Thursday, 18 October 2012

Visiting and sewing for visits

Not so much sewing been going on, but I have been busy visiting with family.  My niece and her hubby (from Australia) had a few more days of their holiday left for visiting London spots, and one of the places on the list was Kew Gardens.  Its been a few years since we had been to the gardens so it was a good excuse to go down to London to see them before they left and get to see the gardens in the Autumn.  The weather wasn't the best, but we didn't get too wet.

These Autumn Crocus were popping there beautiful heads out everywhere.

The palm house from the Tree Walk

Is that someone taking a photo of me taking a photo of him?

I am sure I had these in my garden in South Africa... memories..

I couldn't find the label for these, but they remind me so much of a flower called Narina, that grew in the garden in S.A.

These stunning white star flowers grew from the centre stem of the branch...unbelievably beautiful

And who could go to Kew without a visit to the Water Lilly House....... I would have taken many more photos of these wonderful flowers, but would you believe the battery of my camera ran out.

We also spent a weekend closer to home when we visited with my sister-in-law and her hubby.  They live near Birmingham and suggested we visit Ironbridge.  I don't think any of us realised just how much there was to see.  We did a couple of the museums and then thought we would visit the Victorian Village, but once we mentioned this to one of the ladies at the museum, she said we would be better to return and spend a whole day walking around the Village as there was so much to see and you needed at least 4 hours.  So we chose to take a rain check on the Village, but will return.

What a beautiful day to visit

Don't you think it clever not to get any sightseers in the photo

There has of course been a little sewing.  Most folk would have used this fabric back in June for the Jubilee, but I had no idea of what to use it for.....then I had a brilliant idea of making cushions for my grandchildren in South Africa.  Now back in 2011 they came to visit, and some of the things my granddaughter (who was 4 years old)  wanted to see was Buckingham Place, The Wheel, and Big Ben (her baby brothers name is Ben) all of which are on the fabric Yeah! 

These are my chosen fabrics

With these fabrics they will be able to pick out places they visited and ways they travelled.
I wanted the children to be able to see a big chunk of fabric 

With cushion inners,  very smart.
 So these cushions will get packed away until we go visiting next year in February, and now I suppose I should start thinking of some small gifts to make for Christmas... well, that might have to wait as we are off visiting again.


  1. Thanks for the tour Jo!;)

    Love the cushions! I have the fabric you gave me all tied up in a bundle waiting for the perfect project cause it will definitely be something I keep!!;)

  2. Thought you had given up!!! the cushions look great and I like the way you have used a big piece to show off the fabric. they will be thrilled

  3. The cushions look lovely Jo! Simple is sometimes best. Have a great weekend x

  4. KEW Gardens wonderful it's been years since we went. Ironbridge is good also the village if you go you must go into the sweet shop again its been along time but I do remember its being very special.Cushions look great and a bit special.Enjoy your visitors.

    1. Yes Ellen we do plan to go back to see the Victorian Village and now I will make sure I have some extra pennies for the sweetie shop.

  5. Hi Jo,
    Having also spent many years in SA I recognise the pink flowers. In fact we bought some Nerine bulbs 4 yrs ago and planted them shallow with the crown of the bulk only just covered with soil. They flower in October in the UK and this year we our patience has been rewarded with a magnificent show.
    Those cushions are great - very eye catching - good idea!