A beautiful day in Westminster

Every month I go to Smith Square in Westminster two or three times for meetings. Today on my walk back from there to Westminster tube I took these few pictures to show how beautiful it was today and how glorious the buildings are.

The Palace of Westminster, Lords end. Taken from Victoria Tower Gardens:

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From the gardens again, looking across Millbank, down Dean Stanley Street, to Smith Square:

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Across the gardens, across the Thames (which is behind that wall) to the Palace of Lambeth (I think it’s the old building to the very right of the picture!) official residence of the Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, senior bishop in the Church of England and symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. (I am C of E, though not a regular church goer, but I know some people who read the blog are and would find this interesting.)

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From Millbank across to Westminster Abbey, site of so many famous events, with the Jewel Tower, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, dating from 1365, in the left foreground; the Abbey is the white building with a flag behind that; the church to the right is St Margaret’s, which I think is Westminster’s parish church.

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And finally a view of the Houses of Parliament!

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A pretty mellow birthday (yarn included)

My day started with a conversation (admittedly one way) with the bunnies and feeding my super hungry Lab… The husband disappeared and reappeared with chocolate croissants and a bunch of flowers.
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We duly had breakfast with our guests who had brought me a fabulous coffee table book about Heidelberg, which is a city I visited and loved. Damon gave me some presents: a keyboard & cover attachment for my iPad to make it more usable on train journeys, which is super useful; some earrings he bought me in Krakow (they’re ruby amber)
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I really think he’s picked a lovely style; and a scarf with birds on that I’d admired and he remembered!
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We were going out for the day with friends and family. Sam and Josh popped round early to give me this hand knitted by Sam beauty:
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It has mohair in and is gloriously warm so I literally tried it on for five seconds! Roll on the cold weather!

We spent most of the day at Old Wardour Castle in Wiltshire. It’s one of my favourite places ever and I never get tired of visiting. It’s become a bit of a tradition to go there on my birthday. This is the castle:
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It is a small castle, ruined in the Civil War. Afterwards another castle was built close by and this one now belongs to English Heritage. One of its claims to fame is it was one of the castles used in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves!

And this is the Banqueting House:
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And the Lake:
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A beautiful if unknown bush… rose hip?
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And of course Mollie came too. She likes going in the car:
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She’s wearing a collar and lead set I bought from http://www.funkymutts.co.uk last year. And yes, that *is* a bow! She rolled in mud as soon as we got there so I have some cleaning of collars to do…

And she is incredibly greedy:
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She was trying to will Josh’s sandwich into her mouth…

On the way home we stopped in a bead shop that has a very good yarn selection as a sideline. I discovered that they were closing their yarn section (😩) but as a result everything was 50% off! Sam and I were in heaven. I bought a LOT of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in some lovely colours to make a blanket for my bed and 7 balls of Noro Silk Garden, two single balls because I liked the colour way and 5 the same for a fab shawl. I haven’t got the balls out to count them yet but there are over 30:
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I did go mad and justified it because it was my birthday. I think I’d better not buy any yarn for a while! I have PLENTY. *embarrassed look*

I had a visit from my adorable godson this afternoon and then we all had dinner at Mum’s tonight. My family gave me some lovely and useful things for the house and at the end we had cake, decorated by my nephew and niece!
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A very good day!

St Johns

This post isn’t about knitting, I just wanted to share with you some beautiful buildings where I live because I took photos of them today!

I work opposite the oldest church in my town. It is where St Aldhelm reputedly founded Frome, and it’s a medieval site massively reworked by the Victorians. I’ve occasionally posted pictures from my office window which shows St Johns and the surrounding buildings. I’m very fond of the church as its where I got married and I regularly volunteer there at the Christmas card shop that runs from October to December. As I was walking down Church Steps today, I was struck by how beautiful one of the unused approaches to the church is and I took some photos. I’ve often thought it would make a great location for a knitwear shoot… One day!

 

This was my route into town, Church Steps:

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The side of the church – I think this must be the north side:
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I’m fascinated by the statues & carving. Anyone know what this is called?
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From the gate at the bottom:
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Then on my way back to work I took a picture of the building I work in, an 18th century listed building (the cream one):
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I’m standing at the top of Church Steps. I sit next to the top window, second from the left, but the entrance to our office is the right hand door.

And then I took this picture from my office steps:
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I love this town.