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!
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.
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!
During Gorgeous Grand daughter and my recent trip in the Damnvan we visited Whitby. Whitby is situated on the East Coast in North Yorkshire and is a Middle Ages fishing port.
It’s claim to fame include Captain Cook who learned his seamanship skills here. Whitby is also famous as the location (allegedly) for Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Neither of these facts were of great interest to us on this visit as I was determined to keep the trip “child orientated” . This included tasting Whitby’s famous fish and chips and chasing waves!
We had a great day and the English weather was very kind to us. We achieved some serious Nanny bonding.
Top tip don’t visit this lovely time in high season and school holidays if you can avoid it! It is sooooo busy!
But hey isn’t that what taking children away is all about?
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.
A Classic Seaside View of St Ives
We travelled down the Cornish Coast to Hayle, near to St Ives. There are HUGE sand dunes between us and the sea, but it is a lovely location. I decided to catch the bus to St Ives. I walked over a mile to the bus stop and all was well. St Ives was busy and pretty. I searched every charity shop (and there were lots) but couldn’t buy many treasures due to a space restriction in Damnvan. I found the bus stop and got onto the correct bus. Explained where I needed to get off But the Driver forgot to tell me where the stop was and stopped in a village I know not where!
Working on the principle that there would be other buses if all else failed I hopped off. Totally lost! I asked a busy lady the way to our camp site and she looked amazed that I intended to walk! She very kindly offered to take me back to the van where I arrived early for my dinner. Life is an adventure. Don’t forget “Adventure before dementia!” not so sure about the dementia!!
Everywhere in St Ives there were Cornish Pasty shops. I began to think that the people of St Ives eat nothing but Cornish Pasties!
WHAT IS A GENUINE CORNISH PASTY?
The mandatory filling ingredients for Cornish pasties are:
– sliced or diced potato
– swede (often referred to as turnip)
– diced or minced beef
– seasoning to taste, primarily salt and pepper.
No meats other than beef, and no vegetables other than those listed in the mandatory ingredients are to be used in the filling. The meat content must not be less than 12.5% of the whole pasty and vegetable content must not be less than 25%
The listed mandatory filling ingredients must be uncooked at the time of sealing the product.
The above information came from http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk
On our way home from a week by the beach we stopped for lunch in a garden centre and I spotted the above sign! It was very apt after a week in a caravan with 3 children. I took my three grandchildren, Daughter and Sis to New Quay in Wales. This is a pretty coastal village with picturesque harbour and lovely beaches. We had a hectic week with walks, swimming in pool, swimming in the sea (cold) and evening entertainment. Not to mention digging sand and building castles. Needless to say there was no private crafting time although I did lots of colouring and paper folding games. We watched a childrens’ movie every night and ate pancakes for breakfast. (An unusual treat for us)
We had never all holidayed together before and it was wonderful to see all my grandchildren playing together, although it is exhausting being “fair” and resolving disputes amicably! I hope that I created some lifelong memories and maybe one day they will say to their Grandchildren “I remember when I went to New Quay with my Nanna Barb…….”