Two weeks ago I put DD2 on the bus with school for a 4 day residential trip to Castleton while at the same time prepared for a retreat to Bath for myself and the DH. You may think that this sounds terribly romantic and delightful…but the reality didn’t quite work out that way. On day 2, I came down with an almighty cold which got progressively worse over the course of the week. If that wasn’t enough to contend with, every evening we had a teary call from DD2 who was suffering from terrible homesickness. So even though in body I was in Bath, my head was definitely somewhere else. A shame really, but just the same I did my best to enjoy my time there.
The weather was warm and dry and the sights around Bath breathtaking, but the one place that was on my must-see list…cold or no cold was the American Museum.
Upon our arrival I knew something extra special was going on as I spied this yarn bombed lamp post. It was, of course, the introduction to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition that is going until November.
Every where you looked there was yarn and knitting and crochet…a complete feast for the eyes :o)
Then just outside the exhibition hall was a HUGE tree decorated from top to tail in pom-poms and Kaffe fabric lampshades.
The lampshades I think were upside down buckets and the impact of colour was enough to brighten one’s day (even with a cold!!)
Inside the exhibition were several classic examples of Kaffe’s work from embroidery to knitting and quilts.
Inside the main building there was more of the show stopping work and drawings showing the design process of his unique fabric.
The American Museum also have an extensive collection of antique quilts on huge racks (much like the racks they use for displaying posters only bigger). It was lovely to flip through the different ones and talk to the other visitors who were ooohing and ahhing along with me. Even the DH stood nearby nodding his head and appreciating the quilts and tolerated my waffle as I told him about each style or technique.
After such an inspiring day, we returned to the campsite and enjoyed a spectacular summer’s evening. Several hot air balloons floated overhead, landing in the next field over…
…while DH and I enjoyed a glass of wine before retiring to bed.
We had another day in Bristol visiting the SS Great Britain, but my cold was very much taking over at that point and the day was cut short. We returned home in time to collect DD2 who despite all the tears and the onset of her own nasty cold seemed to have a blast. (why? oh why do we worry so much!!?)
Until next time...♥