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Road Trip

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I recently met “my boys” and Gorgeous Granddaughter in The Lake District for a short camping trip. Gorgeous Granddaughter and I stayed in Damnvan1 whilst the boys camped in a tent nearby. ( I think the girls got the best deal!). We were blessed with good weather and explored around Keswick and Derwentwater.

IMG_1063IMG_1141We had brunch in jail. The local Wetherspoons has been opened in an old court house, complete with prison cells. It’s a great preservation of an old building with a long social history. We ate in one of the prison cells but the food was one up on bread and water!

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We fed Ducks and Geese on Derwentwater, we had a BBQ and sampled some wine.  Happy days.

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Camping, wine and chocolate.

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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!

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This is the view from my Campervan door. What more could you ask for?

Well…..

This is the view from my Campervan door!

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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!

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Done It!

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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.

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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

 

 

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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……

Cool Camping

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imageNow 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.

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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!

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Sensible son suggested that we just sell up, buy a “Bad Boy” and travel the World. Now that’s a thought for the day……..

Let’s go fly a Kite

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Lets go and fly a kite! Oops maybe not!

I’ve just returned from a trip in Damnvan with Gorgeous Grandson number two. This is my third grandchild that I’ve taken on holiday this Summer and I am now bonded and have done my Granny duty!

I must confess that it has been an absolute delight. I’ve had quality time with each child, travelled around and improved my tan!

This last break was to Abersoch. We pitched just outside the town in a lovely site called Nant-y-Big  www.nantybig.co.uk  This site was a 5 minute stroll from a wonderful beach which was very quiet in comparison to nearby, uber busy, Abersoch. 👣We walked, surfed on a belly board (OK one of us did) 🏊🏻tried to fly a kite and  generally had fun. The sun shone and there wasn’t a lot of wind (hence the no fly kite).

On the Sunday morning we got up early (on holiday?) and visited a local car boot sale. I did find some vintage treasures to add to Nanny Amy’s Vintage Table. I also tried to buy a vintage suitcase but the stall holder refused to sell as he still uses it! I didn’t realise that it wasn’t for sale. Shame it was just what I’m looking for!

When I have recovered from the Granny exhaustion I will get back to crafting, vintiquing, restoring and generally living my super busy life. In the meantime it was good to go away and good to come home to Hubs and Hound 🐕

Pili Palas Nature World

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I have had no blog ability due to being WIFI less during most of my recent stay on Anglesey North Wales. Not far from home but a World away from reality. I went with Darling Daughter and her family. The weather was amazingly good, the beaches fabulous and the holiday a joy.

We spent a day at Pili Palas Nature World. I have to admit that I was very sceptical but pleasantly surprised. The first area that we arrived at was the Butterfly area which was lovely. It was tropical and had lots of beautiful butterflies ( the clue is in the name!)image image

Such gorgeous fragile creatures.

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See you all soon!

Scarborough Sea Life Centre

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Gorgeous Grand daughter and I stayed near Scarborough this week. We had an adventure that included a trip to Scarborough Sea Life Centre. The adventure started with the descision to go on thurchins,Jelly fish,e bus. We eventually found the bus stop and enjoyed the ride into Scarborough. When we arrived we were told that we needed another bus, which was OK when we eventually found the correct bus stop. Later in the day and another bus back into Scarborough when, pot the expense, we got a taxi back to the campsite!

The Sea Life Centre was a good afternoon out despite the fact that I can’t stand ( to the point of it nearly being a phobia) fish and sea creatures. There were fascinating sea creatures, urchins, turtles and sharks. There had been an obvious attempt to recreate the undersea world in huge tanks, tubes and glass tunnels.image

Despite fish having no “memory” and Jelly fish no hearts or brain, I couldn’t help feeling it was all a bit sad for the creatures and that they should be left in their natural habitat. OK if research or conservation or education are the buzz words surrounding the breeding programmes for these creatures but some of the inmates would be better left in the oceans. I felt this quite strongly when we watched the Penguins being fed.

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I understand that I am VERY fortunate to have seen many of these creatures in the wild. I totally appreciate the fact that I have seen penguins in The Falklands and swam with Turtles on the Barrier reef, and not everyone is that lucky

Whilst this picture cannot be considered flattering, it makes me think of how a fish with a brain might feel in the Aquarium! Bring on Fish Freedom!!

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Campervan, Cumbria and China

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imageWe’ve travelled around the Lake District for last week in Damnvan. We’ve walked up hills, down dales and alongside lakes. We’ve finally arrived at a place called “Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park”. This place has it all! Technology, lovely showers,beautiful views and peace and quiet. We’ve just walked down through the woods into Keswick town which is a 1.5mile lovely walk.

Today I bought a great book with projects for vintage fabrics. It is by Chantel Sabatier and full of vintage promise.

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Ive been trawling Cumbrian Charity Shops for vintage linens and China and I have increased my stash a little.

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Knitting near Mevagissey

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Megavissey Harbour

I drove along the coast to visit Mevagissey, a fishing village not far away. The village has narrow streets, old fishing cottages and a small, busy harbour. It was also heaving with visitors. Now that’s a bit selfish as obviously I’m a visitor too! But I had forgotten that today (Monday) is a Bank Holiday and lots of people have the day out and about. I tend to loose touch with reality when I am away with Damnvan and think that everywhere is peaceful, quiet and picturesque, and it’s not!

Anyhow, we joined the hoards and ate a Cornish pastie on the quayside, whilst dodging hungry seagulls. This is my first and probably last Cornish Pastie of this trip.

By the end of the 18th century the pasty was the staple diet of working men across Cornwall. Miners and farm workers took this portable and easy to eat convenience food with them to work because it was so well suited to the purpose. Its size and shape made it easy to carry, its pastry case insulated the contents and was durable enough to survive, while its wholesome ingredients provided enough sustenance to see the workers through their long and arduous working days.

By the early 20th century the Cornish Pasty was produced on a large scale throughout the county as a basic food for farm workers and miners

There are hundreds of stories about the evolution of the pasty’s shape, with the most popular being that the D-shape enabled tin miners to re-heat them underground as well as eat them safely. The crust (crimped edge) was used as a handle which was then discarded due to the high levels of arsenic in many of the tin mines.

I didn’t stay too long and drove away from the maddening crowd back to the peaceful campsite. I now have a lovely sunny afternoon to finish my knitting, blog and generally relax. Lovely!

Cross Stitch Craft and Camping

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Quite a few a few years ago I went through my “Cross Stitch Era”. I find that all craft work ( for myself at least) comes and goes in phases of learning, enthusiasm and creativity. Cross stitch passion lasted quite some time and is one of the most artistic of crafts. This cross stitch bell pull was made for my parents and hung alongside their fireplace until we cleared the house. I stitched the bell pull onto Aida fabric and used a cream linen backing- which covered up many errors! I purchased a manufactured bell pull metal hanger.

I made this cross stitch sampler in 1993 not using any particular pattern. I chose separate nature patterns, from various magazines and books, and interspersed them throughout with little random thought. I sewed three larger butterflies which divided the other pictures. None of the patterns are to size individually but work as a whole. I remember adding the images as I went along but was very pleased with the end result.

In 1993 I spent much of a summer holiday sat outside our tent in Guernsey Channel Islands, cross stitching this sampler. When I look at this craft item I can almost feel the sun on my back as I stitched away, listening to my three children laughing and playing on the camp site. Evocative, happy memories.

Maybe I’ll give cross stitching another go and start another era!