Tuesday, 15 March 2016

WOYWW - History & Literature !

Another weekend away visiting my MIL in Hampshire means that not much action has occurred on my trusty workdesk in the past few days !

Today I have made a tentative start on my Easter cards.
I know some of you are already well into making your Christmas cards for 2016 - but I am really rather fond of making Easter cards !
 I have bought some of the new Country Life papers from Docrafts - not specifically meant for Easter but the bright & breezy colours attracted me in !!

I have a couple of freebies- a peacock die & "homemade/ handmade" stamps - from magazines - and a stencil that called out to fall into my basket a few weeks ago - with all the rain we get in Wales I can imagine it getting good use !

 Last weekend we enjoyed our trip to Hampshire - we visited Jane Austen's House where she wrote most of her later novels.
It was very easy to imagine her sitting writing at her little wooden table or sitting reading, stitching or playing her piano - keeping company with her sister & mother.

The house was cosy & homely but bigger than I had expected with a separate kitchen & bakehouse - also used for the washing & preparing pork from the pigs they kept in the extensive gardens.

 We have grown very fond of Winchester since my MIL moved to Hampshire in December-a great mix of history - here you can see us visiting the Great Hall - used by the Kings of England when Winchester was the Capital City in the Dark Ages - and excellent modern day shops too !!.

The Round Table is hung here as the city is associated as being the capital of the legendary King Arthur & his court.

Enjoy a crafty week !
Ali x


  1. I've never been to Winchester but I know LLJ loves it too.. must get there one day. Great photos- and good luck with your Easter cards. Helen #?

  2. Lovely photos Alison. A place Ive never been to either. Makes me a bit homesick for good old England! XX

  3. Hi Ali, we went to Winchester years ago on a caravan weekend, lovely city.
    I only make an Easter card for the boys, I always struggle for ideas for some reason
    Have a great weekend
    Jan x

  4. Love the photos of Jane Austen country, thanks for sharing.
    My Easter cards are finished and it's just a case of remembering to post them!!
    Take care and have a good week.
    Bishopsmate #29

  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit. It's a place I'd love to go and see. There is so much history around. The card looks like it's coming along nicely.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #45

  6. Your Easter cards are looking sweet and springy, Ali. Thank you for sharing the photos of Jane Austen's house, what a treat!

    #52 this week

  7. Happy WOYWW. I need to get on with my Easter cards. I only make a few - but I do enjoy the colours/themes around at the moment. I love Jane Austen and will put her house on my Visit List. Ali x #57

  8. Freebies and things that jump into your basket when you are not looking really are great, aren't they?! Have fun with them. I started on my Easter cards today as well - didn't get a lot done - but a couple of ideas....
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #16

  9. What a lovely visit you had. I love history and would have enjoyed going with you. Thanks for taking us along. Creative Blessings! Kelly #53

  10. Belated WOYWW those are some great looking goodies you have acquired there. And wow the pictures of you outing looking so fabulous I love visiting museums to but don't have to many close but we do have a new dinosaur museum. Have a wonderful week. Hugs~Anne L #36