Wednesday, 10 April 2013


I was MIA last week, due to rushing about getting the caravan/house/animals ready for our weekend away.  Why does 2 nights away involve so much work, both before leaving and when we get back?!

We did enjoy our time away though, with some fab walks in beautiful countryside - puts Pembrokeshire to shame.  I saw a beautiful cottage with some land for sale right up in the mountains - but actually only a few miles from the nearest village - would buy it if I won the Lottery!  I was proud of myself - managed a long and strenuous walk in a forestry area, and then a tour of the Gold Mine that we were staying at.  This involved some very steep steps and the actual underground part (and I can get claustrophobic).  They did have to get a spare guide to come and escort me out, as the rest of the group were going out via a very difficult set of ladders and steep walkways.  I knew my body would not be able to cope with that.

If anyone is visiting Carmarthenshire, here is the link to the mine -

Dolaucothi Gold Mines

We stayed in the caravan site, which is literally just across the road - and is very peaceful and friendly.

When we returned, I then had the double job of unpacking the caravan, catching up with washing etc - and getting the house ready for guests.  My husbands 'kids' (who are 20 and 22 now) and their partners, so I had both spare rooms to clear out and make beds up, and make the rest of the house a bit more presentable.  Oh well, at least I was left with a clean house after they left yesterday - and I spent some enjoyable time in my craft room finally.

This is my desk this morning.  A sweet shaped card made from designs printed off from the new Crafters Companion Frou Frou CD-Rom - which is wonderful, and well worth getting, as well as the digikits.  You can also see a New Home card waiting to be folded and the insert added.  I designed this using my Serif Craft Artist 2 Professional software and various digikits.

I am busy with swaps over at Swap Bot again, so today will be spent making notecards and a Horse ATC for 3 of the 7 swaps I am signed up for at the moment. 

Another piccie showing the hedge in front of the farmhouse and some lovely spring flowers.

Happy WOYWW to all those that I do not manage to leave a comment for.
Ali x


  1. Like the New Home card but most of all the SPRING flowers, as we are always later here in the South East, there is hope yet. Gold Mine sounds very scary to me, well done and 2 spare rooms, we don't even have one - LOL BJ#20

  2. Yes, I agree, going away is so much organising! Love the card you are busy with and the spring flowers are beautiful...we are in autumn...#23

  3. Happy Wednesday, I hope you are having, or going to have, or have already had a great day (dependent on where exactly in the world you are!)
    Glad you had a good break, and I agree, one nice thing about visitors is that when they leave you have a nice tidy house for a bit!
    Neil #7

  4. How nice to see pretty spring flowers at last!! You are right though - I think a short break takes as long if not longer to sort for than a longer one... but glad you had a great time. Helen, 8

  5. Glad you had a nice time away. Think I would have been like you going down the gold mine. Well done doing it though.

    Lovely cards on your desk.

    Beautiful flowers on the grassy bank

  6. Sounds like you had a lovely time on your trip! I simply cannot, and will not, go into caves, etc. I am very claustrophobic and would surely have a panic attack!!!! Lovely spring flowers....still waiting on spring to arrive over here!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #32

  7. I have been to Dolaucothi...though many years ago! It was very interesting, but quite tough to get around, so well done you! You have been having a busy time...hope all is well with the renovations :)
    Hugs, LLJ 35 xxxx

  8. Oh lucky you to have such a beautiful display of spring flowers.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 47

  9. What a lovely picture of spring flowers .... It tells us the warmer weather is on the way
    Sounded like a nice break but slit of work for a short break
    Jackie 3

  10. Sounds as though you had a great time away. I love Serif as well. Happy WOYWW. Pam#23

  11. i confess, all i could see on your desk, ali, was that cute panda - he's adorable :)
    and what beautiful spring flowers to welcome you home :)
    happy WOYWW and have a great week!
    no. 4

  12. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I love the spring flowers, we are still getting snow every few days in Maine, US.

    It's my first WOYWW, and it was fun visiting you!

    Kathi #109

  13. I love Pembrokshire and visit friends in Marros quite often. I'm glad you enjoyed your break away and well done you for venturing down into the caves in the first place.


  14. Sounds like you have had a very busy week indeed! I always say that I will buy this or that when I win the lottery but...I have never bought a ticket. Guess I had better start there! Sorry I have been absent the past couple weeks but life has taken its toll and sometimes you just have to give in to it and go with the flow! Thanks for sharing and have a great week! Vickie #58

  15. Lovely hedge pic! I am trying to visit everyone! jenx 129

  16. I love the owl, owls are in at the moment, so I'm told!! I might draw one! Lovely flowers ours don't seem to want to come out, it's too cold! Have a great crafty Week!! HaPPy WoYwW!

    ((Lyn)) #24

  17. Glad you had a nice time away. I know exactly what you mean about getting ready taking as long as your trip away. April #121

  18. Sounds like you had a nice little trip! Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for stopping by my WOYWW blog post (I am #149). I just joined your blog! Happy crafting!

  19. Oooh your weekend away sounds just lovely! Your card is looking pretty too. :)

    Ali #79

  20. G'day Alison
    thanks for dropping by my desk/blog. I've resigned myself to the fact that I shall ever be running late to get to others blogs due to my work but here I am. OMG what a busy week you have had but I do hope you had a great few days away. I kill plants so I envy your gorgeous blooms LOL. Hopefully I'll have those cuffs on my desk made next week :o)
    Annette In Oz #109

  21. Pretty spring flowers. I like your makes and Mr. Panda :) Happy WOYWW! Nan #9

  22. The spring flowers look lovely...this is such a nice time of year...watching all the new plants springing up with the promise of blooms to come...nice to see the bulbs blooming now!

    Sounds like a busy week...we have an RV too...I know what you mean about the work getting ready to go...I gave up and bought a permanent lot in a resort to put it on! We are getting to old to want to drive one anymore! teehee


Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x