Tag Archives: Wales

Criccieth Festival

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Criccieth Castle (Welsh: Castell Cricieth) is a native Welsh castle situated on the headland between two beaches in Criccieth, Gwynedd, in North Wales, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. It was built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd but it was heavily modified following its capture by English forces of Edward I in the late 13th century.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the information

Had a great couple of days attending two workshops at the Gwyl Criccieth Festival. The first was a stitching workshop made even better because my Sis came. We made beautiful lapel pins inspired by Cow Parsley. I took the pink one home to finish ( which, unusually, I did!) Then I made another. I will definitely make more in the future as they are a great small project to take away with me.

Many thanks to Kitty and Flo

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Busy Day

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Busy, busy days but happy, happy times! Recently I went with Darling Daughter to a craft exhibition. The show was located in a beautiful village, encompassing the lovely 15th Century church, village hall and community centre. We have visited Gresford Festival of Crafts many times and never been disappointed. See http://www.gresford-craft-group.co.uk

The amazingly good crafts are displayed in the church, draped across the pews and decorating the nave. We wandered around happy to soak up the inspiration, colour, textiles and peace!

A beautiful display of Daisies hiding in the graveyard

The church is surrounded by a grove of yews, some of which are equal in size and age to those of Overton listed in the Seven Wonders of Wales. Twenty-five of these were planted in 1726, but one growing near the south gate is older. It was already an ancient tree at the time of Richard II‘s proclamation that ordered the general planting of yews to support the army and the use of yew in the Longbow.

Don’t Tell Anyone it’s a secret!

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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!

When is a weed not a weed?

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Here in the beautiful Clwydian hills the hedgerows are full of colour. There are so many plants in bloom, going to seed and looking pretty. These weeds are a delight and blooming marvellous!

Weeds are just plants in the wrong place according to one definition. These weeds sorry plants are definitely in the right place.

Storm Hannah and Prosecco

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Storm Hannah hit the coast here in Cardigan bay rocking the caravan and sending us to sleep ( eventually). We enjoyed a lazy day with an amble along Llanbedrog beach, hunting sea glass, drift wood and the usual detritus following a storm. We settled in with a chick flick and Prosecco.

Tonight we are out to dinner in a lovely coastal restaurant. Nothing better than a girls weekend despite Storm Hannah and Prosecco!

Slow Sewing in Snowdonia

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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.

The difference a day makes

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What a difference a day makes! Today was sunny, bright and cheerful. There was a “start of the season” party on the sea front today. There was live music, RNLI (which we all hope we will never need!) children’s games and a display of plastic waste! The plastic was shocking and brought home how much plastic waste that there must be in the sea. Nothing better than visual aides!

I have also put another vintage cloth into my Etsy shop Visit noddfacrafts.etsy.com

This is a beautiful vintage linen tray cloth.

A Promenade

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An esplanade or promenade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. … Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably.

Thank you Wikipedia

The large body of water here is Cardigan Bay. One of the best places in Britain to see dolphins and porpoises without getting into a boat. We didn’t spot any today on this blustery, cloudy day. We did walk along the promenade and did a little beach combing. We picked up pebbles to paint later, and drift wood to dry out and await inspiration.

Criccieth castle was built by Edward 1st. The promenade offers the chance to amble from Criccieth castle at one end to Dylan’s Restaurant for coffee,at the other end.

Welcome Back to my Craft Room

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Hello again! I thought you might like to visit my craft room again. It’s a very small, but lovely room. You might have noticed the lovely curtains. These featured in one of my first blogs and were made by my Grandmother, known as Nanna Amy. She hand embroidered two pairs of these curtains onto white linen. They were made in the early 1950s and I cherish them. Both pairs are hung in my small Welsh cottage.

I also have a cute child’s chair which is at least fifty years old. I don’t know it’s provenance except that it came from my Mother’s house. A lovely example of a chair to sit a dolly or teddy bear on. Actually to frequently drape my sewing on!

Good year!

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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!!)