Sunday, 10 August 2014

In the Good Old Summertime......

Its hard to keep blogging at this time of year.  And with so much good weather this summer I've found it difficult to make myself sit down and share what has been occupying my days over the past month or so - apart from work of course.  Fingers crossed there will be more happy excursions to enjoy before the shorter darker days arrive, and before Summer 2014 blurs into one sunshiny memory, I thought I'd share a few photos with you.

Last Monday was a glorious day here in North Wales and my sister and I were lucky enough to have picked that day to go shopping in Llandudno.  We were tempted to linger on the promenade on our way back to the car and decided to take a walk on the pier.

As you can see above, the pier is of typical Victorian design and with the mountains of Snowdonia in the background, in the perfect setting.  We took our time enjoying a bag of fresh donuts and a stroll to the pier end - it was almost 8 o'clock before we got home!

The week before had been occupied with my usual last minute frantic preparations for the Vintage in the Vale Fair at Trelawnyd Memorial Hall.  As always "it was alright on the night" and I had a happy day catching up with old crafty friends and being inspired by the craftsmanship of the stallholders both old and new.  I'm already thinking about plans for the next fair at the beginning of November - did I really say that!!!

In July I'd been lucky enough to grab a bargain offer on this beautiful cottage near Dolgellau - Tyn y Simdde (booked through Under the Thatch).  Three of us spent three happy days pretending we lived in this heavenly spot deep in the forest, high up on a hill - if that makes sense!

The simple cottage interior has been beautifully restored, providing every comfort you could wish for and the wonderful views from the garden, and indeed every window, made for perfect peace and quiet to read, watch the birds in the garden or, as in my case, get crafty.

Located only an hour or so from home, I'll definitely be keeping an eagle eye out for further bargain offers.

And finally, you might remember a few weeks ago I was making preparations for my sister's fund raising afternoon tea party.  I'd like to report a resounding success with about £480 being raised for the Oswestry Bone Cancer Centre Appeal

My sister took the prize as star baker but my small craft stall proved popular too and I was very happy I could add a good bit to the total raised.

And everyone liked the pompom 'thank you blooms' they were presented with to take home.  We're planning another event in the future.

Well I think I'd better stop here!  There have been other pleasant days out and hopefully I'll be reporting on a few more before we have to start hunkering down to preparations for autumn and Christmas.  I do hope all my readers have enjoyed their summer so far - I think it will go down as a good one here in the UK even if there have been a few wet days here and there..... apparently there's one on the cards for tomorrow.  Keep dry all!


  1. Beautiful post - full of positive happy photos. Te rain has arrived here in Somerset - I was woken just before 6.00 to hear it pouring down as yet not too much wind thank goodness.

  2. Loved reading your post, full of lovely summer photos. The pier looks to be a place to visit ourselves.
    As for the summer, we had a good one here in Holland too. Currently we're in Sealand and I believe I see the sky darkening to bring the rain Marigold was writing about ;-).

  3. Ann, I love everything about this post. It includes all the things that I love! I adore the cottage and would love to stay in somewhere so magical and inspiring. The cakes look so tasty and your craft stall is wonderful and laid out to perfection. I can't wait for your next post! x

  4. Hi Ann, i think you took our summer away , because ours is wet without sun sofar. We are hoping wfor a good september. That cottage looks so lovely i can imagine you sitting there crafting fornthe next fair. And yes aren't we crazy girls. I also made things for the Christmas fair already!!!!!!!!!!
    Enjoy the last august weeks and i hope we will also have some good weather and summer temparatuers but for the next days , they announce 20 and 29 degrees, brrrrrrrrrrrr.

  5. It is SO difficult to keep up with blogging this time of year, agreed! Wish I could have popped to the fair, craft and cake can't be bettered, looked like a fantastic time!

  6. Your photos are so beautiful. Whata a lovely cottage!


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