Sunday, 26 October 2014

La Isla
At the start of September we had a little holiday to Asturias in northern Spain. The coastline is very similar to Cornwall and there were moments when we laughed about just how much. Cudillero was our first stop, delicious food and lovely people. It felt like Padstow, but the parking was cheaper!

We saw dinosaur footprints see below, can you tell it's from a vege dino! And we saw some cave paintings (well, reconstructed ones in Altamira).

Then we went into the mountains to the Picos de Europa, through Covadonga. The weather was very cloudy so, although we managed to get up to the top, we couldn't really enjoy the views!


Here's one of the lakes.

Some of the food...
We picked and ate blackberries almost every day! Yummy.

De Bulnes


These wooden structures litter the countryside in Asturias and are for storing grain. They were usually constructed without any nails and fitted together like a big jigsaw.

San Vicente de la Barquera

There was also an amazing display of pumpkins and gourds outside someone's house! Eyecatching, isn't it?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Photos coming soon - I did a mini box swap with an old work colleague too who lives up the coast...
I'm really enjoying using my new charcoal. There's something so fab about the process of drawing!

Friday, 24 October 2014

I also, for the first time, did a bit of hat making. 

After the fun of the felt tin of Spam, I made a felt cake hat for a fantastic wedding in a beautiful village in France. I tried to make French Patisserie looking cakes, about 5 in total and then I picked my favourite 3.

The hat theme was such a great idea and there were so many different ones: a balloon hat, paper mache representations of the grooms, and even the hat that Carrie wore in 'Three Weddings and a Funeral'.

 It was a great icebreaker and meant all the guests got to mingle with each other; there was a story behind each one. It was an amazing wedding and really reflected the Grooms' personalities. 

I want to wear a hat every day now.
Well, it has been a long time, hasn't it?

I promise I haven't been slacking. Here's a little taster.

I learned how to make a basket with my mama in Vilanova!

Despite the ridiculous September weather we had an amazing 3 days doing a course called Weaving by the Sea. The tutors, Mai Hvid Jorgensen, Monica Guilera and Tim Johnson, were fantastic. Our tutor was Mai, from Denmark, was very clear and patient with us as we were the only complete beginners. Some participants had been making baskets for as long as 20 years. It was a very diverse group with some people travelling from as far away as Australia and the USA to do the course. We had a mainly Scandinavian group.

All the materials looked the same to us on day one and we had absolutely no idea what we were doing! We learned so much and came away with baskets and tons of ideas. 

I think I might be addicted to basket making and I have to say I'd love to visit Denmark sometime.