It's been a fun week with family visits, lovely meals and lots of fab walks - this early retirement lark isn't half bad :-D

Thanks for all the great comments and entries for my giveaway last week...the winner of the little zippy bag is:

CRAFTYANI (Anickoana)

If you could email me your address, I'll get it off to you ASAP! Hope you find it useful :-D

I haven't done that much sewing this week as there have been other priorities but I did get my scraps box out to see if I could find odds and sods to make lavender sachets with. I found where the stuffing was hidden too, so all is good! The only problem is that my dried lavender needs replacing, the pong has gone...my neighbour has a few lavender bushes in full flower at the moment, I might have to beg some off her to dry.

I would love to tell you that this is the sum total of my scraps but I'd be a naughty little fibber if I did!!  

The reason for my title lyric this week is this:

This is Worm's Head right at the end of the Gower Peninsula, we walked there on Monday and from an overcast sky at the start, it turned into this. What a great morning we all had.

Worm's Head from the other side - it's got nothing to do with earthworms but comes from the Viking word 'Wyrm' meaning Dragon and was named by Sweyn the Viking, so the story goes!

It's just round the headland from this beach, Rhossili, which often features in the Top 10 Best Beaches of Wales/UK/World. If you look just to the left of the hill, you can see land in the distance, that's where I live, so I get to look across at this scene every day. Tough huh?!

As we walked along, we saw this:
Odd little plastic shelters, each of which had a table, chair and artists easel. There was also an Outside Broadcast Unit set up and a notice that said The Landscape Painter of the Year series on Sky TV was being filmed Tues/Wed. We were just a day too early!

And they'll be facing the famous view - I wish we could see the programme when it airs, but we don't have SKY. I hope the contestants have fun painting that gorgeous view!

Take care all and have a fab week. I know Julia's been having a wonderful time in the US but I'm looking forward to catching up with her :-)



Nikki said...

Congrats to your lucky winner Ani !!! and what a view to look at just breath taking :)
hugs Nikki ???

Helen said...

what gorgeous views! You are the second person I know who's come across a location for the new landscape painting series, only Darcy was at hers on the day of filming, lol! Have a fabulous week looking at that scenery! Helen #5

Annie said...

You will have to let me know when it's coming on the telly and I will record it for you....good excuse for a visit eh?
What a lot of pretty fabrics. Have you thought of refreshing your lavender with a few drops of lavender oil.....it works 😀
Annie x #16

glitterandglue said...

Morning Jan. Glorious views of Worms Head! Can't help with the painting series when it's aired, I'm afraid - I don't have SKY either. Glad you are already on such terms with your new neighbours that you can beg some lavender!!
I agree - early retirement is great. John retired early on ill health grounds, and even though his health was never good, we had great times together wandering and doing things at his speed.
Take care God bless.
Margaret #7

Lynn Holland said...

We don't have sky either Jan otherwise I would have watched that. Do you remember the painting contest hosted by Hannah Gordon, can't think of the name. I loved it, the locations where lovely
Lynn 19/20 xx

Sue said...

Jan, All those who know you, have no doubt you have loads of odd bits of fabric. Wouldn't be surprised if your loft is full:)

Hope you can source some new Lavender.

What beautiful photos. So lucky to be able to visit such places. Hope the weather is the same for the painters.

Sue #17

Anne said...

Congrats to the winner!! Beautiful views Jan and I don't blame you going out and about enjoying all that. I retired early, best thing I ever did! DH carried on , but if I had I would have still been working after he'd finished as he is older than me - so it all worked out well!!! Have a great week. Anne x #28

shazsilverwolf said...

Hiya Jan, oh I do love that Louis Armstrong song! One of my all time favourites. Those are some incredible views you have, no wonder you're loving it there so much. You could always get some Lavender essential oil to give your old stuff a new lease of life? Just scrolled up and see Annie suggested the same thing. Great minds, and all that.Love & Hugs to you both, Shaz XxXx

Diana Taylor said...

Ooh gorgeous scenery - your pics just get lovelier each week, as Shaz says no wonder you love living there! And I wouldn't have believed you if you'd said that was the sum total of your scraps!
Keep enjoying the early retirement - it's great isn't it!
Diana x #25

Unknown said...

OOH I saw Darcy post those 'shelters' forma different location - told mr G I really NEEEED one.. - I got a 'look' can't wait to visit at some point and share the view, some Gin and of course your company... and Yeah WORK is a dirty four letter word of the past...no looking back....

craftyani said...

Wow thank you very much Jan looking forward to receiving the bag. You know how I admire all your fabrics. You live in a beautiful part of Britain remember going that way on holidays when my kids were young. The photos are excellent you must have a really good camera. Thank you once again for choosing me. Anickoana #14

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Your fabric scraps are so wonderful, Jan! For someone, who's not into sewing, I do have a fascination with fabrics! I'm sure your neighbour will give you some lavender to dry - or you could take some when she's not looking - JK (just kidding) LOL! Amazing landscapes and how neat to have those painting stations set up. Hope the artist will have good weather. You don't want it to be too hot, too cold, too windy, too wet, etc. Have a happy week! xx zsuzsa #33

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous collection of fabrics, I have to say the spotty ones are my favourite. Gorgeous little huts, just hope the weather is okay for them. Thanks for the visit to mine, have a great woyww and a lovely crafty week, Angela x18x

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit earlier, I will make a lot more of those backgrounds, varying the elastic bands .... it was such fun!
I know where to send all my lavender now!!! lol
Will watch Landscape Artist will new eyes..... we had to have Sky in order to get consistent broadband - that was the idea anyway!

