Summer ’18

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Phew! It’s been so hot! Just like summers used to be! Not really, I didn’t used to be a World traveller! I’ve recently returned fro a couple of cruises where I teach crafts on board. A great job!

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Ive just returned from Norway. I’ve been before but last trip was the winter time. This time it was the “midnight sun” fabulous. I cruised on a Fred Olsen ship which is small in comparison to some huge cruise lines. The advantage is that the ship can manoeuvre into the smallest fjords and nearly touch the sides!

I had a great time teaching a variety of passengers a variety of crafts. I will show you what we made over the next few  blogs. As a starter we used silk ties to make lovely makeup purses.This was a very popular and simple project.

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Heat Wave

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We are very lucky to own a caravan in Criccieth at the top of the Llyn Peninsula. The weather these last few weeks has been fantastic. Hot hot hot. So unlike Welsh weather. The area just keeps on giving as we explore more and more. We recently discovered Llandanwg Beach. This beach is squashed between Harlech and Shell island and is just perfect

Behind the beach and within the sand dunes is a tiny medieval church. Built, I suppose, by fishermen many hundreds of years ago. The church is still in use but sadly was locked so I couldn’t get inside.The supporting wall behind the sand dunes is constructed from ancient tomb stones from before 1600. There was a church on this site before 800 and was supposedly built to convert the Welsh to Christianity.

Cilcain Village Gardens in conjunction with the NGS

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This will be really nice.

Cilcain Village Hall /Neuadd y Pentre Cilcain

Four beautiful gardens will be open in Cilcain as part of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday July 7th, 2018.
Cilcain is a very pretty and colourful village and the community run the Village Hall, Show and Plant Fair.
You are now invited to come along and enjoy 4 of our gardens to raise funds for the NGS and our new Village Hall Garden.
Parking is available at the Village Hall and the church, and by the Old Water Pumping Station – enjoy a circular walk of about 1.4 miles to cover all gardens.
Rest and admire the views at NYTH Y WENNOL (3) with its borders and vegetable plot, then carry on to the bottom of the hill, turn left and see DELFRYN (4) a large well planted cottage garden with pond, woodland, large vegetable plot, roses, hydrangeas and seats to relax on. Only disabled parking on drive please…

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Walking in Austria

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IMG_0994We took the local bus from Mayrhofen toHintertux. Hintertux is a local ski mountain where you can ski 365 days of the year. We were not skiing but walking. The lift to the top is in three stages but we hoped off after the first stage and walked down into the town. Now I like walking down!  We started off in full cloud but walked down into hot sunshine ☀️

IMG_1001The walks are extremely well signposted so route finding is easy. We crossed bridges, admired the spring flowers and dodged cows. The cows all wear typical cow bells which you can hear from way off ( the purpose of the bells I suppose)

IMG_1009Apparently the better the milker the cow is the bigger the bell. Now I think that this is extremely mean. Not only does the poor girl have to carry a great big udder but a great big bell as well!

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Awesome Austria

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Hubs and I are having a cheeky week in Mayrhofen Austria. We have been multiple times but are still thrilled with the beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain tops are easily accessible due to the chair lifts

When you reach the end of the lifts the restaurants are fabulous putting our efforts on Snowdon to shame. All the many paths are well labelled with numbers making walking much easier. Your not SUPPOSED to get lost👣

We generally buy a six day mountain pass which enables lift use free buses and train. Not bad value.

Great time out as I hardly ever go away ha ha😎

Oh What a Lovely Day!

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IMG_0945IMG_0947IMG_0949Today the weather has been awesome. One of those British hot steamy days when you are glad to paddle (or swim) in the sea. Each time we come to our “place by the sea” we explore a little more of the Welsh coastal path. Today we dabbled and paddled around Borth-y-gest a pretty village. We discovered tea rooms( nothing new there) an easy stretch of coastal path and hidden coves and beaches. Idillic!

Maybe a little more of the coastal path tomorrow. The Llyn Peninsula Coastal Path is 110 miles (180kilometers) long so at this rate it may take us some time. But watch this space.

 

Money, money, money

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Last year I bought a kit from Scheepjes to make a “crochet along shawl”. The kit, when it arrived, was a delight of yarn squishiness. It contained delightful jewel colours and small extras. It was like receiving a lovely gift ( even though I’d paid for it)

Well I missed the crochet along (CAL) by months so Darling Daughter printed the patterns off for me.

I decided to take the kit away with me and start. No crochet hook ( I have dozens at home) OK, I found a local knitting shop and treated myself to a hook with a lovely handle ( not cheap). I started the shawl very half heartedly as I couldn’t work out when I would wear it! So I thought I’d use the kit to knit a jumper which I am more likely to wear.

I found the perfect sweater on line. Sadly it was published in a book and together with postage was unreasonably expensive. So I resisted the purchase and found a nice, free, pattern in a magazine which I had.

Guess what? No Knitting needles! Dozens at home so I went to the local charity shops which all appeared shut for the royal wedding. Next day I found anther yarn shop and “treated” myself to some high end bamboo needles. I can always justify spending by telling myself that I deserve this treat!

Trying hard, I knit a tension square which suggested that I needed larger needles. Oh no! I think I will wait until I get home.