10/04/2014 § 6 Comments
there’s lots going on at the moment with celebrations and concerns in equal measure!
Let’s celebrate first with a week in Cornwall ::
It’s our 30th wedding anniversary on 14th April and we’ve decided to spend the whole month of April enjoying trips and jaunts around and about. We gasped as we caught our first glimpse of Porthleven harbour – still no boats. Earlier in the year, winter storms smashed the huge wooden baulks leaving boats unprotected in the inner harbour. Ten sank in the storm and the remaining fishing fleet and pleasure boats were still on land, up on their chocks in the boatyard and harbourside. Hopefully by now, they’re all bobbing about in the harbour enjoying some Spring sunshine.
The Napoleonic cannon still on the edge of the seawall since the waves moved it.
Then Cardiff for a few days …
A wonderful couple of days in Cardiff, at the St David’s Hotel overlooking Cardiff Bay. We boat tripped up the river, instead of catching a bus into the city centre. I shopped till I dropped and we had an amazing time!
We had decided not to buy each other anniversary presents, but to wait until something grabbed both of us. The art deco Smiths clock did! We loved it as soon as we saw it, high up on a shelf in a new vintage shop in Wellfield Road, Cardiff. Now it has pride of place on our mantlepiece, to commemorate our 30 years of marriage.
I then tripped off to Wales, to see Dad – the boys in tow!
Now we’ve an anniversary meal with all 3 of our children to look forward to this weekend and I’m planning a few surprises so will maybe share with you next week, after I’ve surprised them!
I’ve quilt commissions and fairs to plan for but, like a huge dark cloud over 28th April, my wonderful husband is having yet another major operation. Let’s hope the cloud of concern is quickly replaced by a silver lining and lightning recovery.
23/11/2013 § Leave a comment
but I’ve been busy!
Some of my work will have to stay secret for a while longer as a major commission has been undertaken and is probably the most amazing quilt that I’ve ever made. It’s a Christmas present from a major well-known British organisation for one of their clients – so … WOW – W O W !!!!
Fitting life in around this has been a bit of a jigsaw, but we spent a few days in Cardiff last week – thoroughly enjoyable and pictures from google (I decided not to take the camera and immediately regretted it) – I’ve linked to the photographers’ websites below.
We stayed on the fifth floor overlooking Cardiff Bay where, from our balcony, we were treated to evening displays of exquisite flight by starlings coming home to roost in the reed beds at the Wetlands Reserve. I was totally awestruck.
Cardiff is my home city and has changed dramatically since I left in the 1970’s, as a teenager. I had a whole day to myself to take the bus, browse in shops, visit the vibrant Market, have tea at St John’s Church tearoom with homemade cake. Then another bus to Albany Road and Wellfield Road, where my mother used to push me almost daily, in my pushchair. I thought about her a lot that day, remembering the material she bought for my 5th birthday dress – pink with white flock polka dots – I remember that dress so well; a painting book and paintbrush where you just added water – do you remember those books? The colours appeared magically as you washed the page with soft brush strokes, trying not to smudge the colours?
Mum loved Cardiff, she loved the buzz of the city shops, she loved the independence of her day after dropping me off at school, she knew the City like the back of her hand and drove her little old beetle car all around. Just like the one below (minus the white wall tyres) – a 1954 VW beetle called Bessie!
PPW 147 – Mum’s favourite car
We also had a most memorable evening at a very special Graduation Ceremony – an Honorary Fellowship Degree of the university where he taught for so many years, awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the education of students – for Himself.
I was in the front row of the theatre as he regaled the audience and former
colleagues with hilarious tales of his working life
– back on form – on stage – a larger than life character –
my amazing husband!
So, we’ve had a memorable couple of weeks, enjoying meeting up with friends and family at home as well as jaunting through some incredible Autumn landscapes on trips out and about.
Enjoy your weekend – that Autumn light is something special this year.