A little jaunt …

10/06/2016 § 3 Comments

to Wales, to see my Dad …

It’s a very long way to travel by myself with only the collies in the car for company, but I fastened my seatbelt (and theirs) and we took a jaunt to West Wales for a few days.  Flora stayed behind with Aunty B.

We saw Red Kites swirling and twisting in the skies, dolphins off New Quay beach and lots of the neighbouring farmer’s cows!  Like many rural natives they’re both nosey and friendly at the same time!

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they have such expressive faces – I’m sure I’ll use these photos as inspiration for some cushions in a week or so.

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I was delighted to be able to zoom in on this red beauty – in the purest blue sky on the coast road to Cardigan.
We enjoyed lunches in local towns and meals in the local hostelry during the evenings, as well as ice creams by the beach and far too many welsh cakes!

I’m definitely going to serve up some of these spicy little cakes next week, cooked on an old-fashioned griddle.  I found quite the best I’ve ever tasted at a local bakery – they were absolutely delicious.

And Dad – well, he’s fine and dandy – at 90 years old!

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This is quite the best photo I’ve ever seen of him and it wasn’t taken by me.  His neighbours have a young daughter who is just two and half years old (she and he share the same birthday in December)!  I took some snaps of them all together and then handed the camera over to her and under her mother’s watchful eye, she pressed the button and just look at that wonderful photo.  She’s a very gifted portrait photographer – and at such a young age!  “Thank You, G”.

I’m pleased to be back home again though it’s always a huge wrench to leave him, but he’s fiercely independent and loves his home – as I do mine!

Alton market is on tomorrow – for those of you who are in the area.

Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are.

Adaliza x

Jaunting to Wales …

20/09/2014 § 3 Comments

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Old House Cottage on the farm

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Nantbrenni Farmhouse

We have, on many occasions, stayed at the Nantbrenni Farmhouse in Rhydlewis for bed and breakfast.  It’s always wonderful to return and this time we stayed in the Old House Cottage – a self-contained 3 bedroom cottage off the old farmyard.  The weather was gorgeous and we breakfasted on the sun terrace overlooking the Ceri Valley every morning.  The cottage was beautiful, comfortable and cosy.  I enjoyed early morning walks around the ponds with the girls whilst watching Red Kites swirling overhead.  We walked the girls on local beaches and enjoyed some great times with Dad and village friends.

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River Teifi estuary at Gwbert

Misty - busy digging

Misty – busy digging – Poppit Sands

Belle - her favourite game, chasing the ball

Belle – her favourite game, chasing the ball

I love old farm buildings.  The refurbished cottage and newly converted Stable Cottage are amazing, beautiful stone built buildings, open right up to the beams – light and airy.  The farmyard also has many original buildings with those traditional carvings and good luck symbols left by previous generations:

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hind hoof horseshoe

hind hoof horseshoe

front hoof horseshoe

front hoof horseshoe

Did you know that you can tell exactly which hoof a horseshoe was worn on?  Hind shoes are more oval than the rounded front shoes.  If you lay the shoe flat, with the toe clip uppermost, there are usually more nail holes on one side of the shoe and that’s the outer edge – so, it’s easy to identify the precise hoof – front or hind :: off or nearside.  I love old horseshoes on stable doors. I have horseshoes tucked all around our home, from the horses that I’ve owned over the years – Prince, Cinderella and Storm.

Merlin - the farm sheepdog

Merlin – the farm sheepdog

Isn't he lovely?

Isn’t he lovely?

So now we’re back ‘home’ where we enjoyed a quacky welcome from Flora Puddleduck and as ever, I’m feeling a little homesick about leaving Wales.  It takes me a few days to settle down again into my daily routine – quilting, dog walking, cooking – so today I started with mooch around the garden and some yarn-winding:

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Shetland wool, from a local herd bought from the Newcastle Emlyn Country Market

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This is SOoooooo satisfying and such a fun way to produce yarn cakes!

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Seven lovely Shetland wool yarn cakes – what shall I make???

I couldn’t resist this Shetland wool, from the farmer who keeps the sheep!  That’s just the best thing about country markets – meeting the people who make/grow/spin the products.  Yarn winding was an easy early morning job, to ease me back into being at home whilst remembering our jaunt.  I’m not sure what to make – the yarn is described as ‘light aran weight’ but I reckon it’ll end up as a huge and very warm shawl/scarf to keep me snug at the Christmas Market at Winchester Cathedral in November/December.

The garden is still blooming though I’ve long since given up trying to keep up with the weeds.  They’re all dying back now anyway so I’ll just mooch and enjoy some late summer blooms:

I planted some Night Scented Stock in the old sink herb garden - it's straggly but still smells amazing in the evenings

Night Scented Stock in the old sink herb garden – it’s straggly  now but still smells amazing in the evenings, so insignificant alongside the geraniums and Fairy Queen miniature rose

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dahlias blooming in the walled garden

self-seeded lambs ears around the geranium pots

self-seeded lambs ears (Stachys) around the geranium pots – and the first Autumn leaves from the Silver Birch tree

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The Summerhouse – in need of a sort out and a coat of wood preservative next year.

I hope you’ve had a lovely week too.  I picked some sloes when we walked the dogs earlier, so I’d had better wash some jars and start my favourite Spiced Sloe and Apple Jelly.  Enjoy your weekend.

Adaliza

Jaunting in Wales and the Pink Moon …

10/04/2012 § 1 Comment

April’s full moon is known as the Pink Moon!

West Wales was beautiful last week.  We enjoyed a bit of a jaunt down to see Dad.  Misty, chilly mornings with long shadows followed by delightfully long, clear days, red kites swirling over the garden, sea breezes, Welsh cobs, mystical sunsets, starry skies, a full moon and fields full of Spring lambs.  Magical.

Since arriving back at home – to a quacking Welcome from Flora – I’ve been quilting through a few rainy days and listening to the ClassicFm countdown. Definitely Beethoven and Tchaikovsky are the best for quilting to!

We’re off to Marlborough in a while, for another mini day-jaunt – I love holidays – perfect for jaunting!

Adaliza

PS seem to have some photos twice, whilst experimenting with the gallery setting!  No time to sort out – got to jaunt!

Tugging at my heartstrings …

27/02/2012 § Leave a comment

Y Cei in Cardigan town …

“The quay was historically a point of departure and return and, as such, is a site of contradictory emotions.  For those leaving or returning, and those bidding farewell or welcoming loved ones home, it is a place of beginnings and endings, of sunset and sunrise; it can be as bitter as brine or as comforting as a breeze.”  In Welsh, the words appear along the quayside wall.

It was difficult to tear myself away from Ceredigion this weekend.

From the lovespoons and window preparations for our national saint’s day on Thursday – Dydd Dewi Sant; to the otter guarding the lower castle wall and quay in Cardigan; from the mists across the valley at sunrise and winter trees; to the ancient streets and farmhouses – yes, indeed, it was hard for me to leave.

Adaliza x

A jaunt to the west coast …

24/02/2012 § Leave a comment

Sounds like fun!  A mixture of duty and trepidation, with a good dose of emotion added – just for good measure!

I’m hoping for …

some sunshine and a dose of some daffodil magic.  We’ll see …

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Adaliza x

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