Saturday, 18 April 2009

Home from Wales

We've been back a few hours, just long enough to put everything away, set the washing machine off, hoover through (DS was here on his own the week LOL) and cut the front lawn which looked like a jungle.

Wales was as good as ever, we had a couple of days out to Criccieth (by train) and Aberystwyth (by car). The train journey to Criccieth was beautiful, it goes right along the Cambrian coastline. It's only a small place but we had a lovely coffee at a cafe overlooking the bay and a steep climb up to the castle where we sat having out sandwiches overlooking the sea - absolutely beautiful as you can see from these piccies.












Bank Holiday Monday is a tradition in Tywyn for a huge street market, it's great fun but we didn't buy much. St Cadfan's church do their tea and coffee as always on market day. I didn't have time to make a cake for them this week so I gave some tea and sugar to help with funds. The ladies work so hard doing this, from May to September they do it every Monday and provide homemade cakes every week. They must do nothing but bake all weekend. I had a go on the raffle and amazingly won a huge tin of Roses.

I have done quite a bit of stitching this week. I have nearly finished the gift for Hazel who won my giveaway :) and I finished a lilac version of my beginners bookmark. I need to do the other two in lilac and then all three on a smaller fabric count.










I have also finished The Perennial Garden - I am so grateful to JA UFO Night because I know I would have not finished this in time without the group - especially Julie and Mr Stick - thanks everyone. I do have another UFO ready to come out - but you'll have to wait until Tuesday to see it. I am so pleased with the garden though, and I have plenty of time now to choose a frame and border. I am also going to get an engraved plate to go in the frame so it's a good job I have some time.










I bought Philippa Gregory's latest book before we went away - The Other Queen. I haven't read any of her books before and only bought this because I purchased some gift cards in Waterstones and having spent over £10 they were offering her book at half price. I absolutely loved it - I have joined The Reading Corner so will be blogging all about it on there.


When we got home today there was a parcel from my friend Denise who lives in the USA. She has been reading my blog and loves the idea of the Miss-tree. She has very kindly stitched an ornament and it is absolutely beautiful. It is all about chocolate whichis perfect and the ribbon she has used matches in beautifully. She very kinly sent me some of the ribbon and some lovely DMC variegated threads - thanks Denise you're an agel :)















Well I think that's enough news for now - DH and I are off into town tonight as DD is at her friends party overnight and DS is off to a gig. Wetherspoons have their beer festival on so DH is looking forward to trying a few new beers - good job you can have 1/3 of a pint of each to try LOL

Hope you all had a good Easter.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, Perrenial garden is gorgeous, no wonder you are pleased with it.
    Love the chocolate ornament Denise sent for your Miss Tree

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  2. lovely stitching Clare. Your week away sounds great - we stayed in Criccieth when I was a child and I have been back often since. I love that part of Wales and your blog made me quite nostalgic.

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  3. PG looks stunning..... Mr Stick is well chuffed, roll on Tuesday so i can see the new one LOL

    Nice pics of you on hols, looks like you had some nice sunny weather.

    Great little ornie from Denise, the tree is going to be great.

    Tin of chocs as a prize, oh dear you cant eat them ROFLOL

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  4. Glad you had a lovely time..pics are great

    Take Care

    Love Lynn

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  5. Congratulations on a great finish. Perennial Garden looks terrific.
    Your Easter holidays sound fantastic. Wales is such a great place to travel to.

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  6. Looks a lovely place & that you got some nice weather too. So good to see all of PG - looks stunning! Well done on the HD. Pretty bookmark too.Great ornie from your friend - that is just so my DSis! LOL :0)

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