This is my 4th year coming to Torquay. My class was a bit smaller this year, but I really didn't want more than 12 in the class, and that was the final number. We were creating my LiMei doll and she's quite involved and smaller numbers in a class means more gets done.
The first day was the nitty-gritty day, We created a wire armature and filled the bodies with stuffing around the wire. Then we drew and sculpted the face. Day two was the dyeing day. The bodies were dyed, along with the clothing fabrics. We had a beautiful day for everything to be outside to dry in the sun.
One of the things I love about coming to Sylvia's here in Torquay is the walk in the mornings and evenings. I can walk along the edge of the cliffs and see the sea below. It is truly beautiful. But, as you can see, they have the same problems we have in California - cliffs falling into the sea.
In the evenings Carl whisks me away for an adventure. This trip was to Brixham to see where more D-Day events happened. Many of our men and women embarked from various points along the Devonshire coast before D-Day.
But, as were leaving the Battery Gardens we noticed we had a flat tire. Every year I have to have some adventure with Carl. Last year, as he was helping me on the train to return to London the train took off with Carl still on the train with me. Fortunately, Torre is a short distance from Torquay and he was able to get off and return to Torquay to meet Sylvia. Who was standing in shock as the train took off with her husband still with me.
After the class on Sunday Carl took me to see two very narrow bridges that are hundreds of years old. With the recent rains the river was running quite fast and the sound wonderful. After we visited the bridges we returned to Buckfast Abbey for Sunday Vespers. We had gone there last year and Carl knew how I loved the pipe organ and the chantings of the monks. This year there was an additional Benedictine service. I even knew the hymn sung at the end. Here's the fun group with their dolls in various stages of completion at the end of the day on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed working with the Embellisher machines we had, and we all loved the All in One dyes from Colourcraft. Everyone did like using the Shiva/Markal Paintstiks for coloring the faces and upper bodies. I do have to say that everyone's dolls turned out great and I can't wait to see the finished dolls when I return next year. Today, Oct. 4, was my last day in Torquay. Sylvia took me to a beautiful spot along the coast where we had tea and a light lunch before I had to get on the train. The day was perfect - warm, sunny, breezy.
When I return next year we'll be doing my new Kiri doll based on the movie "Avatar". Keep tuned.
Next, I'll be briefly visiting the Knitting & Stitching Show in London Thursday, then that afternoon heading to Belgium to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandson.