as to where and when, but am sceptical as to the accuracy of the dates! I even bought a luxury pack of felt tip pens with which to label the pictures. I just can’t help myself where stationery is concerned!💃
The next task is to somehow find on my old computer previous pictures from probably the last six years or so. Print them off and add to the collection. We did laugh about the last woman standing ( read living ) inheriting the album of memories but at least those memories are nearly organised!
Watch this blog for more about my Girly week-end away!