Spent a lovely weekend around the Cotswold area with my Mum & Dad - and even though the sun - having shone all week - didn't make a weekend appearance, thankfully the rain held off !
Mum loves birds so we headed over to Gloucestershire and the Wildfowl Wetlands at Slimbridge.
We spent a very happy feathery morning wandering around looking at all the ducks (and I still can't believe that there is really an Australian duck called the Wandering Whistling Duck or an American one called a Bufflehead !!), swans, geese and even saw otters, water voles & harvest mice!
We had a wander around Bourton on the Water & then went onto Cirencester (which we really like !) for afternoon tea.
Our hotel just north east of Swindon was very comfortable - the gardens were full of gorgeous
blossom - and the food was yummy !
All in all a lovely weekend and a greatly appreciated chance to spend time with my parents !
Not much I can show you on the old work-desk today !
This is the rear of the birthday card I have made for Lynda - no sneak peaks I'm afraid !
And the one thing I do have is my April Tag challenge - this month we had the challenges "Metalwork" & "Stamping" - it was a bit of a challenge to combine these two !
But I really enjoyed hauling out my box of metal tools - dating back to the Paperartsy crafting weekends !
It was fun remembering all the techniques I learnt on the weekends.
The bright green metal is in celebration of the fact that April is the month of bud break - now I am driving to work along leafy lanes rather than through rows of bare branches !
And I love this quote - being a life-long gardener I think this sums up the sentiment of working in the garden at this stage of the spring !
I am always grateful for the feeling of having made it through another winter !
Have a great crafty week Ali xx