Monday, 8 October 2018

Tolkien

Yesterday my husband and I took a trip to Oxford.  It was a gloriously sunny day for a walk around the sights.
Oxford Castle.

Even the high street shops look beautiful.
One of the colleges.
Peeking into a college quad.
Radcliffe Camera.
Fascinating architecture everywhere you look!
University Church.
Bridge of Sighs.
Bodleian Library.

We only walked around the quad as we didn't have time for a full tour.
We plan a return trip in the near future.


Our destination was the Weston Library.
To see the Tolkein Exhibition, as number 30 in our Thirty in Thirty.
It is a fascinating display of his artwork, book drafts, notes and letters.
I even found an orc guarding the Gates of Moria! ;)

September

I started the month of September off with a visit to RHS Wisley for the Autumn Flower Show, which was opened by Dame Judi Dench.




The gardens were looking beautiful and there was a sculpture trail running through them.








I was wearing my Impressionist Shawl by Helen Stewart, so took the opportunity to take a finished object photo.  I've worn this shawl quite a few times recently as the days have started to get cooler.
I came home with an aeonium and some cushion-style alpines.
Another day whilst in Winchester, I photographed another recently completed project, the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.
We were having a picnic beside the cathedral at the time.


Mid September I attended a print making workshop by Alex Collins.  The workshop was held in the Garden Shed of a pub in Ealing.


It was a fun filled afternoon in a lovely creative atmosphere.  We designed our own print blocks

to print a bag and some notecards.


At home I have been knitting on my Floozy Cardigan by Libby Jonson.
I haven't had much knitting time as I have been working on my Christmas shop update Eva Faith on Etsy.  It is now filled with lots of pretty stitch markers and progress keepers, so I should have more knitting time in October.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Unwinding at the Beach

Late August we decided to drive to the south coast for a walk along the beach. One of our favourite places there is Bracklesham Bay.  It was practically deserted, as we walked along collecting fossil shells.  We walked for miles enjoying the scenery and the sound of the waves, a lovely relaxing time.  We ended our day with hot chips wrapped in paper, that we ate whilst watching the sun set.  A perfect trip as number 29 of our Thirty in Thirty.