We’ve just had a typically wet, but in spite of that, very enjoyable week sharing a cottage with friends in the Lake District. I’m on with my holiday journal which is a mix between an altered book and the found object journalling I did a couple of years ago in Cornwall. No pictures of that yet, but here are some of the lovely things that I came across in our exploration of the Lakes which have inspired me.
Stencilled Hessian wall covering, Blackwell House, Bowness:
Just one example of the stunning stained glass at Blackwell House.
Inlaid detail on a bureau:
A period Arts and Crafts sofa:
…and the plasterwork between picture rail and ceiling:
Beautiful whitework on a pillow:
…and the pieced patchwork hexagon fans of the 1911 quilt on the same bed:
Wet slate roofs in Chapel Stile:
An example of Ruskin lace, a type of drawn threadwork introduced by Ruskin to the Lake District as a cottage industry.
I love these cheeky sheep – one of the sculptures at Grizedale Forest.
It feels quite odd to be home – I could have happily stayed another week!