Sunday, 22 September 2013

Brixham Quilters' Exhibition

Yesterday we attended the Brixham Quilters' Exhibition at Lupton House, Brixham.  The large display of quilts were, as usual, stunning and involved a huge amount of work.  The colours and styles of quilts were just amazing.  At each exhibition they have a challenge and this year it was 'An English Country Garden'.
The money they raise from the exhibition is given to charity.
Jackie Payne
Barbara Dawes
Valerie Brown

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Tavistock Embroiderers' Fair

Last week we attended the Tavistock Embroiderers' Fair.  Tavistock is an ancient stannary and market town in West Devon situated on the River Tavy.  The Embroiderers' Fair was up to it's usual high standard and it's members are very talented. 
Sweetbag, pin cushion and scissor case by Maureen King.  She used Back Stitch Wheels, Star Stitch and Laidwork.  Exquisite.
 One of a pair of walnut purses by Denise King.  Very fine work over a walnut shell.  Amazing.
Woodmice by Christine Christensen.  Stunning.
A big 'thank you' to the lovely ladies of Tavistock Embroiderers' Guild who looked after us so well.
We stayed at The Mary Tavy Inn, Mary Tavy which is 4 miles from Tavistock.  Excellent accommodation, excellent service and excellent food.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Boats in the Bay and the Red Arrows

Today was my son's birthday and he wanted some binoculars, so he was very excited when he saw the schooner from our bathroom window.  My husband then spotted the funnel of a liner.  We rushed 500 yards up the hill to the park and saw the liner from a better angle but the sky was hazy.  In the afternoon the haze cleared which produced a better picture of the Ariana.
Last week was Torquay's carnival week and we are always lucky enough to have the Red Arrows.   There were hundreds of people up the park and this year's display was the best to date.  The Red Arrows always perform a cross over where two planes fly towards each other at an alarming speed and cross over, missing each other by a tiny distance.  This year four planes crossed over, two from one direction and two from the opposite direction.  There was a huge intake of breath from everyone in the park - phew scary!  Congratulations to the Red Arrows.