Monday, March 10, 2008

Hardanger Needleroll

I'm sorry that I haven't been able to blog lately. My DH has been ill with pnemonia and I haven't been able to get onto the computer. He is on the mend now thank goodness, but is still a bit weak.

Anyway I decided that I would like to do something small in Hardanger for a little while and this is the result. It is from the last JCS Christmas Ornament Issue and is designed by Victoria's Sampler. I think it is so delicate. I love doing Hardanger and every now and then I usually do a doilly or two and give them away as presents to my family. My Sister has a lovely collection of them.

Margaret Gibson is coming along nicely. I decided to do one side of the border as this is always the part of a sampler that is my least favourite. I decided to break the border 4 pieces. I have finished the top piece. Now I am on the right hand side and when I finish this I will finish the left hand vases near the house and then do the left hand side. Underneath the house I have to do Margarets name, Dalkeith and the year and then the bottom border and then she will be finished.

I have been intrigued over the last week or two by the fact that my Dad is going to visit something really special on Wednesday.

I have always been aware that this special Royal Carriage was being built for the Queen in Sydney but I didn't quite realise how "Special" it was.

This carriage is called the "State Coach Britannia" and is being built as a gift to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee. It is being built by a very special man who also built the only other carriage that has been added to the Royal Mews since 1902. The other carriage was a gift to the Queen by the Australian Government to celebrate Australia's Bi-Centenary.

What interests me with the new carriage is the things that have been included in the building of it. There are for instance pieces of wood from many very famous places. The crown on top of the coach is from a piece of wood of the ship "Victory", which was the ship that Lord Nelson died on in the Battle of Trafalgar. There is also wood from the ship "Mary Rose" - Henry VIII flag ship. Pieces also from the "Queen Mary" and also the Royal Ship "Britannia".

There is also a lead bullet from a musket from the Battle of Waterloo. A piece of Lancaster Bomber that took part in the "Dambusters". Wood from many famous Cathedrals, and Palaces in England and also a piece of wood from Mawson's Hut in Antartica.

I love history and I find all this quite amazing. Unfortunately I am no good at linking things. If you are interested in reading more and seeing incredible photos of this beautiful carriage just type in "State Coach Britannia" into your search engine. If you are interested in history you will be quite amazed. I think this beautiful coach is nearly finished and before departing to England will go on a tour of Australia.

If you go to the web site called then click onto the first photo of 30 small photos - the site will then go into slide show mode and you can see how beautiful this carriage is inside and out. Check out the door handles. (I tried to link this site for you but unfortunately it didn't work for me). Believe me it is worth all the effort.