Day 3: Inverness to John O’Groats

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Day 3 of our road trip, covering Inverness to John O’Groats (the most northerly point of the United Kingdom) was one of the most scenic.

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Along the way we stopped at Golspie and walked up to the Berriedale graveyard, but one of our best finds was taking a small turn off from the A9 to Latheronwheel. It’s a tiny village with secluded little harbour. We spent a hour here, just taking photos and enjoying the quiet. John even jumped over the little river to explore the abandoned house.

We didn’t book a camp site in advance for today. We reckoned there would be plenty around John O’Groats or we could just sleep at the side of the road. Imagine our delight when we reached John O’Groats to find the John O’Groats Camping and Caravan Site! It a fantastic campsite set on the edge of the water, surrounded by farmland and has great facilities. After choosing our pitch we went for a scrummy Cream Tea For Two at the Knitwear Cafe and a wander on the beach.

Oh, and I finished John’s scarf just after Berriedale.

 

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Day 2: St. Mary’s Loch to Inverness

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Day 2 of our road trip to Scotland took us from St. Mary’s Loch on the Scottish Borders to Inverness – capital of the Scottish Highlands.

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We didn’t have as much ground to cover as Day 1, so we stopped a bit more along the way. We “took the waters” at St. Ronan’s Well in Innerleithen, had breakfast in Peebles and tea at the Beatrix Potter Garden in Dunkeld.

You’re probably wondering what I did while John was driving. Crochet of course! Being a campervan passenger at least 4 hours a day is a lot of crochet time which I couldn’t miss out on. I decided to make John a 40th birthday present (which would be on 4 September) scarf. He would see me crochet it, he chose the colours and it would always remind him of our Scotland trip. On the Thursday before our road trip I chose the stitch I would use: Tweed Stitch. Unbeknownst to me, the River Tweed runs along the English and Scottish borders! How serendipitous! Of course when we reached a parking place next to the River Tweed, we just had to take a photo of the scarf in the making.

Being in Scotland, we couldn’t wait any longer to try our Angus Beef steak. John did a great job of bbq’ing it for us, along with minted Scottish lamb chops. We didn’t even have salad with it. Any greenery would have spoilt it. In John’s words: “It was a thing of beauty.”

Our campsite for the night was the excellent Culloden Moor Caravan Club Site.

 

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Day 1: Home to St. Mary’s Loch

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We’re back from our first more-than-a-longweekend trip with Ivan. We went all the way from Surrey to John O’Groats and back again in a week. We saw the most beautiful places on our way to Scotland, and in the Highlands the scenery took our breath away. I will be sharing our road trip with you in seven posts. Expect a lot of photos!

This was the route for day 1: Thames Ditton to St. Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders.

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On our way to the  Tibbie Shields Inn Campsite, we stopped at Harrogate for tea & fat rascals at Betty’s Tea Room and at Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North. John and I couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful Yorkshire is – this is definitely on our to do list for Spring, and not just for a weekend. We want to go back to Yorkshire for at least a week (and I want to eat Fat Rascals for breakfast every day).

The Tibbie Shields Inn campsite is right on the banks of St. Mary’s Loch, and I mean ON the bank. The shower and toilet facilities are not great, but what it lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in location.

 

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Crochet a caravan keychain

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We’ve now been camping for a month and as you can probably tell from my post-weekend blog posts, we love it! Since I love crochet too, it would only follow that I will crochet camping / campervan / caravan goodies and here is the first one: a caravan keychain.

crochet a caravan keychainYou can whip this caravan keychain up with scraps of yarn in less than a hour.

You will need double knit or light worsted cotton yarn in two shades and a 4 mm crochet hook. Also light grey yarn for embroidery and two small black buttons.

I wrote the pattern in US crochet terms. In UK crochet terms, the SC = DC, HDC = HTR, DC = TR, TR = DTR.

Caravan body. Make two:

Row 1: With colour A (blue in my example) chain 11, SC in the 2nd chain from hook (10 sc)
Row 2: Chain 1, 2 SC in same stitch, 10 sc, 2 SC in same (12 SC)
Row 3: Chain 1, SC in each stitch (12 SC).
Row 4 Chain 1, SC in each stitch (12 SC). Change to colour B (white in my example).
Row 5 – 7: Chain 1, SC in each stitch (12 SC)
Row 8: Chain 1, sc2tog, 8 SC, sc2tog (10 SC)
Row 9: Chain 1, sc2tog, 6 SC, sc2 tog (8 SC). Fasten off.

Door:
Row 1: With colour A chain 4, SC in the 2nd chain from hook (3 SC).
Row 2 – 4: Chain 1, SC in each stitch (3 SC). Change to colour B.
Row 5 – 6: Chain 1, SC in each stitch. (3 SC). Fasten off.

