We are now back from Paris, where we climbed the Eiffel Tower:
sat in cafes, savoured the sights, and enjoyed the city tremendously. It is a long time since I have been to Paris and it was such a treat to go back there, and to introduce the children to the city:
Notre Dame was a must (Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame being uppermost in their minds!)
and our visit included climbing to the top of one of the towers and checking out the gargoyles:
I even managed to find this mosaic, which is a real landmark from previous trips:
We walked miles (as you do in Paris) and the children are worn out, but I think they will remember their first visit there and we all thoroughly enjoyed our few days away.
Just before we headed off to Paris I received my final parcel for Secret Pal 10. And what a fantastic package it was! Sabine had sent me the most amazing gifts. First, there was a wonderful assortment of sweets, skincare products and soap, and some lovely handmade stitch markers (not to mention a few water bombs for the children and some other treats which they have secreted in their rooms):
and a great new bookmark (hope it doesn't make Max jealous!)
Sabine had made this lovely heart lavender bag from Interweave Knits (which I have always liked but thought might be very fiddly, so haven't attempted myself!):
And then, the piece de resistance, the Melon stole from Victorian Lace Today. Here is Ellen modelling it:
And here it is in close-up:
and with the postcard of Knut Sabine sent:
Thank you so much Sabine! I absolutely love this wrap - I have loved this pattern since I bought the book and can't quite believe how much time and effort Sabine has put into my final parcel - I am thrilled with everything!
As if all that wasn't enough, Kris sent me this hank of lusciousness for my birthday too:
A skein of Handmaiden seasilk in just the right shade of purple! Thank you so much Kris!!