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rebeccas-sewing
May 17th, 2013, 06:57 AM
Here's how it goes:

"Okay, Diana, I'm treating you to a trip to the Bronte Parsonage for your birthday! Oh my gosh! It's right near my friend's home! How perfect is this?" Tickets were arranged, reservations were made, and I quickly finished up the little red work quilt I was working on for the Daisy Shop Window. We climbed aboard the train at London Kings Cross and were on our way. I spent the trip enjoying the scenery and finishing up the hand work on two pot holders/hot pads I made to give Daisy.

I was asking Daisy how I would recognize her at the station. She laughed at this since the train station is tiny with only two tracks going in opposite directions. If you've ever traveled outside of your comfort zone, you'll know just how much we appreciated having a very generous friend taxi us about. It's truly the most wonderful experience for someone who spends so much time figuring out how to get from one place to another (mostly by public transit).

She dropped us off at the hotel and we agreed on a time to meet next day. The hotel was within a short walk to the Bronte Parsonage so off we headed to take in the home of the Bronte sisters and the church and cemetery where their dad served as vicar! I didn't realize pics were not allowed so I was clicking away. We discovered later that I was a bad girl since photos were NOT allowed. By day's end we were pooped! We headed to the White Lion pub for a very nice dinner and off to bed to watch the telly before passing out.

Next day, Daisy took us on a fabric shop tour where we visited several shops! WOW! That was so much fun! I haven't been to any fabric shops in England where quilting fabrics are sold. The most incredible shopping experience was the Bombay Store. I'm about to venture into the world of silks to make a special necktie quilt for my mother-in-law's 80th. Daisy took us to the perfect store. Believe me, I did some serious damage to my pocketbook! Loved every minute of the abuse! haha! She also took us to the shop where my quilts will be on display. I met the shop owner while perusing the cram-packed shop and I mean packed! Most conveniently located right next door is a lovely tea shop where I treated the gals to a delicious lunch before we headed off to tour Skipton Castle (900 years-old). We had to laugh at sis who kept saying, "This is a REAL castle!!!"

By the time the day was mostly over, we were all tired and ready for some dinner. Stewart joined us at this point for drinks and Italian food, their treat, and off to the train station we headed for the trip back to London. I got to hug the big guy who is an absolutely lovely fellow, and teared up on hugs goodbye to our Divine Daisy. This will be a time I shall never forget.

Here are a few of the pictures I took. The one of Daisy and me isn't so great because of the lighting but I'm posting anyway! I have many more photos but thought these would give you an idea of just how beautiful it is north of London.

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Grandma G
May 17th, 2013, 07:26 AM
Those are fabulous photos. You are one lucky lady. I loved the one of the cemetery. I am a history buff and really have a thing for old cemeteries (I'm weird that way) and that one is OLD! And it is great to see you and Daisy. Thanks for sharing your life in England with us.

Jean Sewing Machine
May 17th, 2013, 07:28 AM
Oh, Rebecca, what a wonderful story this is! You certainly got the grand tour of some very beautiful places! And to be escorted by our dear Daisy herself--that is such a bonus! Thank you for all the pictures you shared, especially the one of you and Daisy together. I will cherish that one for sure, to see my dear friend who means so much to me! And you are such a great friend to her, glad you two quilt geniuses got a chance to meet face to face and share such a wonderful tie together.

P.S. Daisy, yesterday, I saw foxglove growing in our churchyard, knew it by remembering your wonderful rendering in cloth on your Bronte Country quilt you were working on last year. Would love to see that again!

bkthomas
May 17th, 2013, 07:29 AM
Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Monique
May 17th, 2013, 07:47 AM
How wonderful. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Bubby
May 17th, 2013, 07:51 AM
What a fairytale experience! Thanks so much for sharing and taking pictures, which turned out fabulous!!

quilter.martha
May 17th, 2013, 08:11 AM
What a fantastic adventure! I enjoyed the reading AND the pics!

Iris Girl
May 17th, 2013, 08:30 AM
sounds like a wonderful time had by all and a wonderful adventure, great photos thanks for sharing

MRoy
May 17th, 2013, 08:35 AM
What a great experience! Thanks so much for sharing with you. Ladies, you look MAH-VA-LUS!

shermur
May 17th, 2013, 08:45 AM
You are a lucky girl; how fabulous! What a joy to meet someone you have connected with in the forums and that the trip was an inspiration!

MayinJerset
May 17th, 2013, 09:58 AM
Wonderful story about your trip and the photos makes me want to go to England again, especially since we have a great tour director in Daisy.

CrazyMtnLady
May 17th, 2013, 10:00 AM
Wonderful pictures. Loved seeing our Divine Miss Daisy and you together. Glad you had a wonderful time.

GrammaBabs
May 17th, 2013, 10:42 AM
Thank you so much for sharing the adventure... what a beautiful trip for two very special gals...:)

Claire Hallman
May 17th, 2013, 10:52 AM
Oh, oh, oh, I can hardly wait.
How wonderful to spend the day with Daisy and to meet Mr D. Glad you had so much fun and saw a real castle.

Divine Daisy
May 17th, 2013, 11:06 AM
hmmmmmmmmm, who to tease first and about what?............ decisions decisions

Could it be Rebecca for trying to get into the car at the station on the wrong side and had to be told......no love, its a british car.....other side.

Or, could it be her lovely sister Dianna who wandered around Skipton Castle going..............ohhhhhh I'm in a REAL castle. Look Rebecca its a REAL castle.

