I’m so sorry not to have found the time to blog for a few weeks but I have been soooo busy. A poor excuse I know!
We have been on a road trip in Damnvan1 to the Lake District, Cumbria. It was cold, sunny, windy, clear, crisp and fun. We walked, talked, drank wine, ate too much and had fun! We struggled to take down our pop up tent ( Where Benji dog sleeps) and I’m sorry I didn’t film our hilarious efforts for YouTube. We travelled to the Yorkshire Dales which were awash with Bluebells, we had picnics, and scoured charity shops, we watched old DVDs and had fun.
I have also been having much fun crafting! More about that next time!
Lovely step Grandaughter turned nine this weekend. As a treat we all went out in Damnvan1 for a birthday picnic by the sea. We were very fortunate as the rain stopped and the sun shone as we drove up to the coast. Great fun was had with a birthday banner over the windscreen, balloons and party poppers. We finished our buffet picnic party with chocolate cake sporting nine candles. The grand finale was a Knickerbocker Glory at a local ice cream parlour. Predictably she couldn’t eat much of it but apparently I’m told that a Knickerbocker Glory is compulsory to celebrate turning nine whole years old.
Muddling along on the craft front at the moment as I’ve been trying to finish my new craft room. I’ve never before decorated a whole room on my own but I’m delighted with the results. The desk arrives tomorrow so nearly there.
I will publish a grand reveal when complete, so watch this space!
Another busy busy week. Not that I’m complaining as, fortunately, all is good.
I took Damnvan1 out of winter storage this week. I am very fortunate in that friends let the camper van live in their barn, so it has been warm and sheltered all winter. This year she did however need a new battery and a minor repair- all down to age I’m afraid. She’s not too old and low mileage but I keep thinking about changing/upgrading her. Shshsh! Don’t tell her! I might keep her forever!
This week I’ve also been on a felting course which was free! I like free! It was a two hour introduction course, very relaxed and very informative. We were supposed to make an egg, which I did and then got bored. I went onto make a small piece of felted Textile which is destined to become a Wild Woman! More about that at a later date!
Thats all folk see you soon!
Travel is my passion. Whether it is global cruising, trekking The Himalaya or Sunday walking in Snowdonia. Travel stretches the mind, excites the imagination and feeds the memory banks.
Damnvan1 is a great way to travel around the UK. We have travelled coast to coast and Lands End to John OGroats. We have manoeuvred over (very) narrow bridges up steep hills, onto ferries and, best of all, along our beautiful coastline.
We have great plans to travel Globally and continue in Damnvan1 to forests,valleys, mountains and coast. So BRING IT ON!
I recently went away with my Darling Daughter and Gorgeous Grandson in Damnvan1. We were travelling to Criccieth and decided to have a picnic lunch at Dolwyddelan Castle near to Betwys y coed. I have wanted to visit this castle for some time. It was built in the 13th century by Llewelyn the Great prince of Gwynedd and North Wales.
We had a fine picnic sheltering from the rain in Damnvan1. The castle consists of just one ruined tower but to explore further seemed a good idea. We all needed the toilet so we walked up the hill towards the castle entrance. Luckily on the right just as we arrived at the entrance ( or so we thought) were two clearly labelled ladies and gents loos. We used the facilities.
When we came out of the toilets we were accosted by a guardian of toilets in the form of an angry woman. She shouted at us that they were NOT public toilets and we shouldn’t have used them. Too late! For all intents and purposes those toilets appeared public, clearly labelled ladies and gents. We did suggest that she should put up a notice stating that they were private. She replied that folk only ignored notices. As we were in a no win situation we aborted our exploration of the castle and returned to the sanctuary of Damnvan1.
After all we have our own toilet in Damnvan1 !
I wonder if you’ve missed me? Probably not! Who can blame you? I’ve taken a short hiatus from blogging as we are away in Damnvan1 AGAIN. We are in the Lake District AGAIN. It was Hubs birthday so it was his destination choice and, what a surprise, we are at Castlerigg Hall Camp site AGAIN. Not that I’m complaining you understand. I love it here as you might have noticed!
This is the view from my Campervan door. What more could you ask for?
This is the view from my Campervan door!
It would have been rude to refuse. It was Hubs birthday after all.
