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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

10 days in Cardigan Bay

It's busy when you return home from holiday and it takes a while to get back on track with things. I've been doing this post all week!

I did have a small new stitching start with Barb and the parlour ladies last Wednesday at Needlecraft Haven.  As regular readers will know, for this SAL you can stitch any design by LHN, CCN or the Sampler Girl and this year I am stitching the ornaments by CCN and LHN from past JCS ornament editions. Quite a few have been stitched so far and last Wednesday my new start was Peace by CCN.  This one is in the 2007 edition.


I've been knitting as well.  The charity knitting group have been asked to make 10 full sets for local prem babies in the baby unit at present.

Here's a full set I've done ...


and I've put the tiddly mitts and boots next to a 6" ruler so you see just how tiny they are ...

 
Using up oddments there are also 4 hats and one of the special triangles (new readers can read all about the triangles in an earlier post here) to hand over on Friday.
 
 
I've been doing quite a bit of blog reading in short bursts and am finally all caught up.  You have all been busy making wonderful things, lots of lovely stitching, quilting, crochet and beading happening.   {{hugs}} to those who are going through stressful times and sad times, I have read sad news on a few blogs and some are experiencing health issues.  Sending get well wishes to you.  Happy news too, new mothers with babies who are growing well and new pets arriving with some people.  Lots of happy times ahead for those.
 
I did say I would share some holiday snaps so here are a few (perhaps a lot) from our recent week away in Cardigan Bay.
 
We stayed at Tywyn, which is a seaside resort on the Cardigan Bay coast of southern Gwynedd in Wales on the very edge of Snowdonia National Park.
 

 
We visited lovely places....
 
Aberdyfi
 
and the legend of it's time and tide bell .....
 

 
Looking out over the sea, you can see beautiful sandy beach for miles opposite but you cant get to it over the water.....

 
You can drive the 19 miles around the Dyfi estuary and arrive close to Borth. Taking the dead end road, you drive onto the wide open beach in the car and see Aberdyfi where you just came from.
 
The first time we were there is rained, but someone didn't get wet, they'd driven their tiny caravan onto the beach
 
We passed there another day on the way to somewhere else and stopped off for a picnic lunch.  This time glorious sunshine, time for a picnic on the beach with a couple of gulls who wanted to join us...
 

as we sat we looked across back to Aberdyfi ......


We walked in forests, under a bridge with a steam train carrying holidaymakers going overhead (we travelled on the train last time we were here) 
 
 
Very steep climbs up to the Dolgoch Falls ....
 
 
the lower falls ....

and on we went, higher and higher, over the bridge...


to view the upper falls.....
 
 
Down the other side and we saw that someone had been yarnbombing at Dolgoch little station where the Tallylynn steam train stops to take on water and let passengers off to see the falls ...
 
 
Swallow babies were being fed by their mamma in the roof of the stationmasters shed ....
 
 
A visit to the Osprey project to see the latest chicks that were growing well.  Our cameras don't have such long vision so we watched with binoculars provided and saw the live web cam of the 3 little ones as they were being watched by their mum.  They have all fledged since we came home you can see here.  Dad is called Monty and he was born only a short distance from our home at Rutland Water before making his home in Wales.  The only pic I got of the nest was rubbish lol
 
 
but we did see some waterbuffalo (hiding in the undergrowth so no clear pic) at the Dyfi Osprey project and such an interesting variety of other birds feeding from their vast array of feeders. A fabulous place to visit for bird lovers and all for £3 each.
 
 
We visited old ancient sites like Cymer Abbey, founded in 1198
 


and Castelle Y Bere, a real castle dating from the 13th century.  You can read about it here.



A drive up the coast to Barmouth saw us passing more yarn bombers work, a colourful bicycle ....


and someone keeping a close eye on who was coming over his bridge  - it reminded me of the childrens book Billy Goats Gruff.....


closer inspection needed.... it's a troll - a fabulous crochet troll in fact.... he let us pass without any trouble lol

 
You can access Barmouth over the Mawddach Estuary, but only by foot or train ....
 

 
It's 20 miles or so round the estuary along the coast road, beautiful scenery to see, although some parts of the road are very narrow. 
 
Nice shops in Barmouth and a lovely sandy beach to explore with sand dunes to protect you from the wind ....
 