Robyn said...

Tidy desk and beautiful blue photos. I needed a calming influence this week. Thanks. I'm a home girl too. My idea of an ideal vacation is everyone goes away and leaves me at home!
robyn 3

misteejay said...

Congrats to the winner of your lovely zippy bag.
Those fabrics look lovely - such a fabulous aray of colours.
Beautiful photos Jan - such a hard life living near all that wonderful scenery.
Toni xx

Bubbles said...

You have me wondering now just how much fabric scraps DO you have? lol
Have a wonderful WOYWW Wednes-yay!
Bubbles #1

Darnell said...

Ah, bless, Jan, I can see why you wanted to move there! That beach is - there are no words! I can definitely "see" a dragon with the island formation! You do sound blissfully happy which is good, or else I'd have to come over and give you a whack upside your head!! Enjoy it all in good health! Hugs, Darnell

Shoshi said...

Lovely pictures, Jan! Fancy stumbling across the Landscape Artist of the Year setup! We never miss it - it's always a treat. Can one ever have enough fabric scraps? Or any art material for that matter... However much you have, you never have the exact bit you want, though. Oh well. Thank you for your lovely comment - we are mega excited about the kittens now and are seeing them exactly 24 hours from now! They won't be ready to come to us till the end of July, though. They hit 10/10 on the Cuteness Overload scale. Keep a lookout for photos - I'm hoping to get some tomorrow. My hubby says the cat tree is too high for them to get onto but I said "just watch" - even if they can't scale the heights initially, it will be there for years to come and they will have endless fun on it. Hoping to get lots of video footage of them on it.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #12

Plush Possum Studio said...

What an idyllic scene! Well worth painting. Just as Bubbles said, I am now wondering about the actual size of your stash! happy WOYWW
Rose #22

ToadilyDiane said...

What a wonderful view! Congrats to CRAFTYANI. So jealous! Maybe I can earn one if I ever get my craft room clean! Lol

Have a great day!
Diane F #30

Cara said...

Oh wow, what an amazing view. How fun to see them set up for filming. I still miss Watercolour Challenge with Hannah Gordon that used to be on. Enjoyed watching the art competition on BBC 1 recently though x

May said...

What a wonderful breathtaking view A beautiful place to live having these scenes on your doorstep.... Love that stash of fabric you have there... Congrats to the lucky winner.. Have a happy fun filled week ahead... May #11

Scribbling and sketches said...

I love Worms Head and you had a great day for it. Have a great week,
love Lynne #44

April said...

Such colorful fabric - it makes me smile. I hope your neighbor will let you have some of her lavender. The pictures are awesome - such a beautiful landscape.
April #3

BJ said...

Just knew that was Rhossili at the first photo, might pop there next month when I go to visit Mum in Swansea. Love the scraps box. BJ#28

Lindart said...

Those Vikings were right on - it does look like a dragon! I'm loving these landscape views of Wales. I'm watching a show called Hinterland on Netflix which takes place in Wales! Your fabric box is very colourful! Thanks for your visit, Lindart #35

Unknown said...

Hi Jan. Having trouble commenting so just doing a trial run!!
Hugs Lisax

Unknown said...

Hi Jan. For some reason blogger is being a real pain on my account so I am having to borrow Richard's!! Just wanted to say hi. You photos are absolutely stunning, you certainly live in a beautiful part of the world and it's great that you are getting time to enjoy it. I recognised the landscape painter set straight away. I love that series so will look out for this episode when the new one airs. No woyww from me, blogger problems, ofsted and a prom....need I say more. Hopefully will be back with you next week.
Hugs Lisax

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love those colourful fabric scraps. My machine is back, so I can get stuck into something!

Alan Worthington said...

Hi Jan, I'm with you on retirement - just a shame we have to wait so long for it! I enjoyed investigating the contents of your basket of gorgeousness - love all the dotty fabrics ... I think there is nothing that isn't improved with a dot or more. Your pics are beautiful - stunning scenery. Thanks for your earlier comment. I finished the scrappy bag and posted a pic on Thursday. It turned out okay - not perfect but still usable, it's now holding my knitting needles. I'm typing this up on Alan's new tablet so any errors are completely down to this strange keyboard. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Elizabeth x #43

Twiglet said...

Wow Jan - such lovely coastal scenes. Just had to replace our computer this week so no WOYWW from me. Hope all Ok with you. xx Jo

Neet said...

Oh Jan, if ever anyone had a doubt as to why you wanted to move to your little corner of Wales I am sure they cannot have it now. What a wonderful place to live in, what glorious views you have and what wonderful walks the two of you go on.
You seem to have been having good weather too, you must be the good luck they have been waiting for.
Hope you and your Bezzie Mate have a good long catch up soon.
Sorry I am so late - Love, Neet xx


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