First, a felt making class last Thursday which was good fun to serve tea at.  As Beryl is the instructor, I am just the dipping in and out lady – "more coffee?" – which I really enjoy.  Below is Anne, under the guidance of Beryls finger, getting to grips with all the apparatus needed to felt… Felt_making_course_2

And then the next day we had a weekend away without any children – some call it a late honeymoon.  We had a fantastic three days away  - did I mention no children - and while we were wondering around, I discovered a few places worth mentioning:

  • Grace and Jacob is a lovely little shop that combines felt making and sewing. The quirky felt slippers in the window caught my eye and then the shelf of Amy Butler fabrics pulled me inside. Fiona owns the shop and was knee deep in moving boxes but she took time out to have a chat with me when I am sure she could have been unpacking a box or two.
  • Duttons for Buttons - it is still a bit of a wonder to me that this shop, which does what it says on the tin (though they have expanded a bit).  I recently bought a gorgeous Karen Millen wool winter coat at a local charity shop but it was missing buttons. One trip to Duttons and my Karen Millen is about to get a button makeover!
  • York Quilting Museum - I know I keep saying I am not a proper quilter but I did want to have a look at what was on offer. Smaller than I thought but well laid out.  And behind the museum…
  • The New School House Gallery –  Very light and open – their displays (we both loved the ceramic artwork by Fenella Elms but unfortunately, our wallets did not!). Well worth a browse, because behind the gallery was..
  • The most serene public park I have been to in recent memory. It was designed by Annette Parkes and goes back to the city walls.  And it is a council owned park – that really blew me away.
  • And it is worth one last mention about the Italian restaurant that sits the front of the gallery, Le Langhe - the deli alone is worth a visit. It had a bit of the same feel as Valvona and Crolla in Edinburgh.  The food was authentic and the wine went down a treat!