Castle Drogo Xmas Fair

Just a quickie…

Heres a poster of the Christmas fair I will be attending, lots of stall selling craft, food and drink from local producers. Large cafe on site, lots of outdoor space for kids and dogs to run about, whats not to like??! Come say hi πŸ™‚

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Christmas Market Dates

Its November already!! Eek, got a lot of crocheting to do for my stall at Castle Drogo’s Christmas Market on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – 3 weeks away!! Details for the event here

If you haven’t been before, Castle Drogo is near the village of Drewsteignton, between Whiddon Down and Moretonhampstead, about 15 mins from A30.

There will be lots of stalls selling craft, food and drink, locally made. Well worth a visit πŸ™‚ Theres a really good large cafe and lots of lovely walks, we often go there to walk our dog. Don’t forget the castle too!! Come along and support local makers.

If you do come, let me know you read it here and I’ll give you a little thank you gift.

Its the season to be giving afterall!

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Where Have I been??

Sorry for lack of posts…hmmmm think I have said that more than once before. Writers block, busy with stuff, maybe a little bit of just don’t feel like it. Am sure you’ve found other things to do anyway!

I have been on holiday to Northumberland (or is it Northumbria?), which is a fine excuse for not blogging, as well as now giving me something to write about πŸ™‚

What a beautiful part of the country! We stayed in a lovely village called Warkworth, which sits in the bow of a river and less than a mile to the beach. It also has an amazing medieaval castle, well worth a visit. There are numerous castles in this county, though from the ones we visited, this is my favourite. We were even allowed to take the dog in.

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We also visited Dunstanburgh Castle which is in a fab location on a small headland jutting out into the North Sea. Its a 1 1/4 mile walk to reach it as there are no roads, but its close to the village of Craster with a number of places to eat. Other castles include Alnick (famous for being used in Harry Potter films) and Bamburgh. These are in very good condition and look beautiful but we only saw the outside as I prefer a proper ruin, a castle that shows its scars.

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Dunstanburgh Castle

 

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Alnick Castle

Lindisfarne is the last castle we saw, though unfortunately completely covered in scaffolding and is closed until sometime next year. I would still recommend visiting Holy Island, where the castle sits. Can only be reached by car at low tide as the road is a causeway, check tide times!! It is quite eerie travelling along this causeway knowing that within a few hours it will be very much underwater. The village isn’t all that interesting, though has a ruined priory. While wandering through the graveyards, a lady pointed out that some of the graves were for pirates, you could tell by the skull and crossbones on the gravestones!

On our last day we went inland to a small town called Rothbury. Found a place to park and, what luck, opposite a fabulous little wool shop called Rainbow Yarns

Avril, who owns this little treasure chest, is really lovely and has a great range of yarns for sale. Yes, I did buy some much needed yarn πŸ˜‰ Though Avril does not have an online shop, she does offer mail order, check out her shop in the link.

So, a great holiday with reasonable weather and beaches as far as the eye can see!

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Embleton Beach with Dunstanburgh castle in the distance

The dog loved it too!

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Getting Busy With The Hook

Not had a lot of free time recently, as you can tell by my absence! Work has been full on, which is great. Am also seeing my personal trainer twice a week and am weirdly enjoying it.

Never been one for exercise (which is why I need a trainer, to keep me going!!), so suprised myself when I realised its sort of fun. It does help that Jamie is brilliant –Β  patient and calm with (thankfully) a sense of humour! I would highly recommend having a go. He works at a gym which is part of a physiotherapy centre. If you are in Devon and in the Tavistock area heres where I go – Tavistock Physio Clinic

I have had some time to get on with crochet. After booking a space at the National Trust Castle Drogo Xmas fair in November, I thought I’d better crack on with some stock. I made some fingerless gloves last year and they sold well so am making more!

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I have also made a lovely chunky cowl using pure wool with a big button fastening…

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Both available in my Etsy Shop

It is laste Sunday afternoon and having been out in the pouring rain with the dog, I think its time to relax….with a hook and some yarn πŸ˜‰

 

August….or Autumn??

The British weather always keeps us on our toes…or under our brollies! We are still waiting for a spell of hot weather, while the rest of Europe is at the other extreme of it being way too hot. I am finding our weather is at its best thru September, even early October. This is great for us as we tend to go on holiday then (having no kids, we prefer to avoid the school hols!).

This year we are off to Northumberland, first time and v much looking forward to it. It has a long coast of golden beaches (the dog will be in heaven!) as well as some fab castles, there is even one in the village we will be staying in. Will be taking lots of pics πŸ™‚

Had some great news yesterday – I sold a shawl to a friend in NZ (think I mentioned it), was supposed to take 5-7 days. After 10 I started to worry, after 20 was deciding to refund my pal his money and try to forget the hours spent making it, then after 30 days it arrived!! Hurray πŸ™‚ His wife loves her bday gift, that makes me very happy!

Not too happy with Royal Mail though! I spoke to them via twitter and though polite etc they were pretty much saying ‘its not our problem’ when I was trying to locate where the package was – even though I paid them more to track it!! I went on live chat and was quite annoyed with the unhelpfulness of whoever I dealt with, asked why am I paying for a tracked post service when you dont know where it is?? She pretty much ended the chat by shrugging her shoulders and saying ‘so what? Nothing to do with me’!! NZ Post, on the other hand were brilliant, giving me more info and keeping me up to date even before it had arrived in their country. Royal Mail need to take a leaf out of their book!

Sorry, rant over πŸ˜‰

I am now having to think further ahead to (sorry for mentioning this) Christmas. Craft fairs book up quick and I have an opportunity to have a space at the Xmas fair at Castle Drogo (National Trust). Fairs are so hit and miss, a lot of work for sometimes little reward. I was at Bude Castle (bit of a theme here!) last year and did very well. If they are on different weekends, I could do both πŸ™‚ though if thats the case I really need to get making!!

Have a great weekend, hope the sun shines!! πŸ™‚