Great Tapestry of Scotland.

December 17, 2013  |  Featured Posts

I’ve recently bought a new macro lens for my camera and I’m trying to get to grips with it with varying degrees of success.

It seems to be a hit or a miss at the moment, I need time to sit and do some reading on the subject but that never seems to happen these days.
Am I alone in thinking that Christmas is racing towards us at high speed?

I’ve not stitched at all these last few weeks but mainly because of time constraints caused by having too much to do.
I have done some knitting as it’s so easy to pick up and put down. I finished Fred the Fox but wouldn’t knit another one using the same pattern.

Our weather has been very mixed of late, we’ve had a lot of stormy weather with extremely high winds. They’re due to return this week again – at least it’s not snow. We have quite a mix of birds visiting our garden at the moment and I spotted this lovely pair of collared doves at the weekend. They always come to visit together.

In case you’re wondering about my title choice for today. You may have read about The Great Tapestry of Scotland which was initiated by the author Alexander McCall Smith. It’s now complete and is one of the largest tapestries in the world. It hung in the Scottish Parliament to begin with and is now touring various venues – I think the intention is for it to travel abroad to various other countries.

I’ve not seen the tapestry itself but when I was shopping in Stirling on Saturday I noticed two books on the subject. The one above shows all the panels which were stitched by ladies all over Scotland. It also details the history behind each panel so it’s, in part, a history book too. The other one I bought gives the background to the tapestry.

I was recently lucky enough to win this book………..

………….it was offered in a giveaway on Nicola’s Scarlet Letter blog. I enjoy anything related to Bargello so I was delighted to be a winner.

I’ll leave you today with Poppy and Rosa “squirrel watching” this afternoon.

Thanks for popping in to visit, take care.


  1. Poppy and Rosa are so precious.
    The pair of doves are lovely.

  2. Beautiful post Ann , love your photos love your doves my ones are a bit more pinky, beautiful flowers and love your Fox.
    Love the way Poppy and Rosa are looking out of the window, hugs.

  3. Ann, I noticed something different with your first photo right away. Ahh, a new lense, how fun!

    The pair of white doves are amazing. You could write a story around them. We don’t get them here so I am adoring them from afar!

    I love watching cats watching the outside world – the intensity of their gaze is quite something!

    BTW, thank you so much for the lovely card! I’ll email you later too.

  4. I think all of your photos are beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  5. Your pictures are stunning. And I love that little fox – cute… The Tapestry must be most impressive, wish I could see it. Have a lovely Christmas!

  6. You are capturing lovely images with your camera.

  7. Awww, Poppy and Rosa are so cute! Your pictures look fantastic to me. Love your knitting. I think the tapestry sounds so interesting, and I love Alexander McCall Smith.

  8. Hello Ann!
    I think the pictures look lovely. I know that you will get it all figured out.
    Mr.Fox is wonderful. Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?
    The cats look happy 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  9. NO, you are not alone, it’s also my impression that Christmas approaches faster with every year. But I have to admit that this year it’s not that stressful. Maybe because I’m retired now, lol.
    That Tapestry of Scotland sounds interesting, I’ll have to get some information about it.
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Great photos, enjoy your new camera

    Mr Fox is lovely, congratulations

    I know a couple of the stitchers on the tapestry, I really hope I get to see it sometime.

  11. Merry Christmas to you and your family Ann!
    See you in 2014,
    Susan x

  12. Oh to have a micro lens!! I think you are doing well with it! What a wonderful book to win from the Scarlet Letter! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

  13. Oh, I love your new camera! And Fred the Fox is adorable – I wish I could do something more than tangle myself in the yarn. Your kitties and those collared doves make for pretty matching sets. 🙂

  14. Ann – I am SO far behind reading blogs. Your new lens looks like it will allow you to take some amazing photos. The collared doves are much prettier than my mourning doves – and your two furry babies are much prettier than my crew too! I am intrigued about the Great Tapestry of Scotland – what a wonderful idea.

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