Tag Archives: Wales

Where are you crafting?

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This week I drove to a beautiful place in North Wales called Rhyd du. I parked in a gorgeous place at the foot of Snowdon whilst Hubs checked out a future walk. Rhyd du is one of the quieter paths that goes up Snowdon.

Whilst Hubs strode upwards I sat in the car with the radio on, sun shining and birds singing and oh yes! Stitching away. Bliss! Where were you crafting this week?

Ps just realised that it looks like I have stitched the steering wheel! I haven’t!

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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.

Oh What a Lovely Day!

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IMG_0945IMG_0947IMG_0949Today the weather has been awesome. One of those British hot steamy days when you are glad to paddle (or swim) in the sea. Each time we come to our “place by the sea” we explore a little more of the Welsh coastal path. Today we dabbled and paddled around Borth-y-gest a pretty village. We discovered tea rooms( nothing new there) an easy stretch of coastal path and hidden coves and beaches. Idillic!

Maybe a little more of the coastal path tomorrow. The Llyn Peninsula Coastal Path is 110 miles (180kilometers) long so at this rate it may take us some time. But watch this space.

 

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.

Here Be Dragons 2018

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IMG_1491Late last year I bought a place by the sea. I’ve always wanted to be on the coast so job done! It is a caravan located to the left of this picture with views over the beautiful Cardigan Bay and towards the historic Criccieth Castle. I can’t wait to spend time there this spring

“Here be dragons” means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps.

There will be a great deal of exploring to do and much coastal walking. I will take lots of pictures and share them with you. In the mean time here is a friendly Welsh dragon to get you in the mood.

Autumn in the Clwydian Hills

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Where I live Autumn has arrived! I do enjoy the different seasons and living in the Welsh countryside means I really notice how the year changes. At the moment the farmers are, well, farming! The stock is being moved, the sheep are shorn, the fields are being worked and the hay is in. Hens are laying ( eggs are always for sale at the farm gates). Vegetables are still cropping and being sold at bargain prices. The hedgerows are full of blackberries and my freezer is full of gooseberries and plums waiting to become jam.

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So for now, smile a while see you soon!

 

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Rainy Day Activity

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Welsh Wales weather can be very wet! However, on our recent seaside break in Llanbedrog it wasn’t too bad. We had a few nice beach days and a few variable days. To fill in a dull morning Step Grandaughter and I attempted some block printing. I’d gone well prepared with fabric paint, print blocks and linen tea towels. ( all left from my recent craft cruise)

As usual Benji dog wanted to play as well!IMG_1301IMG_1309IMG_1310Step Grand daughter did amazingly well. She is patient and plans carefully. We were both delighted with the result and great plans are afoot for teachers’ Christmas gifts!

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.

Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside!

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We have just returned from a week at my son’s holiday cottage in Llanbedrog, Wales. We went with family and of course Benji dog.

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Gwelfor Holiday Cottage is owned by my eldest son who has worked really hard creating a home from home to let out for short and longer breaks.

The front elevation is having a face lift this week end to brighten it up. Whilst the rear boasts a good size garden with lovely views. Ideal for children and a BBQ!

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The house has been furnished in a modern mid century style and boasts one of the best beaches in Wales within a 5 minute walk. Popular Abersoch is a short drive in the other direction with more stunning beaches and trendy shops.

suspect hope that I will have many more visits to this lovely location.

If you wish to know more take a peak at Facebook : Gwelfor Holiday Cottage, Llanbedrog.

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More Cruise Projects

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img_0902One day I might meet myself coming backwards! Well I wouldn’t want it any other way  Busy is good, interesting, exhausting and fun! In the last month I have been on a Caribbean cruise with Hubs. Oh the glorious beaches, spicy aromas and hot hot sun! We left Christmas in the freezer returning home to a very cold stone cottage in the Welsh hills the day before Christmas. Once we had warmed up the cottage we put up some decorations and cooked Christmas dinner for 10 family members.

The next day I made another project for my imminent craft cruise. Three weeks on Friday I go to The Norwegian Fiords on another cruise. This time I will be teaching crafts whilst onboard. I have nearly completed assembling the craft projects that we will be doing on this cruise so phew! Another job done.

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This bag is made using iconic Liberty fabric. It is quite simple because it has to be hand stitched. The bag is just the right size to use on board ship to carry your book and sun tan lotion. ( Although I don’t think we will need much sun protection during the very short Norwegian days of Winter!) I have added a pocket to carry the ships card in.

I will update you again soon dear friends so may 2017 bring peace, health and love to you all.