Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Such a wonderful August

Well my last Blog update showed me having fun in London - and the fun and joy continued!  Our first grandchild Minnie Hamilton May was born on Wednesday 13th August weighing 9lbs 1oz.
Isn't she gorgeous - I am totally besotted!
Dot and Maarten are just wonderful parents.
I had the most special fun 12 days in London as you can imagine.  And the sightseeing continued:  I visited the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace:  amazing, I felt so proud of our Royal Family:
Standing in the Palace gardens and looking back at the building:  so much history and significant events have taken place inside those walls.
Rod came up from Devon and we walked miles through London - the best way to see our Capital City:
We kept coming across these benches:  aren't they fun!:
We had fun staying at Fran and Angelo's house and looking after MiuMiu:
The Sunday flower market in Columbia Road was great: and this area is full of great places to eat and wonderful interesting unusual shops:
And round the corner I found my favourite London Street name!:
Fran still has the first quilt I ever made, back in 1981!  I made this using Liberty prints - and although it has worn thin and has a few bald patches, I think it still looks pretty good for a first attempt!:
Now I am back in Devon, missing my London life!  But we have just had a lovely relaxing holiday weekend with Robbie and Nisha here.  We had another delicious Sunday lunch at the River Cottage Canteen in Plymouth, and although very wet and damp yesterday we enjoyed curling up by the fire and watching DVD's!  Summer is definitely over down here, but we are hoping for a beautiful September in the Tamar Valley.  I now need to get back into my Studio and find my rotary cutter and get back to being productive.  I have missed my Bernina!  I have quilts to make!
I will leave you with one more picture of Minnie:
Thank you for stopping by and sharing my news.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Fun in London

I am up in London enjoying being a tourist!
Had a great time this morning, London was alive with hundreds if not thousands of people and children all riding bicycles!  As always Borough Market is full of delicious smelling food:

Southwark Cathedral always pulls me for a moment of quiet contemplation :
There is so much history in this part of London :

Then off to see Dot and Maarten and deliver fun quilt for their sofa bed in the baby's room: and see gorgeous new pram:  my first grandchild is due any day now:

Then off for a walk into Greenwich and an ice cream treat!: Dot looks so radiant:  being pregnant suits her!

And now I am house and cat sitting for Fran and Angelo:  the beautiful MiuMiu:
I intend this week to go and see the Folk Art Exhibition at the Tate Gallery and see the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace as well as catching up with friends. 
This is my second trip to London in 2 weeks:  I recently came up to support Fran on a 10K run in Hyde Park for Cancer Research:

Fran raised over £4000 with generous sponsorship from friends and family who know how special this Charity is to us. And then we had a family lunch out at a pub in Islington which serves only organic food:  needless to say it was delicious. 
So all is good:  just excited about the arrival of a new generation into the family. 

I hope everyone is having a good summer, certainly the weather here in the UK has been beautiful. 
Not much time for quilting at the moment whilst in London but will be cross stitching whilst cat sitting!
Thanks for visiting My Quilting Life. I will
Update baby news in due course !!