It is a lovely Monday morning here in the Shenandoah. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the leaves are budding on the trees. What a glorious spring morning!
It is Spring Break week for my school division and I am enjoying every minute of it! I stitched on the Saturday SAL with my dear friend Robin (no blog.) Here is my Saturday progress...
I am also planning a trip to Richmond this week. I will be visiting the Valentine Museum where I will view the original Richmond Sampler (Anne Maria Clarke.) Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I will view the original Richmond Sampler! It is not on display due to the fact that it is in such terrible condition. I contacted the archives department who then contacted the curator and after numerous emails it has been decided that the lovely Richmond Sampler will be coming out of storage so that I may meet her! I am beyond excited! The ladies in the archive department at the Valentine Museum have been so helpful...they are needlework enthusiasts too! I am scheduled to view Richmond Sampler on Thursday and I promise to report back with a thorough dissertation. I was also thrilled to find out that the files of the Valentine Museum contain a conservators report with historical information on the sampler and the stitcher, Anne Maria Clarke. It is 17 pages long! When the ladies in the archives department told me that...well...I thought I had died and gone to heaven! SEVENTEEN whole pages written about the Richmond Sampler and Anne Maria Clarke? It is a historian's dream! I am giddy with excitement!
While I stitch away the time till Thursday, I plan on enjoying the lovely weather as well. My kitty Simon is anxious to get outside too. Simon is very skittish and well...he is a mama's boy. He is not an outdoor type of cat but he LOVES to go outside, eat grass and sniff around. I do not allow him to roam the yard by himself so I usually accompany him. When the weather is gorgeous, like this morning, he sits at the kitchen door and begs to go outside.
Not to worry, we live on a farm away from traffic. Both of my kitties are great about staying in the yard and close to home. Besides, the lambs provide them with hours of entertainment. I caught a great picture of the lambs playing on top of the hay bales!
We live on a sheep farm but it is our landlord who owns the farm and the sheep. We are lucky to have such wonderful, picturesque surroundings!
Well, dear friends, I guess I should venture outside with my cat and my stitching...it is going to be a good week! Till next time...Happy Stitching!