Month: August 2019



Hello there my friends. A gorgeous afternoon here on the North Wales coast, the sun is out, but it isn’t too hot. Being a redhead means I don’t cope well in very high temperatures – I burn, wilt and melt!  I show this first picture in the full knowledge that you will guess what it means!!

Yes – I’m dashing around again – off this Friday to see Cornwall, Devon and Gloucestershire… which means, of course, that the piled desk of last week is no more (although the floor hasn’t been hovered yet!)…

So, from the front right.. My diary with my bank instructions for getting all my pennies in the right pile – it has been an expensive week, having had to purchase a new mobile phone and a new freezer! Then the Christmas cards to take away and colour in – plus my bag of water colour pencils. A couple of needlefelting kits for 3D creatures. A pile of cross stitch stuff for some more Christmas cards. My address box and the caravan sites info. A pile of scrap paper for stamping onto – then a great big blank space. That space is all ready for the folks who are all coming to have a holiday by the seaside whilst I go have a holiday by a different seaside!!

So many of you made such lovely comments last week – thank you! – and asked to see a few of the cards I have been making. My style really is CAS – I physically can’t mix patterns on one piece, and in fact, rarely use very patterned papers. Many of you manage it so beautifully… I wish I could… but there we are! So here are some I have taken to the hotel…

The outside…
…and the inside
Pollyanna Pickering goes down a storm at the hotel!

A week last Sunday I was approached by a lass in the church asking for a dozen cards for a friend of hers – so I hope these are ok for her…

I love these large dies – this is a 5x7inch card
Codmans is iconic in Llandudno. The family have been doing Punch and Judy shows on the prom for over 100 years!

So that’s me folks – getting excited about trip 4, adding more miles to that wonderful car of mine which God so beautifully provided for me, seeing more of my wonderful land, and meeting yet more new people.

Take care folks. See you in October. God bless.


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Hello my friends. My goodness me – I had no idea that my wanderings around Britain would cause so many memories to surface in so many of you. Each one of you managed to make it right to the end of my mammoth post. You have earned your gold stars!!! Your comments last week were just so precious. Thank you.

So, this week – more and more cards have been rolling off the production line, as it were – so much so that any of a nervous disposition should most definitely not look at the photo! My desk has become the most awful muddle – and I itch to tidy it – but there is no point until I have made the last 10 cards which have been ordered, so I must just cope for one more day… then a massive tidy-up session is called for!

So, what can we see today? Paper poo ALL over the floor as I have done so much die cutting; two waste bins – one for recycling one for non recycling; boxes out with all different coloured card, inks on the stool near the top of the stairs. Going up onto the desk, a clear green cutting mat apart from a pair of specs; boxes of peel-offs; two neat piles of finished cards, just awaiting my details on the back and then bagging and pricing; my to-do list with a pencil hoping it may be used to cross items off; and right in the distance on the desk an enormous pile of papers, card blanks, ribbons, gems… yes, the left hand shove has been well used this week!

So really, that’s me – but just one little picture of a card just to prove I have actually been working…

I love this stamp. It’s made by Circa Design. I met them at one of the shows and asked if they had this particular sentiment on a stamp. The answer was “No, but if you can find out the details we will make it for you”. They did and it is now on their website. I use it often, and it is extremely popular with the holiday makers at the hotel.

My “and finally” is different…

Not a good photo as the image is foreshortened, but there we have it – now all I need is autumn and winter in order to wear it!

Take care my friends. God bless.


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Government health warning – picture heavy post! But the desk is first!

Hello there – goodness, I have been MIA for simply AGES! I would have been here last week – but I’m afraid the internet let me down – all was prepared, thoughts, pictures…then NOTHING! A completely blank screen. However… like that proverbial bad penny… here I am.

Straight to the photo of my desk, I think.

Taken Tuesday afternoon, it isn’t going to change before tomorrow as I have friends for dinner this evening. From right to left… You can see the usual clutter associated with a mammoth card fest (thought I should start in on the Christmas cards, and have so far achieved 50); diary; mobile phone (rapidly dying – must go search for another); pile of cards awaiting colouring (I shall take them away next month); peel offs in boxes; scissors, glue, etc.; box of coloured and glitzy card. Up on the shelf is a pot of pencils and pens; that lovely African pot (still empty); some A5 handmade paper pieces; more boxes of peel offs; pot of rulers; paintbrushes; glues; my mug trees with DST, low tack tape.

