Thursday, 7 July 2016

Back from the Loire Valley in France.

 We have had a week in the Loire Valley in France.The weather was mixed,a bit of rain and then temperatures at 35 degrees making it very hot and humid.As a result out came all the bugs!!I got bitten quite badly and ended up,when back home, on a course of antibiotics as the bites were infected.Not very pleasant.The antibiotics made me feel sick so I have been feeling a bit out of sorts.I finish the tablets today and feel much better.
This is the cottage we stayed in and it was very nice.We reckon we have stayed in at least 23 gites(cottages) in France over the years and this was one of the best.It was in a small village which had a bar/restaurant and also a small shop.There were lots of empty shelves in the shop but they did sell bread and milk.
 We were a 10 minute drive into Amboise and this the chateau that we visited.During the 15 and 16th centuriesit was a favourite residence of French kings.In 1516 Francis the first invited Leonardo Da Vinci to visit.He ended his days here and is buried here.
 Statue of LeonardoDa Vinci
 The chapel where he is buried.
Another day we went to the Chaumont Garden Festival held in the grounds of the chateau.This is an international festival and is an annual event.The gardens are on display all summer.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Ruthin Craft Centre

 This lovely Centre for Applied Arts is only a twenty minute drive from our house in the pretty town of Ruthin.There are three exhibition areas showing different work.
 This glass work by Bob Crooks is in one of them at the moment.He is one of the leading glass artists in the UK and the works are stunning so I thought I would share some with you.

I did take photos of the other two exhibitions but Blogger won't let me load them so they can be for another day.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Back from Menorca


 We are back from Menorca.We had beautiful weather.This is the view from our balcony.
 We stayed in a place called S'Algar.Very quiet.
 We had a visit to Mahon the capital using the local bus.
 How about this for a choice of colours?
 Lovely flowers.Hibiscus.
 Bottle Brush tree.
 Help needed here.Does anyone know what this plant is?
It was a very restful week.It was good to feel the sun on ones face but is it worth all the waiting around at airports.We did all inclusive so we ate and drank too much.I think we decided this was not really our kind of holiday.We like our own space too much.Theprospect of a week in a cottage in France  I think is more"us" or a few days away in the UK.

Hope you can help with the flower

Saturday, 14 May 2016

I am all "socked" out!!!!!

 This is my sock drawer.
This is mine and C's put together!!I think I counted 26 pairs.How many pairs of socks do two people need?So,I think,enough is enough,.I have a pair on my needles to take away and then that is it for a while for sock knitting.I have done more than this as many have been given as presents.
I can remember being in awe at a craft fair in Manchester many years ago,of a lady knitting socks with no pattern in front of her.It was all in her head.How times move on and I must too.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A couple of finished projecs and the start of new ones.

 These are my latest socks.Self striping yarn is so good.
 Yet another shawl and it is huge.I just kept going and going.Now what next.I don't need any more socks or shawls so decided I would reduce my huge stash by making a blanket for charity.
 My woolis being stored in the bag which I made for my daughter's birthday and then decided it wasn't really her.It is an Attic 24 kit.Quite snazzy I think.
It is such a shame the colours don't show true.Which charity it will go to I don't yet know.

I had intended to show you some pictures of the garden but my netbook froze so they will be for another day.

We are off to Menorca on Sunday for a week.A little bit nervous with my IBS problems.Fingers crossed I am OK.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

instagram?

Can anyone please explain to me why it is better to be on Instagram than on Blogger.Also why are people leaving blogger?I love reading blogs from around the World.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Helsie.

Helsie.
Where are you?
Hope you are OK.
I feel a link with you ,you having relatives quite close to me.
I really miss your posts.
barbarax