it was IHWS this weekend again (if you are not familiar with it, just click on the icon on the right-hand bar) and I did some stitching, but what I definitely did not do is hermitting... lol!
DH and I had booked a weekend trip to Salzburg, which is a three hour train ride from Vienna. This of course gave me some time for stitching. Oh, Salzburg is a wonderful city and if you have never been there you should seriously think about going! Especially in Advent there is a certain magic to that place.
We were really lucky with the weather, on Friday and Saturday it was unusually warm and sunny for this time of the year (many Austrians are already complaining about the lack of snow for Christmas, but as I am not a winter person, it is all right with me) and we had the most wonderful time walking around the town. We headed up the Kapuzinerberg to a tiny old castle named Franziskus-Schloessl (Francis' castle). This means about half an hour of walking uphill and especially at the beginning it is really uphill, but it always is well worth the effort.
|Francis' castle - just look at the gorgeous weather and DH in front of it ;-)|
And if you are looking for the perfect place to drink your Gluehwein (mulled wine in German), you have to go to the heart of the city, to Europe's oldest restaurant.
|Stiftskeller St. Peter - St. Peter's Abbey's cellar|
|This is the entrance to the yard where you can spend the most romantic evening|
|The entrance to the cellar/restaurant itself|
|Just look at the old vault with the wonderful decoration|
But IHSW! Yes, I did some stitching on the train ride, so here are the two cover kits from previous issues of British cross stitch magazines I had started a while ago on Thursday evening when I popped them into my tiny suitcase:
|Fizzy Moon Christmas card from The World of Cross Stitching|
|Lickle Ted Christmas card, likely from the same magazine|
|All this backstitch drove me nearly nuts, but it looks sooooo cute|
|Way to go, maybe for Christmas 2015?|