Explored today: Helmsley castle, and Byland abbey.
There was remains of an elaborate plaster ceiling that I felt could be adapated into a quilt design and so I lay on the floor, camera pointed up, to capture all the detail possible. My companions thought I was a bit mad (more than a bit!) but helped me back to my feet once I was satisfied. 🙂
At Byland Abbey, I was astonished to discover original mediæval floor tiles in situ, and the designs… They set my mind spinning–there was variation on ‘Jack’s Chain’, and another in which I could see the ‘kaleidoscope’ block, and the most epic roundel design that incorporated many patterns. This was the more surprising to me as the abbey is ruined–open to the elements–and these tiles are unprotected. Since it is cared for by English Heritage, I imagine all care is taken.
Here we are in Yorkshire! Parts of it are very up-and-down and twisty-turny. We stopped for lunch at Stump Cross caverns (Mm! nomnomnom) and it was raining quite hard when we left (I heard ‘stair rods’ mentioned).
The cottage is converted barn, and very cosy–wood burning stove, leather sofas, and a garden room, where I’m sitting now to have the best possible access to the Wifi. Pictures later. There’s lot of local info and leaflets, which helps planning immensely! Lots to see and do–plenty of fun to be had!
Here I am at WordPress. Different to Dreamwidth but I know there are fellow quilters here, so…
Today I am happily dipping into the latest Quilt Mania. I love this French magazine–even though my French is very limited!
This English edition has lots of photos from ‘L’Amour Du Fil’ exhibition. It looks very fun–so many ideas!
About the only other news I have to share is that I’m heading out for a short break tomorrow. The same group of us that went to Northumbria (about this time last year too) are heading for the Vale of York. Already I checked for quilt shops, and there are 2 in York itself. Also I learned there is a Quilt museum there. I had no idea there was such a thing in the UK! Something to anticipate!
There may even be Wifi so I could get into the swing of updating here. Until then,