A Note from November

It’s been a difficult time lately my Blogosphere friends, so I don’t have my usual cheerful end-of-the-month piccies to share with you from November I’m afraid.  But on the first day of the month – Celtic Samhain – I got up very early, and drove up the lane through the foggy dawn to nearby Hergest Ridge.  As I walked up the footpath toward the common, I cleared the mists, and was just in time to see the sun rise above them and turn the neighbouring hills into tiny islands in a wispy white sea. dawnhills2 It was a glorious walk, the most energy I’ve had in many many weeks.  Of course I didn’t have my camera with me, but I took these couple of pictures on my phone.  Although the quality is a bit iffy, it’s lovely to have a memento of such a magical morning.dawnhills3

Sadly my health hasn’t been great since then, but I hope I’ll have some energy soon because my latest blanket project is shaping up beautifully and I can’t wait to show you!

Wishing you all a very magical 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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A Journey through January

TanyYCoedSnowAfter all the fun and good times of Xmas and New Year, January has been COLD and wet and dark and did I mention COLD, and the month I find the very hardest to get through!  It’s been a bit different this year though, for exciting reasons which I’ll share with you in a minute.  But first here’s some of the things that cheered my days during this dreary month…

…a beautiful bright full moon rising over the Dyfi Vally early in the month, taken from the woods near my houseDyfiValleyMoonrise…the successful completeion of the Blue Sheet muslin, enabling me to get cracking on my first Stashbusting Sewalong dress!  Auntie Janis & I are particularly pleased with the pockets…Sheet3…a magical snowy walk in my favourite woodland, with views of the Cambrians in the distance.  Armed with my trusty flask, of course!…TanYCoedSnowPicnic2…my gorgeous Purple Waves blanket has kept me company all month and is almost done.  Just one more round of edging to do and there will be a big WhooHoo!…blanketborder

…and here is the armchair where I’ve sat crocheting for quite a lot of this month, opposite the blazing fire or enjoying a rare bit of winter sunshine…ColourfulChair

…HOWEVER, my fireside armchair, and everything else, will shortly be getting packed up because in a couple of weeks I will be leaving the Lovey Dovey valley and moving house!  I’ve been planning to move for a while, and unexpectedly found the perfect place whilst visiting friends back home in Radnorshire over the hols.  So it might be a bit quiet here on the blog for a couple of weeks whilst I get relocated (and wait for BT to connect my phone & internet!), but rest assured, I will be BACK with plenty of colourful crafts very soon!

Thank you so much for reading, wishing you a wonderful week and a VERY Funky February 🙂

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! 🙂

 

Notes from November

NovemberfromthebarnIt’s been a month of farewell to autumn and settling in for winter here in Magical Mid-Wales!  As the month’s worn on it’s turned cold enough to need a fire every night.  We’ve had some lovely frosty mornings and bright clear days – great for walking! – and there’s a feeling of everything slowing down and getting ready for the holiday season…

…my Christmas Cactus, that I’ve had for around 10 years, decided to flower early and is looking spectacular on my bedroom windowsill…xmascactus

…catching up with my friend Ursula on a break from her epic OneWomanWalksWales hike for Target Ovarian Cancer/Penny Brohn (go HERE to find out more & make a donation), and helping to take down the Tir Heddwch yurt for winter (and eat lunch!) in between rain showers…UrsulaAfterTheRain…FINALLY putting the finishing touches on the summer beach bag I started waaaay back in June!  A full ‘WhooHoo’ post on this one shortly…bagfinishing…late afternoon sunshine on the walk down from Llyn Barfog as I stop to rest halfway…halfwayhawthorns…lots more crochet for the craft stall!  I’ve been happily hooking these colourful mandala-like circles and stitching them together into little purses, inspired by Vendula Maderska’s colourful designs on Flickr…pursecircles2…and crossing the little footbridge on my favourite walk, noticing that all the leaves are pretty much gone off the trees and it’s proper winter now…Llyfnantbridge

…here’s to a magical December, with just the right amount of snow (ie the ‘wow-it-looks-like-a-Christmas-card’ kind, not the dangerous-to-drive-home-in kind) and lots of festive happenings to look forward to!

Wishing you all a very lovely week and month ahead! 🙂

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! 🙂