So, Grace brought her sewing machine back to Kantara from home on Monday, and has started by creating a set of eight floor cushions with the filling from six larger ones brought from home. Today we went on a fabric hunt for curtains, seat covers and cushion covers. Not entirely successful, I have to say, but it gave us our fist visit to Leicester. We didn't see much, but what we saw was quite amazing. It has the most impressive shopping centre I have ever seen, both in terms of the architecture and the range of shops - and believe me, I am not usually impressed by shopping centres!
Secondly, it has an incredible outdoor but roofed vegetable and fruit market. It is vast, and the goods are laid out very tidily, but the oddest thing is that this market has perhaps 100 or more traders, and they all sell pretty much the same wares at the same prices. One wonders how any of them makes a living.
Tomorrow will have us shopping again, this time mainly to stock up with food. We have family and friends visiting next week. The weather forecast looks promising, so we hope to get them out on the canal. After that, we will have perhaps another three weeks before we overwinter. We just might get a longish cruise in!