Tag Archives: Wales

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!!)

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!

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.