My trip to England last week was great: a little work, a little play; old friends and new ones, too; and green, green grass and a big-city-fix (do wish one were a little closer at times).
I'll start out with the new friends bit. While in Exeter, I was able to get up to Taunton to meet Anne. We had a nice afternoon at her place (without axes - see her post for more on this) and she gave me this adorable mini to take home with me. It already has a place of honor on the sewing/guest room wall. (More on the guest room below.) Thanks, Anne!
I was also able to meet up with Kate while in London. We had a lovely afternoon out with her kids at the V&A. Kate and I both participated in Barbara's bag swap and she had a surprise for me when we met - she was the one who made me a bag! As you can see below, she tucked in a few treats, as well. Thanks, Kate! Her DD2 also drew me an adorable smiling hedgehog, now hanging on my fridge. Purple seems to be my color this season! Hope I might be able to see both Kate and Anne again next year when I'm in the neighborhood!
A little of the touristy bits (although I was terrible at remembering to get my camera out). Here's the catherdral in Exeter (location of the work bit - the university, not the cathedral itself).
We stayed outside Exeter in the village of Broadclyst. These were our neighbors.
Another stop on my quick London itinerary, the From Russia exhibit at the Royal Academy. Definitely worth the queues. So much so, that I bought the exhibit catalog. I was really lucky with timing, as it closes this weekend!
Now, about my guest room... A friend just arrived this evening for a visit and she came with a suitcase full of treasures. Many of the fabric variety. But they deserve a post (or more) of their very own, so that will have to wait for another day.