Least you think all I did while in lovely England was stitch, I thought I would take you on a short holiday via photographs of some of the wonderful places we visited.
Sudeley Castle was a surprise – we’d never heard of it and certainly didn’t know anything about the house, the people, the gardens, the birds! This is where we saw the wonderful embroidered casket!
During the middle weekend we drove over the Cotswolds to have lunch with good friends and stayed over night at the North Farmcote B&B. It was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l! Our host, David, was charming. The B&B is a sheep farm and listening to them was very peaceful.
After the course was over, we stayed on for almost two weeks. We are lucky to have such a generous friend in Leamington Spa who made us fell at home! We first traveled to Kenilworth Castle, former home of Robert Dudley.
Canons Ashby is outside Daventry and is a much smaller home than some we visited. Our tour guides were delightful and the gardens had a lovely view over the countryside.
Packwood House is a wonderful home filled with the collection of Graham Baron Ash. Packwood House contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles – mainly tapestries – and furniture, and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders and a famous collection of yews.
The very last place we visited was Bournville, the home of Cadbury Chocolates. Cadbury had moved an old medieval manor house (Selly Manor) when he built the village for his workers so we wanted to see that. It was all wonky and uneven and just perfect.
The heart of England is filled with beautiful places and wonderful people. We had a great time!