• poncho tricoté

     

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    Dans le nouveau catalogue de Bergère de France, j’ai craqué pour ceci …(cliquez ici)

     

    Dans un autre coloris, plus tendance cet hiver et j’ai tricoté selon la notice … en m’apercevant que

     

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    – ou bien le mannequin est très petite
    - ou bien leur tricotage se détend beaucoup plus
    - et puis après vérification des tailles (hauteur de 90cm), je dois m’apercevoir que la photo est plutôt trompeuse.
    Mon poncho n’est pas aussi long que sur la photo, cela dépend comment on le porte ….

    J’ai horreur que les photos ne montrent pas la réalité …

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    Mais n’empêche, je l’aime mon poncho en ayant changé les bords car je n’aime pas tellement les franges en dessous de mes fesses, surtout pas quand on prend tout le temps les transports publics …

    J’ai donc pris mon crochet et fait quelques rangs de chaînettes, car sans ajout au bord, il gondole. Et oui c’est du jersey endroit en dessous et pas un bord en côtes ou point mousse, donc il faut impérativement quelque chose qui alourdit.

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    En plus j’ai mis de chaque côté deux beaux boutons pour que le poncho reste poncho et ne devienne grand châle, c’est plus pratique aussi pour qu’il tienne sur les épaules.

    Rien à dire sur la laine, elle se tricote bien et elle est d’une douceur … idéale pour se plonger entière dedans, pour se sentir dorlotée de partout.
    J’ai pris le coloris sjamal (toutes les photos ne donnent pas très bien), et je dois dire que le dégradé subtil me plait énormément.

    Une belle tenue d’hiver, le froid peut s’amener …
    mais quand même pas trop vite hein ?

    on aimerait un bel été indien, chaud, ensoleillé, ... mais c'est pas pour aujourd'hui je pense .... 

     

     

     

     

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    Il sortira avec un peu de retard, car nous avons changé et changé et inversé les modèles, mais maintenant il est parti définitivement vers l’imprimeur.

    La couverture a été adaptée aussi, elle est bien plus belle maintenant (mon humble avis ...)

    De ce fait (tous les changements), certains de mes « preview » ne sont plus des « preview »… mais qu’à cela ne tienne, je posterai ces modèles comme patrons séparés sur un des sites tricots, dès que j’ai un moment pour les adapter à vivre une vie solitaire et non entourés dans un bouquin.

    Mais celui-ci d’aujourd’hui, de ce lundi 29 aout, le dernier lundi avant la rentrée d’une nouvelle année scolaire, en est !!! il est sur la couverture en grand … Prunier, un de mes trois préférés ( Tosca et Altoum sont les autres de mon top-3).

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  • biscotte ~ cracotte

     

    V&M are not only pregnant of a baby boy …
    they also got two little baby kittens in house.

    So here are …
    Biscotte  and  Cracotte,

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    two little brothers,
    cute, lovable, charming, kittenish,
    gently purring when not daredevils …,
    preparing V&M for parenthood !

    The two kittens love the cubes – one for each – that I covered with jeans fabric which I found the most solid for their little claws. That’s their playground.

    And sleeping … they might do on the blue quilt on the sofa.

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  • hook with a toothbrush

    When I was at the Festival of Quilts, I also fell in love (again !?) with lovely yarn at the stand of Knitting4You.
    How could it be otherwise???  
    I found also a nice book that I bought of course.

    But I didn’t took a hook in my luggage, so I had to buy one too, because I really couldn’t wait to start (evenings must be filled with some useful work isn’t it?).

    In the same stand, they had the new ergonomic hooks from Addi (the swing hook) for 7£.
    Still expensive for a hook;
    at French site “LesLaines.com” it’s sold for 7 €, in shops here it’s round 8,50€,
    but it is still less than the 13,50$ to 15,00$ as I saw on the internet.

