Today has been a beautiful day so I wandered around the garden and tried to make a rainbow:
This morning DH and I went for a mooch around our local town of Horncastle. We haven't been there for a while and were delighted to find it seemed to be thriving, full of people, some new and interesting shops and today, being Saturday, there was also a market plus some craft stalls. Horncastle is known for the many antique shops there and so we had a look in a few, not for anything in particular but just to see if anything caught our eye. In a junk rather than antique shop my eye was caught by an unused preserving pan, ideal for dyeing as the aluminium will add a bit to the mordant and I won't mix my dyeing pans up with the cooking pans! I also found a linen shirt/jacket that fitted nicely and was crying out to come home with me. Al bought two cut glass whisky tumblers, made by Royal Doulton and a snip at £5. Those times would have made it a successful mooch, plus the delicious lunch we had in the local Italian restaurant, but I also found this:
Sorry for the poor photograph, I was trying to avoid a reflection of me (and didn't succeed completely).
It's a watercolour and dated '38, 1938 I assume, and was labelled as "Oriental Village Scene". The bamboo forest in the background is so reminiscent of the land surrounding the farm in Fujino where I stayed with my Indigo Sisters on the Japanese Textile Study Tour and the detail in the painting is delightful. I don't know where in the "Orient" the village is, neither did the seller obviously, nor do I mind. It was a case of having to take it home (and it wasn't very expensive). The frame is rather lovely too, a bit of damage and it's rather grubby but that all adds to the charm in my opinion. The painting is currently hanging in my sewing room, awaiting a more perfect spot but at least I can admire it where it is.
A little stitching now while DH cooks dinner (aren't I lucky?), I am making another prayer flag for another special birthday coming up. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend too.