Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Bank Holiday weekend at Alnwick Castle
August Bank holiday weekend never brings very good weather and Monday was no exception. Still in holiday mood we decided to go to Alnwick to visit the castle. Alnwick Castle was built as a medieval fortress in the 13oos and is one of the two largest inhabited Castles in England. Home of the Percy family for almost 700 years and scene of many movies including the Harry Potter movies, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Elizabeth. Used to visiting ruined castles and empty shells in Northumberland I was not prepared for the sumptuous grandeur of the state rooms of the castle with their priceless art works including a large Van Dyke, four Canellettos and a few Titians to boot! The Adam designed chapel decorated with 17th century tapestries was also impressive.
I had some time over the weekend to do some sewing and have finished the applique on the cushion cover from the Rosalie Quinlan Gift book. My technique has improved as I have gone along. Now I need to put on borders and quilt it. I have really enjoyed the needle turn applique.
Now a couple more photos from our holidays. On Sunday Jenny and I went to Asda and got a load printed out to put in an album. We chose so many the machine died from exhaustion half way through.
This is the Basillica of Notre Dame in Boulogne. We had a lovely walk around the ramparts of the old town. We stopped for refreshments in the town square overlooking the Mayors office and these wonderful gardens.
On holiday I also kept a journal as suggested by Leanne Beasley on her blog. The first thing I bought at the supermarket was a note book, a pen and a pritt stick. Every night I wrote about where we had been and stuck in info leaflets, postcards and tickets. At the weekend I finished it off with a pretty cover with paper from a scrap booking shop and some ribbon. I really enjoyed it and it is a good thing to do with all those leaflets you pick up on holiday and then throw away about 5 years later when you don't know what to do with them. Lots more memories to look at.