Mark and I spent a fabulous week in Malta.
The weather was perfect.
The sea was warm, crystal clear and the most amazing turquoise I've ever seen.
The landscape was breath taking.
Valetta, the capitol, was very busy and very hilly!!
There is something special about watching the sun go down in a beautiful place. The sea was so calm in this little bay, I even swam there during the day......the water was so warm, just like taking a dip in a giant bath....it was wonderful.
I can honestly say, it was one of the best holidays Mark and I have shared, We're even thinking about going back and taking a scuba diving course which is something I've always wanted to do.
I had only been home for a couple of days when Karen and I set off for a day of textile inspiration and the show at Ally Pally. We've been a couple of times before but I have never been to a show there that was sooooo busy. We arrived by car to find that ALL the car car parks were completely full and if you have not been to Ally Pally before, I can tell you there is a lot of parking spaces!!!! We had to park at Wood Green and the car park attendant suggested we get the shuttle bus from the tube station up the Ally Pally. Initially we thought that was a sensible suggestion but when we saw the queue for the shuttle bus, we realised that it would need half a dozen buses to clear the queue in front of us so we decided to walk. Oh my goodness, that is one big hill!!!!
Karen and I both felt a little disappointed that there really wasn't anything amazingly new at the show but having said that, we always enjoy the day and I did manage to buy a few things. Some new silk screens, three new Stencil Girl stencils, some lovely ribbon and lace, embossed felt, some gorgeous fabric flowers and a new wooden stamp.
Oops, sorry about the chair leg in this picture, I've cropped it but for some strange reason, I cannot for the life of me save the changes!!!
And finally, Mark's Mum just celebrated her 90th Birthday. Sadly, she lives in a care home now so we decided to have a bit of a family gathering for her. My Sister in law and nephew travelled all the way from Billingham for the event, we really don't get to see them very often so we took the opportunity to have a group photo as there are four generations gathered here.
I've just looked out the window and think the rain may have finally stopped so I think I should grab this window of opportunity to walk my doggie.