    The commercial from Addi says that : it is developed with comfort in mind; it is precisely contoured to rest comfortably in your hand, thus eliminating pressure points….

    I tried it out, and I must be the one who cannot hook with it … because my hand and thumb got hurt after making a couple of little flowers! Not only because it is way too long, it’s also much heavier with the most weight in top, opposite side of the hook.

     

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    First of all: for those who don’t know this hook,
    it’s the one that looks like a toothbrush.
    They come in different colors, one for each size. That’s the only good thing on it.

    Look at these …

     

    Next day, I returned to the shop at the Festival and bought the hook from Knit-Pro (they didn’t have my favorite Prym ergonomic one that I can keep in my hand as well as a pencil, and when my thumb is tired, as a knife ).
    Anyway, this Knit-pro is the one that I can fix on my cables (for my knitting needles in round), so that I can make a large afghan crochet (crochet tunisien in French ). It’s a bargain (not 3£!).

    So, in the evening in the hotel, I could crochet (for only 3£), and I started rows with little flowers (bus-train project for the moment, as I’m going by train to SteMarie-aux-Mines in September …).

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    I hold the swing hook as a pencil or as a knife, it just doesn’t fit in my hand, don’t know what I’m doing wrong!

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    My review in pic’s.

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    So you can see that either the hook is pointed to my work and my fingers are on the hook as it should be, but then the other side is swinging in the air,
    or the other side is positioned on my hand as it should be, and the hook and my fingers are wrongly placed …

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    the curve of the hook is not like it should be placed in my hand ...

    And it is really heavy weight compared to what I’m used to hook with!

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    So I learned my lesson … always putting my own hook in my luggage!!!

    In case I buy some yarn and cannot resist the huge pressure of hooking

     -J-

    Have a nice evening, filled with usefull work !!!!

    PS: if anyone can work with this hook, please tell me how you manage that!

     

     

     

     

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    voici FLORIA, couleur vert pâle pour la pièce centrale luxueuse car en soie, avec un bord en mérinos vert olive foncé, pour aller se promener pendant une journée printanière.

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    ps: la sortie est un peu retardée pour cause de ré-arrangement
    afin de le rendre encore plus beau ....
    Knipogen

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  • Festival of Quilts 2011-4

    The competition quilts were as usual displayed at the entrance, left and right. Every year there are less traditional quilts, so for the lovers of this kind of patchwork, I can understand their frustration to have not “enough”. However in many shops, a lot of patterns were seen.

    I picked out my favorites.

    The absolute winner: the big knitted log-cabin quilt from Pauline Law, followed by

    Hilary Beattie who had three quilts in three different categories. Bente Kultorp, Angela Mary, Annette Morgan, Edith Bieri, Fay Allwood, Hilde van Schaardenburg (I’ve seen here in a glimps when leaving the hall, just time enough to say hello and goodbye), Janneke de Vries Bodzinga = truly winner, Maggie Barber, such finesse at close view, Robyn Fahy, Yvonne Kervinen from Sweden.

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    Not a special quilt, but nice texts on it which made laugh a lot of visitors: the quilt from Victoria Dale

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    In our Youth section: 15 Belgian quilts among the kids!!!!!! What a success!

    A few ‘highly commended’ from the jury and ….

    Here we go again!

    Yes, Mirthe, who was a winner last year, is this year again awarded. Here little sister Hanna, first participation, is too!

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    In the creation and 3-D objects … nothing special in my eyes, that’s why I didn’t take any pic from it…

    From the special features of this year I also want to show you something from Jennifer Hollingdale, hint from quilt companion Chris. Very nice how she integrated the closures we use daily in quilts.

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    festival of quilts, honningdale, yoshiko katagiri,

    Another of my favorites was the exhibition of the Art Quilt Club from Prague, the Czech Republic. Every year they launch a challenge with a theme, and this year it was “lace”. Yes, that’s something I like to see!

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    A very nice lady from Japan: Yoshiko Katagiri.

