I got a message from one of my blog readers yesterday, Ardi in Seattle. Here is art of what she writes:
Good Mornin' Britt-Arnhild! I am attending a Knitting Conference at the Nordic Cultural Center in Seattle this weekend. Arnie and Carlos are going to be there and I am signed up to go to two of their lectures. I am on the waiting list for their class on knitting Christmas balls, too.
Arne & Carlos are two famous knitters living in Norway. I have several of their books and I follow them on facebook and twitter. Some time last summer they posted a photo of a book which looked so tempting, "Charleston, a Bloomsbury house & garden". Being a Virginia Woolf fan, I went over to amazon and bought the book........and fell in love.
Blog reader and friend Fran read this and told me that she lives not far from Charleston. And to make a long story short.........
.....here is where I found myself last Saturday.
From London Victoria I took the train south so Sussex. Fran met me at the train station in Polegate, took me on a tour of surprises (which will come in other blog posts) and then we ended up at Charleston. Where we had lunch, a walk in the garden, strolling the bookstore/gift shop and taking a one hour guided tour of the house.
One is not allowed to take photos indoors, but I have a long series of garden photos. And the indoors one can be seen both in the book and on the website.
I always do what I am told (well, mostly that is.....) so when the guide said no indoor photos I took no indoor photos. Though when we at the end of the tour came to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant´s studio, the camera was burning in my bag.
You can read more about Charleston here.
Good luck with your knitting weekend Ardi.
Thank you for a most wonderful day at Charleston Fran.