I’m Back!

flowergardenHELLOOOO Blogosphere!!!  I’m back!  I have emerged from The Summer of Broken Technology at last!  First, my 3-days-out-of-warranty Canon Powershot (yes, I am Naming Names) camera broke; then my laptop died; then my strimmer collapsed as well.  As you can see from the length of the lawn in the above pic, taken with my trusty 9 year old Sony Cybershot (again Naming Names!).  What a ride!

Anyway thanks to our local Hero of a computer Wizard, my laptop at least has happily been restored & I’m back in business.  Oh, I have MISSED my little blog-world, and reading all my fave people’s blogs, too.  But don’t think I’ve been sat here pining away for Pinterest and iPlayer though, there’s been lots of crochet, gardenening, and out-and-abouting going on.  How about a quick picture round-up? – Go on, you know you want to!

Early in July, I went off for a long weekend retreat at Tir Heddwch led by Val Young.  Val is an incredibly talented artist, healer, and meditation leader, you can find out more about her work here.  A truly amazing, inspiring weekend…

TirHeddwchTeepee…I also finished the Blue Waves Blanket in time for a visit to my folks’ mid-July, so I was able to present it to my mum.  She was delighted with it and loved the colours, even the little bit of purple I sneaked in!  I didn’t get to take many pics due to the camera fiasco, but this is the finished article, just before it got packed up for the journey…bluewavesfinishedthe garden has really come into its own over July & August, and despite the slow start, the flower border has been looking pretty spectacular…gardenborders…while the veg garden has been feeding me extremely well!……veggarden…after finishing a crochet project, I always find there are lots of oddments of yarn left over.  What to do with them?  Well, these little solid granny squares from Attic 24 have used up my Purple Waves blanket leftovers, and were really nice to sit and do in the garden on sunny days…purplesquares…but I have my aunt to thank for another stash-busting inspiration.  In fact, my aunt is an inspiration in herself!  In her late 70s, with arthritis in both hands, she still knits squares for the wonderful orphan charity, KAS (Knit-A-Square).  If you haven’t come across these lovely folk before, do take a look at their website.  It’s not just knitters they want!  You can crochet squares for them too, like these in super-chunky yarn that work up in no time …KASchunkysquares…or why not try making something from one of their free patterns?  See if you recognise some of the yarn I’ve used here to make the pieces for a funky kids’ pullover…bluewavesfront…these are great little ‘portable’ projects to take out & about with you.  I’ve been off on a few dog-sitting weekends for some close friends this summer, and it’s been lovely to sit with a cup of tea, a basket of yarn, a soppy dog and THIS view (even though it’s mostly been raining whenever I’ve been there!)…BrynTeganview…of course small projects are great, but I can’t resist the lure of another blanket!  I’ll save the details for a separate post, but this might possibly be my BRIGHTEST blanket yet…

test&chain.jpgI hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer, and are looking forward to the bank holiday here in the UK, and a glorious autumn.  Thanks to all for bearing with me during my hiatus, it’s very good to be back!

Wishing you all a bright sunshiney week 🙂

February Farewells

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Well Hello and happy St David’s Day!  Now I know it’s a short month, but how quickly did February flash by?!  Even so, it was a full-on February for me (sorry I can’t seem to stop with the crazy alliterations), mainly taken up by my house move…

…I spent a bit of time at the beginning of the month saying ‘farewell’ to some of my most treasured Dyfi Valley places, like my favourite walk at Glaspwll…GlaspwllTrees

…and beautiful Tir Heddwch, where I got to have a go at helping weave a new willow screen…Willow Weaving…but then it was time to pack everything into the van, with much help from friends and family…VanMan&Woman…and say farewell to my Coach House flat, that has been my home for the last 3 years…Farewell CoachHouse…and head on down to The Marches, to my new house.  Which is in total chaos still, so I’ve got no pics to show you til next month!   But in amongst all the unpacking and sorting out and general exhaustion that comes with moving, I taught my brother to crochet!!  How cool is his first ‘happy-enough-not-to-unravel-it’ granny square??  Come on, how many of us did this well in our first week? – Not me, for sure! Robs1stGrannySquare… I don’t know about you, but for me, doing something creative is like going to a calm place when everything else gets too much.  Since all my sewing stuff was packed, I had a go at crocheting this snoodie-neck-warmer pattern with a lovely, unusual yarn that my friends Helen & Alison brought me back from Yarndale last year.  It’s made from corn fibre – yay, no allergies! – so I thought it would be nice to make this as I could wear it close to my face, unlike a lot of fibres.  It feels a bit like a cotton-acrylic mix and works up really nicely.  But it took me ages to get the hang of the pattern and although I like the effect, I’m not too happy with the size and shape it turned out.  I may well unravel it and just make a nice headwrap in this stitch instead…Popcorn Yarn Headwrap…so that was February, and here I am with a houseful of boxes, completely frazzled, and with so much still to be sorted out!  But it feels great to have done it, at last, and I love this area so much and am very pleased to be here…Hergest AfternoonI hope you all had a fabulous February: now here’s to clocks changing, daffodils opening, and all kinds of Springy Goodness in March!

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Happy Winter Solstice!

taliesinsunsetHurray, the shortest day is done!  From now on it’s sun, sun, sun…

Well, OK, it’s grey skies, rain, howling winds and floods here at the moment but I just thought I’d cheer you up!  It was in fact too dark and drizzly to take ANY pictures at the lovely Solstice (indoor) picnic up at Tir Heddwch today, so I thought I’d share a pic of the sunset over our bay from a couple of solstices ago instead.

I’m taking a short break for the hols now, so here’s wishing you all a very happy holiday season, full of much merriment!  I’ll be back at the end of the month with a festive round-up and a look back at some of my best makes & moments of 2014.

Have fun everyone! 🙂

 

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! 🙂