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Words of Wisdom ( or not!)

Blogging thoughts


Words are very cathartic. I find the written word very therapeutic. A place to off load (or upload) my thoughts, feeling and ideas. That is why I enjoy blogging so much. I’m formulising the feelings and moving on. I enjoy the fact that someone, probably unknown to me and living on the other side of my World, may read these words. But actually I don’t mind if no-one is reading them as those words now in the form of a blog, have done their job for me!

Because I blog myself I also read other blogs. There is only so much reading time in a day so I find myself not buying many magazines. Now for a lifetime “magaholic” this is a real change in behaviour. I still buy the odd mag treat but blogging is saving me a lot of money.

I have recently vowed to only read or…

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The Beginning and end of the Rainbow

Recent thoughts and conclusions


During. the last few days I have been sitting with my Mum.


Mum is 90 in a few days. Last night I looked after my Grandson. GRANDSON IS 9 years old.


Mum is dying Grandson has his life to come.
I have been overwhelmed with it all and life feels like a great big beautiful rainbow. Grandchildren at one end and Mum at the other end.
What a rainbow Mum has travelled over! Just a few achievemets in her rainbow:
She was the 7th child of the 7th child. The luckiest place to be.
She has had 3 children
She was married to a wonderful man.
She only had the one lover – my Dad.
She road a tandem bike.
She worked in a psychiatric hospital.
She sang a lot.
She was stubborn.
She got into trouble at school because she couldn’t spell Egypt.
She could sing the Welsh National…

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Damnvan1 and Downward Dog

imageNant y Big is a beautiful beach between Abersoch and Hells Mouth on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales. We particularly like the camp site which is positioned on the cliffs behind the beach. The Welsh Coastal path is along the cliffs in each direction providing easy access to long and stunning walks.

imageimageDamnvan1 enjoyed a break by the sea, looking out at the beautiful view and enjoying the sea air. Hubs, Benji dog and I enjoyed a walk (or run) on the beach. The waves proved a great attraction to Benji and he ran, jumped and swam in the surf.

This  proved to be a special place and we will be returning as soon as we can.


Oh I do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!

Damnvan1, Hubs, Benji dog and I are enjoying a break beside the seaside. We are actually staying in Llanbedrog close to Abersoch on the Llyn Penninsula, Wales. Yesterday we went for a walk. A loooooong walk! We bought a map so that we wouldn’t get lost but of course we did! The excuse is that many of the footpaths shown on the Ordinance survey map were very overgrown and un passable. We trudged along and eventually found the way to our destination.

imageThe beach at Llanbedrog is beautiful. It is quintessentially British ( I nearly said English but we are in Wales!) The tide was way out leaving a huge expanse of sand for Benji dog to run, roll and paddle on. He had a great time going home to smell of wet dog. Not the best aroma in a small campervan.

Set at the back of the beach is a row of well maintained beach huts. I just love the colours of these huts on a summer beach. Not many seemed to be in use this weekend but I guess that they are handy for storing wet suits, boogie boards and tea making paraphernalia.image

The view across the Bay named St Tudwal’s Road, towards the mountains of Snowdonia is stunning. We had a competion to name the mountains. I lost as I could only name Snowdon. A happy, sunny exhausting day out.


Woolfest purchases

Travels in Lake District Cumbria


I must be honest with you dear friends! I was very restrained over the number of purchases that I made on my recent trip to Woolfest 2016 in Cockermouth. Now those of you who know me will realise how remarkable this fact is! Oh yes, I squished loads of yarn, felt lots of wool and admired a rainbow of colours. But I only bought ONE new project!

imageimageI couldn’t resist this beautiful Mohair and Wensleydale blend of yarn. It is a 4ply yarn sold by Whistlebare and marketed as”Reared in Northumberland, Spun in Yorkshire, Dyed by hand” The yarn was from I can’t wait to get it on the needles.

imageI also bought some devine heart shaped buttons to finish off my current project. I am knitting the button band and loving the lacy effect. I’m normally nervous of knitting holes but this band is good therapy! The buttons…

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Latest trip away.


imageimageI went to Woolfest in Cockermouth Cumbria this week. We took Damnvan1 and stayed at a place called Scotgate in Braithwaite. This was so that I could catch the bus at the campsite gate. The plan worked beautifully and I caught the free bus (I like free!) from Cockermouth to the venue which was an out of town animal auction mart.

There was a lot of wool, not a great surprise. There was wool in every style, colour and type.

The animal pens were turned into mini shops or stalls and there was the authentic aroma of animals! There were prize winning sheep on view, looking very bored. There were Lamas looking very snooty.

imageimageMost of the spinners, weavers and knitters were local with many individual dyers and commercial enterprises. It was lovely to see and great to talk to the business owners about their products This event s definitely…

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Summer Solstice

Summer solstice in Chester


A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year (in June and December) as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Both the solstices and the equinoxes are directly connected with the seasons of the year.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.

Stargazers are hoping to catch the first glimpse of a Strawberry Moon on the same day as the summer solstice for almost 50 years.

A Strawberry Moon is not necessarily pink or red, however.

It is simply a name given to the full moon each June, which coincides with the start of the strawberry season.

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