Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Last weekend all the females in the family went to Sprvings spa and had a good time exercising, swimming, being massaged and eating cake. Not to mention drinking wine in the bedrooms. I then drove to London, stayed the night with Ruth and took a plane to Milan on Monday morning where I joined the tour. We were bussed to Genoa. The last thirty minutes were on a typical Italian motorway. They do not bother about the mountains a a lot of tunnels and viaducts and glimpses of perilous rocks!

An escorted walk round the. City and time for supper - except I felt bad and retired to bed - to be very sick. An email to the females of the family produced the information that five of us had been sick so it was something to do with the Spa. On t he next day, I managed to walk everywhere but stayed off food. Today I am fine but rather hungry.

So what about. Genoa. Well it is a bit disappointing. I had imagined it as Florence by the sea but the palazzi are not like that. Inside they are stunning and the amount of high class art about is even more stunning . Rubens, van Dyke both worked here and left pictures to prove it. Genoa was also famous for silk textiles, especially velvet and several of the palazzi have the original textiles in use! Cut silk velvet on the walls and on th upholstery.

A doorway in the city. There are many of these.

A palazzo

A mediaeval ship in port complete with Neptune as figurehead.


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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.