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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Lets go on a Tour of Europe part one

 I won't go on with the weather but lets just say this week has been totally awful it can't get any worse can it?
The Somerset levels are totally devastated,  the railway lines to the west country are broken so Devon and Cornwall are cut off from the rest of the UK,  its going to take weeks to even repair at least one of the lines, and months for the other lines.  Although we are not flooded here we don't have to go too far before we hit flooding  and its just keeps on raining.  My lawn is going yellow in places which means it has too much water in the ground.  There are many parts of Southern England suffering from floods at the moment, even places that have never flooded before. The southern coastal regions of the UK have just been bombarded by the high seas,  the damage is going to cost billions by the time the weather improves for work to begin and its all to do with the jet stream bring the low pressure systems across the Atlantic Ocean,  anyone know the sun dance please.
Anyway today I thought I would show you some of my set of European Counted Cross Stitch pictures that I did many years,  they are all framed and on the wall going up the stairs.   
This is a series of 12 pictures from Anna Magazine dated 1987,  they did a different picture each month for the year,  I have done 8 in all,   the ones I had been to when I made them,  theres the first four. 


Featuring the ferris wheel in Vienna in the middle, 
the golden roof in Innsbruck  
Salzburg Cathedral 
and Hofburg Palace.
A bunch of grapes representing wine.

This is mostly Paris,   with the Eiffel tower in the middle,
The Notre Dame,
Basilica of Sacre Coeur,
Arc de Triomphe,  and the Moulin Rouge,


With the Black Forest in the middle,
The Brandenburg Gate,
A German cuckoo clock,
The Holsten Gate in Luebeck
A fortified castle overlooking the River Moselle,
Spires of the church of Our Lady in Munich


Lake Geneva with the fountain which does not show up much in the picture in the middle,
the Matterhorn,
the wooden bridge in Lucerne,
the Swiss Horns,
William Tell with his bow and arrow shooting the apple.
A cable car going into the Alps and the Fountain in Berne.

I will post part two next weekend,   I hope you enjoyed the first part of the journey around Europe
Until we meet again take care,  stay dry.


  1. Oh wow that rain is really something! I will go to map and look up up these places you spoke of they my have a Google earth picture to get an idea. Our prayers are with you!
    This cross stitching is beautiful and what a great theme too!
    Take care, Hugs from Carollyn!

  2. Hi Margaret, My comment disappeared.

    While you are experiencing wet weather, we finally got rain yesterday after 20 days of no rain. Very unusual for us here.
    Thank you for the tour of the 4 European countries. I have only visited one. Hope to see more someday

  3. Heard about the record water levels yesterday on the CBC and thought if you. Hope the rain stops soon.
    Fox and Mr. G who does not like water.

  4. Oh yes, I remember those pictures! I had a subscription to Anna at that time. Good work, they're splendid. I'm glad to hear you're not directly affected by the floods - terrible pictures on Sky News. So many lives disrupted.

  5. beautiful pictures, a lot of work, pleased you are still dry....hopefully you are getting better, being able to use PC a little

  6. These are so detailed! - I love the little cat in the German picture. I used to do cross stitch years and years ago, but was never really good at it.

  7. these are stunning Margaret, what a fantastic way to remember your holidays. I'm so tempted to dig out my old cross stitch box and start to do some again now but I want to learn tatting as my next adventure. im glad you are staying dry and that your hand is on the mend now.

  8. WOW Margaret, these are just stunning, you clever little woman you......fabulous keepsakes, thanks for sharing..xxxx

  9. Thank you for sharing you holiday keepsake samplers, particularly the Switzerland one which is closer to my heard. All the best.


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