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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Beautiful Buildings and Flowers in Lacock

We have spent a magnificent day in the Wiltshire village of Lacock today.  This whole village is owned almost in its entirety by The National Trust. This beautiful village has been used as a film location for many movies and television shows including pride and Prejudice, Emma, Cranford and Harry Potter.

It was a cool foggy morning walking through the gardens of the Abbey.

First our group had a private tour of Lacock Abbey which has an 800 year history.  This was originally a  medieval nunnery founded in the early thirteenth century by Ela, Countess of Salisbury for the Augustinian order. The beautiful cloisters from the original Abbey are still there.  You will recognise them as part of Hogwarts.

Here are some photos from inside the Abbey.

And the outside:

This is the doorway of the location where the Meryton Ball took place in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice.

Here I am outside the door!

This is the location for the house where Harry Potters' parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.

And lots of other gorgeous nooks and crannies around the village.

It was the Harvest Festival service in church this morning and the lovely produce of the season was on display.

We had a magnificent roast beef or lamb Sunday roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding for lunch in The George Inn.

Later we were served full afternoon tea in a gorgeous small hotel.

Back to Bath early for a rest.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Workshop Day in Bath

I held my workshop today for the ladies on the Jane Austen tour.

We were making a needle packet folder in very pretty fabrics embellished with hexagons, of course.

We had a lovely room in the hotel for the class.

Here is Pat, Ailsa, Anne and Judy looking on.

Here is most of our group showing off their hexagons.

After class we attended a champagne party,

and went to dinner in the Georgian home of Jane and Peter Tapley.  Jane gave us a talk on food and table manners of the Jane Austen period.

We were then treated to a scrumptious meal in her beautiful dining room.

Another very special day.

Friday, 2 October 2015

A Day of Treasures

We made the journey to London today to visit the Clothworkers Centre of the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

We were privileged to be shown a small sample of their massive textile collection of thousands of pieces, all stored in a massive compactus.

Here is a beautiful beaded dress worn by Queen Elizabth II on a visit to France.

This is a pieced and embroidered silk quilt from the collection.

The centre was a heavily embroidered monogram in gold and silver thread on black velvet.

This quilt was hand painted on linen.  The colours are still very vibrant.

This small cot quilt made of silk, cotton and velvet was heavily hand quilted.

This quilt was made from silk ribbons.

This next quilt was my favourite.  It is a pieced medallion quilt of printed cotton and linen in pinks and browns, possibly made in Wales 1830-1840.

This quilt featured a printed commemorative panel in the centre.  It has been dated to around 1810.

We then spent several very happy hours exploring the treasure trove of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

My favourite items were the spectacular tapestries.  I have never seen anything so huge and grand as these incredible wall hangings.  Despite being centuries old, their colours are still breath taking. This huge tapestry dates from 1425 and depicts scenes of a bear and boar hunt.

The detail was magical.

There was also a whole room full of tapestries owned by King Henry VIII.  I just loved this very beautiful room.

Another highlight for me was this amazing quilt from 1360 - 1400.  It is made from cotton and linen and stitched with extraordinary detail in linen thread.  How gorgeous and so very old!

We also saw examples of stump work embroidery:

Amazing ecclesiastical cloaks:

Golden treasures:

Sculptures, paintings, ironwork, jewellery, carvings, furniture, silver, so many things it is mind boggling.

Here is a small sewing machine and some sewing accessories.

"The Hay Wain" by Constable is my mother's favourite painting.  This is the draft of the painting.

We ate in the most splendid dining rooms, one for lunch:

And the William Morris Dining Room for dinner:

Here I am, in my element.

Thanks Helen for another fabulous day on our Whitecroft tour.