Tintern Abbey

Last week my husband had time off work. On the whole,  we had a relaxing week and didn’t go out very much. But we did do one day trip, and went to Tintern Abbey. It’s not too far from us in Cardiff, but I’ve only ever seen the outside before. It’s a beautiful place, and its  beauty was only enhanced by the gorgeous sky and sunshine.

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The scale of the building was so impressive to us, especially given the time in which it was built. Just imagining the physical effort and skill that the construction must have taken was awe inspiring.

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The children all enjoyed exploring, and we also all enjoyed a picnic lunch in the grounds of the abbey, given that it was such a beautiful day!

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After exploring all the ruins, we took a wander up through the village to the Abbey Mill craft centre. We had a look in the little shops and had a couple of pots of tea and some giant toasted teacakes which were the size of dinner plates!

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On the walk back to the Abbey (where we had left the car), Erin was drooping more and more, but still clinging on firmly to Bonbon Bunny, which I had finished the night before and given to her that morning. Finally she had a cuddle with her daddy and a lift back to the car park.

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But it had all been a bit much, and so a nap in the car on the way home was needed – brothers do make the cosiest pillows!

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Episode 9 – Blathering!

FOs
2 Bonbon bunnies (pattern on Ravelry by Susan Claudino)
Miss Winkle shawl using my handspun Sara’s Texture Crafts yarn. (Pattern on Ravelry by Martina Behm)
Spinning – Wingham Woolworks blue merino; Spin City Cinderella’s Slippers; Sara’s Texture Crafts Boysenberry merino and merino/tussah silk blend

WIPs
Another bonbon bunny

Plans
Hitofude Cardigan (pattern on Ravelry) using my Sara’s Texture Crafts boysenberry yarn
2 Tallulah cardigans for Erin using basic acrylic dk yarn
Spinning John Arbon ‘Grape’ merino blend fluff

Out and About
Met MariaSamira and her husband at Cardiff Castle
Davis Cup tennis quarter final tie at Queen’s Club, London
Tintern Abbey (except I forgot to talk much about it. I’ll write a proper post another day!)

Shop News
Shop update last week, lots of BFL tops and lots of different yarns. Miniskein update to come when I’ve had time to wind them!

Loose Ends
Britalong KAL with the Bakery Bears Obiwanknitter and Bryonybear – I’m offering a 15% discount until the 21st August with code BRITALONG2015. Also, happy anniversary to Dan and Kay, and happy wedding day to Zena (littleyellowuke)