Tuesday, 16 July 2013

WOYWW - Sunny Family Weekend !

We have had a stunning run of sunny weather - totally unusual in Wales & oh are we making the most of it ! My parents have come over from Sussex for a long weekend & we have spent as much time as possible outside -  including eating every meal outside !!
Friday night we went down to the Mumbles for a stroll along the seafront - pizza on the terrace & naughty Italian style ice-creams !

It was the most gorgeous sunset !

On Saturday we entertained my Dad's cousin to a lunchtime BBQ  - with good food & lots of family history discussed too !

Sunday was down to Pembrokeshire to walk along the cliff tops at St Govan's Head (brilliant time except for loosing a tote bag I had put in the basket of my husband's disabled person's scooter - with my glasses, Kindle & a few other bits - so items to the grand sum of £650 lost forever ! boo hoo !) and then a meal at our favourite fish restaurant - The Shed in Porthgain.

Yesterday Rich made paella in the garden & tonight we had a meal at a local pub known for it's food as it was Mum's birthday.

So in all a lovely weekend - no crafting going on though !!
On my desk tonight some new stamps which are with a Stamping magazine & a very old book of family photos I inherited from my Grandma which we were pouring over last Saturday for our family reminiscences - oh and some chunky beads planned for a canvass or some such !

Sadly Mum & Dad are heading home tomorrow - so back to normal routines !
Where did the days go to ?

I have put together this crafty basket of stash for the "playdate with embossing powders" that we are having at scrapclub tomorrow. Last time we said we all had embossing powders but didn't really get to use them much ! So hence a good play session planned for tomorrow.

And just to finish, Mum & I have been picking armfuls of Sweet Peas -  and I can smell their sweet aroma wafting towards me as I sit here typing ! So just wanted to share them with you all !


  1. What wonderful family pictures, and those sweet peas are drop dead gorgeous, I think I just got a whiff of them as I leaned in for a closer look...LOL
    Oh, and new stamps???
    Krisha #5

  2. I'm sorry to hear you lost your tote. Stuff like that happens to me. At least you enjoyed your visit. So your case of goodies looks well stocked. I love that stencil. That is the next one on my list to buy. I'm of the notion that you can never have to many stencils. I wish I could own them all. Have you seen the new Dylusions stencils coming out?? They are AWESOME. I love my stencils, I just don't use them enough. I hope you have a great Scrap class. (((HUGS)))
    WOYWW #3

  3. Hi Ali
    Glad you had a loveky weekiend with your parents. You were able to show Wales off at its best! Photos are great but great shame about your bag!
    Hugs Lynda B x

  4. Ah sweet peas one of the most beautiful flowers, sorry to hear about your tote bag especially the items within. Some people just need to be hung and quartered. Looks like you still had fun regardless. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy WOYWW Eliza 26

  5. Your flowers are gorgeous and it sounds like you had great weather and a wonderful visit from your parents apart from the loss of your bag. Loving the look of your new stamps too. Happy WOYWW! Danie #34

  6. I love sweet peas..my favourite flower ever!
    Great pics of a sunny Wales..I'm down in two weeks time visiting my dad, hope it lasts until then! We always tend to go to the Cornish Arms in BP..great fish there, yum!
    Hugs, LLJ 46 xx

  7. Did someone help themselves to your tote or did you leave it behind? Thought self help shopping only happened here... Love the sweet peas (I can almost smell them from here!) and the stamps from the mag look great. Might have to source this on line...Have fun at your group tomorrow. #58

  8. sweet peas are gorjuss, ador ethe smell, lots of craftyness going on, thanks for the snoop

    Happy WOYWW
    Jay NO.65

  9. Oh dear, every time we see a magazine with bonus stamps we want it, now, where can we buy this one? Off to look.

    Hugs from the bears @#86 this week

  10. What a great week you've had with family. Love your desk and the new set of stamps. Have fun at your club and LOVE those swee peas. Gorgeous! As far as my new goodies, I end up putting them away and (hopefully, lol) eventually I will get to them. I do have plans for the new Sizzix dies. I've seen some neat Halloween decor ideas on pintrest. Take Care...
    Brigita #25

  11. Hi Ali
    it sounds like you have had some great quality family time, how wonderful. Sorry to hear about the stuff you lost, is there a chance it could have been handed in somewhere?
    The stamps that come with that magazine are fantastic aren't they very on trend. I am on the review panel for it .
    have a great day enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #75

  12. Beautfiul sweet peas, I can smell them from here, just bliss and so perfect for summer memories. Lovely photos - love the sunset through the pretty metal work of the balcony. I'm so sorry about your tote and it's contents, it's not a nice experience is it. Crafting won't be high on the menu for some days yet, and my desk is rapidly looking dumped upon!

  13. So much to love here! You cracked me up, because yes, my clean desk makes me nervous too! I love your photo collage, and your cool and crafty basket--I love putting some of my favorite crafty things together for a travel. Enjoy those old photos! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #6

  14. That looks like a very busy desk =). I have a similar box, only I use it for my sewing and corset making supplies.
    Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
    Monique # 70

  15. Hello Ali, thank you for visiting me. You know, 44 is my lucky number :) What a beautiful sunset... in a most gorgeous place too. And your flowers are so beautiful and colourful. The family heritage is truly a treasure, we have some at home too and I love looking in them.
    Enjoy your scrapping and embroidery time. Hugs, Wendy #121

  16. Hi Ali! Sweetpeas are gorgeous! Sounds like you have had a lovely time with your parents! Glad the weather cooperated & have fun with embossing!

  17. Sounds like a lovely weekend was had by all. Nice room of stash. Love the flowers. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #104

  18. Sounds like a lovely weekend - enjoy it whilst you can we have not had such a summer in ages. Sorry about losing the bag and all its contents. Hope it was not stolen. I always wonder about the bag on my rollator being so open, watch it like a hawk.
    Hugs, Neet xx 14

  19. Looks like you also have a nice "to go" kit.
    Those sweet pea are beautiful' haven't seen them like that since I was a child, back home in Indiana.

  20. Glad you had such a lovely weekend (apart from the loss of your tote) - I haven't bought that magazine for a while - might have to start looking for it again. I agree with everyone else you can almost smell those sweet peas. beautiful #74

  21. Sorry to hear you lost your tote with all the goodies in it! I am glad that you had such a good time with your parents! I spent today with a group teaching a class on tags and had a great time so hope you have one scrapping with your friends. Thanks for visiting my blog. Vickie #121

  22. Oh the sweet peas, I can smell them from here and down to Mumbles (I grew up there). Glad someone has been enjoying the sun as I have found it far too hot here in Surrey. Thanks for visiting me this week BJ#56

  23. Ahh sweet peas they remind me of my Gram! What a wonderful time with your parents - the best of memories in the making!

    Have fun!