Thursday, 11 September 2014

Before I go ....

.... on holiday I thought I better do a quick catch up blog. My stitching has not been happening as Philly is home from her summer working in Cyprus and we've been busy busy busy.

We had another quick trip to the caravan as we had to have a replacement boiler so needed to check it was ok and of course pay the fitter. We came home a new route - via the Horseshoe Pass and Llangollen - the scenery was stunning.

Horseshoe Pass
Oh no not those two again !
You can see the road round the bend and
cutting through the other side

Llangollen Bridge

The River Dee
LLangollen steam railway
I've also been doing a bit of baking - a courgette cake, a coconut cake, a Guinness cake for Michael and everyone working on getting the new bar open (hopefully this weekend) and a Schokogugelhopf for Philly coming home.

Coconut Cakes
Courgette Cake

 The only stitching I have to show is the Monthly Christmas Challenge for August - a cute snowman from Wollen Sails

August ornament
I still have the Autumn exchange for Needlecraft Haven to stitch, this month's challenge, October's The Drawn Thread, Santa's Village and of course so many other lovely projects I've seen. I will be taking stitching on holiday and hopefully will get quite a bit finished. sleep - have you read the book by S J Watson? We went to see the film yesterday (it was my birthday so a nice treat to go with Nick and Philly, Michael was working) - as in most cases I prefer the book but the film was good and did differ slightly but did not take away from the story. I also listened to it on Radio 4 Extra's Book at Beachtime, half an hour a day at anytime using the radio iplayer.

Well that's my quick catch up - I had a lovely birthday yesterday but packing calls. Thank you for reading my news, please leave a comment as they are lovely to read. Holiday news in a few weeks :)


  1. Thanks for the photos of Llangollen. I haven't been there since I went on a school trip to the Eistedfodd - beautiful place. Love your little snowman finish. I enjoyed that book too and look forward to seeing the film. Hope you have a lovely holiday.

  2. Beautiful photos Clare.

    Love your snowman finish. So cute.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. I remember the Horseshooe pass from my childhood days, we always stopped on the top, there was a little cafe / gift shop that sold blue mugs, is that still there?

    We have arranged an outing to see Before I Go To Sleep with my reading group as it was our read a few months ago, it will be interesting to see what we all think.

    Have a good holiday, have fun.
    Speak soon xx

  4. What great pictures - the cakes…..YUM! Your snow man is so sweet.

  5. Great challenge finish Clare.
    Enjoy your holiday!

  6. Love the gold edge on your challenge finish.
    Super pics of Wales, hope the sun shines for others who visit that area lol
    Yummy cakes....
    Have a wonderful holiday!


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