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A Quiet Week

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I am officially having a Quiet Week.  We had such a busy, but happy weekend at my friend's wedding in Hampshire, and an unfortunate reaction to a wasp sting at the beginning of the week, that I've raised the drawbridge for a couple of days and spent time on the sofa with Daisy Dog, and DH, (between his work jobs), and I am pleased to say I am feeling much better.

The wedding was fantastic!  Such a beautiful ceremony and the love on the couple's faces was evident.  I wore my dress and jacket and felt very comfortable and happy with it.

After a delicious afternoon tea near the church, we moved to the venue for the evening reception - Bombay Sapphire Gin  Distillery!  It was magical!  We had to sample a gin cocktail (or two) as it would have been rude not to... ;)

We made our way home the following day, stopping at The Vyne, a Tudor National Trust property in Hampshire.  It was so beautiful and had recently undergone extensive restoration.  It was looking very smart!

 The staircase was fabulous!

 As was the summerhouse.  I could imagine sitting here of an afternoon, knitting and 'taking tea'.

The grounds were just stunning and it was a glorious autumn day to enjoy them.

The water in the lake was so clear you could see leaves at the bottom as well as floating on the top.

Then, on Tuesday, I was stung on my finger by a wasp.  It was in the bathroom and I just didn't see it until it was too late.  I react quite badly to bites and stings but initially thought I had got away with it, having taken antihistamines immediately.  DH and I went for a trip on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway that morning, which was great fun, and I went to Cooper's Creative in the afternoon, and it was lovely to spend time with good friends, chatting, laughing, and working on our creative projects.

However, that evening I felt quite unwell and that lasted almost 48 hours.  I spent a lot of time sleeping, knitting (re-knitting!) knee high sock number three, and crocheting more lanterns for my Mystical Lanterns blanket, but today I wanted to play around with something new!  

I bought this cuddly white rabbit for my lovely Mother-in-Law, who is in her late 90s, and lives in a nursing home.  She loves tactile things to hold and this little rabbit is as soft as a kitten.  I am going to make some clothes for it, with pleasing textures, as her eyesight is failing her but she loves things that feel soft. 

I started this afternoon with a little scarf in a really soft cotton and wool yarn. It's a garter stitch and double moss stitch pattern, on eleven stitches, so it's working up quite fast.  I am going to make a little skirt for the rabbit next.  I have a small piece of Liberty Tana lawn in yellow, which should work well.

48 hours of cossetting have done me the world of good and I feel so much better.  Oh, and I also had an unexpected visit from a very dear friend this afternoon, which was just what I needed!  Life is good.

Donna x 


  1. Beautiful photographs! To me, the staircase and the folly look like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel. Sorry to hear about your close encounter with a wasp. Well done for taking some time out (not always easy). And what a lovely idea to buy and dress that cuddly rabbit for your mum-in-law. Do show us how it turns out.

    1. Thank you! I’ve just finished the rabbit’s scarf and going to put a tassel fringe on it now! Yes, you’re absolutely right about The Vyne looking very Jane Austen. It was very much like stepping back in time, to one with a more leisurely pace of life (for the well off, of course!) x

  2. So sorry to hear you've not been so well Donna, wasp stings are rotten at the best of times, but an allergic reaction to one must make it fifty times worse. Hoping you're well on the mend now - we won't be at Coopers tomorrow (Tuesday) but will be there Friday if you can make it. I forgot to look for wool yarn last week, so sorry! I'll see if I can dig out that karisma for you xx

    1. Thank you so much Lucy, I shall miss everyone tomorrow, but looking forward to seeing you on Friday! I’m all mended now, but on constant look out for wasps coming indoors out of the cold! So kind of you to look out some yarn for my Mystical Lanterns blanket. I’m really enjoying working on it. Have a good half term week! Xxx

  3. Firstly, hope the wasp sting is fully recovered from. Very envious of your visit to the distillery - we used to live in the vicinity and never made a visit there - will put it on my bucket list! I think the soft bunny is such a lovely gift for your mother-in-law, look froward to seeing photos of her in her outfits :)

    1. Hi Larissa, Thank you, the wasp sting is all gone now! Yes, the distillery is well worth a visit next time you are in the area! I have finished bunny's scarf and planning what to make next. I'll definitely post some photos. x


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