Today's forecast of heavy rain took us out for the day. I took the children to Trefriw Woollen Mills for the afternoon, only a few miles away and a very pleasant drive from here. To my surprise they enjoyed it more than I would have expected and were very interested in the "dye garden". They do sell yarn there but it isn't the most exciting however the best part of the trip, from my point of view, was the little shop set in the Dye Garden. Here a resident spinner and fibre artist was demonstrating her craft. The place was a treasure trove of lovely fibre related treats, felted jewellery, woven scarves, beautiful examples of felted wall hangings and lots of felting materials available to purchase. Above you can see some bits and pieces we picked up, several shades of merino and some lovely silk which apparently can be used very effectively in felting. Sorry about the photograph, since arriving home the sky has gone black, and the thunder has been doing its very best to convince our English Setter that this is the worst day of her life so far (I bathed her this morning as she had been rolling in something particularly unpleasant).
The children are very keen to get on with some felting but that adventure must wait because tomorrow I am have my biggest birthday treat. My technical advisor, also known as "husband", has volunteered to look after the children all day leaving me free to go to the Quilting Show in Birmingham. I am ridiculously excited, in fact I may have trouble sleeping tonight. A whole day to myself, browsing to my heart's content, perfect. Thank you Mr Technical Advisor.