Saturday, 11 June 2016

Summer holiday 2016

Hellooooooo every one :) hope this finds you all well and stitching away merrily on this Saturday afternoon ... Master Bentley and I are on our own this afternoon sooo please pull up a chair , grab a brew and a cookie or two and join us .....
As the title says Summer Holiday .... as you know DD1 and I escaped last week for a few days to Western SuperMare and Longleat Safari and Bath thrown in to boot .... It was a fabulous week with gorgeous weather for the most part .... the hotel was good , nothing spectaular but suited us as it was mainly for somewhere to rest our weary paws at the end of the days ....
The Monday we travelled down and arrived somewhere before tea time .. just... and after our tea DD and I went for an explore and got our bearings .... we were in the old part of the town by the marina and not far from the old pier that was burnt down by the look of it ... the sun was shining and a wee bit breezy .. it nearly blew my socks off ahahahah..... 
On Tuesday we went to the Longleat Safari Park ... there wasn't enough time to do everything and we missed the river and seeing inside the house too ....the safari was interesting but we did wish we could have seen the elephant and also more of the lions in a bigger environement .. aparently there are two packs .. one lot were roaming free and the other were in a small enclosure .. may be its just me but it would have been nice for them to be in a better, more interesting place for them ....
the penguins were tooo cute for words and I did get a gorgeous shot of a red panda too sooo I really did get to see Lions and Tigers and Bears ... you really do need more time there than we had to see everything sooo we were a wee bit disappointed we didn't get to see inside the house ... the gardens though are fantastic... I want one just like it .... hahahah
Wednesday was a day off from travelling and we spend the day going on the beach ... going to the amoooosements and winning lots of keyrings and having some hot doughnuts and icecream like a real tourist does ...DD even managed to win a toy dog on the grabber machines too .
Thursday we went to Bath and another glorious day was had ... we went to the Roman Baths and the water wasn't quite as bad tasting as I remenber from being small .... and we also managed a quick trip to the Jane Austin Museum where I managed to buy a few items and took some photos ....
 did I mention I took lots of photos over the week .. not yet  ?? ohhh ... well when I uploaded them I had taken 1903 photos hahahahah ... just a small amount then  
While coming out of the museum I bumped into someone famous and asked if I could take his photo ... he said yes and did I know who he was ... I said laughing yes I do know you but your name escapes me for the moment .... he took a grand photo ... and later after much discussion and a wee bit of googling it was James Braxton of the antiques fame ( Bargain Hunt) ... I knew  he was famous and from the telly .... DD and I walked round Bath town for abit too and I manged to go into the Works and found The Makery too .... and bought a wee bit of stash enhancement as well as you do  
Friday was the day home ... which started off well ... we got up and had already packed our cases ... then it went down hill from there a wee bit ....
firstly traffic decided it was going to slow us down .. we were supposed to get off the feeder coach at the services at 1.15pm .... we eventually arrived at 3.00pm ... and our coach back home 
hadnt't even got there either .... apparently there was a techical hiccup ... some one forgot to book our coach back on the ferry from the Isle of Wight !!!! so our poor driver was stuck there until they could get him and the coach booked on ... the passengers were ok as they were booked on ... soooo to cut a very long wait at the service station short ... we got on a coach back home at 6.00pm and arrived back at the mouse house truly shattered after 8.00pm .... it was an awffffuulllyyyy lonnnnggg day .... 
Saturday I spent chilling ......
Sunday feeling a wee bit better and the sun was out I tootled along to find my wee cygnets and managed to get some more photos of them... and there are actually two water turtles not the one that I thought as well and there were some very new ducklings ... mum had 12 !!!!
I have managed to squeeze some stitching in as well and made a new start on The Silver Creeks "No Winter" and made a wee gift for Butterfly for her birthday as well , which is on its merry way to her now .... so I will be able to show you that next time .... I have done a bit more on my RR border too ... trying desperately to think whether I have taken a photo of the update ....
Soooo are you still with me hehehehe ... will make another brew ... this last Thursday DH and I along with Master Bentley went out for the day to Hutton Le Hole North Yorkshire and to the Ryedale Folk museum ... the last time we went to the museum was when we were in the Sealed Knot and doing a living history there .... well  I can tell you it was much better than before .. they have extended the actual grounds and it is full of interesting things and a wee model village ... and in the price of the tickets we can go as many time as we want in the next year .... and it was only £15.00 for the two of us ... bargain ...
Master Bentley had a whale of a time paddling in the villages stream ... he couldn't understand why he could see the rocks and couldn't get to them with his paws .... me I ended up sunburnt as well ouchie .... didn't realise how warm it was ...  we even got to see swarming bees ... that was really fascinating to see them above us ...
It has now started to rain here and is cooling down thank goodness .. don't mind the heat really but glad its a wee bit cooler ...  I suppose I ought to trawl through the photos for some nice ones I won't bore you with all 2000 of them once I had done the swans and the museum as well hahahahahah.... brb ....
hawk taken on trip to the woods

