05/08/2016 § 2 Comments
This week has passed quietly and slowly. No major events (always a good thing), a leisurely lunch with friends at a village pub, long wanders with the collies, gentle quilting, a bit of gardening and some cushion-making …
Soft china blues and pale aqua screen-printed birds – how I love these fabrics.
I’ve had a last minute space allocated to me at the annual Stockbridge Summer Festival – Trout’n About -for this Sunday. So the cushions will be making their first appearance on my stall.
Stockbridge is an ancient drovers’ town in Hampshire, famous for its proximity to the River Test and fly-fishing. On the outskirts of Stockbridge is Drovers House, a former inn that specialised in accommodating Welsh drovers and their livestock as they walked from the green fields of Wales with their flocks, all the way to London. There’s an inscription on the front wall which reads in Welsh ‘GWAIR- TYMHERUS-PORFA-FLASUS-CWRW-DA-A-GWAL-CYCURUS’ which translates as ‘Seasons Hay, Rich Grass, Good Ale, Sound Sleep’! Sounds like the recipe for a good life!
Trout are usually to be seen in the main street where a channel of the river is open by the pavement. Some of those fish are huge and the water is crystal clear as it’s a chalk stream and pure. If you’d like a look, click over to the Stockbridge Pocket Guide.
I’ve finished the aqua, pink and white quilt …
and I’ve made some bunting for my stall …
I was so pleased with how it turned out, I’ve made up some Bunting Kits with printed instructions too!
Well, that sounds like quite a lot – and I thought I was taking it easy! There are a few clouds gathering overhead so I’d best make tracks and take those collies out and about.
Enjoy your weekend and if you’re in Hampshire, come along to Trout’n About and say hello.