Tag Archives: patterns

The Journey

Today is the day we were booked to travel on the ferry from Rosslare to France ❤️ then onto Spain ❤️ on our journey to Portugal ❤️. Right about now I would be writing my first post from the car … Continue reading

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One stitch after another…

(This is an old Roman road at the entrance to the olive farm) Still here at the house with the oranges, in the town with the olive farm, waiting for Ruby to recover. The mechanic has started holding his head … Continue reading

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Kittens and Coffee

(Spring, spring, spring) We are still at the house of the oranges in the garden. Ruby is still at the garage. We have fallen into a different routine here. Normally we have breakfast and lunch in the van and get … Continue reading

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Just in time…

(Ruby being winched backwards into van hospital) I’m exhausted. It’s 6am and I’ve been awake for an hour… Denis is snoring loudly this night/morning! I feel a huge fraud saying I’m exhausted when here I am here in a beautiful … Continue reading

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Life’s a beach…

(There was a boardwalk to the beach so we took a quick look…) The Algarve area of Portugal is very popular. We’ve been officially in the Algarve for three days now but most people (or maybe just me?) think of … Continue reading

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Bubbles and Connection

(The tiles are like wrapping paper) Yesterday I went off exploring the town on my own with my camera. I took some pictures. I sat under a tree. I took some more pictures. I sat in a square. I walked … Continue reading

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Only one more sleep

(View over the rooftops, Ericeira) We’re in Lisboa, at a different campsite. I’m almost set to participate in the workshop tomorrow and, the sun is shining! We did all the washing in Ericeira and now Ruby is as squeaky clean … Continue reading

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Do. Or do not. There is no try. – Yoda

(Today we went to see the ruins!) The rain stopped and sun came out…and off we went to the roman ruins at Monografico de Conimbriga. These are the ruins of the old city (about 1800 years old!) of Conimbriga and the … Continue reading

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Linda’s Craft Kit

(The craft kit Linda made up especially for me so that I would always have something creative at hand when I am away❤) When I woke up this morning I was thinking about the craft kit Linda gave me the … Continue reading

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Discomfort Zone

(Freezing grass) It was absolutely freezing when we got up this morning. It was also literally freezing… outside the van. Luckily it was over the 4℃ necessary inside to keep the drinking water inside the tank. We decided in spite … Continue reading

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Free Parking with the Elephants

(Our view from the kitchen) We crossed the border into Spain this morning. It rained the entire time and the spray from the other traffic was a bit miserable. We had forgotten that this part of the journey past San … Continue reading

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Once upon a time we had no water…

Lots of people ask me how Denis and I can live together, in such a small space, without killing each other. I’m not sure I have ever given an adequate answer, mainly because I don’t know. So I thought it … Continue reading

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It’s over… for now

(A wedding in Surgeres… Thinking of you, Linda and Paul!) We’re sitting on the ferry hearing Irish voices for the first time in a long time. Mostly they sound kinda nice, friendly, sing-songy, ordinary, gentle too. I was getting used … Continue reading

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Feeling some madness…

(Can you see this kite surfing guy’s feet and surfboard are out of the water?) It rained a lot last night. Lots of rain, lots of wind. Teeny tiny bit of sleep. Not feeling too bubbly today. So I’m reminded … Continue reading

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The Love of My Life in the Grand Cafe Orient

(Wenceslas Square from the National Museum) Yesterday we went to the shopping center, it’s near the old walls of Prague and they have been able to incorporate bits of wall into the decor of a cafe. We didn’t go to see … Continue reading

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Show Time

(This is me crafting last year in Canada) It’s that time again – Knitting and Stitching Show time! I’m very excited. Tomorrow I will be in a big room with thousands of noisy people milling around and getting in my … Continue reading

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I’m bursting to share this thing…..

(Lavender) AAAAAh I was taking to someone over the weekend and they asked me what I was up to and I mentioned my Kickstart you Creativity course was starting in November. And as I mumbled and stuttered through some kind … Continue reading

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Old woman, Old man, Woods – Story

(Patterns… cabbage) I was watching an art video on YouTube today and it reminded me (long story) that sometimes what other people hear in their heads isn’t what we thought we said. Many years ago I attended a course where … Continue reading

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Heavy Rain brings Cheerful Scones

(22 raindrops (or thereabouts) in a row… ) It was a very dark morning full of heavy rain when I woke up. So I lay there listening to the sound of water hitting the window, the roof and the cat. … Continue reading

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Free Food! Free Food! Free Food!

(The sky last night and that’s a small plane up there) I want to walk every day after breakfast while I’m here, just for twenty minutes, a budding exercise routine. So this morning I got up a bit earlier than … Continue reading

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How often do Ryanair fly out of Pisa? Anyone?

We’re leaving Florence today, well, tomorrow as I write and we’re leaving very early (read 9am…) so I anticipate having too little time then (now, to you) to write so I’m writing now…. which is in the past… which means … Continue reading

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Wide awake is a strange place.

It’s five past much too early as I write, on a Saturday morning in a studio flat near the Via Sienese on the edge of Florence. It is hard for me to believe that last statement, the bit about being … Continue reading

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Watch La Luna by Pixar!

(Butterfly on lavender at Powerscourt Estate) I watched a beautiful short movie on Sunday… here’s the blurb about it. There’s a little boy, his father and his grandfather and they are out in their boat. In the beginning of the … Continue reading

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The rainy season has arrived…. time for a story change!

(Lovely day in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Saturday) It rained all day yesterday and it looks like it’s ready to do the same today. As always it’s funny how I get used to the weather and think it’ll never be … Continue reading

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We found the perfect rice cooker!

(Sky over Strangford Lough) From time to time we buy gadgets and I don’t mean the computer type of gadgets, I mean the kitchen ones. For a time these beauties take pride of place on the kitchen counter but eventually … Continue reading

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Trees.

(Accessorised Tree) (Wrinkly Tree) (Dead Trees)

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Be careful with the lettuce….

(Perfect Hands… Granny and grandchild) I will be giving a talk in Dublin on Tuesday night and one of the sections is about being unique. I was thinking… we’ve heard it all before…. each person is unique. From our finger … Continue reading

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My garden is in the work phase.

(Not my garden… another view of the Birds and Bees garden at Bloom) The sun is shining and it was very easy to get out of bed, not least because I’m off on an adventure with Ashleigh and Megan today. … Continue reading

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We’re Back in Ireland

(We didn’t take think it was worth the risk) We’re back on Irish soil again and for a few days it’s been very hot and sunny. Today is rainy but I have high hopes for tomorrow. I also have high … Continue reading

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Blinding Heat?

(View from hotel patio) It’s been a busy day here in Swansea and the temperature is in the high twenties…. I’m too hot. I really don’t want to complain but unfortunately my thinking space is filled with the heat. You already … Continue reading

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