Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Sofas and Cellars

 A couple of posts ago I wrote about making new slip covers for a client's three sofas. Well, Last Friday I delivered and fitted the finished covers and here they are......

Sofa no. 1:  before and after

Sofa no. 2:  before

..and after.

sofa no 3: new cover

I was really pleased with them, and thankfully, the client was too.  Job Done!

Then on Saturday, OH and I went to Winchelsea, East Sussex for a guided tour of some Medieval wine cellars. Sounds fun?

Well, actually it was very interesting, but far too involved to give you the whole history. 
Basically, during the Medieval period Winchelsea was a very important port and one of the original Cinque Ports. Wine from the continent was shipped into the port and then transhipped all along the south coast and up to London. The wine was stored and sold to merchants from the cellars - all 58 or more, of them! 
The cellars were built under the houses and we were able to go down into three of them. (Not all 58 are accessible any more).

Although few of the original medieval buildings remain in the village, there are some glorious Georgian properties (some of which were built as a shell around the older, medieval or Tudor houses). 
The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. I had no idea how big and how important a town Winchelsea was; now-a-days it is just a relatively small, but very pretty village, with a wonderful deli and coffee shop, another shop - "The Little Shop", a few pubs and a fascinating history.

The tours are organised by The Winchelsea Archaeological Society and are well worth doing if you are ever along the East Sussex coast.


  1. Looks like it was a great day,how interesting.Carole

  2. I really fancy making some slip covers (but patchwork ones! - nothing like making it more complicated!!). We discovered Winchelsea last year when we visited Sussex for the first time - and loved the area.
    Thanks for your comment re Goodwood. No, not Glamping as we've never been before so just going for the day (this year!).x

  3. Hi Debs!
    Great makeover and great trip, super:)))
    Greetings from Biljana


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