The success is all down to you all taking part and I do thank you so very much!! Here's to another great year ahead of us all linking up, joining in, having fun and getting to know each other more and make new friends. I want you all to know that you are very special people!!!
I have drawn for the giveaway and the winners will be announced further down the post. For now though, on with todays five things!
Do you remember that last year I was asked to make some shawls to go into Lady Iliffe's bedroom at Basildon Park to protect some of the soft furnishings? The room has been closed over the winter for conservation work and deep cleaning and has just reopened. The shawls are now in place, doing their furniture protection job and I thought you might like to see them.
This is a dark green, and goes well I think with the colours in the tapestry cushion.
The other shawl - which is really hard to photograph! - is on the arm of the chaise.
You might remember that I showed you this last year when I finished it. It is lovely to see it in place. I will be working on making the pattern available in due course.
I think that both shawls look lovely - of course I am biased! - and quite natural and relaxed, but will hopefully do their job of protecting the furniture at the same time.
Isn't the bed fabulous! It is in a lovely alcove. I mentioned some conservation work that was done. You can see in the picture below that there is a stripe of brighter pink wallpaper. Last year there was a leak in the gutter and some water got in and caused some damage. Luckily there are some spare pieces of paper and this one has now been hung. Although the colour is different, it is the same paper and in time it will blend in more. Also it tells the story of the continuing conservation of the house.
I have tried on several occasions before to photograph this and never got a good shot, but this week on my way to photograph the shawls I managed to get a good picture.
Last year the Iliffe family donated some of Lady Charlotte Iliffe's collection of textiles. She was the mother in law of our Lady Iliffe. These are some of the pieces which are on display. They are so delicate and beautiful!
It was a busy week at Basildon Park this week. When I arrived for work on Wednesday there was a great big crane outside with a big cherry picker coming out of the top. They were checking the roof and gutters and so on. One of the other jobs they were going to do was to try and remove this birds nest which is way up high and cannot be reached.
You can just see the nest below. It is tucked up high under the portico in a place where there are wires to stop birds nesting. It seems that these ones were not deterred though. The nest isn't used, but needs to be taken down.
The cherry picker couldn't get in to get it so they will have to try something else!
All of my tulips from valentines have sadly had to go to flower heaven and everywhere looked very bereft! So I decided to sort that out. I picked a few snowdrops from the garden. Only a little display but still very beautiful.
They also make a beautiful subject for photographing. The markings and veins in the petals are so beautiful and delicate aren't they.
I didn't know if I would have the finished garlands made for this weeks posts, but I do! This is what they look like. I do hope you will like them. Pattern available here.
Last night I put all the names into my big teacup, and after some checking to make sure that the right comments had been made and links joined up correctly, two winners were drawn.
For the post link up the winner is Chel from Sweetbriar Dreams whose post you can find here if you haven't already read it.
For the comments the winner is Jan from Jan's Ramblings who went visiting and commenting and who also added her own post which you can find here.
Please contact me within one week ladies with your name and address and I will send your garlands to you!
Thank you all again for taking part, joining in, linking up, visiting and commenting and all of the other lovely things that you all do. I do so appreciate it and I know that the people who take part really appreciate you visiting their posts too.
I hope that you all have great plans for your weekend. I am not sure what I will be doing, but I definitely plan on getting out for a walk if I can. I also think that I might need to do some crocheting as apart from the garlands that I made for the giveaway I haven't really done any for a while and I am missing it.
Whatever we do will depend on Hubby feeling better - or not! Thank for the good wishes for him from yesterday, we both appreciated them. He does seem to have passed it on to me now... such a charming fellow to have shared!!!
Have a great time whatever you are doing and I hope that the sun shines on you!
p.s. just a reminder, the link up time returns to normal this week and the link will close at 7pm tomorrow evening - Saturday. Also, all posts must include a link back to this post.
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