So that’s me at the moment –  don’t worry about the rest of the post – only look at the pictures from my gadding about Britain if you really want to. I’m now back from trips 2&3, and preparing for trip 4 – my final big trip this year. The poor caravan has stood up well to being hauled around the country, slept in for ten weeks so far this year, and still has five weeks to go – my daughter and family in her for a week, then myself for four weeks! I’m catching up with everything and preparing for the big burst – Cornwall, Devon and Gloucestershire! Not at all bad for a 37year old, well seasoned, and very well travelled, caravan!

So, trip 2 & 3. I went “up North” for trip 2. Cumbria, Northumberland and North Yorkshire. A few snippets…

Acorn Bank – Cumbria
Breamish Valley – Northumberland. Not quite the side of the county seen in “Vera”
Bamburgh Castle
Grey seals on the Farne Islands

This was one of the highlights of my whole year. I really don’t “do” water! But, I so longed to go out to the Farnes. It took MUCH prayer, and a packet of mints in my coat pocket!, but I got there. Went out on a catamaran, spent three hours off the mainland! A trip right around all the Farnes, seeing the seals, gannets, guillemots, terns, puffins, shags, cormorants…. an amazing experience, one I would love to repeat. The boat captain managed to get us so close to the birds and mammals – then we landed on Inner Farne and went in among the terns and puffins. Mobbed by the adults, we all had to ensure we wore hats!!

The reason we were all mobbed! Baby terns
Adult tern
Small fountain feature

A trip to Alnwick Gardens on a gloriously hot sunny day meant water featured a lot!!! It’s a fabulous place with all sorts of water features – all different – and all exhibiting different scientific principles of water flow. Great fun.

Looking through a wall of water

I was standing within an almost complete circle of water flowing straight down from a large basin, into a low trough. We could walk down under the basin and appear to stand behind and within water.

Richmond waterfalls – North Yorkshire
Allium – Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley walled garden was beautiful. A charity garden supporting vulnerable adults through horticultural therapy.

The dining room – Attingham Park – Shropshire

Then followed a fantastic trip 3! Firstly to south Warwickshire for a couple of days to meet up with friends, then on to Buckinghamshire to attend my eldest grandie’s 18th birthday party. No idea where the years have gone! How can she possibly be 18 and awaiting her A level results this week??? Then on to Shropshire, a place I regularly travel through but had never stopped! Shrewsbury was a beautiful town, but even more exciting… was the fact of meeting up with our very own Wipso and Twiglet, then, when I visited Acton Scott Victorian working farm (recently featured on tv apparently) I spent a couple of hours with Twiglet’s daughter, Tilly tea dance, doing some needle felting!

Acton Scott – the old school house
Tilly tea dance – running a taster session for anyone who fancied a go
My humble effort!

I had two great campsites in Shropshire – out in the middle of nowhere, lived to tell the tale of THAT thunderstorm, and enjoyed the most amazing sunsets!

Sunset, Pontesbury – Shropshire

Whilst in Shropshire I was determined to visit some of the Brother Cadfael villages, mentioned in the Cadfael books by Ellis Peters. I had fun!  Cadfael was  a middle ages monk, and the whole series is set around Shrewsbury Abbey. So, I went to Shrewsbury Abbey – not that different 1000 years later; I went to Pontesbury, Bayston, Pulley, Frankwell, and lastly to Maesbury – and see what I found there…

Maesbury church

The church is what is called a tin tabernacle – and in 1903 arrived flat packed from Harrods in London! Amazing. It was really lovely inside and obviously well used and well loved by the villagers.

I also had the opportunity to do a little family history research. Over 100 years ago my great uncle was, I think, stirred by the Welsh revival – and decided to become a minister in the church in Wales. From a first language Welsh family he travelled up to Durham to study theology, gaining his degree and returning to the Bangor diocese to minister. Over the years I have managed to visit three of the four churches he was in. This year I went to the fourth – in Llandinam, a small village just over the Welsh border from Shropshire. Whilst out for the day I went to the village of Mallwyd which was his final church. It had always been closed, but that one day was open. Such a treat to go in, see the place he had ministered, and be able to take photos for his grandson who now lives in America and has no pictures of where his granddad lived.

The East window – Mallwyd
The wooden tower – Mallwyd – 1611? or 1640?

What a privilege to minister in a place with such a heritage

So, that really is it, folks. What a couple of months I have had. I feel incredibly privileged to have done so much – had so much fun – and seen so many of my family and friends. Apart from the 50 Christmas cards since I arrived home, I have also managed to finish that jumper I was doing earlier – photo must await a future blog post, I think – make family birthday cards, and half crochet a blanket for Uganda. Life still isn’t boring!

Take care my friends. If you have got this far, then many, many congratulations. You have earned yourself several gold stars!

God bless.


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