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Welsh Wednesday Walk-Along

The drive from St.David’s to Aberaeron is spectacular! On my way I took a little detour to find Mwnt. (this was a few weeks ago) My cousin had recommended this beach (thank you H!) otherwise I would never have ventured the 3 miles off the main road. It was well worth it.

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I did not see any dolphins but did see a Red Kite being chased by what looked to me like crows. Blissful to be able to sit, looking out to sea, and crochet, whilst sipping a hot cuppa from the excellent little kiosk, and munching on homemade Welsh cakes. 8

The sand is just asking to be drawn on ….

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…. a cool waterfall for washing the sand from between your toes as you leave the beach8b

And thank you so much to Linda for letting me know about this spectacular Sand Artist – watch this!

Where have you been walking? I’d love to see your part of the world, please leave a link to one of your favourite walks so that we can walk along with you.

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On a still, bright Autumn day

A meditation

 

Week 10 of Bluedaisyz 52 week photo challenge, subject : THINK

Other THINK participants: Jamie, Melissa, Erika, Garry

And joining in with this week’s Haiku Challenge from Ronovan which asks for the two words, Miss and Past to be incorporated into a Haiku:

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Time flying past, way too fast

I miss quiet days

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Added 16.March.  Ronovan writes a review of each Haiku in the challenge, which I really look forward to reading. It adds to the fun and the connection with the other writers. Here it is:

Sandra of Wild Daffodil: Think A good piece. I learned something with this one. I learned what a Mandala was. This was a Google moment. I love Google moments. Peaceful. I like it.

Wednesday Walk-Along at Worbarrow

Lost village, beautiful beach, poignant experience ….

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DSC_0264a village that was cleared of its inhabitants just before Christmas in 1943 to use that area for training troops. It must have been SO hard to leave this beautiful place and although the villagers were told they could return after the War, they were never allowed to. After we had walked to the beach we went and explored the village ……… (to be continued)

Here are some more walks to enjoy: Above the River in the Cotswolds, Alistair at Still Walks in Wales, Janette at Green Dragonfly in New Zealand, Melissa at Aran Artisan in Ireland,

…….Birthday Treats

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It was my daughter, A’s idea to go see an exhibition, so I immediately thought of one of my old haunts, Bridport Arts Centre, where there is an exhibition of collages, that had been made over a period of a year – I had followed iHanna’s 365 day collage journey, and so was keen to see this one, by David Smith.

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Here is the link for Kurt Schwitters at the Tate

I can find no link for Patti Agapi, please let me know if you know of one, I’d like to see her collage journey too.

I can relate to David’s comments about the commitment of this project. I love the idea of doing something like this, but committing to it and being able to do something each day, especially something to put in an exhibition! My sense is it would become too stressful for me, but I feel very supportive to those who are able to take this commitment on.

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There are some of David’s collages that I am particularly drawn to like ‘Palindromic Perspective’, on left of this picture.

The titles drawing me in as much as the image and I decided to treat myself to 2 of them …….

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‘Fewer Winkles, Less Winkling’

When I first saw this, I though it said “Fewer Wrinkles, Less Wrinkling”! And as it was my 62 birthday, that made me laugh – and I liked it even more when A read out the real title!

David said this was inspired by a marina being built at Brighton beach which destroyed some of the winkle habitat there – so an added bonus, it has an environmental connection too AND a Brighton Beach connection,

I have a very fond memory of watching the spectacular display of a murmuration of starlings at dusk with my close friend on Brighton beach.

So much connection felt to this 6″ x 9″ little gem of a piece.

 

The other one….

David asked me what drew me to this collage and it surprised me when I suddenly felt very tearful – there is a wistfulness and dream-like quality to the figures walking on the beach which brings many nostalgic memories of times on beaches with family and friends, particularly Newgale beach.

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And I said this must be the place

click on the title above and the link will take you to David’s blog which features more of his collages.

David knows Newgale and we talked about our connections to beaches. He has a strong connection to Broad Haven and Little Haven,  A and I telling him of our favourites, Ringstead (Dorset) and Solva. ………………

Day on the beach

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sitting in the shade with Granny

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a glorious day

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home time

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Abu Dhabi Days

Escaping from the relentless rain here in the south of England, I go over my pictures of the glorious sunshine of Abu Dhabi. I can take my self back there with this view from my bedroom

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Join me in soaking up the sunshine,

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wandering along the beach …

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finding interesting pieces of coral  – is that what this is?

the beach did not at first look promising for beachcombing – one of my very favourite pastimes – but when I looked really closely

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there were such delicate colours and beautiful fragments to be found ….

and eventually finding a few larger shells, I started to write names

And then I realised if I did a picture of the name of one of my grandchildren, then all eight needed to be done! More shells needed. …..

I got into a lovely routine of wandering slowly along the beach first thing each morning and ……..

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mandalas started to take over from knitting designs.. .  . …

Such a grasshopper mind!

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What is it about sorting and arranging that is SO pleasing and relaxing ……

Fun Chemo Caps, Hats, wigs

A couple of years ago, I was hopping around the internet looking for knitting inspiration when I saw a picture of a knitted wig. I couldn’t find a pattern for it so I made one up myself. To get the pattern right I had knitted several wigs.

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which we had fun with at Stonechat – but what to do with them – so i put them in my Etsy shop.

I had no idea what a wonderful journey this would take me on. The first to sell was the Daisy Wig, which  was bought by a woman in America for her friend who was going through chemo and I was told  “she absolutely went nuts for it!”

And since then I have had such heartwarming messages from people who have bought a wig and say it has cheered up an otherwise grim time for them and their families – other members of the family wanting to wear the wigs too!

