Monday, 30 May 2011

Brill day out and lots of stitching for you :)

Hi Every one :) hope you are all ok and have enjoyed this bank holiday even with the rubbish weather we have had here at the mouse house in the UK ... Happy Memorial Day to my friends across the pond too :)

Ok soooo where to start .... firstly my glasses are ace I can seee youuuuuu 
Righty ho ... on Saturday  the mouse clan went on a day trip to Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresbrough .. we packed a picnic and set off quite early for us for a change I drove there and apart from a few rainy moments we arrived to dry but fresh weather at the park.

we opted to walk down the avenue of trees as to be honest if I had to have used the chariot .. I wouldn't have been able to go (it does state this on the web site) and fortunately I was having a good day on the old pins so we set off . I shall warn you now there is going to be lots of photos :) so grab a cuppa heheheh
We tootled along the wooded walk .. I was admiring the trees and taking lots of photos as I went along .. did I mention I love trees and taking photos hehehehe :)

The photos probaly won't be in the right order but hopefully you will get the picture 

Steps to go up then down
love those roots

the long walk way 


me before we set off
Ok the photos are definitely misbehaving ho hum  and I haven' t figured out how to change those html that some one said about in an earlier post (sorry name escapes me atm )
top of petrifying well
wishing well
When you get to the end of the walk you have to go up a flight of steps and can look down onto the petrifying well as you go over it ( see photo) .... you then have to go down another flight to the well itself ... It is really an impressive sight with a whole load of things hanging down from the wall being petrified...... you can listen to a talk on it and see things that Famous people have donated to be petrified ... they are mostly in the museum further on ... behind the well is the wishing well .... you have to follow some simple instructions while making a wish and not tell any one what you have wished for 
bottom of the well
cave With Mother Shipton in the background
from there you go to the cave where Mother Shipton was born .... DD1 was amazed at how small it really was .... it certainly was warm in there and seem to be protected from any adverse weather .
looking up

well having just previewed this it is really higgledy piggldy 

hopefully it will return to normal soon hahahah 
hope you are still enjoying the  guided tour of our day out ... you may want to refill your cup now ...... we came out of the museum and wandered into the town centre where we succumbed to refreshments in the Loft Tea rooms.... you ought to have seen the Paradise Hot chocolate that DH had !!!! and I didn't take a photo nooooooo :(
we spent time wandering round the castle and the memorial site there too 
in the castle grounds
before heading back to the car to rest our weary feet and have our picnic .... we got back early evening and to say I didn't do much apart from stitch the next day sums up how stiff and ouchie I was, but it was worth it :)

Soooo now on to the stitching ... it is with great pleasure that I can announce what I was working on last week as I know Kate  has finally received it :) Unfortunately her partner in one of our exchanges in Friendly stitchers has been unable  due to unforeseen circumstances  complete the exchange .. so I stitched her a pin cushion and sent it on along with a gloriana thread too ... and here it is :0... I also did the wording to the Plum street Sampler chart on the back but in backstitch as there wasn't enough room to stitch it on :)
I have also been stitching on my Romantique SAL ,  Home of a Needleworker too , The Tea Rooms , Poinsetta house , started Fa la la and generally enjoying being able to see again to stitch :)soooo with out further ado and hopefully they will behave themselves are the photo updates .....
for Kate
Fa la la LHN

Poinsetta house LHN

LHN the tea room


Romantique SAL
You will notice that I have un picked the swirl at the bottom of the HOAN and re done in the blue as well as satin stitched the cotton reel (thanks Gillie ) and slightly altered the top of the house ... I was afraid I would run out of the blue so changed the boarding to white .. :) and there you have it ... I have almost got the SAL up to date but I have realised I have made a boo boo in the dark purple roses top right I have missed a whole row out on the  second rose up !!!!! soooo I can do one of two things ... frog it or say whoops and leave it ????  thoughts on this matter greatly appreciated :)

I must say that there won't be much stash buying for a while as we found out last week that DH job may be privatised and he could be moved elsewhere or be paid off ????  soooo when I have run out of stash I may be on the look out to finish peeps UFO 's for something to do :)..... please form an orderly queue hahahahah 

right if you have got this far, well done you deserve a medal (piece of cake do ????)  I shall leave you in peace for a while and give my aching fingers a rest hehehe .....
take care and happy stitching 
love mouse xxxxx


Ruth said...

I got to the end and still had tea brack and some tea left rofl..but I'll have more cake too, you can never have enough.
Loved the pictures of the woods, would love to visit there, makes me want to bring the children out to our local forest so look out lol
Love the stitching updates and now that you can see isn't it so much better. Love the changes you made to HOAN and can't wait to see more on them.

Ma Teakettle said...

You are so beautiful! I love the pic of the Mouse, herself :) What a great day you had with the clan, even though the weather wasn't behaving. The woods are beautiful too.

Your stitching is fab, and I looove each and every WIP, the colors are so pretty. You are such an amazing stitcher, Mouse, you inspire this Ma. :)

Your HOAN is gorgeous, and I too love the changes that you made, fabulous!

Love ya, Mouse

Maggie said...

Sounds like you had a great day out dispite the weather :-)

Love the stitching and the pin pillow you made - just lovely :-)

Have a great week1

mdgtjulie said...

