Well I just made it with this one. As most of you know I am way behind on my stitching at the moment. This little owl is May's design for my monthly SAL with Elaine. I'm not too happy with his eyes so I might change them. But I am just glad to get him finished on time. I've also finished a piece I was stitching to include in my give-away package that Siobhan won. Hopefully it will be winging its way to Ireland later this week. What is a girl to do next, now there is a question..
Thursday, 27 May 2010
I needed to get away for a few days so last Thursday I started surfing the net to see if I could find a last minute deal. When I was just about to give up late Friday afternoon I got lucky and managed to book a house for two days on the east coast. Our apartment was the top floor of a victorian town house in the beautiful village of St Monans. It had only recently been renovated and we were one of the first tenants to use it. I finished working at 4.00pm , went and picked up some groceries, threw some clothes in a case and off we went. Living in such a small country in only took us two hours to get there. Over the two days we visited a few national trust houses, gardens and some of the coastal villages. As usual I have some photographs to share. I hope you enjoy your trip to the east coast of Fife.
This was the view from the apartment window.
The apartment was so nice we didn;t want to come home. Being by the seaside it was full of lovely finishing touches, little fishing boats, birds,driftwood etc and of course if was so peaceful and quiet.
This building is known as Culross Palace even though it was never a royal residence, the word palace was misinterprertated in the title deeds in the 19th century. The building is actually a unique example of a Merchants house. The west block dates from 1597 and the north wing was built in 1611. I apologise for the quality of the pictures , Ian took most of them with his Iphone as we are not really supposed to take photos inside but the first room we entered had the stitching hanging on the wall and the dresses so I just couldn't resist. I;ve never been in a historic property before where there were no attendants and of course when I saw the stitching lying on the table I was beside myself. All of the stitching was done by the Culross needlework group which was only formed in 1986. They have done an amazing job of producing these pieces. The round stumpwork is part of a bedspread, I didn;t get a picture but it was a four-poster bed where all the hangings around the bed had also been stitched.
Well I hope you have enjoyed coming along on my week-end with me. I must confess I did take my stitching along with me but only did a few stitches on Saturday night. I am way behind on stitching and blog reading, I do miss reading everyones blog when I am away so I am looking forward to catching up on everyone. Hugs!