    Emma took also some good pictures: click this link to see them   

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    Arabic inspiration was also a big hit for me. Such beautiful designs!

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    I saw the winning quilt from Padmaja Krishnann some years ago and here was a special exhibition area and stand for her. Just with running stitches, she gets to create some stunning work. No appliqué, just embroidery through all the layers.

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    festival of quilts, honningdale, yoshiko katagiri,

    Regina Benson with her rusted burned and discharged quilts had a special area, also Jennie Rayment with her fabric manipulated pleated quilts and artfacts. I had lectures from them some years ago and they are both very good souvenirs! so no pics from them this year (those among you who follow blogs, will find surely some pics in other places of the web)

     

    At the fair, a little stand, a “coup de Coeur”, a sudden strong envy to have these little brooches …  today I wear the little dog; tomorrow maybe the gentle sheep…

     

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    If you liked my Birmingham postings, click on these for those of 2010 and 2009

    http://vidertextil.skynetblogs.be/archive/2010/08/index.html

    http://vidertextil.skynetblogs.be/archive/2009/08/index.html

     

     

    Enjoy the Belgian sunny weather this weekend,
    and hopefully the announced storms for tomorrow won’t be as intense and lethal as the one from Thursday evening.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Festival of Quilts 2011-3

     

    At the FoQ, on Friday I had a meeting planned with Emma.

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    She’s got a shop (au fil d’Emma) and a stand at SteMarieAuxMines  , she’s got a blog with interesting videos (atelier d’Emma ) and another blog with her textile creations (Emma creations  ). We took the time to chat a little before she went back home.

     

    I also met –again- Camille.
    Remember my stay in Dijon at the 4SaisonsDuPatch?
    Camille had a workshop where you could design your own fabric. You make a colored drawing on an A4 paper and then she makes a sample fabric of it.

    Well here is my result …

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    Above you see the paper version, under the fabric, which is wonderful soft pure cotton. More information you can find on her site (creez votre tissu ).
     Don’t hesitate to try the adventure!

    She’s fun, always smiling, it must be a joy to be next to her on a fair!

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    In Birmingham she had a big stand (Il était une fois) with the fabrics of her and mums design (look at their blog …  ), mostly for cute child coverlets or some feminine stuff, with the advantage that they have coordinating more ‘filling-design’ fabrics too.

    And I bought some for a quilt for my little grandchild (coming soon!).

    As you can see below, it’s very sturdy and masculine: all little and big cars in the colors that fit with my home. And with some nice teddy bears too. So when he’ll be coming here, he will have his own little quilt. I have already the pattern in my head; just have to make it…

    PS à Camille = merci des petits dessins en plus!

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    And on another booth I found these labels

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    And some other fabrics from the African Fabric Shop (will be in SteMarie too) and some (no classic blue ones) from Hungarian Kekfesto .

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    But it’s not all buying, it’s also learning!

    You already read I had a lecture from Mably, but there was also one by Sue Marks (Dr Susan Beryl Marks) about “Patchwork in the Parlour”.
    It was about the Victorian parlour where the lady of the house could best demonstrate her artistic taste and refinement.
    She gave us a glimpse behind the curtains to see how she and her daughters decorated and embellished their homes with patchwork, from tea cozies to mantel covers.

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    It was very interesting to learn some more about history. She had also some wonderful old samples with her and we could touch it!!! Gorgeous silks and velvets and satins....
    In the hall were some other pieces to be seen from the collection of the British Quilters’ Guild, Museum York.

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    On Saturday we had a lecture from Katriina Flensburg about ‘environmental impact on artistic expression’.
    She’s a Scandinavian quilt artist who told us about her search to the effects of environmental factors such as social interaction, geographic location and commercial environment on the output of quilters in general.
    She made a survey among colleagues from various countries and showed and explained us where she noticed differences or similitudes.
    All highlighted with slides with a lot of pictures.

