Holiday, birthday and a giveaway


It seems ages since I’ve ventured into blogland, but it’s only about a week!  Hubby and I have been away to Northumberland – Seahouses to be exact – and got back yesterday afternoon from a really lovely break.

We had wonderful weather, which enabled us to be out and about, doing a couple of walks and taking a boat trip to Holy Island.

It was also my birthday while we were away, which made it even nicer.  On my birthday – last Sunday – we took a walk of about 3 miles across the fields to Bamburgh.  We had a cuppa and a slice of cake in a little tea rooms before taking in the views of the castle.

Later on that day we took a boat trip from Seahouses around the Farne Islands and out to Holy Island, where we landed for 2 hours.

The sea was as calm as a mill pond, and we were lucky enough to see 20 – 30 seals around one of the islands.

They were so funny, bobbing their heads out of the water one after the other, then all disappearing at the same time, only to start all over again.
I love this photo, very artistic and taken by hubby!
Hubby kindly treated me to some knitting goodies for my birthday.  Touching Elegance book by Kim Hargreaves, which has some gorgeous patterns in.  I also got lovely dark grey yarn to make Wallace, one of the cardigans in the book, 2 lots of buttons and a very pretty pewter butterfly brooch.
I also found a lovely little shop in Seahouses itself that sold all manner of little bits and bobs, including some pretty braids and buttons, so I picked a few bits up for a little giveaway for you to celebrate my birthday.
There are 2 pieces of braid, 6 small heart shaped buttons and a cute little ruler. Just leave me a comment below by Friday 14th Sept and I’ll pick a winner.  I’m happy to post anywhere. 
I’m off now to flick through my copy of Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing which arrived this morning!


  1. A belated very Happy Birthday for last Sunday, sounds as if you had a wonderful time. My brother and his family are just back from a fortnight in Bamburgh, one of their favourite places and we're hoping to visit with them in the future. I look forward to seeing your new knitting project as you progress :)

  2. Well how nice to give something away on your birthday! Looks like a lovely trip. Happy belated birthday!

  3. Thank you both for your birthday wishes! I had a wonderful holiday, can't believe we've been home almost a week!


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