Monday, July 28, 2008

Back again!

Well, its been an eventful few weeks here, hence the lack of posts.Finally, I am able to get back to the stitching once more.

My dear husband and I have been able to get a few days away in North Wales. A short, but very welcome break.

These first two photos are of the Clive Engine House which was standing next to the site where we were staying. We later found out that this interesting building had housed one of fifteen steam engines which were used to drain the Talargoch Mine which closed in 1884.

We were staying near to Dyserth which has a most beautiful waterfall. A delightful place for a walk. My own photos just could not do the area justice.

On one day, we went to visit Llandudno. It was beautifully sunny, but with such a very chilly wind! I took a number of photos of the textures and patterns in the metalwork on the pier.

The second photo was of a disused section. I just loved the colours of the rust on the white paintwork.

Another day, we went to visit Conwy. The photo here just shows some of the wonderful colours of the stonework in the castle. If you visit this next site there is a stunning aerial view of the castle and two famous bridges.

Conwy is a walled town and is really marvellous to walk around - lots of interesting buildings.

I found the rooflines particularly exciting.

Whilst here, we visited a rather wonderful tudor house called Plas Mawr. It has been beautifully renovated and its so interesting to learn about how the family used the house all those years ago. The building was completed in 1585.

Whilst in the area, we had a glorious few hours in Bodnant gardens. It is looked after by the National Trust.

We saw these pine cones growing on the largest Blue Pine I have ever seen. It is over a century old and would fill my tiny garden garden............

Such a wonderful place to visit - so peaceful and seemingly empty with just a few people walking around. An illusion since the gardens are well-loved and there were a lot of visitors that day, judging by the busy car park.

Ah well, back to earth again. We had a marvellous few days in Wales. Not a long drive from here, but so nice to get away from the phone..........

As you can see, work has been continuing on my blanket. I have just completed the third border and have still nine of the "holes" to fill. In trhe end I completed 35 squares and the whole blanket is roughly 42" by 52". I shall remeasure it when it has been blocked. I will not show the other side - it has so many ends to be sewn in!