Ripple Wave …

14/04/2012 § Leave a comment

RiPpLe OnE

has been out and about over Easter …

We began the journey towards the Easter holidays in warm sunshine, a row or so most afternoons after work, while the sun was still packing a punch!  Flora Quacky Duck enjoyed pecking at stray strands whilst Belle and Misty kept a watchful eye, as usual, on whatever I’m doing!

Then we journeyed west – back to my home in Wales …

We stayed on an organic farm for B&B – super stylish!  Ken and Amanda are an innovative, artistic and extremely talented couple with a lovely family (and collie dog) and an amazing home. Handmade furniture, home-cooked delights including fresh-from-the-oven hot cross buns at a candlelit breakfast, there’s a farmshop and glamping opportunities.  If you’re thinking of travelling west and want somewhere beautiful to stay, visit Nantgwynfaen Farm – really – it’s well worth a visit and the local rural/coastal scenery is the best in the world (maybe I’m a bit biased)! 

Then we went to Bath.  A few times each year, if possible, we escape – just the two of us, for some peace and quiet – a chance to enjoy time together away from the bustle of family life.  This time, Ripple One came too …

In Henrietta Gardens yesterday morning, I mooched out for a spot of calm in the Quiet Garden.  I’d just spread Ripply out for a quick photocall when along came Kitty – a Kitty who obviously knew a comfy spot when she spotted one!

I love the way that Ripple is sharing my journey this year – I’m buying balls of wool when I see them and there’s no real plan.  I like life to be like that – no targets, fitting different parts of life around each other without pressure – home, family, work, patchwork, dogs, crochet, garden – I’ve loved taking time out over Easter, to relax and enjoy and Ripple is good company in my quiet moments, wherever I am.

Today is a VERY special day – April 14th – and it’s our Wedding Anniversary!

Twenty-eight years ago, we married each other, here in Winchester with best friends and family sharing our day.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and at Lainston House, they took the tables and chairs outside for us as we enjoyed a less-than-formal wedding breakfast on the lawns!

Happy Anniversary – to the Love of my Life!

Adaliza x

Country-Living Spring Fair …

25/03/2012 § 8 Comments

I did have a lovely day yesterday at the C-L Fair!

So much to see – and buy!  We had lots of treats and maybe the best of all was being able to share the day with my all-grown-up daughter.  Apart from strolling around and enjoying the stalls together, we had coffees, amazing raspberry & white chocolate muffins, lunch at The Hilton and she waited patiently, surrounded by our shopping bags, whilst I had one more look around Loop in Islington on our way home!

We visited Camden Stables market which was memorable – most of all for the statues of the horses which were superb!  It was such a good idea to take the bus back to Waterloo – so much to see, so many famous addresses en route.  Altogether a brilliant day out.

“Thank You – Sunflower!”

I’ve returned home brimming with ideas and today I’ve been busy …

Suffolk Puff patchwork is so much fun.  I saw some yesterday and couldn’t wait to get home and have a go.  It’s been years since I made anything with these adorable puffs. Oh – look at the chair I picked up this morning too …

How totally Country-Living is this combo?  A retro chair, a vintage knitted blanket and a soft, scrummy patchwork cushion!  I’m also working on recovering a beautiful round basket – just the job for a sewing basket and …

This is a Hollywood Themed wedding cushion for M & R who are getting hitched later in the year.  They specified diamonte, black & white – very glam!  The lace is actually sparkly too and in the sunshine it positively glimmers.  Fingers crossed for a sunny day for the happy couple.

Talking of sunshine – today has been brilliant too.  Buzzards soaring overhead here at home, the first cut of the grass and sitting outside to do some sewing (suffolk punching)!  I also enjoyed a Pimms – made from tea!  We tasted this great idea yesterday at the fair and treated ourselves to some tea from The Lawn.  This afternoon I enjoyed Rhubarb Patch Tea, topped up with fruit & lemonade – just perfect for a sunny afternoon!

And now there’s another hour to enjoy the garden and still some evening time to enjoy rippling time before bed!

OOOoooo I do love Springtime!

Now pop over to see what all the other creators & bakers have been making for Handmade Monday.

Adaliza x

In three words …

23/03/2012 § 2 Comments

“… describe yourself!”

“What me?”  

“Yeah – you!”

“Well – I dunno.  What a daft question!  Why d’you want to know, anyway?”

“OK – let’s try another one.  In three words, what have you been doing this week?”

“That’s easy – I’ve been to the ART MARKET,  I’ve been TAKING PHOTOS in the garden and I’ve been RIPPLING.”
“Have I passed the Three Word test?”

“Prove it!”

“OK, you’ve passed.”

“Why do you want to know?”

“No reason, just being nosey, I guess!”

It’s been a busy, busy week but I’ve managed to squeeze in some lovely time in the garden and treated myself to another tree!  Yes, a Silver Birch for £4 from Tesco!  It’s more of a twig than a tree, although the bamboo pole that was attached was quite tree-like!  I’ve planted it in a pot and hope that it does well.

I think I may have mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’ve finally got the hang of crocheting the Ripple pattern.  Now, I’m off and there’s no holding back.  This is week 2 and I’m topping 20 rows.  I’m working it in Drops Karisma, mainly although I’m not being too fussy if a pure wool from a different stable takes my fancy.  I can see why people get ‘hooked’ on rippling!

Anyway, in three words – what have you been doing this week?

It’s easy, simply choose 3 happy things and all the boring bits just melt away!

Enjoy your weekend – I’m off to the Country Living Fair with my daughter tomorrow and I CAN’T WAIT!

Adaliza x

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