WE'RE ALL GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY....
(Except it's Autumn, but you get the idea!)
Well, the Crop was another huge success - thank you first and foremost to Margaret, who did her usual masterly organisation to make the day run so smoothly. For a full photo post see here. Then it was thanks to the folks who came to LA for the day as it wouldn't work without you. It was so lovely to see some familiar faces and wonderful to welcome some newbies - Twiglet, Heather and the special guest Shaz from Oz. Wow, it was so good to meet these lovely folk. Shaz seemed to beam all day!!
The generosity was also so wonderful, items brought for the take-it table, contributions to the raffle - we made £170 profit, split between the RNLI and Margaret's Ugandan schools charity. Special mention must go to Debbie Rock too as she made some beautiful things.
The Family Appleton are here for a week in a cottage...well, I say 'cottage', in reality it's the wing of a 16th century manor house!!
Tucked into folds of the Clwydian hills, it's easy to bypass it in the rush to visit Snowdonia, so we picked this specifically to explore a new (to us) area. We've enjoyed it so much, I'm going to do a fuller post when we get back home.
So my JanCave Mk 3 has been this beautiful room:
I bet coming here for Christmas would be magical! Ancient oak panelling plus huge slate flagstone floors...it's idiosyncratic for sure but amazing.
I did a teensy bit of Sashiko at the Crop and have continued with a few more lines.
But mostly I've been sitting in the kitchen gazing out at this view...
I came back from the Crop LADEN with spare stash, donations, what seemed like the entire contents of Shaz Silverwolf's folder...I sorted it out in order that we could fit it in the car for the journey home, lol! Debbie's beautiful artworks are front of shot....
We've done some great sightseeing since but I shall leave you with just one taken from our visit to Chester zoo:
D'awwwww! I adore orang utans and have actually seen them in the wild in Sumatra. The team at Chester are doing a fantastic job with conservation - this species needs all the help it can get - but in the meantime, they are looked after incredibly well.
Have a good week y'all :-D