Tag Archives: North Wales

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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Dust If You Must

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My home is a small stone cottage in the Clwydian Hills of North Wales. Last week our central heating boiler died, so this week it is being replaced. Not a problem you might think! Well……

The cottage is something in excess of 100 years old. It is built from stone and then White rendered. In fact it’s an up and down sort of a building full of odd steps, nooks and crannys, but we love it. Anyhow, I digress, the boiler has arrived all shiny and new. The plumbers have arrived and needed to drill a hole through the outside wall.

The wall is 22 inches thick and made of Granite!! They’ve just broken through to the outside so I suspect that the job might take a little longer than planned. You wouldn’t believe the level of dust within the house, or how far it spreads. I thought of the following poem with a rye smile because dust I must!

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I will show you the “after” pictures when it is eventually done!

Vintage Horses and Tea Pots

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imageIn the park near Beaumaris castle we discovered this definitely vintage rocking horse. I remember them well from my childhood ( OK I have a long memory!) We used to have one of these horses on all parks. It was not unusual to have all five seats taken and other children stood on the side. They were surrounded by gravel or concrete on the floor, not this cushioned rubber Health and Safety now dictates. We did have strong knees and I’ve still got a gravel scar to prove it.

I thought that these horses had all gone to the stable in the sky but we stumbled across another one in Llandudno a few days later.

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Whilst in Beaumaris we enjoyed a cup of tea and cake in a vintage style cafe. We went in to do some research for our new Vintage Venture soon to be launched,and purchased two lovely tea pots. These were a fair price as tea pots are proving quite expensive to find. Watch this space as I will be telling you all about our future Vintage Tea Party in the next few weeks.

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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!

Secrets, Stash and Supplies!

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Today I visited a local craft emporium called Abakhan http://www.abakhan.co.uk close to the North Wales coast. I went with a friend and we were girls on a mission! We were seeking inspiration and ideas for a project that must remain secret! I will tell you soon but for now what happens at Abakhan remains at Abakhan 🙅

We found bargain remnants of lovely fabric for our project. It was an amazing bargain.

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The the lime green dotty fabric is Tshirt fabric that I am going to use to make some Tshirt yarn. ( or try to! ).

If I succeed in making the yarn I have a home project in mind. I can’t tell you about this either as Hubs doesn’t know yet and I will have to negotiate the idea! Great fun isn’t it?

I will have to rush as I am out to dinner tonight. I am going to Knutsford in Cheshire and it has been a long time since I visited this lovely town. Bye!

Walkies

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Walkies

One of our favourite places for a walk is around the Great Orme in Llandudno North Wales. The round round is 4.5 miles long and gently undulating. There is little traffic and a cafe halfway round which is always a good plan. The cafe is aptly named The Rest and be Thankful-and I always am.
On many days walking around the Orme you could be anywhere in the World. Well come on use your imagination! It may be blowing a hooley, pouring with rain or the sun beating down on the back of your anorak,but it’s gorgeous. Benji always enjoys the air and walking along the sea wall. I always enjoy my cup of tea at the end
By the way Llandudno is an old fashioned AKA Traditional Victorian sea side town. It is complete with a pier and a lovely crescent of Victorian hotels along the sea front. It also sells candy floss, rock and ice creams what a lovely day out for the child in us all.