Can’t believe how quickly the weeks seem to pass. Since I’ve posted here the last time I’ve had my birthday and birthday celebrations.
On October 11th, I had a big birthday. I turned 40 years old this time. We decided to celebrate in London, England just the two of us. So, on October 8th, we left for London, my husband and I. We had an intienary full of exciting things and I got to plan the trip (mostly). 🙂 We spent 6 wonderful days in London.
The day we arrived (thursday) we just walked around, went for a walk in Bayswater and ended up in St. James’s Park which is my favourite park to visit in London. And of course we caught a glimpse of Trafalgar Square and Picadilly Circus. We woke up early on Friday morning, had a full English breakfast at the hotel before leaving to visit “The Knitting & Stitching Show” at Alexandra Palace. This was the first time that I go to a show like that. I really enjoyed myself. I did some stash buying as well, not a lot but some. I got 5 different pieces of fabric, 32ct linen in natural colours. I also bought some buttons and ribbons, WDW and GAST for a project that I am going to start soon. And when visiting the Michael Powell stall we bought one of his kits. It is called “Cottage Garden 1”. I also bought a magazine “The World of Cross Stitching”. Friday evening we met up with 2 stitching friends from Belgium and their husbands. It was lovely to meet Iris and Pascale from the Crazy Exchange Group, we found out that we were all in London at the same time so Iris’s husband booked a table at a lovely Chinese restaurant. We spent a lovely evening together.
Early Saturday morning we went to Greenwich. It is the second time that I’ve been there and I really love it there. We saw the Old Naval Royal College. The ceiling there is so beautifully painted. Later in the day we went to Covent Garden where we met another stitching friend Carol. We had a lovely time, Carol had found 2 beading shops in the area and we visited them both together. I came away with some beads. 🙂 After that we sat down and had coffe. It was so wonderful to meet Carol again.
Sunday was my 40th birthday. We had decided to spend the day outside London. So early in the morning we went to Paddington station and bought train tickets to Oxford. We arrived in Oxford in the rain, did a trip with the sightseeing bus which was lovely as it managed to stay dry during the 1 hour drive. It was a good way to start the day by this tour as we had a wonderful live guide who told us about the college buildings and other interesting information about Oxford. It was raining until midday. We walked around Oxford (after buying a couple of umbrellas). 🙂 Later we found a lovely little cafe where we had English Afternoon Tea. It was simply delicious with sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, coffe cake and of course some wonderful English Tea. Once we had finished the tea the rain had cleared and we saw some sunny skies again. We climbed the stair up to the tower of one of the colleges and saw the beautiful view from the top. We finished the day by walking down to the canal to enjoy the view of the narrowboats and dreaming of another narrowboat holiday similar to the one we had last year. 🙂 We caught a train back to London in the evening and came back very tired but satisfied with a great day.
Monday was spent shopping. We went to Oxford street and did the shopping we had planned to do. I bought some new clothes for the girls and something for myself as well. Tuesday morning we checked out of our room at the hotel, we could keep our luggage at the hotel as our flight back home wasn’t until the evening. We finished the shopping, went to a small knitting shop close to Carnaby Street called “All the fun of the fair“. I bought some buttons there and also some bubble yarns to make fun scarfs for the girls. In the afternoon we went back to the airport to pick up our luggage before going back to the airport with the train. It was a fantastic trip and we enjoyed a lot spending few days together just the two of us. My mother moved into our flat while we were away to take care of the girls.
Before we left Rúnar and the girls had given me my birthday gift. For the longest time I had been wanting to stitch something Icelandic and I had a special project in mind that I liked. This project is called “Riddarateppi” or translated (the knights wall hanging). Well, when I opened my gift that is what I received. The pattern of the “Riddarateppi” and all the material I need to complete it. Here is a picture of the wall hanging how it is supposed to look when it is finished.
And this is a picture of the material needed.
The yarn that is used for it is icelandic wool. It is very big and will take long time to finish. It is stitched in old icelandic cross stitch (long armed cross stitch)
I’ll put in pictures of other gifts that I received in a few more posts. So, keep on visiting my page for updates. 🙂