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

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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