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    Very interesting and you start looking quite differently to quilts afterwards.

    She had also an exhibition stand at the Festival.

    http://www.katriinaflensburg.se/

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    Besides those lectures, Liliane and I had a workshop with Fiona Wilson. She was at the stand of the ‘Graduate Showcase’ at the Festival in 2009.

    http://fiona-wilson.blogspot.com/

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    The work session was about making a little work (to be framed) experimenting with bonding, knotting and simple running stitch on bonded and translucent fabrics.
    We all left with a beautiful little panel.
    The workshop itself was relaxing, fun and very well prepared. A brown envelope contained all we needed to start.
    I keep a good souvenir of those 90 minutes!

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    Let’s go back to the exhibition hall.
    On the wall near the restaurant area, was a huge quilt of little houses.
    Soooooo beautiful!
    Look…

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    And can you imagine how neat the stands are before 10am?
    It doesn’t stay as clean and empty like on this pictures         -
    J-

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    This year, there were finally enough places to sit down while eating something warm or cold or your own pick nick. It took several years to the management to understand that we like to put our butt on a seat and not on the ground. If they would understand this in L’Aiguille en Fête in France too … it would be nice!

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    And for those who couldn’t come … just see the map below of the hall and I’m sure you want to be there next time too.

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    Next posting will be about some other quilts I like, and about the quilts of the competition area, but I already want to finish with the ‘wrong’ ones, just as last year, and the years before…
    I pity for those quilters who don’t have friends or a teacher to tell them what they are doing wrong…

    I agree with the organization that everyone must have the opportunity to exhibit and enter a quilt in the competition, so they don’t refuse entrees, but really, a little notion of basic technique should be required.

    What not to do:

    Curling the quilts : view from the right

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    Put a sleeve anyhow on the quilts : view of top quilts

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    Playing accordion with the quilts : view under

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    view them from any side …

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  • Festival of Quilts 2011-2

     

    Let’s go on with some highlights of the FoQ 2011,
     my highlights (it’s my blog anyway -
    J-).

    Starting with the EQA.

    In Diversity in Europe, a selection of the EQA countries for this year, Belgium sent in the winner of last national competition: Sylvie Hoffman with her very beautiful appliqué, you can see it here left of the quilt from France with this time a very classical triangle-quilt. Every country chooses which quilt they will send in, and it can be a viewer’s choice at their annual exhibition, as well as it might be a special quilter they want to be in the frontline.

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    And the very beautiful collection of the little “circle of friends” quilts.
    Every country member of the European Quilt Association had to bring circles of 20-30 cm diameter; each one in black and white and 30% of a color they were assigned.
    Some colors were unique, some did also had to be used by other countries (17 members with green blue violet orange red yellow, in total : three primary and three secondary colors).
    This year Belgium had ‘reds’ to use.

    The responsible of each country had to make also one and while the 17 members were exposed on the walls, the little circles of the responsible were hanging in the air, above your head. Very good setting and it pleased to all the visitors.
    It was so airy, light, bright and special!

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    Those who look sometimes to the links in my left column, see Creatilfun and 12by12 (do have a look : just clickclick!!).

    They have now a book with their first 144 quilts.

    Who are they? Quilters from different countries of three continents.

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    They set challenging themes and each quilter makes a twelve inch quilt that is then revealed on their website.
    Now they were presented in blocks with (what was a very good idea) each quilter always at the same place in the mosaic.

    I of course bought the book which was kindly signed by our own Belgian Françoise and by Diane Perin Hock.
    Twelve by Twelve will go with these little quilts to Houston & more …

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    I also loved the quilts made by Grietje van der Veen,  but ... forbidden to make pictures, I can only show the one I took ‘secretly’ from the outer side of her stand … oeps!

