Unexpected trip to Wales
I’m back in Bristol for the New Year celebrations and I must say that I am delighted to be this side of the Irish Sea….I always love my time here but we had a bit of a blip on our journey last week. First of all we had to leave home at 3.30 a.m. to get to the airport for the first flight at 6.30 a.m. When the plane actually took off nasty old Storm Frank was doing its best to scare the living daylights out of the lady sitting to my left (she was crying). Soon after the young fellow sitting on the other side of me started fretting when the captain announced that we would no longer be flying to Bristol but would be diverting to Cardiff instead. He had never been to England before and his mother had only given him directions about how to get to his destination from Bristol Airport. I managed to pacify the young chap with information about alternative routes to Cheltenham but unfortunately there was no way of calming my female neighbour until we eventually touched down on the runway. My lucky husband slept soundly on the back seat through the whole flight totally oblivious that anything untoward was happening. We eventually made it to our home at 12.30 p.m. and it was a relief to get here safely.
Shelter from the rain
(Albie enjoying Christmas Dinner)
Albie and Bootsy have had to deal with numerous storms over the Christmas period. Last week they had to endure Storm Eva. Their field is really damp and sodden and they spend a lot of the day in our garden where the ground seems to be drier. Each day we have tried to tempt them back up to their shelter by placing the haylage there but they will merely eat it and move back into the field or the garden even if it is bucketing down. The day before we left for England Hubby tried to enlarge their shelter to make it more attractive to them but the storm got so bad that he had to leave the job half done. There are lots of trees with wide boughs that they can shelter beneath but they still opt for the open skies so there is little that can be done under the circumstances. Hopefully we’ll get a dry spell soon.
My lovely cousin Sinead had a beautiful baby boy called Leon over the holidays so I made this little hat to keep him cosy. I knitted it using King Cole Country Tweed which is a double knit yarn. It was very easy using a standard hat formation but keeping the last few stitches on the needle to knit up a sausage shape. After sewing up the short side seam the sausage was tied into a knot. The name Woolly Pyrite comes from the speckles in the yarn. It reminds me of ‘Fool’s Gold’ that you can occasionally see in an odd lump of coal.
This is Hubby’s Christmas gift which has been named ‘Chestnut Delight.’ I must say naming these creations is tremendous fun but does require an amount of thought. I made this using the yarn that was spun from Albie’s fleece. It is 3 ply and very thick but sooo wonderfully soft to work with. I used a circular needle (yes I’m still persevering there) until I got up to the crown of the hat and then I swapped over to double pointed needles. I have to say that Hubby was thrilled with this present and I get a tinge of pride each time that I see him wear it.
I would like to thank all of my readers who have taken the time to look at my blog over the last six months. It has been great to get your feedback as I really enjoy hearing from you. I wish you all lots of luck in 2016 and I hope to bring you more news about my life with alpacas, spinning and yarns in the coming year.