Buying Rope

Today I went to Mercia Marina and ended up buying rope! The original reason for my visit was to pick up some knitting that I had done for an exhibition at the Willington Art Festival. Little did I know I would end up buying rope.

My exhibit  was a hoop covered in knitting to illustrate the water cycle. I don’t know why I chose to make this but the idea just popped into my head.

I started by covering the hoop in a blue and green length of knitting to represent the sky, hills and water. This was followed by knitting a large grey cloud with rain drops falling from it. Further knitted items were placed on either side of the hoop to represent hills and trees and of course a large warm sun that would evaporate the water, from the lake to eventually fall once again as rain.

As the exhibit was specific to Mercia Marina I added a little sign pointing to the marina and a swan swimming in the water.

A Knitted Water Cycle
A Knitted Water Cycle

After going to the office to retrieve my knitted water cycled I visited a shop on site called the Midland Chandlers. I was interested to look at all the things they sold but did not go with the purpose of buying rope! It was a large shop full of things for boat owners but even though I don’t own a boat I found plenty of interest.

A good selection of rope.
A good selection of rope.

As well as buying some rope I also bought some shackles. I am not absolutely sure what I am going to do with them but most likely they will be used to make myself a bag. I was also given a piece of paper explaining how you can splice rope in case I need this skill once I start making.

Buying Rope.
Buying Rope.

Once I have made my bag I will post details to this blog. Now the shopping was completed I had a walk around the Marina and took lots of pictures of boats.

Blue Narrow Boat
Blue Narrow Boat

I don’t know how many boats there were all together but I love the brightly coloured ones.

Red and Green Narrow Boats.
Red and Green Narrow Boats.

There was also plenty of birds to be seen both in the water and beside it.

Canada Geese beside the Canal.
Canada Geese beside the Canal.

The Marina has a lovely cafe called The Willow Tree Tea Room I sat outside to drink tea and eat a piece of delicious cake. This next picture was taken from my seat at the cafe table but unfortunately I forgot once again to take a picture of my cake!

View from my table at the cafe.
View from my table at the cafe.
More colourful boats.
More colourful boats.

 

 

Red Boat
Red Boat
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