Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sand Between My Toes


Sand Between My Toes

This will remain a fond memory of this beachy, sunny holiday in Cornwall. Sand, sun, beach, hot, sea, paddle, ice cream, beach cafe, swim, surf, sun bathe, read, camp, campervan, hedgerows, flowers, breeze, relax, sun tan, smile, happy!

We have moved to the other side of Cornwall, an area I’ve not been to since childhood (quite a while ago!) we have only visited The Roseland Penninsula. This is an area about fifteen miles from Truro. We haven’t had long enough here but will certainly return. It is an area of pretty coastal villages, gorgeous coves, and hidden beaches.

Today we walked a very small portion of the Coastal Path after our second visit to the Hidden Hut for lunch. We met a guy walking in the opposite direction in aid of Prostate cancer. We had a great chat, made a donation and said good bye! He’s well on the way to raising £5k for this good cause so good luck to him. His blog is

A Hidden Gem


A Hidden Gem

Today we stumbled across a hidden gem. It was “The Hidden Hut” a beach cafe with a difference. It is situated on National Trust land above Porthcurnick Beach, Roseland Peninsula, South Coast Cornwall. I say stumbled because we had just come along the Coastal Path in intense heat and really needed a nice break. What a joy! Great food, service and location.
Whilst we were there they were filming a celebrity chef for a BBC programme Saturday Bites going out in September.The chef was a guy called Tom Kerridge. He was cooking in the outdoor kitchen and walking along the Coastal Path -although
he didn’t walk very far.Too hot.
The painting is by Claire Henley

The Hidden Hutimage

Sun, Sea and Sand


Sun, Sea and Sand

Sadly I have lost my camera. It wasn’t too expensive or indeed techy so it was time to replace. The problem is I knew how to use it, download, crop etc. I have spent an age trying to download images from my phone with only a small degree of success. Also I have been internet less for the last few days which has been odd.
The weather has been positively tropical with roasting sun and wonderful sun sets. We have been staying at Sennen Cove, Lands End a stunningly beautiful site largely due to the location. We have walked the Coastal path and best of all sunbathed on the beach. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Sand between the toes. The Atlantic waters are very cold but I braved a brief dip. Photos not available as heavily censored!
On top of everything else I have just spilt tea over my iPad so here’s hopping all is well.

Where to find vintage knitting patterns online


I think that this list of Vintage sources is really handy💃

A pile of sheep

Are you a fan of vintage knitting patterns? I certainly am. Luckily for us there are many places to get that vintage pattern fix. There are currently numerous good pattern books in print. But sometimes you want just one individual pattern. That’s where the technological marvel that is the internet comes in! Please enjoy this handy vintage link-fest!

Vintage Knitting Patterns – For Sale

The Retro Knitting Lady
This is one of my favourite sites, even just for browsing. The Fair Isle section is a spectacular wall of 1940s and 50s knitting fashion! You can pay for a pdf, or have the original mailed to you.

Iva Rose
This site sells reproduction knitting patterns and specialises in 1920s and 30s fashions.

Vintage Knitting Patterns
You can order some extremely comprehensive and properly reprinted collections of vintage patterns from here. There are patterns dating from 1895 to 1963!

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Christmas Gift


Christmas Gift

Sunbathing and knitting seems such an odd thing to do in this beautiful hot weather! The wrap for my Mum’s Christmas gift is growing steadily as I click away sitting outside Damnvan1. What a wonderful life. We can stay in bed as long as we like, or until Benji dog gets us up. We can sit on the beach watching Atlantic Rollers come up the beach. We can sit outside beach cafés and drink tea (or coffee) all day and I can craft as much as I wish! The joys of the freedom of the road in retirement.
I remember blogging last year and complaining of the lack of real craft shops so this year I’m not so worried and saving my cash for projects when we ( eventually) go home. There are numerous beach shops and quite a few charity shops in the bigger towns. We have only bought a few DVDs from charity shops as we travel, these we watch in the evening and drop off at the next charity shop we come across. This makes me feel that we are contributing to charity, recycling and enjoying ourselves. A win win.

