The weather today was gorgeous so we took Benji dog to one of the ( many ) beautiful locations in Wales.
We walked from the beach cafe through the kissing gate
I love this kissing gate with the automatic closing mechanism (stone!)
We then passed the 5th century mini church built into the sand dunes for fishermen. Apparently they used the alter rails to hang their fishing nets many centuries ago
Not far along the sand dunes we reached the river estuary. As it was low tide we walked along the beach and Benji enjoyed a dip in the sea.
All this with the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park. Bliss.
The church is Saint Tanwg’s church
The name of the little village is Llandanwg and lies just beyond Harlech beach and castle. Don’t tell too many folk as I want to keep it between you and me!
As I said I recently spent a beautiful weekend in Plas Tan Y Bwlch with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild.
At first I was overwhelmed by the talent of the other Guild members, but then I decided that I can only learn from them. I learned a LOT.
There were three tutors on the weekend and we each chose to attend one “craft” There was screen printing, machine embroidery and Appliqué. I chose to stay in my comfort zone of appliqué.
Our tutor was particularly good as she showed slides of her journey through Uzbekistan and the textiles which are a specialty of that area. The Suzanis were very similar to the textiles that I saw in India.
Recently I was fortunate to be able to go on a stitching fest. Imagine that! A whole weekend of stitching heaven! I went with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild to a beautiful Mansion called Plas Tan Y Bwlch. This C18 country mansion is now The Snowdonia National Park Centre and offers Accommodation and courses throughout the year. Each year The North Wales Embroiderers Guild hire the whole building, engage 3 specialist tutors and off we go!
I was so taken with the location that I took Hubs back for lunch in the tea room with the most spectacular views. Many other courses are on offer throughout the year including photography, walking in Snowdonia, art, Welsh history and much more.
I will tell you more about my slow stitching weekend ( and I am slow!)in the next blog. See you then!!
This was the week that I closed up my caravan for the winter. I could have stayed until January start but Criccieth closes almost completely at the end of October. It always seems like the town that time forgot but that is what I like about it. A sleepy old fashioned town on the coast at the top of the Llyn Peninsula. What more could you ask for?
Reasons to be grateful: beautiful coast, historical backdrop, beach combing, stormy promenade walking, Snowdonia views and happy times.
Roll on the Spring to return to my little piece of heaven. Not to wish my life away but by then we will have had Christmas, I will have been to India and maybe be a little older ( and hopefully not any fatter!!)
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)
A year or so ago I stumbled over a cottage with a yellow door. I wanted to buy that cottage and it was for sale and it had a yellow door. The fact that I didn’t have the money, didn’t want to move and Hubs knew nothing about it was irrelevant. The cottage had a yellow door and I wanted it!
I explored beyond the yellow door and had myself moved in and decorated each of the tiny rooms. I would have a dresser with yellow China cups and a cream couch with yellow accents throw. I spent hours fantasising how I would visit this cottage ever weekend and never ever change the colour of the yellow door.
To this day I don’t know why this tiny cottage, up a lane in Snowdonia, with a yellow door was so attractive to me. It was definitely something to do with the yellow door. So guys if you are selling your home paint the front door yellow!
Meanings of Yellow in Other Cultures
In Japan Yellow means Courage and Nobility
In Islam Yellow means Wisdom
Hindus consider Yellow a Sacred color
Buddhist monks wear Saffron Yellow robes
In many Middle East countries Yellow represents Golden Prosperity
In Egypt Yellow is reserved for Mourning
In India Yellow is the color used by Merchants
To Native Americans Yellow is the symbol for unconditional Love
In China Yellow represents Honor and Royalty
Damnvan1 has had her first real outing of this year. We took her to North Wales and had a great time walking and “playing house” in Damnvan. We took Benji for the first time and put up a porch awning for the first time. This has become a posh dog kennel as this is Benjis travel home.
We explored Betws y Coed, a lovely Snowdonian village. The weather was cold and bright. In fact perfect walking weather with stunning views of Snowdon and Moel Siobod mountains. We didn’t ascend these mountains but I climbed my own challenge along a waterfall, through lead mines and down to the Ugly House. Enough for one day.
As a note I have been blogging on firstname.lastname@example.org but intend to keep Damnvan1 as my travel blog. Watch this space.