honey bees

swallow or swift or as I call them swafts .lol

bees swarming above us

tiger ...

oooooo travelling pattern from Butterfly

sampler in the folk museum

DH and Master Bentley waiting for me

one of the thatched houses at the museum

one of the displays at the museum

just had to take this one ....

model village

a hexie bed spread

red panda bear at longleat

Hutton Le Hole village green

paddling in the stream

twelve wee ducklings

the babiest cygnet

only a few feet away from me

sunset at Western Supermare

my holiday stitching .... I have done loads more .no photo !!!!

DD1 feet at top and mine at the bottom

Bath Roman Baths

look at that cute smile

Phewwww that has taken me ages to get the photos uploaded  and I forgot to mention earlier I recieved a Travelling Pattern from Butterfly today sooo I will sort that out toot suite and get stitching on it ....and then put it up for adoption again .... just noticed no picture of the garden or the house at Longlet ... ohhh well, that will have to be for next time, othewise you will be here all night reading this .... sooo on that cheery note I shall say toodle pip and wish you all a wonderful stitchy week and promise to take some updated photos of my stitching for next time too .... take care one and all .... love mouse xxxxxx


Vickie said...

1903 photos! Wow!! No wonder you are quite the photographer!! Really loved seeing the Bath photos, as I am reading a book that takes place there. :)

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Looks like a lovely holiday!! Love the pictures!

butterfly said...

Wonderful photos , looks like you had some fun , oh I love Bath I must go again sometime .
So happy you got your chart ok it was a fun stitch . Happy Sunday.

gracie said...

Sounds like you had a great time...time away is so nice....

Maggee said...

You have been busy! Not necessarily stitching, as we expect, but busy nonetheless! Having adventures with family is so much better! Great pictures of it all! And Master Bentley in the stream is so cute! Cool red Panda bear--never saw one like that! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Lovely selection of pics you chose to share. The hawk on your walk is magnificent.
Love the red panda, what a cutie.

Beth said...

Goodness, but you have had a busy, and I hope enjoyable time! Lots of wonderful places - I do think that Bath is glorious - something about all that honey-colored stone. Your camera is great and I can tell that you are getting very comfortable using it.

Brigitte said...

Sounds like the perfect holidays. And you even got some stitching done.

Crazee4books said...

Dear Mouse,

Enjoyed reading about your trip and seeing all the pictures from it so much!

Seeing the Roman baths at Bath brought back happy memories of my own
time visiting there about 35 (ACK!!) years ago. I stayed at the Francis
Hotel in town for five days and spent time on foot exploring the town,
plus taking the train to Gloucester one day and to Wells and Glastonbury
on another. It was such a beautiful place and I tramped all over trying
to see everything that there was to see. Such architecture! Did you
have Sally Lund buns?

Your pictures of the sunsets at Weston Super Mare are gorgeous!!
I visited Brighton during my travels so saw the piers and the ocean
from there but remember hearing Weston Super Mare mentioned in
weather reports on the radio and wondering about it. I grew up in
a suburb of Toronto called Weston so the name stood out for me.

I love the Longleat Safari Park pictures. Wish I could have gone
there too. I loved exploring the stately homes too so the place
would have been a delight to explore. Alas, I could not get
there from Bath easily so had to give it a miss. Five days was
not enough time to spend in that area!

Sorry to bore you with all my memories and my longings for
England. It's a very special place for me.

You're a fabulous tour guide!


Sarah in Stitches said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time! And you seriously made me want to visit all those places - you should be working for the tourism board :D Lovely stitching too!

KimM said...

What a grand time you had! Love all your photos, Sweet Mouse. I'll keep an eagle eye out on the traveling pattern from June....

Andrea said...

Wonderful photos. Looks like a great time was had by all. :) Lovely stitching too.

Sarah Lindfield said...

Fab photos such a lovely holiday, I love Bath x