So here's the new page of my calendar
'The Brave Little Tailor' by Franz Wacik
A nip and a punch for the first of the month (where on earth did that phrase come from - I'm sure it's been the start of many a playground fight!)
A little while ago Penny at L is for Love wrote about the wonderful rides she takes on her bicycle. Since then I've procrastinated at length about rescuing my old thing from the shed (my bike - not Mr K - although it has been known...) so today, after a major tussle with the lawn mower, some hessian and no end of badly behaved bamboo poles, she was exhumed.
Here she is
My lovely shiny red bicycle (of course you know it makes sense that it's red as I've waxed lyrical about green being my favourite ever colour!) Mr K checked the tyres and I - because I am a woman and I am strong - checked the bell. A quick check of the seat height (Mr K insisted on this although I don't think my legs have altered length particularly since last time) and she was ready for the off.
First hurdle was to get her up the garden steps
And past old faithful
No Jessie dog - not this time
Up on to the tow path (or as Big Sis called it until she was about twelve 'the toad path')
And a quick look around to check nobody is looking whilst I unceremoniously cast my leg asunder
Coast is clear
Head for the lock
See the boat on the right...
And hop off to cross the bridge
...now it's in the lock
Can you hear the rushing water?
Carry on up to the railway tracks
Past the little meadow
Check the sign
Just as well I did
That was close!
Just a little further now
And then the path ends and we take a left
Do you know where we are going yet?
Okay - let's get closer
Stone Railway Station - a beautiful building which now serves as a community space for various groups (who put that black car there - didn't they know I wanted a picture?)
But why are we here? (We don't know will you get on with it please?)
A very talented lady who I met at our knit nights at the local pub thought it would be a great idea to pull together some local crafters to demonstrate their skills.
So inside we were met with
spinning - both with the traditional wheels
and a spindle
This lady had made the most beautiful bag using domino knitting
This lady made the tatting process look so easy
and was effortlessly producing these bookmarks for her local church
and, of course, knitting
There was also a wonderfully talented lady who had made some beautiful shawls. Sadly I took no photos of these but you can visit her Etsy shop here.
The atmosphere was lovely, gentle chatter amongst like minded people accompanied by
the most delicious home made cakes!
Sitting at tables dressed with
hand made felt floral displays
There were other items for sale and I took part in a Chinese auction (no I'm still not too sure what it is but it looked like fun)
After a good old chat and bags of inspiration it was time to set off home
Back down to the tracks
Nothing coming this time!
Reach the end of the meadow and hop off again
Check for the newly hatched ducklings
Round the lock
Back through the gate to sample some of the Scotch eggs Mr K procured from the Farmers Market this morning.
Thanks old trusty!
(P.S. I've got some lovely new finds to share but I reckon if you've got this far you'll probably need to go for a lie down in a darkened room - until next time!)