Monday, March 30, 2009

Anniversary and my Dad's stitching

We had a wonderful weekend away on our ten year anniversary. We stayed in a hotel called The Samling in Ambleside in the Lake District and it was just perfect. Here are a few snaps of our room and the great view we had from our window:

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I have never stayed anywhere so posh in my life! The men came up to you with umberellas when you stepped out of your car so you wouldn't get wet whilst you walked up the steps! Apparently it was where William Wordsworth used to go and pay his rent. Oh, and Tom Cruise stays there quite a bit apparently!

Whilst in the Lakes I decided to take a trip to Fobbles which I have heard so much about on Su's blog. After following the Tomtom to the wrong place and phoning them up for directions, we finally did arrive and who should be there, surprise, surprise... but Su herself who was helping out with the stocktaking. This was a great surprise and it was so great to meet Su at last. I have stitched an exchange for her quite recently and am a great admirer of her work. She does some "unique" stitching. I managed to get a pic of us both:

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Can I also say what a great place Fobbles is as well? They have everything to suit my taste from gorgeous fabrics to French Sajou bits and bobs to charts from the USA. Superb shop and well worth the visit. I had a little spend. Well, it was my anniversary after all!

Now my lovely Dad has been burning those needles again on my "I am Half Sick of Shadows" piece and has completed another page. Here is his update that he sent me:

Dad's March Progress

How super fast is he??? Go Dad go!!

I have finished the stitching for one of my pifs and just need to "finish" it. One down, four to go. I am planning on doing one a month if I can then I will send them all out together. As they are gifts, I cannot show the pics yet.

I am sure there must be more to share but it escapes me right now. So have a good week everyone and happy stitching.

36 comments:

Julie said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend, nice pic of you and Su

Well done Dad, it looks super.

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations on your 10th anniverary!! What a lovely place that looks to be.
Wow, I want to borrow your dad when he is done. What great work!

Susimac said...

It was lovely to meet you too Hazel, I can see that you had a wonderful time at the Samling - lucky you, it really looked lovely.

Vonna said...

Oh, what a wonderful Anniversary out you had :) And to meet Su must have been a special day indeed! You and she are beautiful ladies amongst the beautiful stitchy goodness!

Annemarie said...

Whoa! That place looks lurvely!

How fun to meet Su IRL! It's fun to meet any stitcher, and, you know... the UK isn't very far. Maybe one day we could do a huuuuge stitchy get together. Preferably at the Samling :o)

Christine said...

Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend.

Mylene said...

Belared Happy Anniversary, Hazel.
Looks like you had a great weekend away.

wow! your father has done a great progress.

stitchinfiend said...

Glad you had a nice week-end away. It looks really beautiful. Love what you Dad has stitched. I have started that piece and have about 3 pages done.

Angela said...

Sounds like a great way to celebrate your anniversary.

Your Dad does stuitch fast.

Brigitte said...

Oh Hazel, this hotel on the lake looks terrific. And what a view! Very extraordinary. Nice to read that you had a wonderful weekend there.
You were at Fobbles and even met Su there. Now this must have been an extra treat. It's so nice to see your picture.
Your dad is a fast stitcher, isn't he. I love this design you transferred on to him and quite obviously he has a lot of fun stitching it.

Nicole said...

Happy Anniversary Hazel! Looks like you had a wonderful time! That's awesome that you got to meet Su. What a nice surprise!! :)

Wow, I can't believe your dad's stitching! That's amazing!!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful weekend and you dad's stitching is stunning!

mainely stitching said...

Oh what a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary! And meeting Su, too! :D

Patti said...

Thanks to Su I found your beautiful blog which I love to bits and shall add it to mine. Sounds like you had super wonderful weekend. I have always wanted to go to the Lake District so maybe one day. That hotel looked awesome and congrats on your 10th Wedding anniversary. Your dad is an amazing stitcher. Love Patti xxx

Olenka's Stitches said...

Sounds like you had a great anniversary.
Your Dad is doing a super fast and prety job!

Ranae said...

Congratulations! on your 10th anniverary.
Your dad is doing amazing stitching.

Carol R said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend- great pic of you and Su!
Shame Tom Cruise wasn't at The Samling at the same time as you - what a weekend that would have been!
And congrats on your anniversary too.

jane said...

Looks like a fabulous place to stay Hazel, so glad I found your blog (via Su's) - I will be checking in from time to time! It was great to see the Nuneaton pics too!

DovilÄ— said...

Happy Anniversary Hazel!
What a nice surprise that you got to meet Su:)

your dad's stitching's amazing!!

Siobhan said...

What a wonderful anniversary weekend you had! Happy anniversary to you & your DH. I loved seeing the pic of you with Su, too!

Siobhan said...

PS--loved your dad's WIP. He does beautiful work! Go Hazel's dad, go! :D

Sally said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend Hazel. Lucky you getting to go to Fobbles and meet Su!

Wow your Dad does stitch fast!

Katrina said...

What wonderful weekend! Love the picture of you and Su :-).

Your dad's stitching is amazing.

Pam said...

Sounds like you and your husband had a wonderful weekend. I wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I'm a new reader of your blog. Have a great day!

LadyV said...

You had such a happy weekend and congrats on your anniversary. Great picture of you and Su.

Vee
http://brokenneedle.typepad.com

Doris said...

lovely place.
oh you dad is a wonderful stitching, amazing.

lena-lou said...

Happy Anniversary the hotel looks fab. Great picture of you and my sister :) Fobbles is a lovely little place isn't it :)

Loraine said...

Hi Hazel,

Thank you so much for leaving a message on my blog. I'm delighted to meet you. I Love your blog as well, and will add you to my blog list.
Your Dad is a wonderful stitcher! Not too many men have an interest in it. I am very impressed.
It sounds like a wonderful Anniversary! What a beautiful place. I loved reading about it.
Talk to you soon!

VALIE said...

Hello Hazel -
Once spent a disastrous rainy week end in the Lake District, I was pretty young and hitch hiking with a girl friend - not staying in a posh hotel like the one you stayed in ! Don't know whether Fobbles existed at the time, but could gladly face another rainy trip to visit their place.
Thanks for your visit to my blog.

Tracy said...

Looks like you had fun sweetie beautiful pictures I do love the Lakes. Your Dad is smoking with that needle his progress is fantastic

Always smiling said...

Hi Hazel

Lovely to see your smiling pic! And what a fantastic place to stay and why not on your 10th anniversary!

We are off to Wales for the weekend, to Porthcawl,the place where I was born and grew up..must look up and see if there are any stitching shops near on the way!
Happy Stitching
Chris x

monique said...

Oh my but that looks lovely! Sounds like a great weekend! Your dad is doing super :)

stitcherw said...

What a beautiful place to stay, it looks lovely. So glad you were able to find the shop and meet Su too, what fun. Your dad certainly is burning the needle, he's made fantastic progress on Shadows.
Sue

Lennu said...

Hi Hazel, thanks for sharing this lovely photo of you and Su :) Sounds like you had a really wonderful weekend. Your Drawn Thread exchanges are beautiful, both sent and received!

Karan said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend. :0) Your Dad must have smokin' needles! Beautiful pieces on your blog - gorgeous mattress pincushion & gift. :0)

Jessie said...

I have been to Lake District, love the place, its so serene and beautiful. It's such a nice place to celebrate your anniversary Hazel.