Saturday, 28 May 2016

Sudeley Castle and some country views .

 My husband had been lucky enough to win on Ebay  two tickets to see Sudeley Castle , which is in the Cotswolds near Winchcombe , Gloucestershire last year , but our hearts sank as I has been called into hospital to have a kidney removed ...cancer ...sigh ..
 While I had been recovering and pretty much oblivious to everything , my husband rang their office to explain and they very kindly extended our ticket to this year .
 I really had been very ill and with post traumatic stress disorder..I really couldn't travel that far .
 I want to say thankyou so much to the kind people in the office who extended the use of our tickets . We came up a couple of weeks ago and had the most lovely time ...and I bought one of Lady Ashcombe's Bread Plates ( the pretty green Victorian one with roses on ) which is now , very much in use , in  my little Cornish kitchen .
     I understand that the money raised through the sale of these lovely antiques and collectables is going to a local animal rescue home , which is a lovely idea !

 Sudeley Castle was the home of Catherine Parr after the death of King Henry 8th . She had finally married the man she truly loved and came to live here and must have been so happy . Very sadly  , she died after  childbirth .

There are interesting collections to see , I was particularly interested in the costumes , embroidery and needlework , some of which is thought to have been worked by Catherine Parr .

The gardens are immaculate and a joy to walk around , I only wish we'd had more time  , one visit is not enough to see everything .  We took some refreshment from the cafe and sat at a picnic table outside  , doing a little stitching of my own  , listening to the birds singing and enjoying the view all around .

It wasn't too busy and I had a nice chat with the head gardener who was planting out Hydrangea paniculata ...we laughed , because there were actually more plants to see along the path , as we left , than there were ,when we first came in !

And away down beautiful country lanes , golden fields of mustard . We bought some mustard too from Tewkesbury to bring home for friends and family .

                              We visited Odda's Chapel and this ancient tree .

                                        Wild flowers of every kind at our feet .

                                   So much history all around . England at it's very best .

  We drove through pretty villages with timber framed buildings ....taken back in time .....

I brought with me some small pieces of linen to embroider  with patterns taken from my most favourite book of all , from the world of embroidery  A Scholehouse for the Needle by Richard Shoreleyker 1632 .

 I transferred the patterns before we left home and grabbed a small bundle of Appletons crewel wool , which I just took a chance on  being suitable colours .

                               I will show you some more tomorrow  to dash !

1 comment:

  1. So pleased you enjoyed your visit...a lovely time to visit and ah! The Cotswolds. Mr S was born there and you should see how he changes when he is amongst the hills.


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