Quite a few things to smile about this week. Firstly a visit to Leek just to have a wander around as we usually just pass through on our way elsewhere. I've always liked Leek as a town it has a lot of interesting, historic buildings and seems to have a good community spirit. We enjoyed coffee at the Foxlowe Arts centre and looking at the exhibitions upstairs which were linked to the embroidery exhibition in the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery and also at various churches around the district. Both town exhibitions were well worth a visit, I'd now like to visit some of the churches involved, and we learnt quite a bit about the local silk dyeing industries and the amazing ability of the women members of the Leek Embroidery Society and the links their founder had with the Arts and Crafts movement. More information here
Above are random photos taken around Leek including an olive tree in Getliffes Yard, a wooden carved fox at the rear of the Foxloe Arts Centre, the Nicholson War Memorial, the Market Square and an exhibit in the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery.
On Saturday we we lucky to have almost our own fly past by the 'City of Lincoln' Lancaster Bomber which was apparently on its way to Blackpool as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It seemed to circle around the houses before it went off on its way. Paul got far better photos than I did and he posted about it on his blog
Why is it that cats love to choose strange places to snooze. Chloe has a bit of a shoe fetish (she can often be found with her head in a shoe or slipper) she also loves rolling on and 'stropping' the door mats which by their very nature are usually dusty and dirty - the two combined were absolute bliss for her over the weekend. Still, if the cats are happy then so am I.
It was lovely surprise to receive a huge bouquet of flowers from my neighbour as a thank you for looking after her cat and watering her garden whilst she was on holiday. I now have to decide whether to keep them together or to split them up into two or three vases. I think I may separate them as there are a couple of roses in there plus some lilies and alstroemeria which may not open properly as they are squashed against the other flowers.
Linking up with Little Birdie where '52 weeks of Happy' started. Each week you find just four things that have made you happy to share.