Saturday 30 October 2010

Me, myself and I

It's sooooooo good to be back in the land of blog, half term holidays have been busy with a big B. Alice and I visited a special friend of mine and her kids in the beautiful Cotswolds area of England

It was like going into a time warp... such 'picture postcard' perfect England. We had a wonderful time catching up, drinking copious cups of tea and watching our children climbing trees and having countryside adventures. Such bliss xox

In the back of my mind I knew I had a day of sheer indulgence ahead of me, a day when I could wallow in the joy of no mummy / family responsibilities and all  had to do was please ME. Don't you just love days like that, they are like gold dust and I get myself into a frenzy of excitement thinking I'll do this and that and more... but today I decided to keep it simple and just potter.

Yes, just potter around town in charity shops, florists, yarn shops, book shops, sewing shops and more. It dawned on me how fortunate I am to walk into town and have all of this on my door step.

Most of my pottering revolved around books starting in our divine local library (my plan was to find a knitting pattern to knit Alice a winter beanie hat)

Next came some of these beautiful ornamantal cabbages which had to be bought for our dining room table. Such irresistable colourful beauties.

Then some more drool over cooking and art books in the De La Warr Pavillion shop.

and then a spot of home made carrot and lime soup in a fab fair trade cafe in town, mmmmm just delicious on an autumnal sunshine day ;0)

after which a leisurely look around the latest exhibition at the Pavillion and a wonderful book on the exhibition purchased and popped into my bag

then a ticket to see the all incredible Laurie Anderson on November the 6th purchased and safely folded into my bag. I have always loved her music and performance art and used to listen to her when I was at university and nearly fell over when I discovered she was performing down the road from me! What a treat and priveledge it will be to see her.

then into the charity shops to come away with two funny 1980's knitting and crochet books... they make me smile and remind me of my teenage years and my mum's hand knits x

check out the granny square cardy :o)

and last but not least a quick visit to the Owl and sewing cat a gorgeous little sewing shop around the corner from me.

How delicious are those fat quarters ...

A sweet cotton teacup fat quarter needed to be bought and some buttons for my stash and then I pootled to my last visit of the day one of my local yarn stores (I am spoilt there are 3 within a few minutes of my home)

Bought to make our darling daughter a winter hat, I was under strict instructions to buy various shades of plum and purple!

That's my day so far, now I'm off to curl cup on the couch get on with knitting Alice's hat and listen to woman's hour catch up on Radio 4. x Bliss x
Hope you have found some time for yourself this weekend xox


  1. Hi Penelope!
    So great to have you back, I've missed catching up with your life this week!!!!
    What a fantastic blog makeover! I love it....
    That picture of the Cotswalds was pretty amazing, we don't have anything like that here in NZ! Beautiful!
    Have fun knitting the hat!!! I'm making a baby hat on DPN's right now *sooooooooooo* proud of myself, with the Debbie Stoller wool I bought last week, it's delish to knit with...
    we'll have to do a synchronised ta-daa moment!!!

  2. Looks like you had the most wonderful day! Its great to have some me time. x

  3. Hi Penelope,
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving lovely words! I am here to visit yours and must say it's really really great! You took very beautiful pictures and I love them as much as your books!
    Nice to "meet" you, I also became a follower so we can keep in touch :)

  4. Oh such a lovely photo. We don't see too many picutesque sights like that in Ohio. And lucky you to have so many lovely shops so close by!!

  5. Hello Penelope - thanks for dropping by.
    What a wonderful outing you have had, and what a stash to come home with !
    The Cotswalds blew this colonial away - its an amazing place isn't it.
    Your 80's pattern book is excellent - the vests are just spot on - i have been looking for a nice narrow shoulder pattern like that for an age - i had better get op shopping :)
    ejoy your weekend !

  6. Oh Penelope, what a great post! I so wish I was back by the sea, the Pavillion and the Owl and Sewing Cat! Apparently granny square cardis are on the catwalk this winter, we'd better get our hooks out! Penny xxx