Travel

Lovely Luxembourg

Following our trip to Paris, we took the train to Luxembourg, which I haven’t visited since my European tour of 1976, but which I knew Mark would adore with the cobbled streets, quaint and beautiful buildings and breathtaking scenery. It seemed that everywhere we looked had a wow! factor. I will let you decide for […]

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Sewing

Zero waste jacket

Liz Haywood has begun publishing an e-zine called A Year of Zero Waste Sewing, and the March edition has a pattern for a zero waste jacket, the Make it Modular Jacket Pattern, and I decided to make it. I found a sweater knit that had a strong diamond checked pattern, and away I went. I […]

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Lost City and Litchfield National Park

We drove into Litchfield National Park intending to visit the waterfalls, but it was a Saturday and there was no room. All the pools were full of people floating around on pool noodles, and swimming was impossible. We did manage to squeeze into the Buley Rockhole which has pools on several levels. We walked to […]

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Exploring Brooklyn and beyond

I’ve visited New York a few times, but we seem to have been here a lot recently – four times in the last four years, in fact! This time we thought we’d find some different things to do, and I’m going to share them with you regularly. I’ll also be sharing some things I made […]

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Marvellous Midlands

We left Wales and headed to Birmingham as I was desperate to experience the famed rag market. Yes, there was a lot of fabric! Yes, I was overwhelmed! No, I didn’t buy anything. We went over the road to the Fancy Silk Store, which wasn’t terribly fancy from the outside. But inside, oh my word! […]

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Sewing

Felted silk top

In May the Magamsewalong theme on Instagram was “May Mashup”, and I had to think long and hard about what I might do. I happened to be looking in a cupboard and noticed a whole box of silk samples and had a lightbulb moment. Could I somehow felt the silk into my own fabric? I pulled […]

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Lovely Lake District and beyond

On our way from Glasgow to the Lake District we felt obliged to check out Gretna Green. All I can say is that every tourist in the area had the same idea, including some who I’m convinced had no idea what it was really about. Mark certainly didn’t until I enlightened him. A tiny doorway […]

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Lower West Coast of Scotland

We begin this journey on the Isle of Skye. I had booked a tiny house called a “wigwam” – not really like the wigwam I had as a kid, but it was very cute. and had the odd bit of quirkiness in the garden. We had an amazing view over the moors and the skies […]

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Upper west coast of Scotland

From Inverness we headed up to Durness on the very top of the witch’s hat. You don’t know what I’m talking about? When I was at school we had to draw maps of Great Britain (Ireland was not in the curriculum apparently) freehand from memory as we were never allowed to use those plastic templates. […]

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Cruising round the Cairngorms

For our trip around the Cairngorms we decided to park ourselves in Blairgowrie for three days and got ourselves a little cottage in Kirkton of Lethendy – how lovely does that sound? It was obviously the Smithy’s cottage (as that’s what it’s called) and it was really quaint. We were able to luxuriate in front […]

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