To Bolton and back again

14/10/2013 § 2 Comments

Motorways and roundabouts dominated last week.  Himself was off on some RICS business and I went along as chauffeur – and I’d heard about fabric mills ‘up north’!

Well, I wasn’t disappointed.  A quick google search and an online chat with lovely Sooz from Sooz in the Shed blogspot and I knew exactly where to go.  On Thursday morning, Himself had sorted out a taxi to take him to his ‘panel thing’ so I finished my hotel breakfast in a most leisurely fashion then kicked up my heels and headed off!  In bright sunshine, I headed north up the M6 (I’ve never been this far north before – ever) and loved the feeling of freedom.  I found Standfast very easily, according to Sooz’s instructions and tips and then had a super browse around, treating myself to some delicious Liberty fabrics and amazing silks.  Not sure what I’ll be doing with them, but they’ll definitely be used up very soon.

I continued into Lancaster and had a mooch around.  Shopping isn’t of any great interest to me, but charity shops and buildings are.  I had a snack lunch at the impressive Lancaster Castle – which has until quite recently been a prison!  A very spicy, homemade tomato soup gave me the inner warmth and energy I needed so  then I headed back into Bolton.

Lancaster Castle

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amazing architecture

amazing architecture

I drove over 600 miles in 3 days.  Arriving home on Friday, I needed to chill out so – rare for me – sat down and watched The Third Man, with Orson Welles then wandered out into the garden, to admire the Autumn light.

Our beloved White Birch, all golden in the Autumn light

pure gold

my final dahlia

cosmos - now all bedraggled by the weekend wind and rain

We stayed at Last Drop Village, situated on a hill to the north of Bolton and upon arrival, I held an impromptu photo shoot for my latest quilt commission …

Last Drop Village

The Hotel Courtyard

then the big reveal – Daydream Believer …

Daydream Believer - my new quilt commission

Pillowcases too - eh??

I’ll do a fuller post about this amazing quilt after it’s been delivered.

It was a busy week and weekend (Craft Market at Alton on Saturday), so now it’s back to our normal routine and I’m loving every minute!

Enjoy the rest of your week

Adaliza x

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