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    An absolute favorite (and that will stay so for a long time) is this one …

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    Yes, the tentmakers of Old Islamic Cairo!
    When you see how these men make a quilt … simply amazing.
    It’s a work I much admire.
    We are using fine threads, fine needles, fine pencils, and fine scissors
    while they work with big, really big scissors to cut randomly shapes to appliqué all those little pieces, they sew it with a strong needle and rather thick thread….
    We are sitting on a good table, preferably with an ergonomic chair, we need a lot of place (
    J).
    Look how they are installed, simply sitting cross-legged on the ground or on a small bench to mark with a chalk pencil or sewing on the knees and making this incredible appliqué quilts with a very complex design in such rich colors.

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    Their quilts were sold at a very cheap price.
    I found that they might have asked much more for their work, especially when I saw another artist (!?!) who asked 4950£ for a quilt that had the same size as one these tentmakers were selling at 250£.

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    It’s sad to know that they are a slowly disappearing group.
    Only about forty older stitchers are trying to keep this beautiful tradition alive.
    It’s a hard work and underpaid, so younger ones are not really motivated.
    As always, hand-work should be more appreciated and respected …

    I took a lot of pic’s, and it’s difficult to choose, so I hope you like this selection.

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    Did I make some other purchases than the book of 12by12 ? 

    Yes of course …

    I took a little jar filled with hand-dyed cotton & linen threads from Chris Gray of MabonArts. 

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    We had a very nice chat, e-mails exchanged, and I certainly will get back to their stand when I come to a fair they attend.
    I also bought a little jar with all in for a little art-quilt and some threads.
    Admit it; would you have resisted the temptation?

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    And then I take traditionally my ‘Selvedge’ series of the year, and now I bought also some back issues. It was interesting in price.

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    I also took the new book of Kaffe Fassett with very colorful quilts and pages (as we are used to see) and all again in very simple shapes. 

     

    It’s – of course – signed by the master. J

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    We had also the lecture of Brandon Mably who talked about his ‘working-with’ Kaffe (please pronounce Keef!).
    The inspirations, the realization of a new collection, the creation process … interesting to hear how it works behind the scenes!

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    that’s it for today, now preparing next posting …

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Festival of Quilts 2011-1

     

    Hello everyone!  You see it: I’m back from wonderful four-textile-days.

    Magic moments of wonder,
    amazing moments discovering little treasures,
    surprising moments when I saw ugly quilts (like last year …), made wonderful contacts,
    met very nice people (of course!),
    had very interesting lectures and a good little workshop.
    I bought also too much stuff, but, yes, that temptation is so strong … and the £ versus € is interesting.
    So I spoiled myself a little.

     In the next days, I’ll tell you about my vision of the Festival of Quilts.
    Thus there will be (exceptionally) no preview as usual on Mondays for my book – I’m going to skip one week.

    Let’s start with the Start!

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    I thought that those airplanes didn’t fly anymore, that they were old and ‘antique’ …
    eeeuuuuhhh … NO!
     They still go in the air! A plane driven with such big propellers …

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    To start we (Liliane and I) were sitting in the last row of the tail:
    that’s a place a little more “agitating” your bips than when you’re seating in the nose of the plane, especially when the pilot is rather a "sportive driver".
    But it took only an hour, and we were glad to walk through the galleries of the NEC in direction of the hall where the Festival took place.
    The suitcase on wheels is really a good invention, even if at departure the weight is only 8 kilos, wheels are good!

    And you never guess how we came back … yes in the same propeller-plane!!
    With a lot of more weight (17,5 kilo for my suitcase and more for certain others…).
    This time with a better pilot … calm and smoothly,
     but … now we had a seat just near the propellers … a “little” more noisy though!
    But again, as you can read, safely landed and,
    with my suitcase, open at home yesterday evening,
    I’ve been enjoying the look at my purchases.
    Now I just have to download the hundreds of pic’s I took

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    Besides this ‘airplane-report’ ???  oh, you know me … I have always something interesting happening …
    I think this year it’s the last time we went to Express Holiday Inn nearby the NEC in Birmingham.
    After five years of happiness over there, we had this year some moments of ‘just bad luck’.

