Midsomer Quilting and Chew Valley

We are back to minus temperatures and the sun can't make up its mind if to come out or not. Some action was needed and we decided to have a day out, to lift the spirits. The excuse was that I needed some more fabric (as if I need an excuse!) for my new project, to compliment the fabric I bought in Sweden last summer.
This time we decided to drive north, to Midsomer Quilting.

The shop might not look very big from the outside, but that is deceiving. It is like the tardis, it opens up in front of you, with shelves cramped with lovely fabrics. The choice is not easy, but nice people are there to help and I came away happy. They even have a "creche for men", with comfortable chairs and as much coffee and tea, as they want.
Even DH came away with something for himself, a book "No Thankful Village", written by Chris Howell, a co-founder of Midsomer Quilting. It is about the community in the area around Midsomer Norton and Radstock, which he obviously feels very strongly about, and how it was affected by the Great War 1914 - 1918. This area is a part of an ancient coal fields in Mendip Hills.
Thank you De, Birgitta and Chris!

After we drove to Chew Magna and had a very nice lunch at a local pub. From there it is not very far to Chew Valley Lake, a place we have not been before. It is a reservoir created to supply drinking water to Bristol and surrounding area, but it is also a very interesting place for birdwatchers, if you happen to be one.

It is a lovey area, with the Mendip hills in the background, a nice place for a walk or a summer picnic. But not today, it is cold and it feels even colder near the water. Time to head for home.