WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE...
A GIN AND A TONIC - AH, THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK!
Two lyrics for the the price of one this week - a wordy BOGOF :-D The first to counteract some of the craziness going on at the moment and the second, well...you may just recognise a theme.
WARNING - PICTURE HEAVY POST!!!
I shall start with my desk..to be honest, no crafting has taken place here at all this week, it's a dumping ground. I've been trying to finish off those ornaments and am seeing blanket stitch in my sleep - the pack of yarn was bought by Julia and left here so I can make that jacket for her.
As you may have gathered, Julia came back to Wales with us after we'd been to Winchester. It was fab to see her, I don't think we drew breath for four days :-D
On Thursday, we went to Llandeilo - a visit to the GinHaus was a must! The weather was glorious so sitting outside with a cocktail just had to be done....
Rhubarb and orange for me and blackberry waterfall for Julia!
They didn't last long!! We sat there for a while and then had a happy two hours stroll around the very funky shops and galleries in the town.
Llandeilo is full of old buildings and little snickets and alleyways - this one just HAD to be explored. Isn't that doorway great?!
We did some tasting of the gin I'd bought when we got home (this was only our second of the day, don't panic!!) and I did some crafting as we sat there nattering away.
Slowly but surely getting through them! The gin we were trying was this....
Rhubarb gin - very delicious indeed, especially with a slice of orange rather than lemon.
We went to Carmarthen for a mooch the next day and were amazed by the quality of the art in the galleries we went in. I could have bought three things and Julia loved a really colourful work. We found out the the Welsh Arts Council run an art purchasing scheme, where you can pay a deposit and then have 12 months interest free credit in order to buy art. The only stipulation is that it must be by a living artist - the English Arts Council runs a separate but similar scheme.
We went down to the beach on Saturday, to do a little beachcombing....
Rhys and Julia mooching along the harbour shoreline...
You can find all sorts of interesting things there!
The breakwater was created out of large boulders of industrial waste from the tin and copper works that were here in 200 odd years ago - you can still see evidence of it....
The bright green of copper was everywhere...
... and plants are amazing at colonising inhospitable spaces. I read the other day that Wales has the largest number of different lichen species anywhere in the world...there was a good variety down there on the rocks!
Julia's hubby, Mr Dunnit, came down to fetch her but before they left, we managed a beach walk and blackberry picking!
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed catching up with my mate, I do so miss her now we've moved. Still, it won't be long before we meet up again at the Crop in Llandudno - she'll be getting bored with me soon, lol!!
I'll leave you with this pic taken by Mr LLJ - it makes me smile :-D
What a belter (and the pic's not bad either!!)
Well done if you've made it to the end - it was a bit self indulgent today but I don't care!