Lovely step Grandaughter turned nine this weekend. As a treat we all went out in Damnvan1 for a birthday picnic by the sea. We were very fortunate as the rain stopped and the sun shone as we drove up to the coast. Great fun was had with a birthday banner over the windscreen, balloons and party poppers. We finished our buffet picnic party with chocolate cake sporting nine candles. The grand finale was a Knickerbocker Glory at a local ice cream parlour. Predictably she couldn’t eat much of it but apparently I’m told that a Knickerbocker Glory is compulsory to celebrate turning nine whole years old.
Muddling along on the craft front at the moment as I’ve been trying to finish my new craft room. I’ve never before decorated a whole room on my own but I’m delighted with the results. The desk arrives tomorrow so nearly there.
I will publish a grand reveal when complete, so watch this space!
On our recent trip to Llanbedrog Benji Dog enjoyed lots of adventures and new experiences.
He searched for the sea
But wasn’t sure about the waves.
He looked for boats but they were all beached
He went rock climbing and couldn’t get down!
Happy holidays, see you soon.
Last weekend I went away with my girlfriends for our annual Christmas celebration. We generally enjoy a Christmas Eve Buffet on the Friday evening, Christmas Day on the Saturday followed by a Boxing Day Sunday. We have a secret Santa AND a stocking of goodies. How lucky are we? This year we had a beautiful penthouse apartment in Alnmouth Northumberland and we decorated it with our festive stockings and a Christmas tree.
We had great views of the beach and estuary. On “Christmas” day we opened our presents and watched Christmas movies🌲We put the turkey in the oven and went for a long walk along the beach. When we returned the turkey smelled lovely so we watched another Christmas movie. Sometime later I went to put the roast potatoes into the oven and WOAH ! oven cold! Turkey half cooked! Oven broken! Disaster 🌲
Not the turkey!
After a search on line we realised no fast food outlet would deliver pizza etc. We’d all had a drink so driving wasn’t an option and Christmas table already decorated! Finally we walked into the small village of Almouth and one of the only eateries did take out fish and chips. So that was our Christmas dinner complete with Christmas crackers, paper hats and a borrowed bottle of vinegar from the fish restaurant. Merry Yuletide!
I’ve arrived in Eastbourne which is situated on the South Coast of Eastbourne. Our hotel is situated right on the sea front and our room has the best view!
This was the view from our bedroom window when we woke this morning. Best of all you can hear the surf as it ebbs through the shingle beach-so relaxing! A quintessential British seaside view.
Today we had coffee (and cake!) on the Waterfront harbour. There are some seriously expensive boats ( or is it yachts ?) moored in the harbour. Definitely not you average canal boat!
We travelled to The Roseland Peninsula to stay to St Mawes. Our main reason was to visit The Hidden Hut which we discovered last year. This Beach Cafe is situated alongside the coastal path and is basically a posh shed. Here they make the best food. Simple and tasty. By coincidence The Hidden Hut was featured in The Saturday Telegraph today. I told you that we had good taste!
When we were here last year Tom Kerridge was being filmed as a guest chef, which was very interesting. We are returning tomorrow for FOOD and I can’t wait!
The Beach Babe Benji had a wonderful play in the surf and roll in the sand. He can’t wait to go back tomorrow.
We walked along the Cornish Coastal Path to Bos Castle today. This is the second time that we have walked this path and I was 15 minutes quicker today so fitness must be improving. It is not a particularly difficult path but has some very steep steps to negotiate, so I feel fairly smug with myself.
There’s more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.
The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tea-rooms.
Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout.
Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you’ll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots – once made famous by Thomas Hardy.
There is a definite lack of craft shops in this area. Indeed there are many titled “craft” but seem to involve Witchcraft, fairies, magic and King Arthur. My idea of “craft” involves yarn, fabric and hand made items (should I say hand crafted?)
on this note it is for me to say a very smug CHEERS!
We spent today walking along the promenade at Colwyn Bay. Benji the dog enjoyed a run along the beach with sand between his paws. We passed the soon to be demolished Victorian Pier. In it’s hey day a tribute to Victorian engineering and a veritable pleasure palace. It was opened in 1900. The pier has been embroiled in a political and legal arguement for the last decade or so. This has resulted in an order to demolish the pier before nature demolishes it for us. It is a great pity that this pier could not be saved but costs seem to far out weigh the benefit. It is goodbye to this once fine example of Victoriana. OK so that’s my “vintage” rant over.
Not much crafting but I will get out my knitting later. As usual I spend much more time thinking what to craft than actually creating.
Today was certainly a walk along the beach sort of a day, sunny, warm, happy.
This will remain a fond memory of this beachy, sunny holiday in Cornwall. Sand, sun, beach, hot, sea, paddle, ice cream, beach cafe, swim, surf, sun bathe, read, camp, campervan, hedgerows, flowers, breeze, relax, sun tan, smile, happy!
We have moved to the other side of Cornwall, an area I’ve not been to since childhood (quite a while ago!) we have only visited The Roseland Penninsula. This is an area about fifteen miles from Truro. We haven’t had long enough here but will certainly return. It is an area of pretty coastal villages, gorgeous coves, and hidden beaches.
Today we walked a very small portion of the Coastal Path after our second visit to the Hidden Hut for lunch. We met a guy walking in the opposite direction in aid of Prostate cancer. We had a great chat, made a donation and said good bye! He’s well on the way to raising £5k for this good cause so good luck to him. His blog is paulbeevers.wordpress.com.
Sadly I have lost my camera. It wasn’t too expensive or indeed techy so it was time to replace. The problem is I knew how to use it, download, crop etc. I have spent an age trying to download images from my phone with only a small degree of success. Also I have been internet less for the last few days which has been odd.
The weather has been positively tropical with roasting sun and wonderful sun sets. We have been staying at Sennen Cove, Lands End a stunningly beautiful site largely due to the location. We have walked the Coastal path and best of all sunbathed on the beach. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Sand between the toes. The Atlantic waters are very cold but I braved a brief dip. Photos not available as heavily censored!
On top of everything else I have just spilt tea over my iPad so here’s hopping all is well.
Finally,it’s finished! I completed the cushion for my Grandson’s birthday. For some reason, only known to him,he wanted a whale themed fifth birthday, so whale it is.
I traced the motives of whale, starfishes and fish onto heat and bond, which I ironed onto appropriate fabric,and then ironed the fabric onto the background. I then blanket stitched around each “Creature” to hold them in place. I added buttons for eyes and glitter glue to highlite and Voila! Themed cushion.
My first finished craft project of 2014!
I now have to decide what to do next. It really ought to be a completion project not something new, but we will see.