And of course they still come in handy for fancy dress parties

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This is my lovely daughter-in-law modelling the multi-coloured clown style wig, getting ready to go to a ‘Bright and Tight’ Fancy Dress party.

I have also been asked to make some patterns using double knit rather than chunky yarn0wig 01wig

and I have come up with these bob-styles.

It has taken several attempts to get the shape right – and now to get the pattern perfect for others to follow …….

So that is what I was working on whilst putting my feet up in the Middle East

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swapping our little .beach hut studio at dear old wind-battered Portland Bill (crumbs, have we had some storms in the UK this winter!) for a different ambience altogether.

You can see my new toy in the picture – an iPad – mainly bought so that I could work on the patterns on the beach!!!

So, at one point I was 4, 410 miles from home, on the beach, listening to English radio live on the iPad, whilst reading a Thomas Hardy novel downloaded for free onto the iPad and knitting wigs – surreal?

I love my life!!!!

Pembrokeshire Beaches

On our second day in Pembrokeshire, we set off on a drive to visit the little coves and beaches south of Solva. First stop Newgale, where Jude and I had spent many happy summer teenage days with my Grandparents. The sun was not shining but that took nothing away from our enjoyment of wandering along looking in rock pools

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intriguing little worlds of their own

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and reminiscing.

We asked a group of walkers striding by to take a photo before going for a paddle

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Then off to Broadhaven for a coffee and a crochet

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My felt project bag included in the picture to add a bit of ‘sunshine’!

I love it – it was made by a Nepalese women’s collective and I bought it from a stall at the Axminster Plant and Garden Show some years ago (now called the Axe Vale Festival) .

Next stop Marloes – I remembered going to Marloes as a child and we set off to find it.

We found the village, with a delightful pub in it opposite a children’s playground (note for future visits with the grandchildren), The Lobster Pot. Unfortunately it was the manager’s day off so the kitchen was not open for lunch.

We climbed down to where the ferry leaves for Skomer Island. Another thing to do on another trip (about a 40min drive from Solva, down some very wiggly narrow lanes).

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We made a brief stop at Little Haven on the way home

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and walked out onto the headland to see this glorious view to the south and the view below to the northzlH

back to Solva for a relaxing crochet session looking out on the harbour

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and supper on the balcony!

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Happiness is …………

3rd time this year

I’m back in Solva again for the third time this year – bliss!

This time I am here with my dear old friend, Jude. We came here together as children, and stayed with my Welsh Grandparents, it is wonderful to go down memory lane as well as discovering new places together.

Jude drove us here and I discovered that I can crochet in the car! This is THRILLING!!!

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Yes thrilling!! I know ….. yes, Jude laughed too!!! if you are not a knitting and crochet addict like me you won’t understand but for those of you who are – these discoveries are, well, thrilling!!!

Anyway I did masses of a new design I am working out, for an elfin tabard for my 6 year old granddaughter, on our 5 and a half hour journey. And arrived to the usual warm welcome at Felingog.

Then a walk along the beach:

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I just can’t get enough of the shapes, angles and designs around each corner

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And the colours and textures of the rocks, weeds and lichens – everything looks beautiful, interesting and like a painting or embroidery waiting to happen

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Bliss bliss blissity bliss!

Labyrinths and sand dragons

Back to the beach, rock pools, caves and gentle waves

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the baby spuddled amongst the masses of black seaweed, E and my daughter went for a swim and R and I  made a labyrinth

000When looking for a link to a ‘how to draw a labyrinth’ site for those of you who would like to have a go I came across this site of ‘Peaceful Endeavours’ for children.

I love the way children always run around labyrinths, and R then spent ages making more paths and trails with his spade……

Since about 1989 I have been drawing or creating labyrinths, mandalas and spirals all over the place and walking other labyrinths whenever I can3.carob.la.sera

this is one made out of carob pods in the garden of La Serrania, a retreat centre I went to in Majorca some years ago. I went on a walking holiday, but after half a day walking up a mountain and the second half walking down, my right knee gave way, so for the rest of the week whilst the others went walking, I had a delicious time drawing, sewing, chatting to the gardener and creating carob pod labyrinths

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and stone spirals

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and then a mandala of carob and olives on the terrace just outside my room.

Back on Solva beach another sand dragon was made,

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Just back from a week in Solva

I have just returned from a glorious week in Solva with my daughter and her children. We arrived in a storm but thankfully the weather cleared and we had plenty of peachy beachy days.

There is something magical about introducing a much loved place from my own childhood to my grandchildren and see it all afresh through their eyes. We walked along the beach at low tide and saw masses of small jelly fish …..

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(the shiny discs bottom right of the picture) strewn over the sand.

We made shadow pictures

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collected shells

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and looked at the patterns sand ripples make

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a gentle arrival after a long 7 hour journey, more to come……

A walk to the sea from Prospect Cottage

DSCF2922 DSCF2923 DSCF2925Windblown shacks and old decaying boats create a fascinating open air ‘museum’.

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DSCF2933The sea, the tide out for miles and people digging in the sand flats, maybe for cockles?

DSCF2934Looking back at the road, with Prospect Cottage on the horizon, just right of the van

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Dungeness on Tuesday

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I’ve wanted to see Derek Jarman’s Garden for at least 15 years and on Tuesday, after a long drive across the bleak, flat marshes we found it more easily than I thought we might.

Although it is not as he made it (he died in 1994), it still has an aura, an atmosphere about it and the current owners have kept much of the basic structure of the garden.

It is not so isolated as I had imagined, and quite a walk from the sea……

Join me on a Winter Solstice Walk

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kissinggate along the beach and up the hill cliffview housesSeeing the houses perched on the cliff and then to St.Catherine’s Chapel, and Granny-by-the-sea.

When my children we younger we used to walk here and they had to find Granny-by-the-sea before we had our picnic.

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