On My Delivery Round

 There is one shop to which I always deliver  personally – Parham House; near to where I live and a lovely journey beside the Sussex Downs and through the woods. The drive from the gates must be a mile long, past the Lodge, over a deer grid and through the park towards the house and gift shop to which I deliver the tapestry kits.

Parham House

Of course – I have to go in the back way!
Parham House back door

Parham House is very special because it is home to perhaps the finest and most important collection of 17th century embroidery in the United Kingdom, displayed in a room off the Long Gallery.

The Long Gallery itself is a joy, with a glorious painted ceiling designed by Oliver Messel, the 20th century artist and stage designer.
Long Gallery, Parham house

And on this ceiling, nestling amongst the oak leaves somewhere down the far end is a rather bad tempered looking owl.
Here he is – on two of my own tapestry kits; The Owl Pincushion and the double sided Owl Glasses Case.  I have made his expression slightly kinder!

Owl PincushionOwl Glasses Case