On the recent cruise with my Sis we explored a few of the Caribbean Islands including Barbados, St Lucia and St KittsWe visited a Batik workshop where we saw the Batik process in action followed by the inevitable shopping opportunities don’t you just love the colours?l tasted quite a few Rum punches including this one in a coconut on the beach. We paddled and swam in the beautiful turquoise sea and found shells on the beach.
Well dear Friend as many of you know I live to travel, and travel I do! I have just returned from a cruise with my Sister. We flew to Barbados and cruised some of the Caribbean and then across the Atlantic to Madeira. After various stops in Spain we finally flew home from Malaga.
Six days at sea across the Atlantic is pretty hard core cruising but we coped between extended meals, sun bathing and relaxing in the beauty spa! It was great to be with Sis sharing childhood memories, giggling and reading each other’s books. Happy days.
Sis did get sun burned legs that required some attention!
We visited food markets in Madeira, but didn’t buy any chillies 🌶 or 🌿 herbs
We found an unusual post box!
We visited the monkeys in Gibraltar ( well I hid on the mini bus whilst Sis said hello to the Wild Barbery Apes)
Late last year I bought a place by the sea. I’ve always wanted to be on the coast so job done! It is a caravan located to the left of this picture with views over the beautiful Cardigan Bay and towards the historic Criccieth Castle. I can’t wait to spend time there this spring
“Here be dragons” means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps.
There will be a great deal of exploring to do and much coastal walking. I will take lots of pictures and share them with you. In the mean time here is a friendly Welsh dragon to get you in the mood.
Hubs and I are prone to making spontaneous decisions, or should I say jumping in with both feet! It certainly keeps life interesting. Our latest instant idea was to book a cruise. It goes on Sunday to the Caribbean. Whoo Hoo! We don’t get back until 6am Christmas Day! Guess who’s not cooking Christmas dinner? Hooray.
I have had seven days to:
1 Write, post and deliver Christmas cards.
2 Buy gifts for the family
3 complete hand crafted gifts
5 Buy any clothes needed ( always a good excuse!)
6 re pack to check what I have packed.
7 Book car parking
8 Apply for Visa
9 Buy all Christmas food and freeze so that we can actually eat. ( maybe after two weeks cruise food that won’t be an issue!)
10 collect currency
11 Have hair done. Nails. Check packing……..
12 Happy days!
Most importantly what craft project shall I take with me?
No WIFI and that’s my excuse! Oh and I’ve been trying to focus-well sort of! I have been away quite a lot. One week looking after little Sis whilst she recovered from first episode of chemo and my birthday celebration in the Lake District. No don’t ask how old – just old enough to know better!
The week with Sis was in her caravan in Snowdonia and we actually had a great week! Fantastically she wasn’t too sick just uber tired. We travelled around each day visiting beautiful tourist hotspots and treated ourselves to lunch out every day and in search of crafty bargains and ideas!
I am delighted to confirm that I was craft focused and completed a patchwork quilt that I must have started four or more years ago. I had no binding so I made up my own by joining on the bias, left over pieces of the quilt topper. I am really pleased with the result
I also sorted out my current knitting. I had made it unnecessarily complicated. I had never before knitted an ” all in one”cardigan. I have almost made it to the neck so pictures will follow ( eventually)
I will be brief! Last night I had a phone call to ask could I help out and do a craft cruise to CANADA NEXT SATURDAY!! Could I help? Of course I could!
In the meantime I’ve got to:
Take 2 Grandchildren on a bucket and spade holiday to a caravan.
Write the craft programme.
Sort out all the craft supplies.
Dream up a couple of extra ideas for alternative classes.
Make some samples ( always practice, always be ahead of the student)
Pack a suitcase for next week.
Pack a suitcase for the cruise.
Get myself to Liverpool to pick up the cruise.
Sign and return contracts.
So I’m very sorry but no time to blog, no WIFI next week, probably no WIFI on the ship.
But, Hey! Canada here I come!
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!
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!
Last weekend Hubs and I had a sneaky weekend away in the Lake District. As you know dear reader we love the Lake District, Cumbria. We snook away without Benji dog ( he had a holiday with Grand Children) and went without Damnvan1 who is awaiting a service and minor surgery.
We stayed in a pub which served great food and a fine pint of real ale!
The weather was unexpectedly kind to us especially on the Sunday morning which was cool, crisp, misty and perfect walking weather. We walked across the fields to Hawkeshead village and enjoyed the delights of a good coffee shop (and bakery, but don’t tell anyone about the pastries!)
On the way home we crossed Derwentwater on the very old chain car ferry. It’s a slow but efficient ferry that saves miles of road driving. It’s always exciting driving onto a ferry, requiring breath holding as I head down the “gang plank”
We waited for the ferry to return to us as it appeared from the other side of Derwentwater through the mist.
We returned home to warm up our lovely stone cottage. This property loves to be lived in! It gets really cold when empty but the stone retains heat when warmed up. Log burner lit, dog collected, wine poured, bliss!
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!
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!
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!!
These photos are not the best and I’m sorry that there are no scantily clad ladies!