    There is no restaurant-service for the evening in the hotel (only breakfast) but a Pub is just nearby where we got used to go for supper. Even with a silly system with numbered spoons to put on the table an ordering at the bar to get your food, it was rather good: a nice atmosphere, good food, a wide choice … all the ingredients to spend a nice evening as closure of a good day.

    First evening now, on Thursday, we had the happy surprise that ordering was taken at the table! Wow! They finally understood that that’s the way to work in a restaurant! (Later I learned that the ‘spoons’ were still used in the right side of the pub…).

    So we had a good tasteful meal. Look at my dessert (profiteroles) and Liliane’s (crumble) on a big big plate.

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    Next day (friday) we went back: oooohhhh !!!! you had to make a reservation!
    Why didn’t they tell us day before????
    So no reservation = no food.
    And for next day (saturday) ? I asked.
    well, You have to come back tomorrow to see if there’s a table left, did they say. 
    And can we take a reservation now for the next day? No.
    Maybe if you come soon enough … and – question - that is? – answer -  Soon enough, and then maybe you’ll have food….
    They still are not very commercial-minded in that pub, if you ask me. In Belgium that would never happen (this is a little chauvinistic thought)

    But … nevertheless: we saw that in the hotel they had (new since this year) a meal-service from 6 till 10 pm. So we go back and sit down and order.
    The choice is rather limited: chicken wings as appetizer, three kinds of pizza’s and a burger with fries. That’s it.
    Okay, for once, we’ll do with this. Sitting with about twelve persons in the resto, a few guys sitting nearby, some quilters, all waiting for their meal, we join them. And we wait, and wait, and wait.

    The guys look not really satisfied; they are waiting since an hour!
    The responsible of the hotel explains that they are overwhelmed in the kitchen and very busy (??? we are not that crowded thought we…).
    But then, the waiter arrives with one plate in his two hands with a burger and fries for one of them. And after a couple of minutes he brings the second one for the other guys and so on, and when the last one gets his burger, the first one has finished … and after some minutes more they receive some more fries – ordered a while before.
    Meanwhile some other tables of quilters get their food too, and we? We are still waiting.
    Getting nervous and very hungry, Liliane and Chris go to the vending machine to buy two little packages of chips …
    After an hour waiting the responsible explains to us that the machine of ordering broke down and thus our order never arrived at the kitchen (some ten meters are separating the bar where orders are placed and the kitchen…must be very long for the staff...).

    Finally after one hour and twenty minutes, I got my burger (as hard as leather) and fries (black and dry - hey, I’m from the country of tasty fries!!!).
    With a little part of the pizza of Liliane and a little wing from Chris (chicken from her plate of course, not from her body!) and the salted chips, my stomach has calmed down and we decide wisely not to repeat this adventure…

    So on Saturday evening, we bought a sandwich in the NEC before leaving the exhibition area, and eaten it in the restaurant-room of our hotel and saw then, that indeed, they had a problem with the ordering system, because now the few (very few) people attempting the supper-adventure-in-the-hotel are served within ten minutes with their burger or pizza.
    But as we really didn’t want to eat another pizza or burger on saturday, at noon we took a pasta dish in the NEC, and in the evening we had our tasty sandwich. Afterwards, we sew, crochet, and talked together till night, and that was a nice closure of our Holiday-Inn-staying.

    Got to say that breakfast was not that  good as before (no tasty bread, no cheese or ham anymore– but new on the buffet were the white beans and sausages)

    It was nice with meals in the pub nearby in the past, but if they don’t take anybody anymore, and limit to one service an evening-shift ….

    So we’ll see next year, where we will lay down our tired little feet to sleep.

    And now I’ll prepare my pic’s for tomorrow and read the blogs I follow!

     

    Have a nice Monday afternoon and evening.

     

     

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