At long last I manage to find a few moments during this full to bursting month to sit down and write a blog post! How are you? I hope you're having a glowing August!
It's been a while since I was in Blogland; I've been here, there and everywhere you see ~ a spot of camping, time with visiting family, out with friends, play dates...oh my it's been a rather pleasant whirlwind of lovely things and I must confess to not getting much done in the way of Work or crochet.
Speaking of which, and assuming you have noticed the rather enticing snapshot of those curly skeins of wool at the top of this post, you might be wondering 'Another Project?? What can she be up to now!'
Let me explain :D
I confess I gave into temptation and purchased (as a Holiday Gift to myself, as you do) some of that gorgeously soft Debbie Bliss Andes wool...oh how very dreamy it is! Perhaps one of the nicest yarns I have ever had the pleasure of being able to buy. It's not cheap no, not by any means but sometimes a girl has to indulge in a little luxury and I must admit to feeling like a child in a sweet shop as I was choosing the colours! I have plans to make a cosy Winter Scarf and I'm very much looking forward to choosing the exact pattern for it (still in a quandry about that to be honest!). I'll keep you posted, but in the meantime I'm pleased that my Japanese Flower Scarf is literally just a hand~full of flowers away from being finished...
Here it is, draped over the sofa and I'm really delighted with how it's coming along. I might have got this finished had I taken it on my recent camping trip to Northumberland, but alas I FORGOT MY CROCHET STUFF!!! Oh dear, HUGE heart sinking moment as several miles up the M1 I realised my mistake. Nothing like a nice bit of hooky by the sea, but it wasn't meant to be this time. However, we were more than occupied by our destination when we arrived, filling our days with marvellous things...let me show you:
In the bright morning sunshine, seals basked lazily on the rocks as we sailed by...
...and mooring up on Inner Farne, we were able to tiptoe up to the cliff edge to witness a Mama and her fluffy brood on the nest. The guide told us that there were many birds using the Farnes as a resting place during their migrations at this time of year. It really is such a peaceful and special part of the world.
Back on dry land we enjoyed the miles of white sandy beaches, paddling in the crystal clear seas...
...and not without company! Curious Eider ducks decided to come and meet us, my daughter was completely entranced by them (as was I, they came so very close).
Evenings were spent at the tent, wrapped in blankets sipping hot chocolate in our mugs whilst watching Mother Moon rise; a soft apricot globe in a dusky blue August sky...
...or at our lovely local pub, The Jolly Fisherman at nearby Craster...
...isn't this one of the best views to enjoy a nice crisp pint of local beer with?
A walk past the harbour and beyond was a nice way to walk off our tea too - if you're ever in the area I cannot say how good the food is at this place and highly recommend you drop in and enjoy it!
So here we are back home again. And when the weather is dry we've been out walking in the most glorious late summer scenery. Our moorland heather has suddenley burst into bloom and it's the most outrageously beautiful purple this year. There is mile upon mile of the stuff and it is heart stoppingly beautiful. I feel very lucky to have this all on my doorstep to enjoy :)
And so, August melts dreamily away and soon it will be September. Soon it will be time for school runs and uniforms again. I have loved every minute of these holidays; rainy days spent indoors building dens out of the clothes horse and old travel rugs, playing Snap and Pairs for hours on the living room floor, spontaneous picnics, camping, painting, planting, baking, walking, having family to visit and tasty barbecues infused with laughter and joy...Simple, wonderful, glorious summer holidays.
I shall miss them, yet I shall remember them for a long time to come. I hope your August has been one to remember.
Sending you love, thanks so much for dropping by;
Julia x x x