I had a very good day out on Saturday, my first for ages, it seems. My friend Sue and I went to Oxford, one of my favourite places, to the Ashmolean Museum to see The Eye of the Needle exhibition, and to check out the Big Stitch event. The exhibition of English embroideries mostly from the 17th century was excellent, and the museum was buzzing with demonstrations and events.
We particularly enjoyed the small but wonderful exhibition A View of Chinese Gardens too. It is an amazing museum. It was raining steadily whilst we were inside, but, how’s this for good luck, just after lunch the rain cleared and we enjoyed a golden autumn afternoon and evening, with the waxing Moon rising in the still blue sky late in the afternoon.
We had a stroll around Exeter College and it’s wonderful chapel.
And then to one of my favourite places, the Botanical Gardens. I’ve been there in spring and summer, but not in autumn, until now. It is a gem.
I think I’ve included these giant water lily pads before on my blog before, but here they are again, I can’t resist, they are marvellous.
And below, loving all things rainforest as I do, here’s a piece of work waiting to happen.
Posting those images of the hot house have made me quite twitchy to make more rainforest work. I have Rain and Sun, the fabric book, to finish, which is very jungly, but you know what it’s like, starting work is always more fun than finishing it. I may just get a nice big piece of paper out later and do some colourful collage and ink flinging to keep myself happy, an ideal activity on a wet grey day.