Dyfi Valley Walk

Sunny days always feel like such a gift at this time of year, and we’ve had a couple this week so I grabbed the chance to take my camera out for a walk! estuarysky1

I don’t talk about it much here on the blog (mainly because it pervades every other aspect of my life), but I have M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and some days I don’t have much energy at all.  But walking was a huge source of happiness in my life before I got ill, and still is on days when I have the energy to enjoy it.  Even though I may be limited to a short walk on the hill behind my house, I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful area, and I thought I’d share my little section of the Wales Coast Path with you……

…starting with my neighbours’ hydrangeas, that have been bursting with colour this autumn, cheering me up as I head through the gate onto the footpath…hydrangeas

…huffing up the hill, it’s good to stop halfway and admire the beautiful sky above the estuary today, with the sea beyond…
UptheHill…some days I don’t make it any further than my favourite bench!
favebenchBut that’s OK, it’s a lovely place to sit and admire the view of the valley…
benchview…you can see quite a few local landmarks from here, including every trainspotters’ favourite, Dyfi Junction bridge and station…dyfijunction…and, a little further along, the Dyfi Osprey Project bird hide.  I quite often meet bird-watchers on my walk with their binoculars out, but must admit I’ve never seen the ospreys! …ospreybirdhide…today I made it along the footpath through the beech trees, which is carpeted in bluebells in May but full of good crunchy autumn leaves now instead…beachesfootpath…and into the little woods beyond.  A lot of the bigger trees came down in the big February storm this year, but most of the younger ones survived and are looking lovely today with their pinky-orange leaves in the late afternnon sun…talgarthwoods…on a good day, I might take a circular route by walking up to the top of the hill from here and returning via the pond.  But today it’s enough to have made it as far as the woods, and I’m rewarded by a mellow sunset over the sea as I stroll back down toward home…downhillsunsetI hope wherever you are, that you too are having some sunny days, and can manage to get out and enjoy them! 🙂

September Magic

campingteaWOW, what a gorgeous, Indian-summer-of-a-September it’s been!  After a fairly dreary August of wet weather and being a bit poorly, I’ve SO enjoyed being out and about this month…

…harvesting a bumper crop of parasol mushrooms at my friend Annie’s land and cooking up a delicious mushroom risotto…mushrooms…going on one of my favourite walks, where the path becomes an enchanted tunnel of overgrown hedges and long grass at this time of year…glaspwllpath…visiting some wonderful open studios and exhibitions during H.Art week with Jas, and being inspired by willow weaver Jenny Crisp‘s beautiful house and garden…willowgarden...starting AND finishing the border print tunic in the same month!fullwithwool…and managing to fit in one last camping trip, chilling out in the beautiful orchard campsite at Lower Porthamel Farm again, complete with armloads of the most delicious apples and pears you’ve EVER tasted…tent&pearsI hope you managed to enjoy your September as much as I did!  The leaves are beginning to change colour here in Mid-Wales now, and I’ve been to get my first load of firewood today: time to welcome in the autumn proper…

wishing you all a very lovely weekend! 🙂 xx

The Joys of July!

avalonsunsetIt’s been a glorious July here, with lots of long sunny days (and a few wet ones, too!) that have been perfect for….

…hiking up to Llyn Barfog (Bearded Lake) a few miles from my house for a Sunday picnic and watching the dragonflies flitting amongst the lily pads…LlynBarfog

…spending a wet weekend making my BALCONY BUNTING! and watching the local birdlife’s reaction to it (completely indifferent, as you can see)…birds&bunting

…another ‘glamping’ trip to my beloved Glastonbury, where I spent a wonderful afternoon cooling down at the Chalice Well gardens…

chalice well

…hanging a little wish on the remains of the old Glastonbury Thorn tree (can you guess which one is mine??)…

GlastonburyPeaceFlower…visiting one of my best friends and having a day out at The Lowland Games, the highlight of which was, beyond doubt, the ferret racing!  Oh yeah…ferrets

…and my spectacular lillies, that flower for just two weeks in July and send their heavenly perfume wafting in through the balcony door on warm evenings…

Lillies

I hope your July has been full of joys as well!

May Moments…

rhododendronspiderAloha!  Well it’s been quite a month for me, and if you’re thinking that not a lot of either crafting or blogging has gone on, then you’d be right!  Many things have taken me away from the sewing room and the computer this month…

…camping in the Black Mountains during our ‘heatwave’ week…blackmountaincamping

…walking up my beloved Mynydd Llangors, my most ambitious walk since I became ill with ME…mynyddllangorsview

…acres of bluebells!  My very favourite wildflowers, mmm, INHALE DEEPLY…bluebellfest

…a fabulous exhibition of quilts, textiles, crafts and paintings at the Minerva Centre, including this beauty by Angela Morris, whom I was lucky enough to meet on our visit…angelamorrisquilt

…a slap-up lunch for my BIRTHDAY at the Great Oak Café, when it was (just about) sunny enough to sit outside in the courtyard…greatoakcourtyard…sadly, leaving my job of 3½ years; saying farewell to the loveliest bunch of colleagues ever, and being overwhelmed with flowers, cards, gifts, and hugs (sniff!)…

leavinggifts

…and stunning rhododendron flowers on the shrub opposite my flat, casting a magical purple glow across the walkway and into my sewing room window…walkwayrhods

Yes, that was MAY! So here we go with June, still working away at that bag lining tutorial and all sorts of other projects tumbling around, as always…

Here’s to a sunny solstice month xxx