Monday, 8 June 2009

The Queen is in ...

...the building. More about that later.

On Thursday I finished the July calendar from Mill Hill.

July Calendar
This weekend was quite busy. On Friday we travelled up to London by train. It was The Other Half's birthday and we were spending the weekend with his family. On the way I managed to complete, well sort of, the backstitching on my Teepee Teddies doorhanger UFO. You can find out more about that on my 'I've started so I'll finish eventually' UFO blog here.

We started our London weekend with a celebratory glass of champagne in the champagne bar in St Pancras International Station. This picture is a cheat really as I think I did one stitch!

On Saturday six of us went to the Epsom Derby, hence the title of this post, because so did the Queen.

The Royal Standard, which is flown wherever the Queen is 'in' is the one on the left. And yes, it was a cold, wet and windy day! One of The Other Half's birthday presents from one of his sons was a bet on The Derby. After some close study of the form a horse was chosen and guess what, it won, coming in at 3:1. So a £20 birthday present became £80 ish. This, by the way was the only win of the day. The Other Half won more than he lost but for the others in the party it was the opposite, they just lost, except for me as I don't bet. The eventual winner is the one in yellow, I think!

On Sunday morning we took in a bit of 'culture'. We went to see the bollards sculpted by Antony Gormley. Whese are found in Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 and were commissioned as part of a road renewal scheme.

Antony Gormley's Bollards London
It was about 11 am and these metal bollards were already warm to the touch.

Back to the stitching. I managed to make good progress on a new start. The Frog Biscornu.

Frog Biscornu
This is a freebie from Casey Buonaugurio.

My linen and floss for the Mary Wigham SAL was waiting on the doorstep when I got home last night so I made a start on that. I am doing it on the 32 ct Permin lambswool, with Caron Waterflowers Blueberry.

Mary Wigham SAL
This week on the rotation I am starting the Summer Arbor from The Drawn Thread. Watch this space. Happy stitching!


Cindy F. said...

Great pics and beautiful stitching Jen!

grannyanne said...

Love the photos. Like the blue shade as well. I will enjoy seeing your progress

Flo said...

Lovely photos Jen. Hope you had more than one glass of champers.
I like the frog biscornu, although I always come out in a cold sweat at the mention of Biscornu. Your MW colour is lovely I hope you enjoy working on it.