I'm going away for a few days, well probably only two. I have to have some tests done in hospital, nothing too bad I hope but I will be having a couple of days forced rest. I found this embroidery on Pinterest and it said the pattern was available for $4.50 on Etsy. I thought it was Scandinavian but that title says Hungarian and when I visited the site it was something else again. I like that 'bleached' pattern in the background of the fabric and the embroidery design, just glad I didn't click buy. It just doesn't look Hungarian to me.
Earlier I wrote about my interest,( that I have had since I was a young teenager,) in the Chinese Empress Cixi. Just over a year ago I read the book about her by Jung Chang and it stated that the author "had been given access to previously unseen material, including images." That was partly true. Now, when I was unpacking I came across a deck of cards that I must have had for over 20 years. The printed translation material with them said that they were for playing Poker, which they say was invented in China. I have just found them again in the unpacking. I always hung onto them, even though I don't play Poker, because they had old Chinese photos on them. Imagine my surprise when I realised there were a number of images of Cixi there.
I might be wrong but she seems a bit older in this one.
This one was in the book I think.
Then there are the images with the wives of western diplomats. Some very stern faces here.
Or what about this one?
And some of the images are rather sad. Like this one of the last Emperor.
And his famous concubine, she was so beautiful and just look at her costume and head dress.
So here they are on 3" x 2" playing cards. It wasn't until I got a magnifying glass and could see the translations that I realised what a treasure I have. Some of these photos featured in the book about Cixi but there are so many others here that I need to look closely at.
Eleven Pipers Piping, well nearly eleven.
Then there will only be one left to stitch, but wait, I have forgotten the making up!!! That can take as long as the stitching.
They made a terrible noise with the helicopter they were using to shoot this video but this is my island home and this is the weather we are experiencing right now.