Wednesday, 29 May 2013

May-time is the best time...

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Beaumaris Festival time again.. it's always marked in my calendar and mainly I go for the craft marquee on the sea front though there's lots of other stuff going on throughout festival exhibitions,poetry and music recitals and so on..the town is pretty buzzing.For once it wasn't blowing a gale with the danger of the marquee taking off!

This is Sue from Colwyn Bay who calls her business "Just Sue" and who I bought a lovely tapestry bag from two years ago. She makes beautiful dramatic clothing such as velvet capes and wraps..stuff you could imagine wearing to the theatre or opera..from old velvet, tweed and other characterful fabrics. She also makes bags, brooches, corsages, all made from recycled fabrics, lace, old jewellery and so on, often hand-stitched. (Her stand also won the Best In Show title!)

More on the Just Sue stand..her creations have a very tangible sense of history and times past...

Another lady, Lynn Turnbull from Mold, was selling beautiful items..this time hand-knitted patchwork blankets and knitted hats, phone sleeves and so on. The neatest knitter I have ever met! 

A stand of mirrors, lamps, key racks, sconces, etc., all made from lovely lovely driftwood. I bought a key rack from this stand last year with a beaten metal fish on it.

After the craft tent we wandered into the town and my daughter was thrilled to get the chance to hold an owl..what sort of owl I couldn't tell you ,but it was incredibly beautiful (and well-behaved!) The stall was raising funds for the North Wales Owl Sanctuary...

A gorgeous barn owl...

There was a "farmers' market" in the square..we bought some yummy chocolate brownies and some fudge..


The day before I went with my daughters to Rhosneigr beach..about 20 minutes drive from here.Here's a pic of my daughters doing what they love best; one was sunbathing and the other was reading. I was quite happy pottering about the rock pools, reading newspaper supplements and enjoying the peace and quiet. Soft salty sea air has the most wonderful relaxing effect. 

Some of the rocks had sea thrift growing in every nook and cranny...

Despite it being a bank holiday weekend in late May we had the entire beach to ourselves apart from a man with a kite..a colourful galleon floating on the breeze..


Earlier in the month I went with a daughter to Crug Farm Plants for the annual fundraiser for the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust...always a treat in spring... plant stalls, a wander round the lovely grounds then delicious lunch in the old barn. Of course I had to buy a plant or two as well! 

          I bought some plants and eggs from Kate Mortimer, who is also a Twitter friend..

Lovely lovely May.. always the most interesting month of the year..and now the apple trees are covered in the "blossomiest blossom"..wonderful!!