Friday, 28 September 2012

Plas Tan y Bwlch Textile Weekend

 I'm such a lucky girl! Although the weather has not been brilliant this summer, I've been having such a wonderful time.
I was invited to teach at Plas Tan y Bwlch, the Snowdonia National Park study centre, for their recent Textile Weekend.
What a place! Breathtakingly beautiful scenery, delicious food and lovely students. . .what more could I ask for?!
The view from the terrace, early in the morning. The scenery appeared in ribbons, as the  sun melted away the mist.

We were making my 'Hidden Treasure' books over a fun filled, action packed weekend!

This one was going to be about Hadrians Wall, some really lovely images were appearing.

We made pages to match the covers, miniature books to hide in the covers and tried all sorts of ways to transfer our images.
 The results were stunning.
Earlier in the week I had visited some interesting churches, the wooden Angel above lives in Rug Chapel, an amazing church in the care of cadw.

This little sweetie and . . .

this scary chap are to be found . . . .

in the very pretty Llangar church. It sits on the side of the hill, next to an old drovers road and looks down to the river.

    Pennant Melangell
 This is the Romanesque shrine to St. Melangell, patron of Hares, which are found in abundance , carved in wood and stone all around the church.
The little church which houses the shrine is in a steep sided , wooded valley, far from the noise and distractions of the 21st century.
Our visit coincided with the annual outing of the Porthmadog sunday school , no worries . . Mike and I were invited to join them at the vicarage for a lovely Welsh tea.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Weekend in Paris

I had the most amazing time in Paris! It was wonderful to have Fanny as my guide and she wizzed me around her favourite places. Above are the pretty gardens near the Louvres.

I've always wanted to visit Notre Dame de Paris, it was certainly not a disappointment, I loved it.
We wandered around, visited La Drougerie, an amazing emporium for all things  to do with knitting, sewing etc.etc.etc.
The staff are charming and so knowledgable, you can choose your yarn and they will wind how ever much you need into a ball. I chose 100 gms of a deep red Alpaca yarn, to make a scarf.
We visited the fabric area in the Marche St.Pierre, Montmartre. 
 All I can say is Wow! I've never seen such a huge selection of fabrics and the shop called Sacre Coupons had mountains of treasure! I got some green linen, several pieces of fine
wool and well . . .lots of stuff. Then we realised that I had to lugg it all back to England via Eurostar so I had to stop!
Time for coffee and a crepe with vanilla ice cream while we looked up at Sacre Coeur?

That evening we ate at 'Un Zebre a Montmartre', a small bar/ restaurant. Probably some of the best food I've ever eaten . . . !
Montmartre at night was magical, we lingered in the Place du Tertre, saw street theatre and musicians and listened to voices from all around the world.

            Sacre  Coeur at night.

                                                     The Conciergerie

                                                   A magical wedding shop in Montmartre.
I think that's probably enough for now. . Watch this space!