Perhaps it should be Mr D who battered not an eyelash at being called Mr Daisy or even the Divine Mr D, but blushed crimson when Rebecca stroked his hand on behalf of Sandy. He gave both ladies a bear hug goodbye and tootled off back to his car with a spring in his step.

The truth is that whilst these are all moment worthy of teasing we had such a great time together that teasing just came naturally. I was teased to death in all the shops we went to until I had to explain to my guests that if people like you in England there is banter, its only when people get polite to you that you have to worry. I gave them my Merrycan accent (of which I am justly proud I might add) and if Rebecca had been driving we would have crashed the car!

We are hoping that Rebecca and her husband can return in the summer when Mr D will take him to archery and we can amuse ourselves doing something like.........ooooooo I dunno.......going to fabric shops?

Renate
May 17th, 2013, 12:03 PM
Rebecca, as often I see pictures from England, I just want to sit into the next plain and go ... It is like a kind of "homesickness". I was 16, when spending my first time in Bournmouth/Poole with a family to learn a better English (hahaha). Since than I am infected with the Anglomania rapida. Each some year I must spend time on this wonderful Isle. The last visit was 3 years ago, much to long. We visited London (stayed in Richmond-upon-Thames), wonderful, played Golf most every day. Than moved on to Devon, stayed in Tedborn-St-Mary at a little log house directly at the golf course "Fingle Glen", played one course minimum a day, mostly two, because there are so many nice once. I did not want to go to bed, to not waste any second. Unfortunately we cannot close our office for 2 weeks or more to come back ....
But I am going to Ireland for the Galway Quilt Festival in June and of course for some nice rounds of golf.
Rebecca, please, from time to time, post some pictures ... ThanksThanksThanks

Sandy Navas
May 17th, 2013, 12:11 PM
You both have such a way with words and I am so absolutely JEALOUS - not certain that is a great thing to be, but I am not ashamed to admit I wish I had been with you!!!

Jean Sewing Machine
May 17th, 2013, 12:19 PM
You both have such a way with words and I am so absolutely JEALOUS - not certain that is a great thing to be, but I am not ashamed to admit I wish I had been with you!!!Count me in, too, on the green eyed monster grabbing my soul! Whay a wonderful experience! And my eyes teared up for quite a few minutes seeing Divine Daisy for the first time, wonderful picture of Daisy and Rebecca!

WendyI
May 17th, 2013, 12:24 PM
Those are amazing pics!! England and Scotland are definitely on my bucket list!! Thanks for sharing...what fun you all had!!

Tanya D
May 17th, 2013, 12:27 PM
Wow, what a trip! Loved hearing about it....loved, loved, loved the pictures. I say to my kids all the time, "You never know when you are making a memory". I know you made memories that you will cherish forever. That makes me smile. So glad you ladies enjoyed yourself.

Daisy, when we went to Australia, I went to get into the "wrong" side of the van too. My girlfriend laughed at me. It took me a couple of days to get used to it. And when Steve drove for the first time...oh boy, it was a little frightening at first! LOL I must have hollered "wrong lane, wrong lane!!!" 10 times in the first half an hour! LOL Good times :)

Madeforyouinma11
May 17th, 2013, 12:32 PM
What beautiful pictures! To see Daisy for the first time was absolutely wonderful. Everyday we read posts and try to imagine what a person looks like, so it's wonderful when we can finally have a real picture.
It sounds like you had a wonderful time with Daisy and Mr D. Sooooo jealous, but so happy for you!

lilmouse
May 17th, 2013, 12:36 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, I am so happy for all of you.....yes a little green but just a little. Glad you all had a good time....anxious to see more pictures....so glad you got to meet each other and visit all those wonderful places.

K. McEuen
May 17th, 2013, 03:20 PM
Great pictures! Everything is so historical there, makes me realize just how "new" the US is compared to other countries. How appropriate that the picture of you and Daisy is in front of a wall of fabric.

janluna
May 17th, 2013, 03:27 PM
Well, I'd never be "green" much!!!! Not!! You both made me tear up as well. What a grand adventure you had! I've dreamed of seeing England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland since I learned to read. Not to mention, some of my ancestors came from there. What a lovely experience! To meet Daisy and Mr. D, had to be the highlight of a lifetime! Hope Rebecca hugged you both hard enough for everyone on this side of the pond, Daisy! Love the photo's. This is a second photo of Daisy I've seen. The first one was when she was sewing crystals into her Daughter's wedding veil. Love you for sharing your experience with us. Hugs, Jan L.

rebeccas-sewing
May 17th, 2013, 04:46 PM
So glad you've enjoyed the photos of our reminiscing. I do have to say one more thing. When Alison broke out in her American accent I thought I was going to pee my pants I was laughing so hard. While I'm busy bent over in my seat laughing my head off she said, "Well, that's what you Americans sound like!" So, the next time you're watching a John Wayne western remember that you sound just like Mr. Wayne! Hahaha!

Divine Daisy
May 17th, 2013, 05:52 PM
smirks.............

pcbatiks
May 17th, 2013, 06:35 PM
Rebecca & Daisy.............the pictures are beautiful.........such a great picture of the two of you! What a great trip and with your own personal tour guide......must have been a great couple of days!

ilive2craft2
May 17th, 2013, 08:29 PM
It sounds like you all had a blast! Thanks for sharing pictures - it is nice to see your smiling faces! :)

auntiemern
May 18th, 2013, 02:57 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with all of us. That must have been a dream come true. I know it would be for me. You both look fantastic, and we can see the happiness in your eyes. To meet the Divine Daisy and Mr D. would certainly be dreamlike. So happy, that you all managed to get together, and had a wonderful time. You have both been blessed, and will have these memories for a life time. BTW, love the smiles :D