Well - we have had quite a day and it has been brilliant.
We set off at 7 am this morning headed for Birmingham. We were not sure we would make it.
We had heard the weather was awful and due to be really awful. We wouldn't have worried but with poor people stuck on snow for 11 hours last week when only taking short journeys we decided to be as snow proof as possible.
We had a duvet, a shovel, salt grit, spare coats, food and water and we headed off north. It was fine. There was some pretty heavy snow on the way and the motorway lost its third lane at several points but actually, considering the amount of snow the roads were remarkable. We saw lots of snow ploughs and it was bitterly cold when we parked and a bit slippy underfoot but we arrived at the NEC in brilliant time.
The reason .... miniatura - a miniature show. We hadn't been for several years and went with a shopping list. We are doing the doll house kitchen and needed wall and floor covering, hall floor covering, gravel for ourside plus bits and pieces for the kitchen and the lights. We did really well and got all we needed and so can do the kitchen this holiday. It was lovely to look around and enjoy a hobby we dont spend so much time on these days.
Cue photos of some of the buys - sacks of nuts grains and potatoes, a brace of pigeons and a rusty churn
Looks good on the kitchen table with the things we already had
and some close ups ... some with my wedding ring so you see the size
I bought the range in October but bought the copper ladles today
Every room in the doll house has a cat and we fell in love with this one
tiny and perfect
and we do have a nursery to do one day and so couldn't resist this rocking horse
which works and everything
and when I got home and unpacked them all there was this cabinet I had liked which Nigel had gone back and bought me as a surprise. It is beautifully made and all lined and everything
we also got all the flooring and wall coverings we needed and some curtains.
And then - Oh yes there is more - it turned out the Hobbycraft show was also on. I went in whilst Nigel went round the miniatures again and I confess I was a bit overawed by it all. I never get to see scrap stuff in real life much and whilst it was largely card making (and then halls of sewing and knitting I didn't even go in) it was all a bit much. Plus I was pretty broke by then too,
I did see David and Brenda at Craft Obsessions and I bought some chipboard bits, some teeny stamps and a die but I was tired, penniless and daunted.
It was an amazing day out and we are safely back home.
Today I am thankful for
a wonderful day out
skilled craftsmen who make great things
a very generous husband, generous with time and money