It's good to be home. Visiting my Dad is an emotional business, as my lovely childhood home has changed beyond recognition and he has changed even more.
Although you'd never have known it at the time, he did tell me on the phone this morning that he enjoyed our visit :)
On the way up we managed to fit in a bit of culture by visiting Compton Verney to see the textile exhibition that Gina blogged about recently. Compton Verney is a Grade I listed Robert Adam mansion which these days serves as a very beautiful and atmospheric art gallery.
The grounds are pretty stunning too.
The kids chose a cup and ball game each from the gallery shop.
It was worth the £1.95 each to get these pretty faces!
To reward myself for holding it together this week I paid a visit to this wonderful shop, that I was thrilled to discover is less than 2 miles from my Dad's house.
Believe it or not, this was my first ever time in a proper patchwork fabric shop!! Of course, a little retail therapy was in order....and I can't tell you how restrained I was!
Waiting for me when we returned home yesterday was lovely parcel containing a recent etsy purchase from this shop.
I may have to go on a bit of a fabric and book buying diet for a while!
Moogsdad is taking the next three weeks off work so I will have some much needed moral support with the beasties. I'm also hoping to snatch a few moments to myself for some crafty doings :)
Monster is still very much engrossed in Lego and is also getting through a few books, thanks to the briliant Team Read challenge at our local library. Both he and his very naughty sister have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and I hope will want to carry on once they've finished the challenge.
In an effort to encourage Monster, in particular, I bought this book from Amazon.
Monster met the author at school last term and has read her first two Monster Maker books. Ali Sparkes is a local author....whose sister happens to live just up the road from us. My two were sooooo excited when they saw Ali Sparkes leaving her sister's house one Sunday afternoon!!
We also bought some of this to play with:
I'll be back with the results very soon!
I'm now going to wander over to the sofa and carry on with a bit of handquilting.....I'll be back with the results of that very soon too!
In the meantime, how about this little treasure that I happened upon this week :)
Hoping you have the best weekend xxxxxx
p.s. three eggs today...chookies all doing well and Jazz is recovered and will be spending the rest of her life on the farm with Farmer Brian :)