East or West – Wales is best!

29/11/2012 § 1 Comment

What a pretty little cottage – with an amazing weathervane!

No, don’t get excited, we haven’t decided to move (yet), but last weekend tugged at my heartstrings again as we returned to Wales.  The Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron is a brilliant place to stay – right on the harbourside.  Imagine my excitement when we went up to the room and there was a wonderful Melin Tregwynt bed cover – in RED!!!  Oh complete joy!!

Although we were hardly there in daylight, I managed a couple of quick jaunts around the harbour and village with my camera in the early morning, and evening.  It had been raining and the river water, where it flowed into the harbour was thick with mud from the heavy rainfall up in the hills …

I love the coloured houses in this pretty seaside town, which every year in August hosts one of my favourite events – the Festival of Welsh Ponies & Cobs.

What beautiful colour combinations …

It was a busy weekend and lovely to see Dad.  We fitted in a trip to see relations in south Wales too.  Life is hectic at the moment – these short days make me feel that I have to complete everything outdoorsy in daylight and fitting it all in around my teaching job means that I’m under a bit of pressure.  Good long evenings to spend sewing though – and snuggling under those crochet blankets!

I haven’t forgotten the giveaway, which will be very soon – and I’ve got a new sewing-room toy (well several actually) to show you too.  Have a guess what they are – 4 different sizes, very reasonably priced and the results are yards and yards long and I’m having loads of fun thinking of ways to use what I’ve produced.

Go on – have a guess!

I’ll show and tell next time – maybe Saturday, if I have a moment or two spare.

Enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend – Winchester is hosting the Retro & Vintage market on Sunday and I’ll be there, all wrapped up against the freezing cold!

Adaliza x

Winter in Wales …

02/12/2011 § Leave a comment

Last weekend I made a lightning dash to Wales, to see Dad.  The weather was kind, in a Welsh sort of way – not pouring with rain, just a bit misty up in the hills and decidedly chilly, but not frozen.

I like to take a jaunt around my old stomping grounds and this time we took a trip to Newcastle Emlyn (best patchwork barn),  Lampeter (best quilting shop), Tregaron and Strata Florida, then on to Aberystwyth to see the starlings as they come in to roost on the pier at dusk every day in the winter.  Ending up, as always, in Aberaeron for the best fish and chips in the world (this is not an exaggeration)!

The camera was fully charged so  …

Red Kites

Red Kites over Rhydlewis

Welsh Cobs

Welsh Cobs near Tregaron

Strata Florida

Strata Florida

Starlings

Starlings over Aberystwyth Pier

The photos look so grey, don’t they?  How different it would all look in the summer, with a bright light and clear blue sky.  I always enjoy spending some time at home though, whatever the time of year.  If you’re thinking of booking up a holiday cottage, or B&B in West Wales, then do go to Brenni holidays, at Nant-y-Brenni Farm.  Hazel and John are charming hosts and I feel as though the farm is a real home-from-home.  The nearby coast is amazing and inland the scenery is fantastic.  There are so many market towns and villages, excellent shops and restaurants and undoubtedly (in my opinion, as someone who enjoys a treat), the best fish and chips anywhere!

Just about to sort out my stock for Sunday’s Retro and Vintage Market in Winchester.  Do pop along – I’ve been busy restoring and making!

Adaliza x

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