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Heat Wave

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We are very lucky to own a caravan in Criccieth at the top of the Llyn Peninsula. The weather these last few weeks has been fantastic. Hot hot hot. So unlike Welsh weather. The area just keeps on giving as we explore more and more. We recently discovered Llandanwg Beach. This beach is squashed between Harlech and Shell island and is just perfect

Behind the beach and within the sand dunes is a tiny medieval church. Built, I suppose, by fishermen many hundreds of years ago. The church is still in use but sadly was locked so I couldn’t get inside.The supporting wall behind the sand dunes is constructed from ancient tomb stones from before 1600. There was a church on this site before 800 and was supposedly built to convert the Welsh to Christianity.

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Walking in Austria

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IMG_0994We took the local bus from Mayrhofen toHintertux. Hintertux is a local ski mountain where you can ski 365 days of the year. We were not skiing but walking. The lift to the top is in three stages but we hoped off after the first stage and walked down into the town. Now I like walking down!  We started off in full cloud but walked down into hot sunshine ☀️

IMG_1001The walks are extremely well signposted so route finding is easy. We crossed bridges, admired the spring flowers and dodged cows. The cows all wear typical cow bells which you can hear from way off ( the purpose of the bells I suppose)

IMG_1009Apparently the better the milker the cow is the bigger the bell. Now I think that this is extremely mean. Not only does the poor girl have to carry a great big udder but a great big bell as well!

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Awesome Austria

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Hubs and I are having a cheeky week in Mayrhofen Austria. We have been multiple times but are still thrilled with the beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain tops are easily accessible due to the chair lifts

When you reach the end of the lifts the restaurants are fabulous putting our efforts on Snowdon to shame. All the many paths are well labelled with numbers making walking much easier. Your not SUPPOSED to get lost👣

We generally buy a six day mountain pass which enables lift use free buses and train. Not bad value.

Great time out as I hardly ever go away ha ha😎

Money, money, money

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Last year I bought a kit from Scheepjes to make a “crochet along shawl”. The kit, when it arrived, was a delight of yarn squishiness. It contained delightful jewel colours and small extras. It was like receiving a lovely gift ( even though I’d paid for it)

Well I missed the crochet along (CAL) by months so Darling Daughter printed the patterns off for me.

I decided to take the kit away with me and start. No crochet hook ( I have dozens at home) OK, I found a local knitting shop and treated myself to a hook with a lovely handle ( not cheap). I started the shawl very half heartedly as I couldn’t work out when I would wear it! So I thought I’d use the kit to knit a jumper which I am more likely to wear.

I found the perfect sweater on line. Sadly it was published in a book and together with postage was unreasonably expensive. So I resisted the purchase and found a nice, free, pattern in a magazine which I had.

Guess what? No Knitting needles! Dozens at home so I went to the local charity shops which all appeared shut for the royal wedding. Next day I found anther yarn shop and “treated” myself to some high end bamboo needles. I can always justify spending by telling myself that I deserve this treat!

Trying hard, I knit a tension square which suggested that I needed larger needles. Oh no! I think I will wait until I get home.

Finished Friday

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OK long time no blog! I’ve been very busy, excuses excuses! I’ve been very busy cruising in the Caribbean and I’ve been Very busy having Christmas. I know! I know! I’m spoiled but I love it.

One thing I did was to actually finish something. This was a scarf for Darling Daughter as a gift for Christmas. I used ” Hitchhiker” pattern from http://www.ravelry.com

I am pleased with the out come and nearly kept it for myself. It’s always a good gift when you don’t want to give it away isn’t it? But it did go to a good home!

IMG_1428I used a fine un dyed Merino wool which was good to work with. I do think that this scarf would be good in many yarns as it’s so adaptable.

IMG_1449As you can see I added pearl beads to the points and blocked it when completed.

Here is my original Hitchhiker scarf which is much bigger as I just knit until I’d used up all the yarn! I hate waste!

I promise to blog more often and I promise to work harder and complete more projects. ( In my dreams)

Christmas comes Early

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IMG_1419It’s been a tradition for many years that I go away with a group of girl friends and enjoy an early Christmas. This year we chose a log cabin in the Forest of Dean. A beautiful location, reasonable weather and brilliant company.

Our pop up Christmas tree was safely transported and Father Christmas payed a “surprise” visit.

IMG_1424There was a resident Robin but I didn’t get a picture so I took one of the resident “duck”.

Memories of Canada

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The recent cruise that I was working on was to Canada. It was on Fred Olsen MS Boudicca and billed as “Rugged and Rural Canada”. And what a surprise it was rugged and rural! There was four days at sea in each direction, which is why I was on board, to teach crafts when at sea. Fantastic job! A few of the ports that we visited weIMG_1256MS Boudicca Sydney Nova ScotiaIMG_1258IMG_1259L’Anse aux Meadows school buses to show us around the Viking settlementIMG_1261IMG_1244St Pierre Island

I hope that one day I will return to Mainland Canada and explore further.

It’s the Final Project

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IMG_1216The recent cruise to Canada was a great success. The one project that I haven’t shown you was Decoupage, which is always popular. It’s the sort of decoupage where you glue torn pieces of pretty paper to a wooden form or box and then varnish it. I think that we all love messing about with glue and creativity.

IMG_1215IMG_1289The photo frames were decoupaged using the ships Daily Times, and cutting outsignificant locations. The end result was a great souvenir to take home.

Perhaps next time I will tell you something of the actual cruise!

Textile Inspiration Packs

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One project that always proves popular at my cruise craft class is what we call “Textile Inspiration Packs”.The packs contain a selection of fabric pieces in various different types. There may be some colour co-ordinated velvet, cotton, corduroy, taffeta and perhaps,lace. They take quite some time to put them together, but it’s good fun.

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The ladies take a pack and it’s over to them! They usually make a fabric brooch, a bag pendant or whatever they wish. Inspiration is the name of the game. We always take along beads, buttons and bows, brooch findings and clips.

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This picture is of a jewellery roll which one lady was inspired to make. It’s lined with plain blue satin and pouches for beads – lovely.

Seaside Adventure

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On our recent trip to Llanbedrog Benji Dog enjoyed lots of adventures and new experiences.

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He searched for the sea

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But wasn’t sure about the waves.

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He looked for boats but they were all beached

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He went rock climbing and couldn’t get down!

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Happy holidays, see you soon.