Friday, 6 May 2011

Doing what you love

I uploaded things to my Etsy shop for the first time tonight. I've been beavering away for a couple of days now blending up fibres.
Within minutes of posting on Ravelry some fantastic people had made purchases.
I feel so very lucky, I am happier now than I've been in ages, I'm getting to be creative designing things, blending colours, and the scientist in me is being kept happy by trying natural dyeing. More on the dyeing later, I'm waiting for things to dry... a bit tricky now the rain has finally started falling in Wales!

Being able to go out for walks where I get to see the Bluebells underneath the Beech leaves is wonderful.
Beech woodland

It's pretty inspirational as well.
Bluebell Wood
This is Bluebell Wood, it's still in the shop if you like it.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

In the oaks

How has a week gone by already?
Much busy-ness here in Wales, I've been busy varnishing floors, painting doors, making cakes, cutting grass, preparing to mark exam papers and trying to get a new business started!
However I do have pictures for you, yesterday we went for a walk through some disused gold mines above Barmouth. Seemed fitting as all royal wedding rings are made from Welsh Gold, all the mines are now closed, and the Queen has some of the last of the reserves, maybe by the time she runs out the mines will have become economical to work again, after all, there is a finite amount of gold in the world.
These mines are now owned by the RSPB and are run as a reserve, it made a really nice change to walk through open deciduous woodland, rather than the more common conifer plantations.


The dogs were rather happy we found them a river to swim in, the hot weather here is continuing. A bit of rain would be rather useful, the garden needs water, and our water supply comes off a spring.


In the disused gold mines

The end of the walk gave us views down in to the Mawddach estuary, with Cadair Idris in the background. The bridge you can just make out is Penmaenpool, where we canoed along to last week, and where I took these photos back in January. The weather's changed a little since then!