Sunday 27th January 2013
Do you love snow or hate it? That flutter of excitement when you see the first flakes and swirls...magic! Even if you know it's a disrupting pain if you have to travel..and all the worry of loved ones getting home safely..there's still, always, always, the joy of the snow.
We had one decent fall of snow last weekend and my daughter went out early to Church Island, close to Menai Bridge, and took the two photos below..she had gone out, still in her pyjamas but with coat on top, in too much of a hurry to catch the dawn to dress. Of course, at times when you look dishevelled you always bump into someone you know..she suddenly came across her (slightly posh) violin teacher from school and orchestra..oops!
The photo above shows the tiny church and you can just about see Britannia Bridge in the distance.
This sunrise picture is from the same spot but taken at a different angle, with Menai Bridge in the background this time.I love the sunlight on the snow.
I stayed at home and made pancakes with maple syrup for my daughter's return.I didn't have any wellies that were waterproof to go out in the snow properly myself, though I had taken a snap of Snowdon from my front step the day before. So pretty, the mountains always look like a world apart, a painted backdrop, when it snows.
Last week my daughter had another training day in Llandudno so I drove over with her and spent the day mooching about, shopping, walking on the seafront enjoying the wintry sun and the seagulls..
..and indulging in my recently-adopted hobby of looking up! Here are a couple of pretty metalwork features..they weren't necessary, but were very decorative, which I think is admirable.You just know that the people who made them put love into their work.
I went to Conwy this week with my other daughter..she needed to practise driving on (and getting on and off) the busy A55 ..so we combined this with a trip to the Royal Cambrian Academy in Conwy. There was an open exhibition which was worth seeing, though sadly of course I couldn't take photographs.
We walked down to the harbour area at the mouth of the River Conwy..it was absolutely freezing, face-numbingly so, so we lingered only long enough to take a photo of the boats and the "Smallest House in Great Britain".
Back in the town we came across this water trough featuring Llewelyn Ab Iorwerth who founded the Conwy Abbey, in 1184 A.D. (He did look rather like Freddie Mercury which took away a little of the gravitas!)
At last I've had time to use my Christmas present..my lovely new Janome sewing machine. I'd had my old machine for about 35 years and it had more or less given up on me so I felt it was about time to put the poor old thing out of its misery...hearing it struggle (possibly the belt slipping?) was painful and it was frustratingly slow, especially after having worked on industrial sewing machines which positively whizz along (and take your finger too if you're not careful!) SO, new project was to sew muslin drapes for my big living room window...six yards of white muslin..lovely to sew on my new machine but hellish to iron!
...and here they are ,up in the window, serving as a backdrop to these beautiful spring flowers..how I love tulips and primroses.. Happy Sunday everyone.xx