Friday, 11 June 2010

Thank You.

My Mum taught me that you should always say " thank you" for a gift. Well a few months ago I was very lucky to win (another) wonderful give-away and although I said thank you to the gift giver at the time I very naughtily haven't thanked her here yet.
So here goes............................ many, many, many thanks to the lovely Julia who runs the on-line fabric shop Gone to Earth for a very beautiful give-away prize. I won these fat quaters from the beautiful Nicey Jane range by Heather Bailey. I even got to choose which fabrics from the range I wanted.


I have a plan of what I want to make with the fabrics which involves another give-away gift I recently won. I'll leave it as a mystery for now and show you if it turns out ok.

We recently had a wonderful week long holiday staying in the lovely little town of Bakewell in the  Derbyshire Peak District. My husband took this early morning picture of the river Wye which runs through the town.

We visited Chatsworth House which was used in the 2005 big screen version of Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice as the setting for Pemberley, the fictional home of Mr Darcy. Many people believe that Chatsworth was Austen's influence for Pemberley. Austen's description does sound like this is likely, and even if it is incorrect it's fun to imagine that you are at Pemberley when visiting Chatsworth.

 "It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on
rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front,
a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but
without any artificial appearance." (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

 Here's a better view
of the river.

And finally, I hope this year my garden provides an abundent supply of cut flowers for the house, this may be a little optimistic but this little bouquet is a good start.

Bye for now, Maria.


Kris said...

Nice photos! I love Pride and Prejudice, but my fav is the BBC one from the 90's.

Anonymous said...

Lovely flowers Maria. Congratulations on your win. They are very pretty fabrics.

Chatsworth looked very interesting.

Val said...

Hello Maria, How lovely to see your photos of your Bakewell holiday. I miss Derbyshire very much. If you have the time to visit my blog you will see that I have had to leave and move south. Oxfordshire is very nice, but it has not the ruggedness that I love in the granite dark peak and the limestone white peak. Thank you for sharing - Chatsworth is and always will be a favourite place for me.
love Val

Indigo Blue said...

My husbandcomes from Derbyshire and I know Bakewell and Chatsworth very well. Lovely area.

zigzago said...

Hi, I hope you are fine! I wish you a merry Cristmas and a happy new year! Hugs, Renata.

Maaike said...

great colours you have here, Maria! And I love your quilt-work. Have a great Sunday, love Maaike

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I am a big Pride and Prejudice fan too - love the photos from your holiday - what pretty countryside.