DH and I returned Monday from 2 weeks in the UK. Yesterday, I thought I was dying. Jet lag.
Hopefully soon we will stop waking up every morning at 2:30 or 3:30 am. Hopefully.
We went on the Thistle Threads UK Casket Tour 2015 with 40 or so other people for 10 days, then spent an additional 2 days in London by ourselves.
This was our first experience touring and traveling with a large group. We met some wonderful, interesting, funny and inspiring people in the tour group. We also toured with some grumpy, self-involved, intense people. Luckily, the good ones were in the majority.
It’s going to take some time to digest all we saw and experienced. And I will share what I can with you as I process it.
DH kindly acted as my personal photographer, so I got to study all the beautiful embroidery and not worry about taking pictures. At the end of the first day, he asked me if I would like to see the pictures he took. I told him that I was so overwhelmed by what I saw that I wasn’t ready to look at the pictures yet. I still haven’t looked at them.
We went into the storage areas at many, many museums and saw 20+ embroidered caskets, numerous embroidered gloves, coifs, sweet bags, nightcaps and pictures, along with several embroidered jackets. There were different restrictions put on sharing our photographs from different museums, so I’ll have to review all that before sharing photos of the behind-the-scenes embroideries.
These photos are from my phone:
From the surreal view of Edinburgh Castle from the breakfast room at our hotel in Edinburgh,
to the unfortunate placement of the toilet paper roll in the loo at our Traditional Scottish Dinner,
to our HOURS spent in the back row of our motor coach,
to the hilarious sights we saw along the way (the day was warm and clear in Port Sunlight),
to the beautiful countryside (this is in the Cotswolds outside Bath)
to the Queen’s Guard performing the Star Wars theme, followed by a rousing version of the disco hit Hot Love at Windsor Castle, we had an exhilarating, exhausting and memorable time.
When my brain becomes unfogged, I’ll share more details and highlights of our trip.
And I’ve got a new doll to share with you soon.
But now, I need a nap.