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Such a good time

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Each year a group of my girlfriends and I celebrate the Christmas season with a mini break. This year we did different. The different involved a train trip to Liverpool and afternoon tea in a hotel. The “tea” AKA Prosecco also involved a musical cabaret which was such fun! The place rocked! ( helped by the Prosecco)

We followed this with a spontaneous decision to go to the cinema to see the story of Queen called Bohemian Rhapsody. The place rocked! We had the best of “different” good times.

We had a sleep over in a hotel followed by a visit to The Liverpool Lush Spa. A BIG thank you to the spa ladies for providing a wonderful foot treatment and it’s true to say that all five of us were walking on air! Truly a “different” experience.

Phew! What a whirlwind weekend. What wonderful friends and what amazing “different”

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Gratitude

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Gratitude is a bit of a buzz word at the moment but don’t knock it! This dawn I am grateful to be away with good friends.I am grateful that we have been friends for more than twenty years. I am more than happy that the group contains natural organisers so I let them! There are natural wash uppers, so I let them!

I am grateful to share gifts, laughs and maybe tears with these “girls” I am grateful to grow old together.

I am grateful to wake in this lovely place and enjoy the quiet.

So grateful is perhaps an overused word but don’t knock it! Just be grateful and enjoy it!IMG_1429

Dawn in the woods.

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Christmas comes Early

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IMG_1419It’s been a tradition for many years that I go away with a group of girl friends and enjoy an early Christmas. This year we chose a log cabin in the Forest of Dean. A beautiful location, reasonable weather and brilliant company.

Our pop up Christmas tree was safely transported and Father Christmas payed a “surprise” visit.

IMG_1424There was a resident Robin but I didn’t get a picture so I took one of the resident “duck”.

Madeira

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Ive just spent a great week end in Madeira with four girl friends. We chose Madeira to celebrate our twenty years of friendship. We go away twice a year for a long weekend but we usually have destination UK. This particular weekend was special so we went to a 5* Hotel called The Vine. My room was very modern, very chic with a stunning wet room and the best toy of all- remote controlled blinds. I am easily impressed!

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We didn’t know when we booked, but it was Carnival time. On Saturday night there was an amazing carnival parade through the streets of Funchal. We thought that we would eat street food and then catch the Carnival at 9pm. Little did we know that the viewing points would be full to bursting the whole length of the parade. The crowds were six deep every part of the way. In fact we were forced to watch the whole parade as we couldn’t cross the road to our hotel anywhere!

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The parade contained floats, lights, scantily clad young women with impossibly long legs and neat bottoms, and very load music. A happy time, cheerful crowds and piped music everywhere completed the late night. We collapsed onto our high thread count sheets in our hotel room, with glass bathrooms and rainforest showers. Joy!!

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These photos are not the best and I’m sorry that there are no scantily clad ladies!

Cruising and Crafting

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The craft group that we ran on a recent cruise was a great success. We had a great attendance lots of enthusiasm and all very enthusiastic crafters. We worked through three crafts in seven days at sea. Time was a bit of an issue as we were only allocated an hour at a time. The ladies in the class would have liked to extend the sessions, which is a great compliment.

Whilst each class was organised to make various items, we encouraged anyone who had their own project with them, to bring it to the group and join us for the company and friendship. This worked as people shared their skills and ideas. Throughout the cruise we asked anyone with a top tip to share it with us. We collected thirty crafty cruising top tips which I will share in a future blog.

The crafts that we demonstrated and helped the ladies to make were:

  1.  Quilting.
  2. Patchwork.
  3. plain sewing.
  4. applique and
  5. embellishing. imageimageOn the last day of the cruise we organised an exhibition of the crafts created on the cruise. This was a lovely event and a final goodbye to good friends and a great holiday.  I will show you some of the lovely things that were made in the next blog so watch this space……

Wordsmith Wednesday-Tunisian Crochet

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Tunisian Crochet

I chose Tunisian Crochet for this weeks WordPress Wednesday because it takes me back to a course that I did in Chester with my friend Penny. It was such good fun and we still giggle about to this day. Happy times!

Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called an Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting. As such, some techniques used in knitting are also applicable in Tunisian crochet. One example is the intarsia method.

The work is begun with the traditional starting chain, a series of slip stitches. Once the chain is completed, the first row is worked by inserting the hook back into the previous link of the chain, and a loop from the free end of the yarn is grabbed with the hook and pulled back through the link. Unlike traditional crochet, however, this new loop is not then pulled through the initial loop. Both remain on the hook and then the process is repeated, working from right to left, until each link in the chain has been worked. At the end, there will be as many loops on the hook as there are stitches required. This process is called casting on. This is the first of two parts for creating a row.

The work is never turned. Once the correct number of loops is obtained, the process is reversed with each loop being worked off from the hook by pulling a fresh loop of yarn through each stitch, working from left to right. It is both parts of the process which form a completed row. The tension of the yarn is much looser than in standard crochet or knitting.p

Tunisian crochet can also be worked in the round, as when making a seamless cap. To work in the round a double-ended crochet hook and two balls of yarn are used. The first hook and ball of yarn are used to add loops (casting on). When the process is reversed (as described above), the loops are worked off using the second hook and second ball of yarn. Using a flexible cable to connect the two ends of the double-ended crochet hook, a single ball of yarn is sufficient.

There are a variety of stitches than can be created, dependent on how and where the hook is inserted and how the working yarn is held. Tunisian stitches include variations on knit, purl, post stitch, and entrelac, to name a few.

The fabric created by Tunisian crochet is slightly less elastic than normal crochet and substantially thicker, particularly the knit stitch. This makes it most suitable for blankets and winter knits, but unsuitable for finer items like babywear and socks. The fabric also has a tendency to curl, and usually needs to be shaped by wetting or steaming the fabric (known as blocking) upon completion. It is slightly faster to create fabric by Tunisian than normal crochet, and approximately twice the speed of knitting.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the above.

Weekend, Wine and Winter

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This week end I am away in the Yorkshire days with four other girl friends. The location is gorgeous and the weather is dreadful. Still all is good with the World as we are ably assisted by sparkling white wine! We are staying in a converted Chapel which is lovely but incredibly hard to heat up! One of our “team” has just had foot surgery and is resting with her foot up and pain killers and red wine ( not recommended!). Another of our “group” has given up cake for Lent -of which we have lots, so has substituted biscuits! There is no mobile phone coverage but we have WIFI -bizarre! We have been unable to light a fire in the wood burner due to our inadequate fire lighting skills. I purchased a lovely Herdy mug and dropped it as I came out of the shop. But all in all we are having a good time. Oh and it snowed last night.

We are staying in a village called Bainbridge close to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. On a short walk this afternoon we crossed a bridge over the River Bain and saw an Archimedes Screw. This is a community project to create Hydro electricity for the National Grid amazing for such a small community and really interesting!

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