 
We got stuck behind some escaped sheep.  The farmer was not impressed and getting even crosser every time he got near them and they ran off again .....
 
 
Time for a picnic on the beach ....

 
the locals looked a bit menacing - rooks are very popular in this area 
 
 
Lovely sunshine, reading and resting on the sand .....
 
 
and dipping your feet into the lovely water.....
 
 
One evening the sea was very rough......
 

Every night we enjoyed a lovely evening stroll along the promenade taking in the setting sun.....


 
A lovely relaxed and fabulous time was had by DH and myself (and we didn't want to come home!)
 
Blessings to you all
 
 
 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer Postcard Blog Hop

When you go on holiday you send a postcard, i certainly did last week whilst away in the Welsh mountains having 10 days of internet free time - that's why this post is late, sorry!

When i got home yesterday, i found that i had received a postcard, what a lovely surprise.

The summer postcard blog hop is organised by the lovely Jo from Serendipitous Stitching

The theme for the bloghop this time is pets....... my lovely postcard is from Noni.  You can find her blog Fireflies and Cats in the Garden here.  
 
Perhaps the name of her blog gave you a clue as what her pet would be....
 


She wrote a lovely note about her pets ......
 
What do pets mean to me?
 
Well.... for a starter I don't remember a day of my life when I haven't had a pet beside me.... I grew up with cats and dogs and have continued on with always having one or the other, or both, in my life since leaving home.  I look forward to the day when I can retire and take up a full time occupation of being a crazy cat lady!  
 
My Mum adores cats as well... I remember when I was about 8 or 9 years old we had 21 cats.... all three of our female cats had kittens and our one tomcat was probably the father of them all!!! That was before there was a vet in town and it became the norm to de-sex your cats before they got into trouble!! :o)
 
I don't think I would know what to do if I didn't have a cat or dog in my life - there is nothing nicer than coming home to a wagging puppy or smoochy kitty!
 
The picture I picked for the blog hop is of a black and white kitty that I stitched a number of years ago for a birthday card swap for my very first online craft group.  The link to the original post is http://firefliescatsinthegarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/ihsw-that-wasnt.html
The designer of the kitty is Lesley Teare and it was originally published in Cross Stitch Crazy in 2010. I have stitched quite a number of cats over the years and it was quite hard to choose one for the blog hop!
 
Thank you Noni for such a wonderful card.  I always think a stitched card is such a special gift and I'm sure yours was very well received.  
 
21 cats though ... wow... that is a lot of cats at one time.  I'm a cat lover too and we have had 4 ourselves at one time, but now just one little chap resides here at home with us although my neighbour has 6 and they are often to be found in our garden looking for a cuddle and a little treat to eat.
 
Welcome to the bloghoppers who have come along to visit and see my postcard, i hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again.   I am seriously behind with blog reading after 10 restful and fabulous days away with no internet, so need to plan some time to catch up later this week. 
 
I'll share some holiday snaps in my next post.
 
Blessings to you all
 
 
 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A week of finishing things off...

The little gift I made has been received by Lindsay so I can share it with you.


The free design and coaster was in the 'yellow' themed bag that I received at the stitchers meet up at the end of May and as Lindsay is a lover or sunflowers and she had been kind enough to pass on a chart, I thought it would make the perfect little surprise 'thank you' for her.

FINALLY, the sewing machine came out and the free challenge designs chosen by Christine for the monthly Christmas ornament SAL are made up.

Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs was May's mittens chart.

 
and for June the design was by The Primitive Hare, a different Yule design.
 

LHN Woodland Snowfall also got the finishing treatment ....

 
and I had an evening finishing stitching on the Pears, but not in time to make it up!


Finished the final sock ....so now we have a pair.


For the charity knitting I was crocheting a crib/car seat small blanket.  One of the ladies at the craftshare group is expecting a baby in a few weeks and was so taken with this that it didn't get to the charity box, I gave it to her for her new arrival instead.

 
We've had some scorching temperatures recently, way too hot for me and this weekend we also had a mammoth storm.  Sunday afternoon, the rain came again but soon the sunshine was back and as I looked out my window I saw this lovely double rainbow .....
 
 
Wishing you all a lovely week filled with love, laughter and plenty of crafting.
 
Blessings to you all