|(click the pic to go to Rocking Queen, Virginia)|
I know, I know, I'm late Rocking.
I do have a good excuse/reason though.
DD Hope and I have been away for a couple
of days, enjoying some girlie time in Bath.
It was a hideous and long journey there,
taking 4 hours, ugh!
We were plagued with torrential rain and traffic jams
but we finally arrived at lunchtime, and dodging
the rain as best we could,
we wandered round Bath.
Bath is so beautiful.
There are many false windows around Bath,
harking back to the days of the Window Tax,
imposed in 1696 and in force until 1851.
Owners of many large houses simply bricked
up their windows to avoid paying this levy.
But some, like this more modern example,
painted tableaux to give the
appearance of a real window.
Hope and I really enjoyed The Roman Baths.
They have been extensively excavated and are
really well presented bringing them alive for the visitor.
In the photo above, the pillars and the upper terrace
with the statues are a late 19th Century addition.
|(I dig the wig!)|
There were actors giving a realistic living
image of the time,
walking the walk and talking the talk.
Beautiful August skies!
The underground springs -
don't you love that orange colour?
|(Do you think Hope enjoyed herself?)|
Hope and I treated ourselves to a trip in
a horse drawn carriage
around Bath. It was great fun and
loads of people took photos
of us as we went past!
|(Masking tape extravagance for future 'projects')|
We wanted to find as many of the shops
we could that were recommended in
issue 2 of the Mollie Makes magazine.
|(Click on pic for information)|
We found The Makery Emporium
(they have 2 shops in Bath, the other one
- where they run classes -
was closed when we went.
We should have gone back on Friday
when they serve CAKE!).
We also found
which is full of beautifully reworked,
recycled, and upcycled things.
Everything was very gorgeous,
but unfortunately a bit,
or rather a lot,
beyond our budget :o(
There are so many lovely vintage,
funky and arty shops in Bath.
We both stocked up on some art supplies
including a huge tub of gesso
which was SO heavy - by the end of the
afternoon my right arm was 3ft longer than my left!
Hope wanted to find Bijoux Beads
and she stocked up with some
beautiful beads courtesy of my purse.
We stayed in a Premier Inn just outside
Chippenham (cheap and cheerful),
and we had a really lovely time together.
We want to go back to Bath
and also investigate
which is where lots of British period dramas
are filmed as well as
Harry Potter (Hogwarts).
Carrying on with What else Rocked my week then.....
Poor love is working 12 hour days as a result of the
recent riots in London and will be for the
foreseeable future. We're snatching 5 minutes together
here and there, and he's getting pretty tired.
But he's still as happy and upbeat as usual
and was very happy for Hope and me to have
a couple of days away together.
He held the fort back at home with the
various demands of 'the girls',
Rosie Mae and Susie Tu.
I was so happy to receive a huge bundle of
collage goodies from Lenna, from her recent
I am so inspired by everything she has sent
(you can only see a tiny amount of it in the photo).
So inspired that I have signed up for
her new ATC swap
- haiku ATC's -
pop along to creative swaps for details.
DS is now full-time at the barbers,
with his college course starting next week.
He has to work long hours, always on his feet,
and for very little money.
And he loves it!
His boss is sorting out the equipment he needs
for his course (which is quite a relief, ££££££)
and I think he's getting used to the early mornings.
I'm going to post this with Rocking Queen Virginia
at Celtic House
and later I'll visit the other Rockers to see
what's been great for them this week.
Have a super weekend!