Padstow,Watergate and Porth Beach Cornwall


Padstow,Watergate and Porthole Beach

Saturday in Padstow was hot and busy but very enjoyable. This beautiful harbour, made famous by chef Rick Stien, is surrounded by a backdrop of Quaint cottages and lush restaurants. I indulged in people watching(there was even a wedding photo shoot to watch)and retail therapy. The shops are typically beach and yacht emporiums, many out of my price bracket,but I did find a cute top to purchase. I really must get my sewing machine out when I get home as I could run up half of the garments for a fraction of the price. Nice day with nice ice cream and nice bus ride to get there.
Sunday we decided to walk the coastal path along the cliffs of Watergate beach onto Porth Beach. It was only about four miles but my dodgy back did well and I got the bus back. The scenery here is awesome all rocks and caves and surf. I would love to test the surf but I don’t think my back would enjoy that!Watergate Beach

In The Dog House

Sorry picture didn't seem to attach the first time!

Sorry picture didn’t seem to attach the first time!

This year,because we have Benji dog with us, we have been using a porch awning which attaches to the rear of Damnvan1. We went out for a walk one day last week and on our return two of the poles had snapped and tent was in a heap. Fortunately it hadn’t blown away! Now this meant that Benji was invited to sleep inside the van. He was in seventh heaven and tried hard not to climb onto our bed with us but he is a very friendly hound. As soon as we could we bought a new dog annex and he moved into it. This is one of those pop up festival tents. It’s much better than the porch tent as it pops up so quickly and (allegedly) goes away quickly. It is also lighter to carry with us and not so bulky.
We have now arrived just off the North Cornwall Coastal Path near to Newquay. The weather,location and outlook is fantastic.

Bos Castle Cornwall


imageBos Castle Cornwall

Today was sunny,hot and positively tropical. Hubs decided to walk along the Coastal Path to Bos Castle and I drove in Damnvan1 to meet him for lunch. I guess I got the better deal.
Bos Castle is a picturesque Cornish village with a natural harbour and a medieval past. Many of you may remember the flood of ten years ago which rushed through the steep sided valley,engulfing the village within minutes. It is good to see it today beautifully restored to its former self. All that I noticed was flood markers at the TOP of the cottages
No crafts today. Most of the so called craft shops appear to be full of fairies, wizards and crystals. Not my cup of tea but I guess it’s a modern nod to the areas medieval past. The legend of King Arthur is said to have originated in this area.
Moving on tomorrow to Newquay so not sure if I will have Internet. Watch this space.

Crafting in Cornwall


The Old Post Office Tintage Crafting in Cornwall

Today was a good day, although a lot of days are! Today was a craft day, well few hours. I attended a felting workshop in the garden of The Old Post Office Tintagel. This is a a 14th Century stone house owned by The National Trust. Imagine that! Built in 1300’s as a medieval manor house about 700 years ago! Wow!
The course was about how to make a felt flower brooch. Dee-Anne McCoull was the delightful teacher and a handful of interesting ladies attended. Dee-Anne demonstrated how to felt wool tops and let our imaginations lead the way. My “flower” turned out surprisingly well for a first attempt. Although we didn’t have long the afternoon turned out very sucessfully.
Of course I bought another future project. This will join my project stash but will be made up into a lovely bag in the fullness of time.
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Walking to Ilfracombe


Walking to Ilfracombe

We decided to walk into Ilfracombe on a lovely sunny day. After we had negotiated a narrow, busy lane from the camp site in Damage Barton, we joined the cycle route C27 into Ilfracombe. This was along a disused railway line, tarmaced,and fairly flat. (Thank you Dr Beeching!) Benji so enjoyed the walk of about 5 miles. The wild flowers were stunning and the scenery delightful. I did wonder how lovely the rail journey would have been had the rail service remained open

Dr Beeching produced a government report in 1963 which resulted in the closure of most if not all, of the rural railways and stations in Great Britain. There is great debate as to the wisdom of this but the infrastructure of that time did not support the modernisation from steam to electric. Come back steam I say!!
I must add that I did cheat and get the bus back!