Yesterday we drove to Grosmont and rode the North Yorkshire Moors Railway down to Pickering. I had never been on a steam railway before and I was so excited about this trip! The scenery is, of course, beautiful on this special line, but the really amazing thing are the engines, coaches and stations, all run and maintained by volunteers.
Today we drove up to Newcastle and Hexham to visit some of David's old stomping grounds when he was an undergrad at Newcastle University in the 1960s. We also paid a visit to the smallest miniatures shop I've ever seen, House of Cards in Middlesbrough :) I picked up a couple of pieces:
The little black and gold chinoiserie table will either end up in my Mum's roombox or my William and Mary house. The blue and white vase and the large brown jug are definitely for the William and Mary house.
The copper pans will brighten up the William and Mary kitchen, and I'm not sure where the desk will end up -- David loved it and bought it himself!
Tomorrow is Whitby -- fish and chips, another abbey, another pub and perhaps some more miniatures!
This blog chronicles the adventures of a group of Canadians building a 1:12 scale medieval or Tudor dolls' house or dolls' castle. We're also working on a William and Mary era dollhouse circa 1700, featuring Jacobean, Carolean and Queen Anne furniture. Dollhouse aficionados, those who enjoy making or sharing doll house miniatures, and people who enjoy sharing crafts with children may enjoy the adventures of this group.
I built the background image of this site using some of the fabulous work from Vintage Retro Grunge. The "Green Man" reproduction medieval tile on the bottom right is by Kate Tiler. The other two, the griffon and the happy little creature (possibly a lion with a bagel?), are both by Pataki Tiles.