Sunday, 27 June 2010

Fun and Sun

Okay so England are out of the World Cup but I've had a great weekend, and that sunshine, wow, 30C today.

It started with a trip down to the bach in Norfolk and the purchase of a new sewing machine from Steve in King's Lynn!  "Just" a basic one, but she's lovely, a Janome 2200XT and she even has turquoise dials to match the bach - that's where she's going to live so that I don't keep hauling my main machine backwards and forwards.  She needs a name of course, all ideas appreciated, something associated with the sea would be nice.

  • Added 8th July:  Thanks for all your suggestions, I have christened my little Janome, Muriel \m(u)-riel\, Muriel, is pronounced MYUR-ee-el. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and its meaning is "sparkling, shining sea". First used in the Middle Ages.

On Saturday we had more fun than I could cope with.  Al and I took the bus - so no driving and no parking and great views of the coast - to Cromer which is a gorgeous, traditional coastal town.  It even has a pier and look at those gorgeous lines.
There are lots of small streets to explore like this one, Jetty Street, with a teasing view of the sea, looking wonderfully blue in the sunshine.
Back in Mundesley after a lunch of fresh crab sandwiches it was time for the village fayre.  Some people had been working very hard to organise a fun event to raise money for the local youngsters and the sun continued to shine so a great time was had by all.  There were the usual stalls and games, truck rides, a climbing wall, belly dancing, gymnastics displays...English village life at its best.  Al even let me take his photograph!

After a lazy couple of hours with the newspapers (Al) and my book (Philippa Gregory's The White Queen which I highly recommend, it's very well researched historical fiction) it was time for a barbeque on our chalet site (ours is a bach as we're NZ addicts, everybody else has a chalet!)
The idea of the barbeque was to get chalet owners to know each other, a sort of bonding session
and again a lot of people had been working very hard as all we had to provide was meat and wine, there were tables of salads and the most yummy desserts.
I don't drink alcohol so I have nothing to blame but I did something I have never done before and will never, ever, do again - karaoke!  The bonding went a bit far when one lady encouraged six of us to form a Norfolk version of Abba, don't ever mention "Dancing Queen" to me if you know what's good for you!  It was terrifying, that song is sooooo long!
I needed a little fabric fix to get over it so after a wonderful Sunday lunch in our favourite cafe, Lilia's in Mundesley, we stopped at Sew Creative on the way home for a few FQs for a quilt I'm making for my daughter, Sara, yet to be shared on this blog.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my post about the V&A Quilts 1700-2010 Exhibition.  I'm still waiting for my copy of the book to arrive and then I'll post again.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that the football wasn't too disappointing - the second week of Wimbledon is coming up and the sun is shining!


  1. Inspiration rarely misses, so I was just thinking how about "BachPuss" Not only will the little Jannie be in the Bach but she'll be happily purring away for you at every opportunity! LOL (Iknow it's nto very seaside orientated, but Hey, the sun is shining at least!) Isn't Steve great, I got my Juki from him :)

  2. What lovely pictures! It looks so much fun!
    Hope you find a lovely name for your Janome! Our children like the movies of the Pirates of the Carribean and one of the starplayers is a woman in the part of Elisabeth Swann (her real name is Keira Knightly)! She's fearless and very appealing! Maybe a name for your sewingfriend? Like: "Lizzie Swann"? Or is that to far of? :))
    Anyway: whishing you both lots of fun!
    Love, Ria.

  3. Your Chalet (or bach for us Kiwis) weekend looks rather like our caravan club weekends when we get away to socialise with our club mates. BBQs, sitting in the sun, that's what we get up to over here. Guess your chalet doesn't have any wheels though!
    Hope Alan took photos of you are your fellow songsters when you were standing there singing your hearts out. How about seeing it on the next blog post?

  4. What a lovely place to visit. I think I could have a good time there too. Looks like a nice little machine you got.


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