One of the places that's always been high on my UK tourism wish-list is the quirky village of Portmeirion, and this week I finally made it there. I went up to North Wales with my husband for a mini holiday, and the Italian style village of 'The Prisoner' TV series fame was our first stop. I have hundreds of photos to sift through, so until then I am sharing a handful of photographs from a beautiful early morning stroll along the estuary. We were the only people walking at that time in the morning, and it felt like we were on our own private archipelago. Please suspend your disbelief that I'm wearing shorts in the UK in these photos; we had precisely 1.5 days of blissful warmth.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
For my mother's birthday, she fancied a trip out for some afternoon tea. We've already been to Miskin manor a few times but wanted to try somewhere different. My sister Louise came up with the great suggestion of Llanerch Vineyard, near Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan. Like the manor, it's not far from the M4 and so in easy reach. Llanerch is doing well with its 'Cariad' (Welsh for 'darling') brand of modern wines, and the site has expanded to offer a gift shop, restaurant and boutique hotel rooms. My first impression was that the site is very smart and modern looking, and if the wind hadn't been blowing rain sideways at me, I could almost have believed I was in California. Almost.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Ta da! My first home-sewn top is made from the 'Sorbetto' tank top pattern from Colette Patterns. It's available as a free download from their website, and I thought that the promises of "quick to make" and "no closures to sew" sounded ideal for a novice dressmaker like myself. Look at how pleased I am with myself.