The Alsace region of France is lovely with lots of little villages scattered around low mountain ranges. After finishing at the quilt show we broke the journey home with a short stay in Reims where we went to see the Taittinger champagne caves, Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame and the UNESCO Basilica de St. Remi. I took tons of stained glass photos to add to my burgeoning collection back home – not sure what I’ll ever need them for but I am so drawn to the colours and patterns especially on a sunny day.
I just spent a couple of days in Northern Ireland attending the wedding of my cousin Barry’s daughter, Amy Jayne, to Sam Robinson. It was a busy wedding with lots of home grown flowers, Swarovski crystals, homemade wooden tables, stable lanterns and Amy in a gorgeous wedding outfit (not her normal jeans as threatened apparently). It was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with some of my other cousins (and their families). Nice to see you Ken, Noreen, Barry and Sharon…!
On the second day, Steve and I went to see my cousin Barry and his wife Cindy. They breed Shetland Sheepdogs – two of whom who were knawing on my fingers and then little Ellie who sat so sweetly on my lap. Ellie has the most gorgeous face and is a blue marl colour with lots of black freckles dotting her little nose. It’s no wonder she’s Barry’s favourite at the moment.
At the wedding I also found out that my Dad taught at a school in Grey Abbey in roughly 1948. We had passed this little town on the way to the hotel the day before so we had to go back and get a picture of it (see below). It was a two room school back then. And wonder of wonders there was this wonderful shop across the road that sold antique quilts, embroidered linens, estate sale jewellery and other antiques. Only spent a little money on a couple of bits of vintage linen.
Blisteringly hot here in Villasumius, Sardinia. This is our view at breakfast.
Walked along one of the many beaches in this area at sunset. Tried to do some sand art like hearts and footprints but got soaked by rogue waves. Found a restaurant that has tables on the sand and fairy lights – booked for Friday night. I adore Sardinia!
Last day waaaah! Dinner on the beach tonight; perhaps three hours in Cagliari tomorrow then home. I tried to convince Steve to stay a few more days but the old meany said no. Who could resist a place that looks like this (pix taken from a mountain road)?
And, of course, there is always a flower picture or three…
Spent the May long weekend in the Isle of Thanet in eastern England. Visited Leeds Castle on the way and Canterbury Cathedral on the way back with various gardens and a couple of small museums on the way. Even had time for a walk along Broadstairs beach where the great British public were wearing jackets to keep warm but every child under two had a bare bum! These are some of my photos (and don’t worry there’s no nudity).