Greetings from England

FobblesMuncasterCastleKathrynBeverley After days of trying to find a cable for my new Sony camera a friend got one of those card readers and I was able to start downloading photo's.  I'm a bit behind, as I'm presently in Torquay, but do want to start sharing my amazing trip to England.

Kathryn had picked me up at the train station in Preston, then we drove up to Cumbria.  Beverley and Kathryn then took me to Muncaster Castle so I could see the grounds.  Last year I didn't arrive early enough to do so.

As you can see, this is a beautiful part of England.  Where we were is on the west coast of Cumbria.  On clear days you can see the Isle of Man across the sea.  It did clear up while I was here but we were a bit busy to look for the Isle of Man. FobblesMuncasterCastleOwls    

While walking through the grounds at Muncaster Castle we came upon an owl sanctuary.  Many of you know how I love owls.  I was in owl heaven!

FobblesMuncasterOwls2 I took dozens of photo's but will only share a few.  Do click on the photo of the two grey owls and check out the pink eyelids on the owl facing the camera.  I had no idea there were so many kinds of owls.

FobblesMuncasterOwls3 This is one I am familiar with, a Great Horned Owl.  We have them in our neighborhood in San Diego.  Very majestic.

I'm afraid they were feeding the owls, which put Beverley off for having dinner with Kathryn and I.  What were they feeding them you ask?  Baby chickens. FobblesSprayDyes

Beverley owns a wonderful store called Fobbles.  I had fallen so in love with the area last year that she asked me back this year.  I taught a 3-day workshop and we made my Xiuying doll.  We worked on a simple body armature then spray painted the bodies with CraftyNotions Colourful Sprays.  And, yes, the dolls heads are in plastic bags.  No one wanted their dolls heads to get sprayed with colourful inks.

FobblesGroup2010 By the end of the 3 days the dolls were almost finished.  The group was fun to be with and we all enjoyed our time in Beverley's converted barn.  Beverley rents the barn from an active farm.  They grow potatoes, so the barn isn't needed anymore for livestock.  If you are ever in this part of England, do look up the shop.  Check her website before going, though.  She offers a lot of wonderful classes, but isn't open every day of the week.

3 Responses to “Greetings from England”

  1. Jane Wolfe says:

    I love owls too. The pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing your post. It sounds like a very fun workshop and I know you probably brightened up their lives with your wonderful classes.

  2. shashi says:

    Welcome back to England Patti. Hope I can meet you sometime at the show. I can see the ladies have had a great time in your class.

  3. Jan says:

    OMGosh, an owl sanctuary. How fortunate for you. I watch Africam owls in a potted plant. They’ve had to ‘make do’ since most of their spaces have been eradicated. So adorable. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet

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