Hi every one :) please pull up a comfy chair , grab your cuppa and goodies ... you may want to make sure the kettle is filled ready for your next one ...lol this is gonna be a long post with lots of oooo and wow and gorgeous photos ... are you ready ??? then I shall begin heheheh............................................................
But I digress before we went to the cottage we bobbed into Bakewell as DH had never been and I had to let him sample the delights of the Lavender Tea Rooms .... Gillie and Denise I had a scone for you ;) before I subjected him to the Wye Needlecraft shop ..... well to be honest I was actually disappointed in it .... or it could be the fact that I have been spoilt with the Nimble Thimble and Harrogate but ..... there wasn't many GAST threads or CC ones or even WDW and my list was only tiny and I only managed to get about four of them and a couple of DMC that I was missing ... I dropped on the kreinik for Ally by sheer luck and managed to find the Plum Street Sampler chart "Christmas Tea " and that was hidden in a funny place ..... when I went to pay for my goodies I found the LHN chart Alphabet birdhouse I think it is ... just stuck in the section with pins n things .... *ho hum , don't think I will be going back there in a hurry ....
However I did find another wonderful shop after we had been to Chatsworth House on the Wednesday which I will tell you more about later heheheh ....
Chatsworth well all I can say is we dropped on with the weather those few days .... it was lovely and sunny but cold but as we were wrapped up warm it didn't bother us ....
we arrived early and had a walk up to the stable blocks where they have a restaurant and some shops so we had a quick look round before going back down to the house and we were one of the first ones in that morning and it was lovely to be able to pootle round at our leisure .... well lets face it I can't rush anyways heheheheh .... sooo armed and dangerous with my new camera I took lots and lots and lots of photos .... somewhere around ermmmm 200+ mark hehehehe .... I promise you I won't show them all ... otherwise you will be here all night and a few more pots of tea later ....
There was sooooo much to look at around the house but one thing made me giggle was the fact of them putting teasels on the chairs so that you didn't sit down on the treasures .....
We looked at loads of paintings and artefacts and ooooo'd at the library as it was a wonderful room and also had a baby grand in there as well ... and it looked like someone had been practising before we came into the house ..lol
as well as admiring the bedrooms and state rooms before coming out of the house into the wonderful gardens .... you can tell how cold it was as there was still ice on the water and waterfalls ....
soooo do you want to hear about the new stitching shop then ???? ...... better make another brew then hehehe ....
The shop is called White Peak Embroidery and the best thing is it has a tea room attached for all those partners that go with you ;) and I went in and just went OOOOOOHHHHH and can I take some photos to show all of you and Ann the owner said yes and promptly put the kettle on for DH and I heheheh .... it is full to the brim with wonderful trims (colour of rick rack that I have never seen before) silk ribbons , silks and perles and fabric and threads and lots of goodies and yes I did come out with a wee stash haul ... did you expect anything less hahahahahah .... she also owns the patchwork shop just down the road which I just had a very quick peek round and got a couple of FQ's and a lovely pair of new scissors ....
I even managed to get some stitching done on Wednesday night on Dandy Dreams well you don't think I went away without anything to stitch on now did you ...lol
My RAK to Lesleyanne arrived safely so I can show you that now and also my stitchers day exchange piece arrived while I was away and I just had to giggle at the sentiment on it ....
As it was Hermitting weekend this weekend I have been busy working on Dandy Dreams by Silver creek Sampler some more , The North Wind by LHN and also the Friendship Blooms SAL with DJ by Blue Ribbon Designs....
sooo onto the photos .....
|our gorgeous room|
|stash from Wye|
|robin at the cottage|
|driving towards Chatsworth|
|the stables where the shops were|
|see ice !!!|
|look at the roof detail|
|just loved this statue|
|check out that roof|
|ouchie don't sit down|
|just loved this doorway|
|and this lamp ..lol|
|amazing details everywhere|
|want one of these ..lol|
|just look at the patchwork of colour stone|
|check out the cross stitched border|
|one of the many bedrooms|
|now this one looked comfy|
|love the wee gallery|
|any one for dinner|
|close up of the settings|
|see that rood detail again same as before but guilded|
|loved this waterfall|
|view from the top of the waterfall looking down|
|part of the gardens|
|amazing waterfall to the side of the house|
|from the folly again|
|White Peak Embroidery Tea Room|
|and the shop|
|and a wee bit of stash enhancement from both shops ..lol|
|progress as of today|
|and I have finished all the branches now but not taken photo|
|stitchers day exchange from Jess ... how apt is that ..lol|
|Master Bentley so pleased to see us home he posed for the camera :)|
soooo folks hope you have enjoyed the whistle stop tour of Chatsworth and beyond ..... I am looking forward to going back to the tea rooms ..lol and we will go back to Chatsworth again but preferably when it is a wee bit warmer round the edges .... I am back at work again tomorrow so stitching progress may slow down a wee bit ....
so what ever you are doing this week take care and happy stitching until next time :) love mouse xxxxxx