Thursday, 16 August 2018

A Mystery Birthday Treat....

16th August 2018

A lovely week of celebrations for my new home and birthday!

On Monday my daughter organised a mystery day for me....

.....we caught the boat from Richmond to Kingston, it was my granddaughter's first time on a boat....

...leaving Richmond...


....think this is the oldest bridge in Richmond....


.....lovely properties on the river side...




....a lot of water sports, these 2 were going really fast....


....going through the lock at Teddington...




....children having sailing instruction...




....we walked along the river at Kingston, this mosaic mural was on one of the buildings and Alba decided to give us a singing and dancing show...


....a tributary going into the Thames, beautiful flower displays on the bridges...


....loved this garden on the canal boat..


....after a very delicious Mezzo lunch beside the river we walked back through Kingston town centre to our bus home, some interesting buildings and a large variety of shops...


....I walked up the hill through the park to my new home...


....just 2 of the glorious flower beds....


...it was a great day and the sun shone as we ate our lunch, a bonus as rain had been forecast!!


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While I was unpacking and sorting I found a cushion cover that I had bought from the Hmong village in Vietnam so it is now on my chair in my craft room....


....the centre panel was hand embroidered.


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I also embroidered a fox to make a birthday card for someone special who adores the foxes that visit her garden every day...

...back stitched around the shape...


....stem stitch in various lengths for the fur....


...mounted on my own handmade paper ....


....I should have used a frame for this embroidery to keep the linen taught but most of my sewing/embroidery items haven't arrived yet!!!