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 ...got to dash !