Roma Roma Roma

A couple of weeks ago Moo, my mum and I popped off to Rome to visit the Twinny.  She is currently enjoying residence at The British School at Rome until early next year – and what a fabuous place it is.  An airy and light studio apartment – just yards from the stunning courtyard garden, a beautiful and well stocked library along with a generally stunning building and an even more stunning roof top view.
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We only had a couple of days so it was all a bit whistle-stop tour.  Add in a thunderstorm and a four year old and there is suddenly many coffee (Aperol) and gelato stops!
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We tootled around …pausing to take in the sights, the churches and sit on walls etc. 
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This included the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Forum and the Piazza del Campidoglio – no details but we definitely ticked all the classic tourist boxes!
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The Forum
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The Colosseum
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The Pantheon

Moo was very taken with the Colosseum and the Pantheon – she even drew us a map of Rome for future reference:
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Now planning my kiddy free return trip to do it all again!!
Cheers
R x
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Julie Arkell at Ruthin Craft Centre

Moo and I popped along to Wales this afternoon for a date with the lovely Julie Arkell at Ruthin Craft Centre  – A drop in workshop to coincide with her exhibition ‘Away’ that is currently being shown in Gallery 3. JA biggerThis exhibition had everything that I have come to expect from Julie Arkell …. even though the subject matter is sometimes melancholy, it always makes me smile.

I really enjoyed getting a peek at her travel journals and sketchbooks .. lots of that lovely handwriting.

I picked up the exhibition book (which Julie kindly signed for me), a lovely neat sized collection of images.

Moo made a caterpillar ‘inspired’ by Julie’s exhibition, she covered her drawing of the caterpillar with lots of pieces of fabric, carefully selected and cut precisely … the workshop co-ordinators were amazing, really helpful and fun.  2 hours later and here is the masterpiece:

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After the workshop we went in to Ruthin, a quaint traditional (hilly) town centre with lots of interesting independent shops (including a great fabric shop) and some beautiful buildings;

Button Windows at the Market hall:

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windows, windows, windows:

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Ruthin Craft Centre is well worth a visit and if you can get there before the end of November you will catch the Julie Arkell exhibition too!