Window and doors:
Use light grey yarn and backstitches to embroider the door onto one of the caravan panels. Use french knot for door handle. Use back stitch to embroider the window. The bottom line of the window should be worked over 4 SC. Work one side diagonally across two rows. The top upper line of the window will then be worked over 3 SC.  Space the window and the door one SC apart.

Repeat the window design on the the second caravan panel, replacing the door with a second window.

Chain:
With colour B chain 22 and fasten off. Use the tail end to sew the chain onto the wrong side of one of the caravan panels, positioning it at the top left corner. Make sure not to stich through to the right side when sewing on the chain.

Finishing:
Sew on a small black button on each caravan panel, positioning the buttonholes in line with the bottom of caravan. Using neat overhand stitches, sew the two sides together with matching yarn.

Caravan keychain front with words

Caravan keychain back

I hope you enjoy making the cute caravan keychain. Please link your keychains to the pattern on Ravelry so that I can see all the happy hooky caravans!

Terrific Tuesday

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On a Monday I can still remember the fun I had over the weekend, Wednesday is the middle of the work week, on Thursday I start getting hopeful and on a Friday I can taste the weekend. But what about a Tuesday? It’s so…. just there. Weekend memories are too far away and the upcoming weekend might as well be a year away.

What we need is a bit of colourful inspiration to get us going on a Tuesday, don’t you think? A pretty picture, beautiful scenery or colourful imagery. Yup, that’ll liven up Tuesdays and turn it into a terrific day!

From now on I will go through my photos and Pinterest likes every Tuesday and find us a pretty picture to add colour and joy to the day.

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We spent our Bank Holiday weekend explore the Gowar Peninsula and Pembrokeshire coast of Wales. We had lovely weather, albeit a bit windy on Saturday, not-so-great drizzly weather on Sunday (but we still went to Tenby anyway) and on the Bank Holiday Monday it was raining from the moment we woke up. Our 4 hour journey home, took 6.5 hours – that’s 6.5 hours of driving in non-stop rain. Days like these I’m so glad John and I are snap happy. We can forget about the tiresome driving home and look back at the pretty pictures we captured. I can of course share them with you too and they make for excellent Terrific Tuesday fodder!

We will definitely be returning to Wales – where else do you see sheep grazing on steep beach cliffs, or cows grazing on farmland overlooking a sandy beach? It’s a beautiful part of the world and definitely worth exploring further. Even if it’s only for Welsh lamb loin chops bbq’ed on a portable bbq next to the campervan – which is what happened shortly after this bit of camsite-crocheting.

IMAG1855Wishing you all a Terrific Tuesday.

Natasja

 

 

 

 

 

Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Ten

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“Realize that any difficult time are only a short phase of life. This too shall pass along with your old habits as you take in the new. You are a fully adapting being with creative energy which surges through you and leads you to new and brilliant ideas and the mindset that allows that energy to flow.” – The Mind Unleashed

powerful affirmation no 10 abandon old habits

 

Photo tour of our new fiber art studio

Natasja:

Isn’t this the most colourful, creative and inspiring studio? I could spend all my days here!

Originally posted on Knits for Life:

Earlier this summer my sister, Jill, and I moved into a new art studio space at the Claremont Art Studios in San Mateo, California. I’ve been meaning to share Jill’s great photos of our space for a while now, so here we go. If you still want more, we love studio visits! We have an open house every first friday of the month. Contact me to schedule a visit.

This is where the magic happens.

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xxxo,

Lorna

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Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Nine

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“Plain and simple, you have no limits but those you place on yourself. What kind of life do you want? What is stopping you? What barriers are you imposing on yourself? This affirmation will help you address all of the boundaries.” – The Mind Unleashed

poweful affirmation no 9 ability to conquer limitless potential to succeed infinite

 

Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Eight

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“To forgive and peacefully detach doesn’t mean you forget what they did, but you are at peace with what they did and the lessons served. Your strength to forgive is what allows you to move forward and your reaction to any experience is independent of what others think of you. You can forgive one thousand people and even if none of them forgive you, there will always be a sense of peace and freedom within you that they will never have until they share that sentiment. Your power to forgive them also instantly changes how they react to you.” – The Mind Unleashed

powerful affirmation no 8 forgive and peacefully detach

 

Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Seven

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“This is something that you should tell yourself when you wake up every morning. Every new day offers a fresh start and also makes an impact on others around you. You can make anything of that day that you like because you are the architect of your own life. If you begin your day with a positive thought and feeling it will transform your day into something incredible. Works every time.” – The Mind Unleashed

powerful affirmation no 7 I am the architect of my life

 

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