Congrats on all the progress!! Everything looks great Mouse. Glad you can see again! That always helps, lol. Love the colors you chose in the pincushion and the Romantique SAL. (Yes, purple is my fave color, lol.) And the pics you took in the woods are beautiful. I love the roots on the first tree. Makes you wonder how far the roots go underground!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Love the stitching and the woodland photos. Have I asked who the Romantique sampler is by before? If I have then I've forgotten the answer! Please forgive me for asking again.

Tricia said...

What gorgeous pictures of the walk! WOW! And your stitching is coming along so nicely. I'm sure your friends won't let you go stashless... :-)

Laurie in Iowa said...

All your stitching looks wonderful and I enjoyed viewing all the photos of your outing.

Karen said...

You certainly have a lot going! happy stitching....

Anonymous said...

Lovely pics Mouse - I can only post if I come in as 'anonymous' !! Val x

Lynn B said...

Looks like you had a great day, the pictures are lovely! Your work in progress are really lovely.

stitchesnscraps said...

What a beautiful day out! I love those trees! They are awesome! And your exchange items are lovely! I can't wait to see more progress on your starts!


EvalinaMaria said...

Thank you for sharing lovely pictures. Great progress on all stitching!

cucki said...

hello dear, wow1i love the pictures o much..and your stitching too.."home of a needle worker is i so much wanted to myself but just need more time to drag more projects in my day soon..
keep well dear and of course STITCH

Jackie said...

Hello Mouse. I tried yesterday to leave a comment on your last post, but could not. I hope blogger is fixed now.
I really enjoyed the photos of your nature walk. Your inprogress pieces are so beautiful.
Thanks for the link on the dressmaking blog.
Hugs to you.

Shari said...

wow!!! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us.....I am DYING TO TAKE a walk thru the state parks...we haven't gotten to go yet this year!!!!
you have been stitching up a on the other hand...really slow lately!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the new glasses are working for ya :)

The day trip looks like it was very enjoyable.

Nice stitching, too.

I hope your DH doesn't lose his job. It must be happening everywhere. :(

(who blogger won't let comment normally)

Rhona said...

Looks like the mouse clan had a great day out..fabulous pictures!

You certainly have been busy with your stitching, not sure how to advise you about the mistake (maybe take off the new specs and pretend it isn't there?!!)That kind of thing really bothers me and I tend to unpick, which also really bothers me! lol
Guess you have to decide if the mistake would be noticable to anyone else and then make your decision about what to do.

Hope everything works out with your hubby's job, I know exactly how that feels, been there several times.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fabulous day out - have never made it there myself.
Thanks so much for my pincushion and silk thread - I really appreciate that you took the time to do this for me.
Great updates on your WIPs - HOAN is looking fabulous.
Can't post using my own identity! Check out the "fix" on my blog.

Rita said...

What a beautiful walk!

I enjoyed seeing the pic of you too.

Your stitching is looking great.

Pete's Pixie said...

Here we go third time lucky! Now I can't even remember what I said the last couple of times - something about hopefully next time you are in Knaresborough it will be to visit a stitching shop rofl!! Hugs, Ally xx

Lynn B said...

Thanks for the comment on my teabag holder, if you send me your email address I will try and email the pattern to you!

Daffycat said...

Yay! I can comment now! Thanks for fixing your blog, Mouse.

I LOVE caves, so I thought this was a really cool post. I really like the thought of "petrifying" some object ~ neat!

Goodness, that is a lot of WIPs and you are actually working on them! I'm so impressed. Not so disciplined, I'm afraid...mine get a little dusty!

TinaTx said...

Looks like you had a nice day out.
Glad the new specs are working for you. (that is on my list but I keep putting it off)
Nice stitching you have going. I seem to be stitching so slowly these days.
Enjoy the rest of the week!

Val said...

Hope blogger will let me comment this time ! .... that was one heck of a walk round Mouse ... will have to try it one day .... but nice to read about it in your blog ... Val x

Val said...

The blogger 'fix' doesn't work for me on all blogs for some reason

DJ said...

Hi Mouse! Lovely lovely pictures!! I love caves, and would have loved to see this with you! Your stitching is AMAZING as always! So nice to see a picture of you and what a beautiful setting it was in too! I'm so glad you were able to spend the day in the great outdoors without your chariot, though I'm sure you "felt" it the next day. Sorry to hear about DH's job situation (I'll be praying for you guys) but hopefully all will be well. Take care! *Hugs*

Patches said...

wow to all the stitching. Love the outdoor photos.

Sally said...

Oh wow that brings back memories. We went to Mother Shipton's Cave years ago. Loved it! Lovely to see you too:)

Your stitching, as always, is lovely. I love the thread you used in Kate's piece.

I'm sorry to hear about your DH's job. I hope it turns out OK.

Mylene said...

Great picture of you, thanks for sharing as well as your outing, sounds like you had a lovely day.

You are doing well with your WIP's, i am jealous but can't seem to pick up my stitching...too tired, i hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Carol said...

what a lovely family trip to Mother Shipton's Cave. I'm glad the weather held up for your outing. Such pretty photos--thank for sharing :)

How nice of you to fill-in and stitch something for Kate--the purple is just so soft and pretty. I'm sure she loves it. And I love your blue home of a needleworker house--perfect!

Parsley said...

I've decided I want to visit this place with you somday. JUST LOVELY!