The Hopetoun Tea Rooms

We have visited the Block Arcade in Melbourne many times over the years but we have never been into the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.  Usually there is a long queue outside the tea rooms when we go past.  As I went past this time there was no queue as it was fairly late in the day, so I ventured inside.

Before going inside I was asked to make a selection of cake from the window display.

I chose apple and rhubarb crumble.

I selected cha cha chai for my tea and I had a delightful afternoon tea.

The Hopetoun Tea Rooms have been in existence since 1891 but in its present location since 1907.

I fondly remember an afternoon tea with my sister-in-law when we were visiting York.  The tea room there was Betty’s.

 

These shoes were made for me!

I have been to Melbourne for two days as I had a voucher that needed to be redeemed.

My children gave me a voucher for my 70th birthday in December to get custom made shoes at Habbot in the Royal Arcade Melbourne. It has taken me this long to get myself organised to make the trip to Melbourne to do this.

I rang before going to Melbourne and discovered that they no longer offer custom made shoes and my voucher could now only be used to buy off-the-shelf shoes.  I was a little disappointed but was still happy that I was going to be able to get shoes that I normally wouldn’t spend that much money on.

When I arrived at the shop I saw there was a sign on the door and I thought it would be just my luck that the shop was closed for renovation or some such.  Luckily the sign was just to say that it was closed for ten minutes so I went for a coffee.

It is a beautiful little shop.

I suffer from the problem of having generously proportioned feet so the styles that were available to me were limited.  I did find some that I loved so I was very happy.  I do have wonderful children who know me well.

My beautiful birthday shoes.

Further work on reducing the stash

I now have my frogged wool ready to use so have been able to complete some of the hexagons I had started.

This is a project that will keep me going for a while.  It will reduce the wool stash very slowly.

 

Tuesday Travels . . . The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

You can tell by the entrance to the Hunterian Museum that this was a building of some age.

The architecture was beautiful.

The museum is not huge but there is still a great deal to view as there is a large collection.  Part of the museum was closed off as they were preparing a new exhibition. The exhibition that was featured while we were there was the distance slabs of the Antonine Wall.

I neglected to take a picture of the actual slabs but they were extremely interesting.

This one is from the internet,

“This distance slab was found in 1812 in the Duntocher area of Clydebank, near to a roman fort. These distance slabs were made by the legions to mark the completion of a section of the Antonine wall and have been found in several places along its length. The stone is richly decorated with two roman soldiers flanking two winged females (an unidentified mythological creature) below the central area with the inscription. The inscription translates as: “For the Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, father of his country, a detachment of the Sixth Victorious, Loyal and Faithful Legion completed the rampart work [over a distance of] 3240 feet”. The sickle or axe shaped banners on either side of the inscription plate are similar to animalistic symbols found on other distance slabs and jewellery from the Roman period and may have been influenced by art from other cultures incorporated within the empire.” (Kevin Grant- University of Glasgow)

They also had some shoes which were the same as those we had seen at Vindolanda, andthey were in beautiful condition.

Once we left the Antonine exhibition we moved into the main display area.

Fascinating exhibits and I particularly loved the huge pictures which were used as teaching aids.

If you are in Glasgow you must certainly visit the Hunterian Museum.

Frogging balls or skeins

The jumper was frogged into balls and I was going to wash them as balls until I read a bit about frogging on the internet.  Apparently they suggest that you should wash the frogged wool as skeins rather than balls.

I then unwound a few balls into skeins and gave that a go.

This is how the skeins looked after being washed.  I wasn’t convinced that the result was any better than leaving the wool in balls to do the wash so I only did what you see here, the rest I left in balls.

After drying the wool I then wound the balls using my new Yarn Winder.  I love it.

You can see that there is still a bit of kink in the wool but it won’t be noticed in what I am using it for.

I am happy with the result.

I had a project in mind.

I bought two pieces of fabric two week ago as it is a while since I last did any sewing.  I had a project in mind but it needed to wait until I got back from my bike ride in Melbourne.

I bought flannel to make a couple of work shirts for our granddaughter.  The pattern can be made with a hood but I decided just to keep it as a shirt.

I also decided to go with the pocket and front band cut on the bias just to change things up a bit.

I have the second shirt cut out so it should get done on the weekend.  I hope they fit.