Chateau Bashing in the Loire

A dear friend of ours once told us about how he loved to go “chateau bashing” in France – the meaning being that one knocked as many chateaus off one’s list for every visit. Steve and I just got back from four days in the Loire Valley where we explored eight chateaus in four days Usse, Amboise, Chaumont, Blois, Azlay-le-Rideau, Vilandry; Chambord and Cheverny). Every one is different and has a unique claim to fame. We wandered around the interiors of the buildings, but we also took lots of pictures, visited the gardens and had numerous leisurely picnic lunches under the trees.

We walked for miles, but I never got bored of any of the properties, although I had to rest the old bones in the evenings after dinner out and a few Kirs, of course!

 

Flowers are my inspiration

The tulips in our garden were particularly good this year. Then a visit to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Gardens provided even more photo opportunities for taking flower pictures. Oh and a couple of photos of a duck who was investigating my ice cream during a quick break. Isn’t nature wonderful?

 

Magnificent Tyntesfield

I recently took a one day course on silk shading in Bristol – I may post a picture of the fox design if I finish it soon.  As a treat we travelled down the day before and spent the afternoon at Tyntesfield, a National Trust property near Bristol.  The setting and the interiors are magnificent as is the inspiration for future embroidery projects.  Have a look…