Travel

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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The Fife Coast

Onwards from our accommodation in Huntlywood and we passed through Lauder, which has a lovely bakery, from which comestibles were purchased. Too many unfortunately, as my jeans are getting very tight! We crossed the Forth Bridge shortly afterwards and kicked ourselves as we didn’t get a good photograph of it. It’s rather wonderful, looking light […]

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