Tuesday, 24 December 2013

from my house...

to yours....




buone feste natalizie
joyeux noel
feliz navidad
nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
glaedelig jul
nollaig chridheil dhuibh
nadolig llawen 
nollaig shona dhuit

merry christmas and may 2014 bring you health and peace....and lots of quilting :o)











Sunday, 17 November 2013

the rest of my holiday shots are....



meanwhile, here's a few of the london set..


I love the juxtaposition of new (the london eye) and the old (big ben and the houses of parliment)..


how cool to have your own bus stop...   :)


you can't do london without visiting lizzies house can you...?

I hope you find the time to visit my Flickr page and browse through some of the photos, I'd love to know what you think..

planning for the next trip now...   :o)

hopefully, I can get back to some sewing on this blog (and in my house) soon...
xxx



Thursday, 31 October 2013

Strid Wood....

Strid Wood is part of the estate at Bolton Abbey and is gloriously beautiful..


well, I would say that of course as we don't have 'woods' here in Australia....


we have lots of 'bush', but not woods full of oaks and beech, elm and birch, walnut and ash.....



all of which are of course deciduous, creating amazing autumn colour...


it was a lovely place to spend a few hours walking, chilly enough that I still needed gloves..


but the light was really beautiful deep under the canopy of falling leaves..


verdant moss covering tree roots running down the hill......

and funghi........


oh my, the funghi was everywhere....




it was just amazing and I was lucky to be there at just the right time...


very photogenic stuff is funghi...


last one. there are many, many more but I won't bore you with them..  ;o)

autumn was well and truly established....


with it's chill, colour and rain....



a beautiful, amazing place of quiet and calm..........loved it.








Saturday, 26 October 2013

The North of England....

driving in England was to say the least....interesting! they're not very good with their road signs I have to say..I know I was born there but this was the first time that I actually drove a car there...and a sign that just says 'The North' in my opinion isn't very informative.....I managed to find my way along motorways that just have numbers for names.....if you don't live there how do you know where the M6 goes...really? And how it connects with the A25? still, I eventually made it to my little cottage in Foulridge...


the view from my kitchen window belied the name of the village......

it was a pleasant little home away from home....
with quirky little touches throughout...




I'm not really that tall but you definitely had to 'duck' coming down the stairs...upstairs too you had to be awake, there were not only the stairs going up but once you got 'up', there were stairs going down into the bathroom...! just loved it.. and yes, I lit the fire as soon as I got there, it was distinctly chilly.



the view from the bedroom window was beautiful, especially watching the sun set across the Pentland Hills....amazing.

I arrived late on Wednesday afternoon after leaving Conwy so spent Thursday unpacking my bags, doing some much needed washing etc, and settling in ...

and on friday thought I might just go to Bolton Abbey, which according to mr google was about 30 minutes from me



the Yorkshire border was only 2 miles from my cottage and the first town over the border was Skipton and that's as far as I got.....


Skipton is a very pretty little market town and for those of you that follow Lucy's Attic 24 blog, it's where she is....


a typical North of England small regional town, lots of terrace houses in small, narrow streets, the towns of my childhood...... 
I felt right at home and just a tad nostalgic....  :o)



oh I wish I could have shipped so much stuff home....cheeses to die for, local meats and cakes...sigh


anyway, at the end of the main street is a castle....doesn't everyone have a castle in their main street...really?





this is Skipton Castle, an amazingly well preserved medieval castle over 900 years old...




beautifully kept grounds....


I think these were called 'Elizabeths' steps...
well named I thought  :o)




the inner courtyard.......

the rooms inside were equally well preserved...


lots of old oak trees in the grounds, just starting to drop their acorns....amazing little vistas everywhere you looked...


(I'm trying to get all my photos on to my Flickr account, but I took in excess of five thousand while I was away, many are rubbish but there are still a lot to get through. when I do I'll leave a link if you'd like to see them all)

anyway, that was friday. 

I did get to Bolton Abbey on Saturday....


tea and cake at the tea shop first.....



trust me, I was pleased to see the fire lit in there...



now this place is totally mind blowingly lovely...



Bolton Abbey is in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire and until 2006, was part of the estate of the Duke of Devonshire, the ruins and grounds around it are now run by a trust to preserve and keep it for future generations...


the Abbey and the estate both takes it's name from the ruined 12th-century Augustinian monastery now known as Bolton Priory...


stunningly beautiful......


stunningly photogenic....


and stunningly cold.....
see my awesome gloves I bought at Skipton Market...sooo warm, and I needed them.


picture perfect......

I loved it so much I went back the following day to walk the woods... I'll show you that next time...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Wales...


after leaving Salisbury I planned on driving up to Conwy in Wales but I didn't want to drive up the Motorway, it's pretty soulless and boring....


so I set the Sat Nav for individual towns and went the old pre-motorway roads...


it was a little hairy at times on the tiny back roads..!


first stop was Ross-on-Wye, a pretty little market town in south eastern Herefordshire, on the River Wye and on the edge of the Forest of Dean...


a wee bit old fashioned and quaint...


I'm pretty sure that this was still in England, I had to pull over and take a photo...the topiary was as big as the house!!


So into Wales, beautiful scenery, awesome country...we (Mum and us three kids) would holiday in Wales every year during July and August. Dad would drive us in the loaded up car, big bell tent, supplies, kids, dog...the lot. 


He would stay for a day or two, help put up the tent and get us sorted then he'd head back to home and go to work all week.....



then if he wasn't working (he was a musician) he would come back for the weekend...


We would stay for the whole school holidays, exploring the beach, shell harbour, Snowdonia Park, rivers and towns....we did this every year until I was about 13 I think....I didn't get back to the place we used to camp but you can have a look at Dyffryn Ardudwy here...


after I left Ross on Wye I set the Sat Nav for Aberystwyth, it's just a small Welsh seaside town...



tidy and neat, the wind was bracing when I arrived, not cold but definitely starting to lose the warm weather that I had down south....


the next town I put into the Sat Nav was Conwy and it took me through some spectacular scenery...


through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park...


beautiful remote country......


with tiny roads that are no bigger than a footpath at home...! the woman that lived inside my Sat Nav told me to turn left and I have to tell you that I thought about ignoring her and finding another way....


it was one of those British roads that you see where someone has to reverse if two cars meet....


I'm happy to tell you that I didn't meet a single car on that road and the woman that lived in the Sat Nav knew her stuff....!


tiny villages along the way......
I finally found my hotel....

and this...


was the view from my bedroom window....

I had booked The Castle........
and let me tell you I would recommend it to anyone. a fabulous place full of character, low beams, steps down into rooms and four poster beds....


their meals were pretty good too....Posh Fish & Chips was my choice for room service and it was definitely as good as it looks...




but you'd expect the seafood to be good with this at the end of the road wouldn't you...?



went for a walk the next morning to buy a coat and an umbrella, the weather was getting cooler the further north I got...


this really is tiny, the litter bin you can see on the left is just a normal size public rubbish bin..!


Conwy Castle.....


and finally Penhryn Bay (Llandudno) where my Aunt & Uncle live.....
they knew I was coming here but didn't know what day I was going to arrive, so I just knocked on the door...! the look on Ian's face was priceless.....




























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