Over the last week or so there has been a bit of this and a bit of that going on. Here are a few moments to share!
When I was at Basildon Park two Wednesdays ago - I am so far behind with things - I noticed something that to my horror I have never seen before! Can you see the initials in the middle panel of this gate. They are RI which stand for Renee Iliffe. She was actually the second Lady Iliffe and this gate was the entrance to her rose garden. I have walked through this gate so many times I cannot tell you, but never saw her initials before. I have already pointed them out to someone else. Another little thing that I have discovered.
I also snapped these two old lead water tanks, they are used as herb planters now. Aren't they just amazing. The work that has gone into them, for something that was just to hold water! I think they are beautiful. You can see the date on the one on the right is 1765 - yes, that makes it 240 years old this year!! Isn't that an incredible thought!
There was also a chance to snap some pictures of these prints that are in a corridor that is never seen by the public. I don't know how this area was used in the past, but it is sad that no one can see it now. You can share it with me though! The pictures are cut out and then glued to the wall and are more often seen in "Print Rooms" than odd corridors!
Now, these pictures are not of the beautiful Basildon Park. Oh no. I caught up with my best friend earlier in the week, and having seen her I was reminded of her often said remark that my house is like an interiors magazine. I tell her - repeatedly - that it is because I clean like mad before she comes round. Not sure that she believes me. I can be honest with you though and share some messy moments can't I! See, it isn't all lovely interiors and neat and tidy here! Ahem!! A trip to the charity shop is in the offing me thinks...
Finally there has - of course! - been some crocheting. I am going "off list" and not doing things that are on my WIP list. After the computer debacle I needed to do something familiar and calming. Surely it is better to self soothe with crochet than a lot of the other things that I could do! This bowl/basket is coming along well. I love the yarn - Sugar n Cream - from our holiday last year. I am also making another one in some different yarn. No idea what I will do with either of them, but you can never have enough baskets - can you????
Oh, and you will of course noticed that I have been playing around with making some mosaics. It is a fun thing to do isn't it.
That is about all that I have to catch up on right now. This weekend will be - yawn - housework I suspect, but I want to go to Ikea and look for some things (you can tell from the pics that housework is needed!). My February Mantel is finally done after some fiddling around and a little purchase. Once I get some photos I will share!
Hope that ya'll have a good weekend!