Thursday, 30 June 2011

Louise Gardiner Exhibition

Just wondered if any of you had been to see this Louise Gardiner show yet?  Someone kindly pointed it out to me this week and suggested a visit in August, which I'm really looking forward to (don't get out much you see - all together now ahhhhhh...........).  It's on for a long time, so you don't have to rush, but if you're in the cheshire area I'm sure it will be great.  Just a word of warning - it's a National Trust property which is fine for those of us who are members but maybe not go good if you have to pay £8 per head to get in! Lou's site is below and so are Quarry Bank details
lou gardiners site
quarry bank mill

will be held at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.
on SATURDAY May 7th - September 12th 2011.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

New Study, EV and Tennis

As usual it's all happening at once here - the External Verifier visits on Friday, so we are still up to our necks in paperwork (there will also be cleaning and shopping for lunch nearer the time!), but as well it has fallen on this week to get all our new study participants started on their module 1 Patchwork and Quilting. I know their course materials have arrived because the inbox was full of return receipts this morning.  I'm sure they'll have a wonderful time undertaking their study with Janet - she's a great tutor and a very nice person.

So, lots and lots to do and I was just looking forward to a weekend off when it's all completed - hopefully incorporating a lie down with a cold compress whilst watching Wimbledon and maybe even eating a few strawberries (is it physically possible to lie down with a cold compress AND watch tennis AND eat strawberries - still thinking about that one! Maybe cream would be a messy step too far?) when someone pointed out that we actually have an Open Day scheduled at the centre for Saturday afternoon (goodbye ladies finals...........) and my newly fed-exd blackberry (the last one met it's match on the stone floor here in the office last week) has just informed me that I'm meeting a friend for coffee on Sunday afternoon (goodbye mens finals...........) My tennis knowledge is going down, but my social life is clearly on the up!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Away again!

Oooh lubbly jubbly - another week away for me next week!!  Off on Sunday morning to pastures new (at least for 6 days)

I'm trying to put a brave face on it, but it's such a busy time in the office (what with the EV's visit and stuff) that I really shouldn't be going anywhere, but David has time off work, so it's now non-negotiable, as he finds it very hard to reschedule leave dates.

We're off to the Lakes to do some walking (and some eating and shopping too, but those sound much less virtuous than the first!)

Weather forecast is pretty unpleasant - rain, then more rain followed by a shower or two.  Typical British summer really.............

Monday, 6 June 2011

From Roses to Ruffles

I've just found out about a local exhibition on at Salmesbury Hall, Lancashire.  It's a textile exhibition by a group called Natural Progression and runs June-July 2011 - title is From Roses to Ruffles.  You can contact the Hall directly for opening times and further details at their website at

We've sent out all of the new study email invitations to participate today and have been inundated with responses, which is great news for us, but may involve some enquirers being disappointed, which is a real shame - hopefully we can do something for them at a later date.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Morning Out!

Had a lovely catch up this morning with Karen Quickfall, who tutors the distance stumpwork and attended Ruskin lace classes. Gorgeous weather, so we sat outside at our local coffee shop and had a muffin (naughty!!) and a chinwag. 
Karen has confirmed that she'll be at the centre with her samples on one of our open days this year - July 1st 1-4pm to answer questions, meet people and do a little embroidery if she gets chance.  If you're interested in doing any of our courses, then do come along and view the C&G exhibition which will still be up, get a cuppa and a bun and have a chat with Karen and the other tutors.
BTY - it would be lovely if you could bring some sunny weather with you when you come, so we could all de-camp outside for the drinks and enjoy the gorgeous countryside around Eccles Farm!!