It is so marvelous to be here in England with Siobhan. We have just talked and talked and talked like we haven't been apart at all (which as it turns out has only been three years, not the four I was thinking). I was not going to buy anything while here, but of course that didn't happen and now I'm regretting just bringing the tiny suitcase.
One of the things that really caught my attention the first day here was all the poop scoop signs (so completely different from Paris).
Siobhan took me to a picturesque Cotswalds village called Stanton. It was overcast and drizzly which was not so great for pictures but wonderful at keeping the walkers away - Sio says the sidewalks are usually packed but we had the place to ourselves.
Isn't this incredible? You can see why people flock to the area.
I know Sio already posted about it, but the first thing we did after entering the quilt show was buy fabric. This was the booth by Kim Porter of Worn and Washed Fabrics.
I bought two rolls, one with lights and the other with a lot of pink plaid flannel. I just wish I'd bought the red, white, and blue roll and the blue and white roll. Sio wishes she had the red and green. sigh. Kim has a wonderful color sense and makes fun combinations of fabric. Anyone who wants to play along with Bonnie and her recycled shirts would have fun with these rolls.
I didn't take any photos of the quilts, but there were some fun Gwen Marston inspired houses there.
Yesterday I went to a boot sale and yes, spent money again. Sigh. One thing I bought was a large carrier bag so I can get everything home. This is the sign from the Dinky Donuts stand:
After we got back from the boot sale we dismembered some of Sio and her husband's old shirts as well as a couple of kids' shirts we bought. It's a great thing to do with a stained or torn shirt. I now know what to do with my favorite turquoise plaid shirt that I wore the elbows out of -- too bad I left it in Florida.
Sio made the most incredible scones yesterday -- I completely pigged out eating them with clotted cream and locally made Lemon and Lime Marmelade -- and delicious Asparagus and Mushroom Soup. Ooh, and I forgot to mention the raspberries - oh my oh my. Definitely good eating with all the local produce.
Siobhan and MacBeth:
I'm just sad I have to leave tomorrow. This has been such a marvelous quilty holiday. I'm taking home a huge amount of Sio's stash with me so it will be almost like having her there. It will be good to get back to my sweetie and cats though - I hear they miss me.