Making New Friends at Powell-Cotton

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We had a lovely few days with Bob and Louise here. As it is off-season for most places, we did find somewhere locally we could visit – the Powell-Cotton Museum. It was an interesting place where Powell-Cotton had collected together a huge number of animal specimens as dioramas.

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This tiger was quite scary…

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until he met Louise.

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Bob made friends with a zebra :) We had a very enthusiastic guide who kept popping up and telling us about various things in the cases. We were shown lots of spider eyes under a microscope until the other guide came up with another query and we ran away quickly.

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Apparently this lion had attacked and bitten Powell-Cotton.

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pao provided the musical entertainment.

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Outside, we met the friendliest cat. She belongs to the stables and is called Millie there but she is also called Pebbles. Either way, she enjoyed being picked up and cuddled.

Belated Ally Pally

It seems a long while since Jeanne and her mom were visiting back in October and I’ve had a long break away from my blog :(

But I have got some great photos from Ally Pally :) And it is only a short few days til Louise and Bob arrive! :) :) :)

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We fortified ourselves with lunch after hauling ourselves up the very steep hill to Alexandra Palace. It was only afterwards when I was chatting with another friend that I discovered that we could have caught a courtesy bus up from the tube station :) I feel that it was good to wear off some calories from the big slice of chocolate cake we ate later on. We were joined by my friend Fiona who is a newbie knitter.

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This was the entryway to the huge exhibition of fibery delights.

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There was an interesting textile exhibition on the theme of World War I.

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The felted rats were quite life-like.

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I could have spent many hours looking at this Language of Flowers that someone had painstakingly drawn.

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What a labour of love.

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This 3-D paper piece was quite interesting.

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I, of course, had to look long and hard at this one as it has one of those old wooden bobbins I love.

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I once saw one of these embroidered handkerchiefs in an antiques shop. So much work!

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These alpaca teddies were so gorgeous.

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This waistcoat was so gorgeous.

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I completely coveted this alpaca shawl.

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This jacket has beautiful handmade felt buttons.

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I was in love with these felt purses with sheep on.

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I found pao and I’s alteregos :)

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I don’t think her knitting needles were big enough. I bet making a sweater is very quick.

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Another beautiful lace shawl.

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This was my favourite stand. I got some beautiful lace from this one.

It was lovely to spend a day at the knitting show with Jeanne, her mom and Fiona. We dropped them at Heathrow – a lovely end to a great few days. Hoping they’ll be back soon!!

Making new friends in Whitstable

After we took Jeanne and her mom up on the Kent Eye, we headed into Whitstable for a walk along the beach and to stop for hot donut on the beach. We made a little friend of a cheeky starling who was posing at the next table for a bite of our donut.

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Up, up and away

… high in the sky!

We took Jeanne and her mom on the Kent Eye which is the temporary Kentish version of the London Eye to get a bird’s eye view of Canterbury and the area. It was quite amusing especially since you can steer the pod round yourself so you’re facing the other way. Do you think that is why Jeanne is smiling? :)

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Lazing about in boats

A very brief pop in to say – hello! I have been having a most fun-filled and brilliant but busy time. One of the nicest moments of the whirlwind of the past few weeks is having Jeanne and her mom to visit. I miss them very much and feel that we should have tried harder to kidnap them but here are a few photos of our Canterbury river trip. :)

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Best in Show

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This was my entry for Best Repurposed Tea Cup. I was so pleased with finding this vintage WI tea cup. I donated it to the silent auction and kind of wish I’d found my own WI tea cup but I was thrilled to be able to help my WI.

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I also entered the Most Outrageous Vegetable. I kind of saw a friendly camel! Maybe…. !!

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Our president created this incredible basket of vegetables.

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M made a repurposed tea cup bird feeder.

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Another of the repurposed tea cups – a floral display.

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I also entered ‘Best Shop Bought Cheat’ and won a prize for my Pepperidge Farm cookies :)

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We were all very keen to win this wonderful cup!

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This carrot won the cup!!

Prize Crochet

Our Women’s Institute was having a ‘Best In Show’ competition this month and I made some rosettes to award to the winners of the categories.

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Sushi Night!

Look away now, Jeanne! :)

I’ve been a bit stressed of late so haven’t been updating my blog but now things are a little less stressed, I’m catching up :)

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We’ve had a Japanese student to stay for the past couple of weeks and one of our duties as hosts is to give them dinner so to make her feel at home, we did sushi one night. I also saw some very delicious looking sushi on 2paw’s blog.

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This is pao’s effort before he rolled it.

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I like cucumber in mine and this cucumber was grown by a friend by mine. It was more like a pickling cucumber but quite tasty in my sushi.

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pao was very serious about his sushi.

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Didn’t he roll well?

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They didn’t turn out too badly, did they?

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These were my efforts :)

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I tried a Japanese food called natto . It is an acquired taste!!

We had a really fun evening with our new Japanese friend. :)

Caturday: Handsome and Prissy

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I was happy to meet my handsome friend Tigger again the other week.

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He is rather dashing.

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He is rather nice. I do like a ginger cat.

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Just a few steps away, I bumped into this prissy ginger madam standing my a tree and looking like she owned the place.

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She did rather make me smile :)

All scone!

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I’ve been feeling a bit poorly of late – very tired, virally, not in such good shape so pao has very kindly been cooking a bit more. On Sunday, we saw some photos of a very lovely looking set of scones at someone’s house and he was up and in the kitchen making them. Very light and fluffy and tasty they were, too! In case you are wondering, here is the recipe!

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Tamyra gives her approval.

mumblings from the beleagured mrspao