We've had some really lovely sunny weather for the past week and our new found status as solar geeks has meant happiness in living completely off our batteries and almost nothing from the grid. This gives me huge pleasure when sewing knowing that the sun is powering my machine!!

I'm making some more blocks with a soft pastel theme this time....

..and another Welsh flag peg bag to go in the cafe before the Easter Holiday rush...

...and my new yarn purchase might have been influenced by the flowers on the  table!!

Monday was a gorgeous spring day so G and I headed out into the countryside to visit Aberglasney gardens - like Heligan, these were also 'lost' and restored over many years. We're members but this was our first visit in 2023.

We saw a sign saying 'This way to the Ninfarium' and had to have a nosy. It's part of the ruined house which has been glassed over and was inspired by the Gardens of Ninfa in Italy. I don't know how we've missed it before, it's brilliant and very atmospheric (warning, lots of pics ahead)

It turned a ruin into a tropical zone!

It used what had been the interior and exterior of the building.

Fireplaces, doorways and windows were all used in some way!

And the sunlight highlighted the colour and patterns of the leaves. Gorgeous!

The grounds were lovely, everything was springing forth:

The fruit trees have been carefully trained to make a trellis...

We spent ages just mooching round all the winding paths..

..and just enjoying our beautiful corner of Wales! Aberglasney isn't massive but it's really lovely and worth a visit if you're ever in the area.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy your crafting! xxxxx


Helen said...

What a beautiful place to visit! I am very jealous. Gorgeous photos. Well done on your solar power too! HappyWOYWW Helen #?

Sue said...

Hi Jan, Love the new quilt colours and your knitting yarn.

Thanks fort sharing the photos. It looks a lovely place.


Sarah Brennan said...

What fabulous gardens Jan. Glad the solar panels are working out so well. too. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

Mary Anne said...

Where to begin! The quilt? Looking fabulous. The yarn? LOVE that colour combo. The solar panels? Wish we could have them but the house faces "wrong" we were told. Bah! But crikey the Ninfarium is wonderful! Sending it to the Hubster to add to our Days-out list for sure. All in all the most wonderful visit. Off the check out the week(S?) I missed....
Happy WOYWW, but sadly catless
Mary Anne (4)

Twiglet said...

What a fab inspirational garden to visit Jan. Gorgeous photos.Loving your patchwork panels and those juicy yarn colours Happy crafting. x x Jo

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Beautiful, Beautiful photos. Not many signs of Spring in our area. Only migrating birds who are freezing. high winds/20 out and storms on the way. I can hardly wait. Your yarn flowers are so cute. Have a good week and HAPPY WOYWW

Lynnecrafts said...

Hi Jan,
Love your pastel quilt and the jewel colours of your wool. There are a few balls on their way to you.
Himself left on time and is bringing those earrings too.
Aberglasney gardens looks glorious - how lovely a day you had!
Take care and happy WOYWW
Lynnecrafts 9

Diana Taylor said...

Goodness what treasures this week - the stunning red orchids against the stonework are out of this world - I love them in an outdoor setting (albeit under glass), they look so natural like that. What a wonderful place to visit. I love your fabric squares too - I have no idea how you get them so flat - I love the summer colours and fabrics.
Hope you have a lovely week, stay safe and well,
Hugs, Diana xx #10

Neet said...

Thanks for the visit to the lost gardens. What a lovely set of photos you have to remind you. Perhaps you will visit again when blooms are different and treat us to more photos.
Love the flowers on the table.
Hugs, Neet 2 xx
ps great sewing as always xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Solar geeks! Made me laugh. It is rather lovely to somehow, even if he doesn’t know it, to be sticking it to the man! I’m glad you’re anticipating an Easter rush down the Harbour Lights, I know you’re right to, and long live sunshine! Love your photos of the Ninfarium, what a fab concept to glaze the ruin. Love it. Aberglasny seems like a bit of a secret, and I love the sound of it not being huge…easier to cope with and deal with all the sensory-ness ness. Loving the welsh flag peg bag, I wonder if in Coronation approach time we might need some Union Jack stuff too?! We = I of course!!

Annie said...

Love the latest colourway of your patchwork and yarns. The garden you visited looks wonderful and well worth a visit.
Annie x #6

Eva said...

Dear Jan!
Thank you so much for these pretty photos! I miss the gardens in England.
My Daughter and I visited gardens if possible, during the time I was in England to see her.
But now she's here. Best of luck!
Love the colors of the quilt.
We had snow today!
Eva from Austria

Camilla Fisher said...

Love the peg bag!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Oh my! I love this place. Not surprised you stayed so long. Loving the new patchwork pattern too. Have a lovely creative woyww, Angela x11x

Lindart said...

Wow! Aberglasney is gorgeous! What a wonderful magical place! Thanks for the advice about denim, I am hesitating because it's not as pretty as felt or cotton! Better for a boy I think! Have a wonderful week! Lindart #16

Crafting With Jack said...

Wonderful to find hidden treasures of our country, I am not surprised you had a great time. A little sunshine and fresh air works wonders. Angela #15

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