Sunday, 16 November 2014

London, a Meet Up and the Cotswolds (photo heavy)

What a week and we still have a day together - it's been lovely having Dusty here - we've been very busy. Thursday we took the train to London. We saw Buckingham Palace, shopped in Harrods, had afternoon tea at the Knightsbridge Green Hotel, saw Big Ben, saw the Tower of London with the poppies .... and collapsed exhausted on the train home !!

Buckingham Palace
Outside Harrods
Inside Harrods
Champagne with afternoon tea
Afternoon tea
Cheers Dusty
Big Ben
We did manage to capture a few London photo without the smiling faces getting in the way. We were so lucky in that at Buckingham Palace the mounted police were escorting visiting Diplomats back to their Embassies. The state carriages looked splendid - a real treat to see.

Carriages leaving Buckingham Palace
London Eye all lit up
Harrods at dusk
 After an amazing Thursday we had an amazing Saturday as it was Needlecraft Haven's autumn meet up at Saints in Nuneaton. I do enjoy the meet up days - it was a little busy on Friday baking cakes and sorting exchange bags but Saturday was superb, meeting up with 11 other stitchers,

from left to right at the back - Rachael, Clare & Julie
at the front - Angie, Gill, Angi, Jan, Dusty, Maggie, Lindsay, Kate & Ursh 

Dusty's surprise coasters
The stitching and beading that everyone brought to show was stunning - I'm not sure who stitched what but it was all so beautiful.







As always we had a book exchange, a raffle (the money goes to keep Needlecraft Haven advert free) and a Goody Bag exchange. The theme this time was Saints (as a tribute to the pub' new name) I made lemon muffins and chocolate and orange cupcakes for the  exchange (St Clements in the nursery rhyme).

Goody Bag Exchange
Exchange cup cakes
 
Angi was my Goody Bag partner and my Book Exchange partner - her bag was themed on St George and was full of items to do with England. My bag was themed on St Ambrose the saint of Bee Keepers and Angi won mine so a good swap. Angi was also my Book Exchange partner.
My St George goody bag from Angi
A bottle of beer fro Hubby
in my Goody Bag
My Book Exchange from Angi
Everyone was busy stitching
Today we've had a drive round the Cotswolds - just to see England's green and pleasant land, all be it a bit dull and drizzly.







We found a lovely tea room in Moreton-in-the-Marsh called Mrs T Potts - super cheese scones with onion chutney and cream cheese. As the photos show it's been an amazing week with Dusty here - I will be very, very sad when she goes home but we have already made plans for her return !!!

Dusty and Me outside Mrs T Potts !!

8 comments:

Rachael G said...

It was lovely to meet Dusty, and thank you for organising the meet up once again xx It really cheered me up xx

Julie said...

Wonderful post. I had a super day yesterday. It was so lovely to meet Dusty. Hope you didn't bump into Agatha Raisin in the Cotswolds!!!
Love to you both x

Debra Butler said...

Looks like you both hard a great adventure! I hope to make one of the meet up's myself!

Debra Butler said...

Looks like you both had a great visit. I too hope to make a meet up.. Maybe next year.

Christine said...

You have had a busy few days! The meet up looks like it was huge fun

Kate said...

Super post Clare. It was fabulous to be able to attend the meet up and see everyone - thanks for organising it.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Great post, Clare. It's sounds as if you and Dusty had great fun sightseeing, even if it got tiring at times.

DUSTY said...

Great pictures Clare !! Who is that lady with you ?? hee hee hee !! Had a wonderful time !!