I'm not signing in with WOYWW this week as I won't be home enough to reply to comments and join in fully but here's the work desk where Dolores and I have been so busy.
But first, many thanks to everyone who kindly sent such lovely messages of congratulations on the birth of my fourth grandchild, the first boy in the family and a beautiful one at that.
I am pleased to say that the new family are all really happy and doing fine.
I had a super visit with my lovely friend Dolores whilst she was staying with her DBF down in the South of England. We had lots of crafty fun and also managed a couple of lovely meals out and a few jaunts around the lovely Kent countryside.
Here, Dolores is showing some of the results of our first inky session after making a meander book.
We started by sponging and stencilling Distress Inks at random to make backgrounds which built up layer upon layer.
It still doesn't look too wonderful......
but finally Dolores produced this super background and made her meander book from the large square cut from an A2 sheet of heavy cartridge paper.
She is going to finish it with stamping, pockets, tags, apertures, and other details and I can't wait to see the results.
One day when we were out and about we just couldn't find a country pub where we could have a meal but by chance came upon the Hawkenbury.
It is in Staplehurst in the heart of the Weald of Kent. What a sight, so bright and quite kitch with all these murals.
There's Dolores below waving to me that it's OK to enter for our late lunch. All the meals are made using locally sourced produce, freshly cooked. If you look HERE on their website you can see the inn before it was so lavishly painted!
All this is soon to be painted over with new seasonal murals for Christmas!
We were so surprised to find oak beams and a thouroughly traditional pub inside and we were all pleased to enjoy such an excellent meal.
Back later to play a few 60's tunes on the Wurlitzer Juke Box. Great fun which brought back such memories and I do wish I had one.
Fantastic to see this and all the memorabilia in the hall of Dolores's DBF.
Thanks folks for such a fabulous few days of excellent hospitality. We enjoyed every minute.
More evidence of our play time and other jaunts soon.