Saturday, 30 July 2011

"Bits 'n' Bobs" Day Out

I have just come home after an amazing day.  It began with all the girls from the Bits 'n' Bobs sewing group meeting up in Limavady this morning. 

Bits 'n' Bobs ladies arriving at The Otter Lodge
Lizzie's husband, Trevor, kindly offered to drive the minibus and take us to The Cotton Shed quilt shop in Portadown.  We arrived to a lovely reception from Hilary and Ethel, who had laid on refreshments for us.  It was very welcome after our long drive.  The classroom, where we had our tea, was bright and airy with lots of pretty quilts on the walls.  It would be a lovely place to take classes.

Next, we went into the quilt shop next door.  It was packed with fabrics, kits, patterns and books.

The Cotton Shed
Tilda dolls, fabric & books
Gorgeous Fabrics
The Cotton Shed Classroom
There were lots of bargains and a great variety of fabric to choose from. Everyone went home happy with their purchases.  I would recommend The Cotton Shed to everyone. Well worth the visit!

The second part of our trip took us to The Linen Green shopping complex in Moygashel which is just outside Dungannon.  A visit to a lovely coffee shop with some gorgeous cakes and then some relaxed shopping for everyone.  I bought lots of different wooden hearts, very pretty.

The final stage took us to Cookstown to The Otter Lodge.  A beautiful setting for an amazing restaurant.  The meals were gorgeous.  I had pork chops on a bed of creamed cabbage and leeks with roasted vegetables and boiled potatoes.  This was finished off with home-made lemon meringue pie with ice cream.  To die for!

Outside the restaurant, beside the river, is a walkway leading to a pagoda.

Pergola covered walkway
To finish off, I just had to include a photograph of our very patient driver, Trevor, with just some of his lovely "wives".

A great day was had by all.
Bye for now.

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