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Holmsey visits Yorkshire!


Penistone is a thriving fair trade market town with a population of 10,000 in sth Yorkshire in the foothills of the Penines. It is the highest market town in England. It is predominantly rural with a viaduct, dry stone walls, small hamlets and farms being synonymous with the area.


The church of St john the Baptist is grade one listed and over 1000 years old. For the last 150 yrs penistone has been host to the largest one day agricultural show in the north of England.

Holmsey also took time out on his travels to make some new furry friends and Magic and Mischief welcomed him to their bunny mansion and he played ball with Mozzy and Moomoo.
We loved having him come to stay and hope he'll come again soon, and maybe bring Fergus


Posted by Holmsey Hare 03:14 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Holmsey visits Italy!

Holmsey's update from Chiara!


Hello hello ladies and gentlemen, how are you doing?

I’ve had the most wonderful time visiting Chiara in Italy.

We had such a great weather, almost too hot to be honest, lots of sunny summer days, unusual hot nights, humidity - the grass luckily was really really fresh and green and extra sweet.
She showed to me her garden, there were so many flowers, bees and butterflies, and very funny and very very soft Bunny Tails she grew from seeds this year.
Chiara lives in the NE region, Veneto, and her hometown is just a 15 minutes drive from Venezia, Venice.

The place where she lives is part of a series of towns that were built along a canal (boats were the main means of transport for goods and people before cars came along), which form the Riviera del Brenta. Many tourists still take the water-way to admire the beautiful panorama of the Rivera, although Chiara explained to me it’s very unnerving for the residents which always have to wait a long time before crossing the bridges from one side of town to the other. It also ruined the banks to the point they risk floods every year but that’s another story. 😉

This Sunday they celebrated the Riviera Fiorita (Riviera in Bloom), they decorate each side of the canal banks with flowers, have parties, eating contests, music, exhibits and of course the traditional historical parade on water, now at its 38th edition.


The water cortège starts from Strà (more on this later) and moves on the canal to a town called Malcontenta (“discontent”, funny uh?) recalling the historical meeting of the Doge (chief magistrate) of Venezia and Henry III King of France.
Historical boats and ships packed with people dressed up in costumes and regal clothes travel along the canal, with designated rowers in slightly more practical clothes because it’s quite a long way!
Here you can see the entire leaflet for this year’s edition, unfortunately only in Italian, but you can play with Google Translate 😊


The weather was terrible this year, with lots of rain and chilly winds, so waiting for the boats to arrive wasn’t too much fun (or good for the lens), but Chiara showed me pictures of another time she watched the parade, here they are 😊


On the map of the trip you can see the canal connects two famous cities in this area: Padova (Padua) and Venezia. In-between them are many ville (villas) and historical baroque buildings with frescos - which here are actually called “affreschi” - and gardens, fountains, hedges, .. such a marvellous place to hop around!
Chiara showed me this wonderful place called Villa Pisani, with a beautiful park, a maze, lemon gardens, wild birds everywhere - I must say I lost my way a couple of times 😉

Here you can read more about Villa Pisani (http://www.villapisani.beniculturali.it/?lng=en), the Doge and the history of the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia (the Most Serene Republic of Venice) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Venice), and the town of Malcontenta (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Foscari) - why it’s called this way you ask? oh, Chiara told me about it. It gets its name from the famous Villa Foscari, also knows as La Malcontenta, which was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1559. There’s a legend about a very unhappy woman confined to spend the rest of her life alone in the villa because of her naughty lifestyle, but others say this whole area was known to be “unhappy” even before the villa was built because of the frequent overflowings of the Brenta.
Here are some pictures from the Riviera, which unfortunately was hit by a tornado in July and looks dramatically different now - in fact you can see in the leaflet this year’s edition has doubled its name, Riviera Fiorita and Riviera Ferita (wounded).


But let’s not get too sad now, let’s talk needlework! 😄 Chiara had everything ready when I arrived from Ireland, except the sewing machine which had broke down only days before, argh!
She explained to me that she loves to stitch on high counts of linen and use hand dyed threads that she sometimes has custom dyed in Hungary, and for my piece she went all-in with lovely colours that remind me of the gardens, the water, the clear summer skies.


She introduced me to her friend, Taras, a big male cat that is almost three years old now and still hasn’t finished growing! Imagine that!
We had a great time playing in the garden, he loves to play hide and seek, catch me if you can, chasing the water hose, .. and he also likes to sit on the pattern Chiara’s working on, that she told me is typical.


When she was done with the stitching she picked some exquisite fabrics from the Downton Abbey Downstairs collection (which I reckon suit me perfectly, if I say so myself), and fully finished the main piece as a pillow - thank goodness her sewing machine came back from the dead!

