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Cross stitch project

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Recently, I've wanted to do something creative, which is easy to carry around to do.

After finishing reading Little Women, this has inspired me to start a crafty project. I've wanted a project, which is decorative, and I can display my own crafty work. Yesterday, I went out with my dad, to Hobby Craft.  I came across the sale section and saw the cross stitch section.; I rummaged through this section until, I selected the most appealing ones, which was  the flower fairies, as I absolutely adore fairies.

Both were inspired from the Flower Fairies illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker;'  

1. Was Large Cross stitch with scene of summer day and various fairies playing. 




2. The one started last night, Is based on the illustration of the Lavender Fairy. 





It been ages since, I last competed a cross stitch; I'm finding very addictive and relaxing to complete. 





Arnos Vale

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Arno's Va built in, 1837 by the Bristol General Cemetery Company, who petitioned parliament to be able to build a general cemetery. The cemetery was constructed  in 1840. Previous to this the plot was originally, part of the Arno's Court Manner, it had a villa built upon it, named Arno's Vale villa, the estate was separated and sold off in 1774.
The cemetery contains buildings by Charles Underwood, and  used an Arcadian style. Most of the graves are found on the steep hill and the flat area. This containing two chapel, lodges, a war memorial and a number of listed tombs and monuments
Conveniently, it's located across the road from the Bristol glass factory. Personally, I rarely visit cemeteries, yet after reviewing the posts on Trip Adviser  it seemed hightly recommend from previous vistors. I'm very happy I did, as I got some spectacular photographs of the cemetery. While, walking the cemetery it had an ethereal feel, and I felt transported to another world. It w…

A Song of Glass and Heat

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Hello, I would like, to share my thanks for those, who have viewed my blog.
I have another, antidote I want to share from my trip to Bristol. I was, approximately, five minutes walk  from the hotel I was staying in from  The Original Bristol Blue Glass Factory, so I went in  for a visit. I entered into the factory shop and looked around at the different items for sale.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. I browsed around the shop, and was offered the opportunity to observe, how the glass was made. 
I went into the work area, and the first thing,  I was struck by was the immense heat from the furnaces. What surprised me, was high level of skill required and the short amount of time it took to make the glass items. Also the amount of concentration required, along with the high level of dexterity the workers had to mold the glass and the effective team work.  I don't think I could explain what I saw effectively , however, I found a video by the company demonstrating some of th…

Hotel I stayed

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My boyfriend organised a beautiful hotel, for us to stay in;  The Arno's Manner Hotel. Located next to excellent transport links. It was very easy, to get into Bristol city centre, and we were able to get the bus to Bath Spa.



The hotel was built as a home known as 'Mount Pleasant', by  merchant, William Reeve in 1760, and he commissioned architecture, James Bridges to build the house.  In 1775, Reeves was declared bankrupt, and the property was divided and sold off separately. 
In 1850, the home was purchased by the Catholic order of nuns known as the 'The Sisterhood of the Asylum of the Good Shepard'. The nuns established it the home as a penitent and built a chapel on to the building. In 1858, the property became the first established Catholic Reformatory school in England.
 In 1965, the hotel was converted into a casino and later, in 1970's a disco opened (Milward).   


In the 1940's a bomb landed on the property damaging the building, which required wor…

Trip - Luggage.

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Hello, firstly I would like to thank everyone, who have taken their time to read my blog.

It was my birthday last week, and I turned twenty-six. My boyfriend organized a trip for us to go to Bristol for a few days. I very much enjoyed it, and it was a great way to celebrate my birthday. Over the next few days, I plan to put up some posts and pictures of my trip. Travelling is one of my passions, and I would love to share with everyone.

I am posting a quick and boring one about the luggage I used.  I apologize, it's not exciting, it's just something I wanted to discuss it.

I was away for four days in total; like I said my boyfriend organized the travel arrangements. Usually, from Newcastle you can get a direct train to Bristol, which are operated by Cross Country. However, we took the East Coast train from Newcastle to Kings Cross and got a connecting train from Paddington station to Bristol. My boyfriend explained the reason for this. He's tall and finds Cross-country train…

Charity shop finds

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I wanted to share some of my recent finds from the charity shops. I have always loved shopping in charity shops, and my love affair began from the age of ten. When I would go shopping in Gateshead town center.  The first thing, I ever remember buying was a shabby jewelry box, which cost the princely sum of fifty pence.

Over the years, I've become more selective about the things I buy because at one point, I had enough clothes to open up my charity shop.

 My Mam could never understand my reasons for shopping in them. Occasionally, she'll comment, on what I am wearing and ask, "where I got it from?" I usually replied, from "the charity shop" and  tell her, the price I paid for the item. When we would go anywhere, I always loved looking in the charity shops, and my mom didn't like going in. Recently, I think, she has changed, as, she tells me about her friends outfits and finds. Finding their expensive champagne budget clothes for the price of a supermark…