We have had wonderful weather AGAIN. We have walked and shopped. There are so many “outdoor” shops all selling hiking, camping, climbing, biking and wine. A girl only needs so many pairs of hiking books and “wick away” Tee shirts. However a girl can always use another bottle of wine or maybe more chocolate!
Catch up soon. Cheers!
Hubs and I are still hanging out in Keswick, Cumbria. The weather is absolutely beautiful, we have been so lucky. Tomorrow we need to go home to check out my aging Mum who is not very well. Next week we plan to come back! It would be easier if we moved up here but that’s not possible, therefore we max it out using my Campervan. Happy days.
This part of Cumbria suffered badly in flooding last Winter. There is evidence everywhere of flood damage including many bridges damaged beyond repair. This Is the remains of a foot bridge that we normally use. Many footpaths are temporarily re routed but no one seems to know how long for. This diversion adds about half a mile to our normal walks so it can only be helping me to get fitter!
Today’s walk took us through Bluebell woods and down to the Lake edge of Derwentwater. We then walked along the edge of the lake to Lodore Falls hotel where we picked up the launch back to Keswick. Another fabulous day out.
Whilst we’ve been away I have started another knitting project. Watch this space for more information but it may take some time!
This is it! This is why I crocheted my recent blanket (or is it Afghan or is it a throw?). The Coastal coloured blanket is now in my campervan and very nice too! Hubs did suggest that I made another one for the other seat! Doesn’t he realise that it took me six months? Not the fastest crocheter in the West!
We are currently in our favourite spot in the Lake District, Cumbria. On Monday we walked to Ashness Bridge, a beautiful beauty spot, and the right distance for me. Ashness bridge provided the perfect spot for our picnic and a rest.
As we tracked through The Big Wood and around Walla Crag we had multiple stunning views of Derwentwater. The sun was shining and hot and all was good in our World. We left Ashness Bridge to walk down to the Lake. Here we sat on a jetty and waited for Keswick Launch. In its own time it arrived and we sailed back to Keswick Town.
A lovely stunning day. One of the best!
I must point out that this is the second time that I’ve written this blog. The first was lost in the ether! Ahh the secrets of WordPress.com
Yippee! I’ve finished my crochet blanket, or is it an Afghan? I have worked this blanket in front of a roaring fire all winter. The colder the weather became the faster the blanket grew. I am delighted with the end result. It’s very fortunate that it is complete as I was making this for my campervan. We go away in Damnvan1 tomorrow so hooray.
I bought this crochet kit to make a blanket way back in September last year at Yarndale. I bought the yarn from Attic24 and intended to make their Coast Ripple Blanket. This colour scheme is so representative of the sea, beach and cliffs it is perfect for a camper-van. The yarn pack is Stylecraft Special DK.
I started the pattern provided but WOW! As a fairly inexperienced crochet girl I really struggled with the “wave” or ripple pattern. My waves didn’t ripple at all. Obviously a major problem with my technique. After multiple attempts at the waves I abandoned hope. At this point I stumbled across “Spice of Life” crochet blanket by Sandra Paul. Sandra is also known as Cherry Heart http://www.cherryheart.co.uk
This Spice of Life pattern was perfect for me as it was like working a sampler. There were multiple stripes using many different stitches. I worked my way through the pattern ( a little slowly) and built up my stitch repertoire. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The yarn is soft and warm, the pattern lovely and the end result very satisfying.
I deliberated long and hard about whether or not to do a border but I’m really glad that I did. The border was a further learning experience and really finishes off the blanket. The blanket didn’t need blocking.
The finished blanket is made from the Spice of Life pattern by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools. http://www.cherryheart.co.uk www.blacksheepwools
The wools and colour sequence are from Attic24 at http://www.attic24.com
I think that now I would be able to work the ripple blanket. In fact I noticed that Attic24 have a new kit, so maybe at Yarndale this year……
Now I know that I said we had put Damnvan away for the winter but the weather was such a good forecast! The Lake District beckoned! We had a window of opportunity! We needed to get away!! So we took Damnvan out of her early hibernation and drove into the sunset. Well, not exactly but you get the gist.
This is the view of Derwentwater from our van last evening, making life worthwhile.
Staying close to us is this delightful van. I want one of these!
Sensible son suggested that we just sell up, buy a “Bad Boy” and travel the World. Now that’s a thought for the day……..