Bits and Aberaeron

Here’s a little crow house I made a while ago. There’s not a lot of crafting been happening here as we’ve had lovely guests and I’ve been running around getting the children sorted out for the new school year. Sorry there just hasn’t been time for blogging.

Yesterday though we had some wonderful news. The place daughter chose to study A’ Levels (ages 16 -18 years) had enough people sign up at the last moment for her 1st choice of course so it is going to run after all. I had begun to wonder if it was the right place for her to study but she was very sure. So now we all think she is in the right place studying the right things for her. Very happy.
This wide scarf is on the needles for daughter. It is in 3 stitch by 3 rows moss stitch (rice stitch?) I had to resort to knitting when anything electrical I went near had a tantrum. The score- 2 vacuum cleaners, a Blackberry phone, 2 computer power supplies, my own camera wont even turn on, and for a finale when I spilt cheese sauce on the cooker timer it blew the trip switch for the whole house and then electrocuted me when the power was turned back on. (No damage.)

Good job these needles were a plastic pair which belonged to my grandmother. It feels good to be using her needles making a comforting scarf for daughter as she takes her next step towards the big bad world. I think she would approve. 🙂
The Autumn cushion wrap is finished. I’ll make Winter today to complete the set.
This came in the post. I may have mentioned (ranted a few times) about how I couldn’t find my fav sewing pattern from the 1980s as it had a wonderful bias cut draping skirt in it and my pattern was on its last legs even with sellotape holding it together. Anyway the wonderful Stephanie of Loft Creations sent me a link and yes it really was Simplicity 8291 and not the children’s pyjamas which usually come up on a search with that code.

Very happy here now. You can see just how used this pattern was by the state it is in.
The post also bought some parcels where I had been shopping in Stephanie’s Etsy store. Lovely Autumn fabrics and a gorgeous snowmen pattern. I will be having a lot of fun with these.
I splashed out and bought the perfect fabric for the buttons Stephanie sent me. Hmmm I think a bag would be best. Can you see the crows in both the fabrics? Thank you Stephanie for your generosity.

Now Back to Wales. I promised to show you Aberaeron what feels like months ago. Sorry for the delay. I’ve been to all sorts of places since as you’ll find out.
Now we reach Aberaeron on the West coast of Wales.
Beautifully painted houses
and shops line the streets.
The church nestles between them over looking the harbour.
There are more pleasure boats than fishing boats these days though.
This is the view which greets the returning boats, looking inland.
These houses are on the South West side of the harbour.
Baskets of flowers help make the place look even prettier.

The tide is out in this pic. You can see the harbour entrance in the background.
This unusual building is hidden behind a traditional stone one as we walk towards the harbour entrance.

Looking back you can see how the town is protected from inland winds by the hill.
There is also new protection from the sea to the North West- a modern concrete sea wall has been put up to protect the houses. With climate change, there are a lot more flood defenses being built in the UK.
Click on the map to see where we are. Aberystwyth is up the coast from Aberaeron and New Quay (Cei Newydd in Welsh) is further down the coast. The poet and writer Dylan Thomas stayed in this area. The local information signs say that New Quay (where we will go next time) provided the inspiration for his best known radio play “Under Milk Wood.”
Harbour chain.
Crow flying against the wind.
A crow gathering something he thinks might be useful.
Our road lies this way over the bridge and a few miles further to New Quay.

“Steps as Garden Ornaments
Even though the excuse for them must be contrived, steps of an attractive design -as one of the examples portrayed- are almostas much part and parcel of the modern garden as its lawn.”

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