Friday, 17 May 2013

Dreams are free ....

As a young teenager I had a notebook in which I recorded all the places I wanted to visit, all the foods I wanted to eat, all the events I wanted to go to when I made my longed for journey to the Untied Kingdom.  For many years I noted down things like, kippers for breakfast, Baker Street, Charing Cross Road, pork pies, Whitby Jet, Wensleydale  cheese, pub lunch, Winchester Cathedral, Oxford (the Morse Tour was underlined), a Rebus tour, Kilburn and the mouse man, Ruskin lace in the Lakes District, Waterford crystal, Lewis, Harris, Iona, an eisteddfod, the Edinburgh Tattoo etc etc .  You get the idea?   Each book I read seemed to add to the list.   One of my uncles married a 'British rose' from Devon and I recall that event resulting in the addition of several items to the notebook.   Why, to tick everything off my list I would need to spend a year away!
But alas in the packing and unpacking of many shifts over subsequent years I lost the precious notebook.   I did not however lose the desire for an extended visit to the UK. Dreams may be free but my hoped for trip was going to cost and I intended to plan properly.   The savings account is getting fatter, retirement age and its associated freedom is getting closer and so a few years ago I found another notebook -  fatter and larger than the original -  and am beginning another list.
On the cover of the notebook I am going to put this embroidery.  There are nearly 60 different colours and I am intending to stitch over one thread on 28 count fabric.   But I am also intending to stitch pleasurable anticipation into every little cross.
Tonight I have sorted out all the necessary threads and a piece of linen and while watching Restoration Man will have the pleasure of starting this.   I feel like my trip is beginning!
A just reward for a hard week at work.
Have a good evening everyone.




10 comments:

  1. What a great plan/dream. The stitching is a perfect first step to making it a reality. Have fun. CJ in OK

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  2. Great look! I really like it! :)

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  3. I really love it too...
    Hugs x

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  4. What a lovely way to plan the grip of your dreams. Remember to add in meet up with friends, my nearest city is Inverness or better still take in the sights of the area on your way to Lewis.

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  5. What a great idea Margaret - I look forward to seeing it grow - it will mean that you are closer to your eventual trip.

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  6. Such a good idea! Colorful and inspiring for sure. Any chance you would add Chicago, Illinois, USA to your list?????

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  7. What a super piece!! I love England and have been a few times, you will love every minute!! Make sure to add Salisbury Cath. - one of my very favorite places ever!!

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  8. I always think of a trip having three parts - the planning, the actual trip, and putting the photos and memorabilia in an album when I get home so I can relive the trip long afterward. I love what you are going to do for the notebook cover and look forward to seeing it come to life.
    What a wonderful dream!

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  9. Ohh what a fantastic idea! I've dreamed of a European tour all of my life, but never thought of writing down what I wanted to do if I ever had the chance to go. I love the piece you are putting on the cover.

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  10. This is a beautiful pattern, and a lovely idea :) I used to want to travel widely, but haven't really thought of it in ages :) It sounds like you're well on your way to finally taking your trip, and I hope you can do so sooner rather than later!

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