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Sew, Knit and Natter Friday!

I left you in the Weald and Downland Museum yesterday in a rather insalubrious place, the privy. Lets’ go back inside the Victorian cottage and see what we can see,

That’s more like it a nice cup of tea, oh and look, crochet.

Now couldn’t you just settle down here , tea, cat on your knee and something yarny in your hand. Talking of yarn, which I was sort of, I mentioned hands on demonstrations yesterday.

I had a quick go at carding while no-one was looking. As I left, another Nana came in with her grandson, picked up the bit I had just carded and showed how it was spun! Hurrah for Nanas.

I mentioned also that there were crafts people at work on site now. We were especially interested in this incredible  gridshell building. The lower part is used for storage and the upper for conservation and repairs.

Now did anyone see a TV programme called The Repair Shop on BBC 2? Basically people take broken treasures and have them fixed/ upcycled by experts.  I was super keen to see just where at the Weald and Downland this was situated. Tucked away behind the Watermill and the under re construction Bakehouse. There it was.

So disappointed I could go no further , because that notice on that board  was to stop us interrupting filming for a new series. Hurrah and Boo at the same time.

Which very nicely leads me onto a new venture Mr E and I hope to join in with. Now have you ever heard of Repair Cafes? These began in the Netherlands and are places people can go to have every day items repaired by volunteers. Well now I can sew a zip I am an expert.. seriously though I could darn a sock, sew on a button, untangle knitting, fix a hole in fabric, and as for Mr E he is King of computer fixes, saucepan lids, parcel shelves, grill pan handles etc etc.

We spotted an article in a free local mag, by a small group of people wanting to start one close by, and we have volunteered our time. Last Saturday I visited one in Leeds with a couple of people, such a good idea. Saves waste, land fill, money, teaches people , what is not to like to want to be involved with. Early days yet, but am super excited.

Sew down to business. Did I finish the skirt? Yes I did.

Feeling quite pleased with myself.

Safely dispatched to Little Miss F. Hope for a picture soon.

And as to knitting, well we have a back and a front to the jumper for Master T.

In the meantime there has been a bit of cross stitch and I now have enough scraps to get  going with my hexie quilt which has seen nothing doing to it for ages. I also feel another elephant coming on.


So over to you now, do just join in for some nattering. What are your weekend plans..

Be Happy!



Weald and Downland Museum.

The Weald and Downland  museum opened its doors in 1970. What began as a place to save/ reconstruct actual historic buildings threatened with demolition for things, such as road building ,is now so much more. It is now described as a living museum with people working on site. You may have come across it in various TV programmes when a historic site is called for. It was a favourite place for us to visit when we lived in Sussex and was top of our list for a revisit this Summer during our holiday in Chichester. Let me show you why.

This building dates from 1620 and is the Town Hall from Titchfield, Hampshire. In the 1960s it was totally derelict and was going to be demolished till a new home was found for it here in 1971. This is a favourite film location, where a crowd situation occurs.

This house came from Walderton , Sussex and was offered to the museum as it was due for demolition.It has been used inside to show how houses changed from the 15th century when houses were built in a single storey with a big central hall, to the 17th century when a ceiling and stairs were added and the hall divided into room with chimneys added replacing an open central fire. There is a staff of gardeners who with a team of volunteers add authenticity  by cultivating gardens. What I really noticed was the absence of lawn, all available space being used for vegetables, herbs and flowers with medicinal properties. A really pleasant place to sit a while.

This is a grander affair being a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent. Condemned in 1960 as not fit for habitation ,it was occupied until 1967 , before coming to the museum. It is used for demonstrations and hands on activities.

Poplar Cottage, from Washington, Sussex. It was situated on the edge of common land and would likely to have been occupied by an agricultural labourer.

These oxen are working animals used to fetch and carry wood,etc, as there are on site crafts people at work.

Bayleaf Tudor Farmhouse, this one saved from drowning under a much-needed reservoir! I think I spotted this one in an episode of Midsummer Murders.

Inside the properties is just as interesting as outside.

Beds– clearly you can see the ropes that formed the base of the bed on which the mattress was laid. These ropes need tightening from time to time, hence the expression To Sleep Tight!

A visit to the nearby Tudor kitchen to sample some bread and beer! Your eyes gradually get used to the dark!

Inside a Victorian village school!

Inside the Victorian cottage.

But outside and round the corner for the


Well really Nanacathy, what note to end on, but is it the end? More on Friday . Do drop in for a natter.

Hope you enjoyed your tour. Have you been, did you like it? If not let’s see if they can tempt you, have a look here


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