Tuesday, 28 April 2015

WOYWW Weather for Ducks ?

Spent a lovely weekend around the Cotswold area with my Mum & Dad - and even though the sun - having shone all week - didn't make a weekend appearance, thankfully the rain held off !
Mum loves birds so we headed over to Gloucestershire and the Wildfowl Wetlands at Slimbridge.

We spent a very happy feathery morning wandering around looking at all the ducks (and I still can't believe that there is really an Australian duck called the Wandering Whistling Duck or an American one called a Bufflehead !!), swans, geese and even saw otters, water voles & harvest mice!
We had a wander around Bourton on the Water & then went onto Cirencester (which we really like !) for afternoon tea.

Our hotel just north east of Swindon was very comfortable - the gardens were full of gorgeous
blossom - and the food was yummy !
All in all a lovely weekend and a greatly appreciated chance to spend time with my parents !

Not much I can show you on the old work-desk today !
This is the rear of the birthday card I have made for Lynda - no sneak peaks I'm afraid !

And the one thing I do have is my April Tag challenge - this month we had the challenges "Metalwork" & "Stamping"  - it was a bit of a challenge to combine these two !
But I really enjoyed hauling out my box of metal tools - dating back  to the Paperartsy crafting weekends !
It was fun remembering all the techniques I learnt on the weekends.

The bright green metal is in celebration of the fact that April is the month of bud break - now I am driving to work along leafy lanes rather than through rows of bare branches !
And I love this quote - being a life-long gardener I think this sums up the sentiment of working in the garden at this stage of the spring !

I am always grateful for the feeling of having made it through another winter !
Have a great crafty week Ali xx


  1. love the colour of your tags :)
    thanks for sharing happy woyww have a great week
    Mrs C x #10

  2. Oh pretty metalwork!! I really wish I'd got to go to some of the Paperartsy weekends... I've never been to Slimbridge either, though used to go with my parents to the centre at Arundel. Looks like you had a great time. Helen 7

  3. Ali, those metal tags are just gorgeous, I think you broke the challenge without even being out of breath! Bet your parents loved having you to themselves for the weekend, it definitely gets more special.

  4. Oh, I love Cirencester too...lovely for having a mooch around :-) I haven't been to Slimbridge but have been many times to Penclacwydd near you! I bet you and your parents had a lovely time together, it's so easy not to spend time doing nice things like that. Great tags too btw, I love that metallicy sheen!
    Hugs, LLJ 19 xx

  5. Those tags are absolutely beautiful! and the sentiment - perfect.
    Have a good week

    Bishopsmate #22

  6. Sounds like a lovely weekend spent with your parents. I love the sentiment on your tags and know exactly what you mean about making it through the winter. Bring on the sunshine and new growth.

    Fiona #24

  7. Sounds like a really goodtime with your family. The tags are stunning . Happy woyww Jill #8

  8. I love all those bird pics and your tags are so lovely! x Jo

  9. Love the bird collage.
    Your tags look great - awesome effect.
    Happy Deskday

  10. Hi Ali, I love Birdland at Bourton On The Water, and isn't it such a beautiful village? Glad you had such a lovely weekend- the forecast did say rain, didn't it? Then it stayed totally dry here, apart from one ten minute shower Saturday morning. Have a great week,Hugs, Shaz #12 xx

  11. You do get around and do the most interesting things! I wish I could travel in your pocket! I must get round to doing my ATCs for the Grand party!

  12. Ali I love the first photo, the family with all the feathery friends around it, Looks like you had a great time.
    Jan. no 38

  13. Love those tags. Brilliant metalwork.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Catiecuddles x