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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.

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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.

Reclaimation Show

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IMG_0691This last weekend I was looking after my Gorgeous Granddaughter (or maybe she was looking after me!). She lives a couple of hundred miles from me so it’s always very special to see her. Her parents were away so we were home alone. I searched, trawled the net and tried to find something different to do with not a lot of success. Then I found a Salvage and reclaimation show not too far away. The sun was shining and the sat nav worked and we found Ripley Castle without too much trouble.

Despite being told that taking a child to a Reclaimation Show was tantamount to child abuse we had a great time! We saw chairs, nuts, bolts, garden furniture and so much more.imageIMG_0692.JPGWe each bought a lovely snugly throw, we ate Asian take away and  found decorative shells. A very happy day!

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Tie Craft

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I recently went to a meeting of the Embroiders Guild. I love this meeting and find the other members inspiring and oh so creative! It is not just embroidery but all types of needle crafts. I often take my knitting but today I took the neck ties that I’ve been collecting to make a silk make up purse.

I spent time folding, re folding and pining into place until I was happy with the result. When you have worked out how it is quite easy to finally hand sew and insert a zip. I’m pleased with my first effort and will make more until I can make the silk purses with ease and neatly.

 

 

 

Ties

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As you know my friends, I occasionally work on cruise ships teaching crafts. I am always on the look out for interesting, new crafty ideas, and as such have come up with a project using silk ties. I could use polyester but silk would be much nicer. I therefore started to search charity shops and quite frankly can’t believe the price of second hand ties! Polyester are generally around £2 but silk ones are about £4.50 Why on earth are they charging so much more for silk ties? There are dozens of them in the shops and are obviously not selling. I don’t want to pay too much as I need at least 30!

That took me to eBay where the plot thickens. I found great silk ties at a cheap rate (£1) so I decided to order three as samples to see if they will work. OK they are coming from China and won’t arrive until May! But hey! I can wait. I placed the order and then realised that they might be clip on or elasticated! I contacted seller who seemed very sweet but there was a language problem Chinese v English.

A short search later I found a private seller with one silk tie for sale. Well it was a start! A lovely silk tie in girly colours and great condition.

IMG_0176The tie arrived promptly this morning and it is very nice. I then turned it over and Amazingly Naked ladies! Tasteful but naked.

IMG_0178This is an interesting craft project indeed.

Giddy

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I’ve just got to tell you that I am giddy with excitement! Why? I’m on the brink, nay cusp of finishing not one but TWO works in progress! How exciting is that? Such a rare event.

Im savouring the moment so will show you pics when work complete! I have put myself under pressure ( I work better under pressure)  as I am off to a craft show with Sis on Friday. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy/start any more project until I had finished at least two. Mind you I don’t NEED to buy more as I still have multiple PHDs (projects half done) filling up my tiny cottage. But you know the score…

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Woolly Stash

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IMG_1461I’ve also been sorting my yarn stash. Probably a place that no one has dared to go before! Actually the amount of yarn has been greatly reduced as I used quite a lot on my last teaching cruise. The ladies made “twiddle muffs” for donation to care homes.

IMG_1323I have also used quite a lot of my yarn stash making a throw (afghan) which is very colourful and on the brink of completion. Yippee!

Just when I thought all yarn was sorted I stumbled across another bag of yarn! I am not allowing myself to start this project until two of my WIPs (works in progress) are finished. So maybe soon.

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