Friday, 29 September 2017

Finish for the Weekend 3


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Hurray! All my squares are finished for the blanket I have been making over the last few weeks. I'm sure you have been thinking about it all week, not!

I'm joining them all together now with the right sides facing using a single crochet which will straighten all the curly edges.  Then there's the border.

Have fun with your projects and do join Jill at Emerald Cottage for the Finish for the Weekend link-up.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Little Venice


Thanks for visiting.

Just past Paddington Station on the Grand Union Canal is Sheldon Square part of the Paddington Central development which will extend to Marble Arch.  Sheldon Square itself has an amphitheatre for live entertainment surrounded by offices, apartments and restaurants.

Did someone say restaurant?  Let's pop into Beany Green's for a cup of camomile tea, resisting brunch as we've got walking to do.

Refreshed, we're mooching by the canal, admiring the canal boats and flowers on the way to Little Venice, said to be named by the poet Robert Browning.

You can see from the map, that Little Venice is a triangular area of water where the Grand Union and Regent's Canals meet.  Such a pleasant spot.

You can take a boat trip or even go on a gondola, just like in the real Venice in Italy.

Having crossed over the canal on the blue bridge in the fourth photo, we're now walking along the Regent's Canal in the direction of Camden.

You'll have to cross the road when the canal disappears in a tunnel, but it's easy to find it again and it's a particularly beautiful stretch through Maida Vale.

It's obviously a sought after spot to live as there are a number of blue plaques on the houses, including Arthur Lowe of Dad's Army fame and Guy Gibson, the Bomber Command leader of the Dambusters Raid.

I'll leave you to have a look around before the next bit.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Grand Union Canal at Paddington


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We've been to Paddington before, lots of times, but you've got to start somewhere and where better than a station with an exit on to a canal, the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal.  Following the signs in the station can be a bit confusing but if you head for the Hammersmith and City tube line, the exit is just up a few steps to the right before the ticket hall.

There's a lot of building going on, isn't there always, but you can cross the canal using a bridge to the right and follow it to the Paddington Basin, here's my post from last time.

Here's Thomas Heatherwick's Rolling Bridge again with Merchant Square in the distance.

We're not stopping there today but retracing our steps to the station as we are going to follow the canal the other way to Little Venice and beyond.

There's allsorts of interesting things to look at as you negotiate round the bridges, even a bubble barrier to stop algae.

The words on this display under the bridge kept changing.
This is where we are off to next time.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

On Show at the Park


Lovely to see you.

Despite work being carried out on the ceiling,  it was still possible to get through to the Mirror Gallery to see the latest exhibition, Shifting Boundaries.  Created by Yvette Hawkins and Judith Davies, their experiments with natural pigments and materials, ceramic, textiles and art combine to balance control with chance to push the boundaries of the materials.  It all explores the  geographical and geological boundaries between England and Scotland as well as between the two artists' work.

I rather liked the ceramic rocks on the glass which cast shadows on the textiles underneath.

In the restaurant, is Spheres - Basia Gorska's work of colourful fuzzy dots which I found rather disconcerting,  my eyes were trying to get everything in focus without success.

The set designer has been hard at work getting artistic for some upcoming shows.


Beauty and the Beast

Never a dull moment at the  P by the S.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Colour at the Park


Thanks for joining me today.

The Park by the Shops is looking splendid this week.  It was a particularly beautiful morning with bright blue skies. Shafts of light beamed through the trees.  Behind me, there was the occasional thud as another chestnut fell and landed gently on the forest floor.  Even the car park was full of Autumn hues, you could just have stayed in the car but where is the fun in that.

I don't think I've seen such a good rainbow in the fountain before, it just got stronger and stronger.

Just the remnants of a shower speckled the roses.

The funfair had arrived and was getting ready to open at the weekend.

 This tree was super cone-y.  Two different types on the same tree.

Mr grey heron looks big and fluffy but still has a beady eye on the water, trying not to miss a trick. The swans were sneaking up to the fisherman as he adjusted his chair oblivious, maybe he had something tasty in his bag.

What a wonderful time of year!

Inside the Art Centre, there was a new exhibition which you can take a peek at tomorrow.


Saturday, 23 September 2017



Thanks for visiting.

Having seen the 12th Century villagers heading down the street in Guildford during the Heritage Open Days, it was inevitable that the Castle would be the next port of call.  It's always a treat visiting the Castle due to the excellent gardens surrounding it.

Unusually though, this time there was a 12th Century encampment causing a stir.  Battle training was even in action.  Historia Normannis is a reenactment group bringing history to life.

The castle tower was open, so I thought I had better go in and climb the 44 steps to show you the view from the top as I haven't done that before.  It's not too high and you are held in a cage at the top  so it's all fine from the feeling squiffy viewpoint although the stairs are fairly steep, spiralling stone steps as you'd expect.

As an added bonus for Game of Thrones fans and/or  Embroiders Guild fans, there's a Whitewalker there at the moment, commissioned by HBO for Series 5.