The decorations are gone and the sun has yet to show it’s face this week. The skies are iron grey. It’s days like these where music, light and having lots to do keep me feeling good.
We decided on Saturday that, despite the biting cold we would venture to Ely for lunch and a look around.
Ely for those who don’t know it, is a cathedral city in the Cambridgeshire Fens. It was known originally as the Isle of Eels, because until the 17th Century, when the Fens were drained, it was reachable only by boat. It is still referred to as the Isle of Ely today.
Originally settled by the Anglo Saxons, it was a stronghold of Hereward the Wake but was taken by William the Conqueror in the 1066 Norman invasion and the magnificent Ely cathedral was the result.
In the photos below, the cathedral tower can be seen in the distance.
There was a freezing cold wind, which we were eager to escape, so when we came to a sign for The Almonry Tearoom, we decided it was too cold to look further and we headed inside.
The tearoom is set in the medieval precinct of the cathedral and overlooks the gardens. It’s a beautiful setting and the tea rooms themselves are the kind of place you might expect to see Miss Marple. After a lunch of tea and sandwiches (it seemed fitting somehow!), we wandered down the main street and browsed, until the cold won and we decided to set off home.
Since then I’ve been walking Ziggy but other than that the weather has given me an excuse to stay inside and get on with some jewellery upcycling.
I had a few broken pieces of vintage jewellery that I liked too much to throw away but that I couldn’t wear.
The first is a chandelier earring that I converted into a necklace:
I added some foiled beads to the chain to give it a more contemporary feel.
Next I converted a turquoise brooch and clip earring into a necklace. I removed the broken pin from the brooch and the clip from the back of the earring and filed them smooth. I then glued the earring to an antiqued copper tab and incorporated them into a chain:
I’ve worn this a few times and I love it!
Finally I used the casing of an old brooch to make a new one from felt:
This looks nice pinned to a woollen winter jacket.
Today, I’m upcycling some candlesticks and making sure I’ve got a good playlist to accompany me.
If you are in a sun free zone, I hope the dark days of January have been good for you and hoping you have a good week.