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Many thanks to Amy for the Five on Friday link-up which you will find here on her Love Made My Home blog. My five this week are a bit of a mixture, hopefully you will enjoy them.
One - Winter Wreath
Here's my Winter Wreath finished and on display with a big fat robin sitting on it! Now I have three wreaths including the Christmas and Easter ones. They are quite quick to make, use up scraps of wool from other projects and are such fun to make. I can't recommend Lucy at Attic24's blog highly enough for colourful, exciting projects for the beginner, all so well explained. If you are looking for something new to learn and don't want to spend a fortune on classes, this is the place to go to teach yourself.
Two - Cafe
There's been a bit of a reorganisation of our local Craft Centre recently, the shops within it have changed hands quite a lot, it's taking a while to settle down. The cafe has recently been taken over by the owner of the Chocolate Cafe in Henley and although already open, over the next couple of months it will be refurbished. In the meantime, I thought a field trip to Henley was in order to have a look to see what's on the way.
The fare was delicious so I think we'll be OK! What was especially nice was you could watch the chef making the cakes through the window at the back of the cafe.
Three - Wind in the Willows
While in Henley, I couldn't resist a trip to the River and Rowing Museum. There is a delightful 3D version of the Wind in the Willows story for children (and adults!) to wander round and enjoy. The Author Kenneth Grahame lived just down the Thames in Pangbourne. The illustrator of the book published in 1931 was E. H.Shepard, also known for his Winnie the Pooh illustrations and there is an interesting account of their work on the book.
Four - Henley Iron Age Coin Hoard
These 32 gold coins, also in the Museum, are over 2,000 years old and believed to have belonged to the Atrebates tribe. They were probably made in Silchester in Hampshire and are blank on one side and have a horse with a triple tail over a wheel on the other.
Five - Rowers
The Museum has much of interest to rowers of course. This photo brought back some excellent memories of the London 2012 Olympics.
I'll show you a few more Henley photos during the week.