She liked this design so much we played with graph paper one night and turned the motifs into a matching scissor fob and a bookmark! Chiara loves to read and I wanted her to keep me close where she could see me every night. 😊 She also loves to stitch and will see me again in January when she starts her Year of the Hare panels, so I’ll be there as the official scissor fob for the project! 😉


Would you like to know where I’ll hop next? Here’s a map Chiara showed me to explain my next travel:


see you in North Carolina! 😄 ciao!
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see you in North Carolina! 😄 ciao!

Posted by Holmsey Hare 06:19 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

Holmsey visits the Midlands!

Holmsey had a great time when visiting Cath.


Holmsey said that there is so much to see and do round here , that he really must find time for another visit , especially as he also had a side trip to Mablethorpe http://www.mablethorpe.info/
on the East coast while he was with me . We visited a couple of seal rescue sanctuaries and had lots of fun . On the last day there , we actually saw wild seals int he ocean , just off he beach, It was wonderful .

We are on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire here, close to the Peak District and so much more. Sherwood Forest , the home of Robin Hood is very close http://sherwoodforest.org.uk/ as are lots of Stately homes and lovely countryside .

A favourite place for us to go is Hardwick , http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick/
The Halls and parks are lovely , lots of nature and history. Cromford , http://cromfordmills.org.uk/
home of Sir Richard Arkwrights' Mill is somewhere else we visit a lot ,
Matlock Bath , http://www.matlock.org.uk/
Bakewell , http://bakewellonline.co.uk/
Chatsworth House is local too. http://www.chatsworth.org/
Chesterfield and the famous Crooked Spire is just up the road, http://www.visitchesterfield.info/

So ,as you can imagine there is lots to see and do without having to travel too far.

(Pics are mys finish , Hardwick Halls from the Park and a couple of seals we saw at Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary http://www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk/ )

Thanks again ,


Posted by Holmsey Hare 06:58 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Holmsey arrives in Calne!

Holmsey visits the West of England where he stays with Cheryl!


Homsley arrived in Calne in the early hours of Saturday 5th September and was bundled into a post van to be delivered to Cheryl. On the way he saw some lovely views of Calne......the lovely white horse on the hillside in Cherhill....the gorgeous head sculpture outside the library and the river which flows through the centre of this rural town.


Cheryl was super excited to meet me and later that day took me to visit Sonehenge a short drive away. We stayed until dusk so I could play with the bunnies!

I am now going to be packed up again to go on my travels to Canada in a big airplane.cheryl has bought a ticket for me as she did not want me to be put in a box on the hold. ✈️✈️✈️✈️. How exciting


Posted by Holmsey Hare 03:20 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Holmsey Visits Germany!

Holmsey visits Leonore!


Freiburg is lovely little city in the very south-west of Germany. We have about 220.000 inhabitants, and about 30.000 of this are students ar our various universities and colleges. Personally, I think Freiburg has a quite unique feeling to it, with the size and infrastructure of a city, but the atmosphere of a little town or even village.

Freiburg has a historic center around our big church, the Freiburger Münster. (Picture courtesy to wikipedia)


Freiburg is lovely little city in the very south-west of Germany. We have about 220.000 inhabitants, and about 30.000 of this are students ar our various universities and colleges. Personally, I think Freiburg has a quite unique feeling to it, with the size and infrastructure of a city, but the atmosphere of a little town or even village.

Freiburg has a historic center around our big church, the Freiburger Münster. (Picture courtesy to wikipedia)

At the base of the Münster, there's a big market, with farmers, traders and artists from the whole region. We took Holmsley there on Saturday, and he quite enjoyed one of the famous cheesecakes a baker from a few towns away is selling there. He refused to climb the tower though, mumbled something about hares being made to live close to the ground.

Near Freiburg, there's also the Europapark, one of Europe's biggest amusement parks (I think the area is quite a bit bigger than Disneyland Paris, but it has less vsitors a year, something like that). But after seeing videos of the Bluefire, the infamous looping-roller coaster, Holmsley voted for a quiet day instead.

Freiburg is located right at the foot of the Black Forest, so there where plenty of opportunities for more hare-friendly leisure time. He quite enjoyed visiting the world biggest cuckoo clock (another picture thanks to wikipedia) and the Dorotheenhütte, the last active glassblower hut in the Black Forest.


Holmsley says he really liked it here. He says he hopes to return one day, maybe together with his 'mum'? ;)

Find attached the picture of my finished chart, stitched on 32ct flax linen, using DMC threads (though not all in the called-for colours) and 'Mist' by Nina's Thread.


Posted by Holmsey Hare 14:12 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

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