Tag Archives: hiking

Where are you crafting?

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This week I drove to a beautiful place in North Wales called Rhyd du. I parked in a gorgeous place at the foot of Snowdon whilst Hubs checked out a future walk. Rhyd du is one of the quieter paths that goes up Snowdon.

Whilst Hubs strode upwards I sat in the car with the radio on, sun shining and birds singing and oh yes! Stitching away. Bliss! Where were you crafting this week?

Ps just realised that it looks like I have stitched the steering wheel! I haven’t!

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In Search of snow(boots)

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Why have I never quite got the right items? As I’m off to Norway I need some snow boots. I’ve got ankle boots, hiking boots, Knee high boots, fashion boots but no snow boots. You would think that living in the Welsh hills I would have snow boots but we don’t get a lot of snow. Most years there’s a few weeks of light snow although one year I was snowed in. High drama as along came a power cut( no heat) and Hubs was away. I rallied the troops(aka neighbours) who dug my car out and I heated soup on our log burning stove. I also quilted all day so was snug under the lush and cozy quilt! You see every cloud and all that!

img_0896By the way! The wreath on the mirror above was made by yours truly. I used a wire coat hanger and plastic sandwich bags. Easy Peasy!

As the year draws to an end I will continue my hunt for snow boots. 2017 and adventures beckon!

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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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Reason for Being

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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!

image.jpegWe 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.

image.jpegAs 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.

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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

Misty Moments in Cumbria

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imageToday Hubs and Benji dog planned to walk up Skiddaw. One of the well known Lake District challenging walks or hikes in Cumbria UK.

That is until they saw the mist. Or rather couldn’t see the mountain. The sensible plan was to walk low(er) level and leave me to indulge one of my favourite hobbies -shopping. This action plan was carried out and I shopped, went into cafes and scoured charity shops. Bliss! I was amazed to find that I’d walked more than five miles. It just shows how far serious shopping can take you!

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Magical Misty Moments in Cumbria Lake District UK

Castlerigg Stone Circle

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Having struggled all week I have finally managed to upload a couple of pictures. I’m not sure of the quality so bear with!

Hubs, Benji dog and I spent the week in Keswick,Cumbria and what a fantastic week. We walked to Castlerigg stone Circle. This stone circle is thought to be 4000 years old. Imagine that. It feels as if some ancient people were in this place before time began. The circle is 100 feet in diameter and is composed of 38 megalithic stones. The scenery is excellent and perhaps this is why such a monument was built in such a place. It certainly makes you feel “in touch” with yourself.

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Talking about “in touch with yourself” why is it that whenever I have a picture taken of myself my hair is always a mess? Maybe it’s always a picture at the end of a hike, and usually windy? Also my eyes are all screwed up. Probably because of the sun and lack of sun glasses. And I always look tired- cause I’ve just walked up hills and over fields! Ahh well! Happy days!

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Awesome Austria Day Four

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Today was the day that I wrecked my feet! It was downhill all the way, but first we had to go up hill!

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We decided to go up on the Ahorn gondola from Mayrhofen to the top of the Ahorn Mountain. The Ahorn Gondola is the largest in Austria and travels up the side of the mountain at approximately 36 kilometres per hour. The whole of the area is geared up for skiing but during the summer it is a walkers wonderland.

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The next problem was which way to walk? Well I do confess it was my suggestion to walk back down. Who in their right mind would walk down a mountain when you can get a lift? Not only that but we walked 4265 feet DOWN HILL!!

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The weather was a relentless 33 degrees. The Hubs was very patient. The feet were a nightmare. The scenery was stupendous. The packed lunch welcome. The water essential.

I did survive and complete the walk/hike/marathon. My poor toes were a different story. I did wear hiking boots but canvas ones. Big mistake. It’s never the wrong walk only the wrong footwear!

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Give feet freedom I say!

Awesome Austria Day Three

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Today we hitched the bus to Hintertux.

You can count on great snow conditions in Tux-Finkenberg, and that’s as safe as mountains! Perfectly prepared slopes at 3,250 m above sea level, on the Hintertux Glacier, 365 days a year! Slope maintenance machines are at work night for night to ensure ideal conditions – the fresh slopes allow ski enthusiast’s hearts to beat a little faster! But we didn’t go to ski we went to walk!

The weather was incredibly hot for walking today. We walked down from Hintertux Glacier but shared the lift up with ski enthusiasts and snow boarding lovers. I spent most of the time seeking shade, drinking water and avoiding cows.

This is The view where we ate lunch.

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All of the walks in the Tyrol are clearly way marked but this doesn’t prevent heated discussions about which way to go!

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I am currently allowing my feet to recover ready for tomorrow’s exciting ramble sorry walk!

Ducklings

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Ducklings

Today, a beautiful sunny day, we walked across the fields in the Dales at Hawes. We walked by lambs, over babbling brooks and through narrow styles in stone walls. We saw this cute family of Mummy duck and her children. She had her hands,sorry feathers, full trying to keep her eleven off spring in order. They followed her loud quacking with their own quacking in answer! Cute! We walked to Hardraw but refused to pay £2.50 each to visit the waterfall as it is on private land. As there was 5 of us we thought that this was excessive to see more nature!
No craftiness these last few days as we have had friends visiting us. We remained in our campervan and they stayed in a lovely old manor house! Still we did dine there with them so that was a treat.
On the road again tomorrow so good bye for now.