Friday, 18 July 2014

Hampton Court Gardens

18th July 2014

Had a brilliant day yesterday visiting the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.
 I had booked a tour of the sampler exhibition and it was so interesting with samplers from as early as 1700's. Many of these samplers were like a 'cv' today as they were rolled up and taken to show prospective employers. The stitching was exquisite and so many were worked by 8-15 years olds.

My sister and I plan to do a course on Whitework and Knot Gardens in the near future so watch this space!

Unfortunately were weren't allowed to take photos but I did take quite a few of the beautiful palace gardens that were free to the public.....

....Hampton Court Palace...


.....wonderful trees....


....this is where we had our picnic.....


....beautiful colours and shapes in the flower beds....




...this bed was raised in the centre.....


.......I loved the tall decorated chimneys and old brickwork....



.....we decided to take a river boat back as it was such a beautiful day....


..this is our boat, the funnels at the front are lowered to go under the bridges....


....these houses are on an island in the middle of the Thames!


Such a lovely, interesting day with perfect weather!

Today I am off to the Fashion and Textile Museum then meeting my daughter and niece for a meal this evening. This involves tube travel so I have worked out my route, just hope there are no diversions or lines closed or goodness knows where I will end up!!!!