I’ve 3 blog post on my to-do list and half an hour to spare. So first up and straight to the top of the list and bypassing my belated Sunday Sevens is when Harry met Sally, oops I mean when Jenny met Ali! It has a similar ring to it though don’t you think!
The whole blogging and sewcial media scene has changing my lonely hobby into something really exciting, and I’ve friendships blossoming all over the world. I’ve already met some of my new sewing buddies in real life but the chances of meeting those from outside of the UK are pretty slim.
But then Jen – from Let The Sewing Begin -mentioned she was going to be holidaying in South Wales. Not anywhere near Yorkshire, but we just HAD to meet up. I checked out where Jenny was staying and tried to find somewhere in the middle which would be easy for us both to get to. We eventually decided on Chester – it was about 2 1/2 hours each by train AND it had a Abakan which i really wanted to visit!
It was an early start, hubby dropped us off at Huddersfield train station where we were to catch our first train which would take us to Manchester.
We went through some gorgeous countryside as we headed through Yorkshire in Lancashire.
Once inside Manchester Picadilly we managed to get on the wrong train. I was in the loo when the guard came to empty the train and point us in the right direction. Luckily I heard the commotion and didn’t get left behind!
We arrived unscathed in Chester. Did I tell you cyber-mom came too? Chance for a few selfies outside the train station whilst we waited for Jenny’s train to come in.
This is the view from the front entrance of Chester train station. There are 2 ways you can walk into the town centre. If you plan to go and haven’t been before don’t go straight ahead as people will tell you to. Instead come out and turn right. After about 200 yds the road will swing round to the left. Follow your nose and you will come across Abakhan on your right as you walk into town as you go over a little round about and over a bridge. (I wish we’d have know this!)
Jenny arrived, and after lots of hugs and hellos we headed off into town. Sorry no pics of this, we were too busy hugging!
First stop was a coffee at M&S and time to natter. We got on so well, chatting away and didn’t feel like strangers at all.
Jenny brought me a gift!!
She made me a draw string pouch, a perfect size for my golf shoes.
Unfortunately time was rushing away and we didn’t have chance to look around Chester and it’s beautiful buildings, so headed straight for Abakan.
Oh my goodness! So much fabric (and aparantly this is their smallest store!!).
As well as selling fabric by the metre they sell it by the kilogram too. Fabric remnants are organised into baskets by fabric type and price. Most of the pieces are quite big, at least 3 metres which was too much for us to buy. Then we got talking to the lovely ladies who work there and they told us we could buy just the amount we needed, a minimum of 0.2 metres as long as there was at least 1 metre left of the piece. How good is that!
As well as a couple of remnants I bought 3 metres of this silky poly charmeuse with ovals shapes on it. I’m thinking I’ll make another Holly jumpsuit to wear at the Presentation night at the golf club next month.
Here’s what else I bought. The pink plaid for a golf skort, the zig zag fabric just because I liked it, and the jersey under the circles I’m not sure but maybe some leggings – it has a great 4 way stretch.
And here’s Jen with her purchases…
And both of us – Happy Fabric
Before we knew it, we only had 90 minutes before Jenny had to catch her train, and we’d not even eaten lunch. We decided to head to the train station and try and find somewhere on the way, and if not there was always the cafe at the station.
We stumbled across a cheap and cheerful cafe. Not quite Betty’s Tea Rooms but it did the job!
Big hugs and goodbyes before we headed into the station.
Bye bye Jen……….was lovely meeting you, hopefully we meet again, and you never know one day I might venture to the other side of the pond!