Friday, 10 April 2009

Monday, 2nd March 2009

The snow stayed for about 10 days, but I went back to work after a couple of days. The roads and, more annoyingly, the pavements turned into ice rinks. It's all very well gritting the roads, but what about the pedestrians!

It has been announced that this winter has been the coldest in 300 years!

The Sevenoaks Mystery Quilt
For the last month, I have been negotiating with the curator at Sevenoaks Library and Museum to see a quilt which has been in their possession since the late 1980's, when it was bought from the Nicolson family, the owners of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. It is rarely on display and is about to go on a 2 year tour of museums in Berlin, Warsaw, Zurich and Leeds as part of a European exhibition on inlaid quilts, but I wanted to see it before it left the country... and I got my wish!

The quilt is a military style coverlet (it is not quilted or tied) and is thought to have been in storage at Knowle before Vita Sackville-West and her husband Howard Nicolson took it to Sissinghurst in the 1930's, however there is no record of it in the Knowle inventories, so this is only hearsay therefore provenance remains questionable.

The coverlet (or is it a banner?) is made of wool and is most likely made from military uniforms. The technique used in piecing the half and quarter square triangles is called "inlaid" whereby the edges are butt joined by whip stitching them together.

The centre panel is of great interest and depicts King George III and Queen Charlotte.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Monday, 2nd February, 2009

My first blog entry!

I have been home all day due to a snowstorm that swept in from Russia yesterday morning. So, I thought I would take the opportunity to develop my first blog - so bear with me!

It hasn't stopped snowing all day and I now have 7" of snow outside and the temperatures are plummeting so it will be icey tomorrow.

Public transport is at a stand-still with no train services into/out of London nor are there any bus services within the capital, although our local busmen are doing a great job and have operated a service for most of the day!

I live at the bottom of the North Downs and a hill rises up steeply behind the village. Today it has been covered with children and their Dads sledging, skiing and snow-boarding down the slopes - a rare sight for the south-east of England.