Leaving Iceland behind, next stop Gatwick Airport, London’s second airport…
We emerged from the clouds over the Kent countryside.I spotted the flag in a garden down below and took a picture.I’ve done a little research (thanks Mr. Google!) It’s Penshurst Place, a 14th century manor house, once owned by Henry VIII and apparently a good place to visit. There were quite a number of cars parked on a Monday.
We had booked a rental car but it still took a long time before we got on the road.
First stop… my dad’s home in Suffolk. It was raining so no pictures!
Tuesday’s weather forecast was no better so we decided upon a quick trip into town to get some of life’s essentials to take home to the US.
Underwear from M&S! (and a few items for the grandchildren)My dad doesn’t like to pay for parking so we were in a free one hour spot on the edge of town. That’s a good way of making sure I didn’t spend too much? Just time to snap a few photos of the decorated pigs.
We stopped in at Tesco’s for chocolate to add to the bag. This is an interesting idea?
The weather forecast was slightly better on Wednesday so we headed to the seaside at Felixstowe. It’s the North Sea… it is not warm. There were some hardy British children in the water.
The beach huts always make a good picture. Even under grey skies?Thursday I was booked to teach at the Castle Wall Quilters in Gillingham, Kent. It was 87 miles each way and involves using the Dartford Crossing on the M25 so we allowed lots of time.
The morning trip was busy but no hold ups. Steve drove while I snoozed… I woke up to see the Dartford Bridge.It’s hard to get a good picture when you are actually on the road.We were early in Gillingham but the ladies soon arrived and got set up. It was a regular guild day so the members who weren’t in the class had brought some hand work projects to keep themselves busy.There were 20 students and everyone stitched away very diligently in our Steps to Successful Free Motion Quilting class…At least until coffee break time! There was good cake to celebrate two members’ birthdays.Back to doodling and stitching!Good work ladies.We had been right to allow plenty of time for the journey. On the way home there were several hold ups but none as bad as the next day when there was a horse loose on the bridge…
Not a lot of rest. On Friday morning I was closer to home in Debenham, Suffolk for a Happy Scrappy Improv class.
Everyone got set up ready to begin.And off we went!
There was lots of scrappy goodness everywhere you looked.A constant supply of coffee and cookies kept us happy but we were ready for lunch at one o’clock.But then it was back to work again.I did manage to get a picture of everyone with some of their work before we left. It’s today’s featured image at the top of the post.
I got some photos of individual projects too.
This was one stitcher’s first ever attempt at making a quilt top, curved piecing and everything!I loved the gingham, large print combination in this one.
This one is very dramatic with all the units floating on a black background.Ann was another first time piecer. She had come prepared for a hand work class but we got her set up with a machine and off she went!Improv is such a happy introduction to piecing!
The event had been arranged as a fund raiser for the Blossom Charity which exists to make women’s lives better. One way it does this is by giving awards for programs and development courses. Our one day event raised enough money for a complete course for one woman. We were very pleased!
Time for a walk over the fields (of sugar beet)
and through the woods!This is behind my sister’s home. All that rain makes for a lovely green landscape!
An excellent week?
There is more but that can wait for another post. Too many pictures can be too much of a good thing!