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Hi, My name is Kate and this blog is all about my adventures of happy living. By that I mean crochet, chickens and cooking. Here's to the good life - and being a good wife! xxx

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Baby stuff #2 .....


I am becoming a very bad blogging friend. I have been soooooooo busy that I have hardly anytime to comment on blogs of write one myself. I can read them on my phone but to comment is really pain staking difficult.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know all is well in the world here, we have had friends stay, night out and I am filling in a lenghty job application.

But all the rushing aside I'd like to show you my 2nd Baby Blanket .......



This is for my friend Wes who has just had a baby boy.

I have also been busy making baby bunting for my friends Emma's new baby. I'll take some photos soon though.

Also I have brought some felting yarn. It is 100% wool and I am knitting the cutest little bags for all my god children and cousins for Christmas! So watch this space for a tutorial on these babies!

 Just look at these lush colours!!!!

Oh I can't wait to show you them!!! Just give me a couple of weeks ... then I'll be ready.

I have so many exciting things in the pipe line for Christmas. Ekkkkkk! I makes me want to burst at the seams!!!

Lovely to catch up with you all. And I shall speak sooner than last time!

Kate xxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Baby Blanket #one Ta-Dah

Hey! I hope you are all well.

This year my friends have been very busy and in the matter one one week I have three friends have three baby's (I wonder what what so special about last Christmas!).

Isn't it great to not have to worry about what you are going to buy baby's! All you crocheter's out there will know the excitement of a new baby and the fact that this means we can purchase some excellent baby friendly wool and get hooking a blanket, booties or something else that is equally cute and gorgeous!

With three different baby's and three different projects today I thought I would share with you Baby Blanket #one.

This blanket is made using a scarf pattern that is made by joining little circles as you go. It was a joy to make and very very addictive. You may recognise the yarn from my Welsh holiday pictures as most of this blanket was made whilst sunning myself on the James Bond beach!

I gave the pattern to my Nanny as it was firmly embedded in my head and she was desperate to try it as well. I would love to share it with you. I'll get it back from her next time I see her and copy it up.

 Here it is all bagged up and ready to go ......

Perfect size for a baby seat blanket or a crib. And lots and lots of yarn left for blanket number two!
Kate xxxx

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wales ( a day by day photographic journal)

Well here are my holiday photos. I don't want to make this post too wordy. One reason being I could write and write and write all about every single detail. The second reason being I doubt that it is really that interesting to somebody else. The final reason being a picture paints a thousand words and that I shall simply let the images speak for themselves.
Before I let the pictures do the talking though I'd like to point out that we were extremely lucky with the weather. I came back with a lovely golden tan and we could have been abroad. It's not often we are so lucky in the UK, but when the sun shines there is no place better. Lush green plants, chocolate box towns to explore, fantastic coast lines and deep blue seas to gaze upon.
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DAY 1 - Our first day of holiday and first year wedding anniversary.
We celebrated with a trip to New Quay, some reading and crochet on the beach (please note my new blanket was made use of!) and a curry in the Indian. In fact a little spooky thing happened .... the waiter recognised us from our local Indian haunt and he did both my hen do and Craig's Stag do .... 140 miles away! What are the chances!
I also saved a piece of our wedding cake from last year to eat on this special day. This gesture had sentimental value I suppose. We also opened some cards and enjoyed a game of scrabble!


Day 2 - Cors Caron Bog Walk
The only morning when it drizzled. But it wasn't too bad as it gave us time to catch our breath and do some serious relaxing in preparation for some serious holiday-ing!
The sun broke through around lunch time and we took a drive to Cors Caron aka Tregaron Bog. It is a raised, dome shaped bog cover a huge area. We were treated with a host of wildlife from a spectacular display of a mother Buzzard training its young to hunt. A multitude of lizards (some quite big) and dragonflies which landed on me!


Day 3 - Coastal Walk from New Quay to Aberaeron.
A good up and down 7 mile coastal walk with spectacular views of Cardigan Bay, snippets of woodland walks and lovely Austrian-like meadows. Wildlife, cows and horses. A good packed lunch and a constant view of New Quay when I looked over my shoulder ... it was great watching it get further and further away into the distance.
And the carrot that led the donkey ? ....... fish and chips by the sea at the destination .... phew .... that made the challenging climbing worth it!
Aberaeron is the most delicious seaside town in the world. Rows upon rows of painted Georgian houses and shops that would make us all spin into a frenzy! I picked up some Ladybird books in the second hand book shop and some pretty fabric and wool in a Craft shop! And one last spooky thing .... we bumped into a friend.

Day 4 - Penbryn Beach
 After the coastal walk we were pretty flat out and as it was forcast the nicest day weather wise we thought a beach day would be perfect. So we packed a picnic, books, wool and various other items and went to a National Trust beach which was used as a filming location for Die Another Day.
It was beautiful!!!!! Enough said!

Day 5 - Teifi Marshes - Cardigan - Iron Age Round Houses - Romantic Meal!
A jam packed day! An early morning get up for a nice 2 mile brisk walk around the Teifi Marshes where we sat in hides looking at birds. We saw a heron and also a pigeon which looked surprisingly majestic!
After the walk we went to Cardigan and did a spot of window shopping and then went to a lovely spot and discovered some Iron Age Round Houses. We were not planning to go, but we ended up staying for the two hour guided tour and learnt a lot about that period in history. We live really close to an iron age fort so found it super interesting. I particularly enjoyed the bit about the herb garden and weaving looms (no surprise there!).
The day was rounded up with a fantastic Italian romantic meal. You couldn't end the holiday on a more perfect note!

Day 6 - Strata Florida Abbey - Teifi Pools - Home
The first part of the day commenced with cleaning the caravan. We then took a few stops on the way home. One being an ancient abbey and the next being the Teifi Pools.
Teifi pools are situated in the wildest part of Wales and it is refereed to as the Desert of Wales. I have never been in a more remote place. I felt so far from any where it was almost frightening, yet very liberating.
 We enjoyed a packed lunch and things got a little bit silly .... probably because nobody was there for miles and we were trying to cover a slight uneasy feel (especially when two people on motor bikes went past and I say "what if they kill us"). But it was fabulous all the same.


Just one final thing .... this amazing sunset ..... wow!

 Thanks for sharing my holiday xxxxxx Kate xxxxxx