Moreton Corbet Castle

Moreton Corbet is the ruin of a half-castle half-stately home in Shropshire, a beautiful and peaceful place on the edge of a tiny village, surrounded by fields. The castle was built over a period of 500 years and abandoned in the 18th century when the family moved to another property. It’s a fascinating place to explore, a mix of building materials and styles, and lots of little details to admire.

Moreton Corbet – 9th July 2017

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Weekend round-up

Yesterday was my 2 year blogiversary, so here’s a round-up of my weekend. It’s been a quiet and lazy couple of days, I’ve done very little of what I’d planned… but I managed to do a bit of all of the random things I usually dump on my blog for want of a better recording system so it seems like a good enough celebration 🙂

Blog content type 1: random photos of random nice places, such as this view across Derbyshire viewed through the bus window on my way home from Nottingham.

And yesterday’s dramatic sunset.

Blog content type 2: post! I was in a postcard sending mood yesterday, so I replied to a postcard pal in USA, and sent postcards through Postcrossing and Postcard United to Russia, Sweden, and Japan. I’m missing receiving lots of cards at the moment, but I’m frustratingly at more received than sent on both sites, don’t like it when that happens. The bottom right card is an image of a fruit fly nervous system, they wanted to receive weird cards!

Blog content type 3: sewing, quilting, generally making stuff. And also Swap-bot swaps 🙂 I’ve now made the quilt block to match the one I sent out as a swap, with a minor change because some of my central strips weren’t long enough…

And tomorrow is the start of a new week, let’s see what happens next…

The day in pictures – 14th January 2017

I put together a bit of happy mail for a Swap-bot ‘send something to make me smile’ swap. Hopefully an envelope of goodies with a card will do the trick…

The shadow of holly on the bus shelter. Today the sun came out, I went into town, and again failed to buy any new boots.

The start of a new quilt! I’m planning to make the Star Light Star Dark quilt from Quilt Habit for someone’s big birthday. The bottom section will be orange, shading to red then purple.

In order to tidy things up, it is first required that I sort the mess into piles on the floor – Elinor tidying theory then says to leave them there to fall over until I get so fed up of it all I finish the job!

And now on to letter writing!

Down in the big city

London is only 1.5 hours from here but it still feels like a big adventure. It’s everyday life for so many people but I’m not used to the crowds and noise and size of the city. There’s so much there that I’ve never seen, and I could have a great shopping trip if I ever go without other plans that keep me busy!

I spent the afternoon of the Friday by myself in the Victoria and Albert museum – there’s some amazing displays of world art and culture, fashion, jewellery, sculpture, antiquities… It’s easy to get drawn in for hours!


From left: V&A Museum entrance hall, Natural History museum, V&A Museum courtyard

Of course it’s getting dark so early now. Unfortunately the full Christmas lights weren’t lit when I was there, but Christmas is definitely approaching. I love visiting Liberty’s – I can’t afford much in there, I now have my diary for next year but I managed to resist the fabric this time 🙂 We also did a lot of wandering around some of the more well known areas. Sometimes I just need to be somewhere different, and London has plenty of distractions!

From top left: Liberty’s, Carnaby Street rebel Christmas lights, Leicester Square Christmas market, Covent Garden market

The weekend in pictures – 1st & 2nd Oct

Had to shelter from the torrential rain under a tree next to Nottingham castle and Robin Hood

It’s the start of my birthday week!

Sent on a travelling postcard, it’s heading off to a different part of the USA now. I wonder where my postcard has been so far…

The sun has been shining today, time for a lovely walk to the supermarket

Of course birthday biscuits need this many sprinkles! Lots of biscuits now in the freezer ready for baking mid-week

Leonardo exhibition (or, I wish I could draw like that)

Me: *buys Leonardo da Vinci exhibition book, postcards and toy*

Cashier: I’m guessing you liked the exhibition?

Yes, I very much enjoyed the exhibition 🙂 I saw the Leonardo exhibition in London a couple of years ago so I already knew how amazing his work is, and now there’s 10 Leonardo sketches from the Royal Collection on display at Nottingham castle. It’s a beautiful selection, mainly pages from his sketchbooks – trials for portraits, anatomical notes, and a page of cat studies, as well as a detailed map and diagrams for casting bronze. The 500 year old pages provide a fascinating snapshot of a genius, but it also humanises Leonardo to know that he too used both sides of the page and took 3 attempts to get something right. It’s interesting too because I tend to think of da Vinci as an artist, but the drawings show evidence of a keen anatomist and man who often worked as an engineer, and nearly wrote several studies on plants and the body. They would have been great to read, he was very nearly right about a lot of his studies but the evidence was all buried in drawings and mirror writing…

The exhibition is on until 9th October, more information here.

Let it snow!

…well, a little bit. Hardly the all day heavy snowfall that was forecast, and by the amount of dripping I can hear it won’t last long – but it’s properly winter now! Soon I’ll even have to venture out in the lovely 2 degree weather, the things I do for a social life…

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