I have been stitching since the late 80's I used to knit till it went out of fashion in the 80's,I enjoy many forms of stitching hardanger,blackwork, any counted stitches, cross-stitch, Quilting,stumpwork,beading and of course my first passion which was knitting.I love the colour purple, I like to stitch samplers I love alphabets, will design my own for special occasions.I like following designer lizzie kate, brent creek,prarie schooler, shepherds bush, little house needlework, Country Cottage Needle work and many more.
We were up early today as we were going to Orkney, we drove up to St Gillies bay to get the Pentlands Ferry across to Orkney,we visited the Italian Chapel on the way to the B&B which is called Bellavista just outside Kirkwell. We had a walk around and a visit to Tourist information for ferry times to visit some of the other Islands, then we found somewhere to eat.
Another lazy day we went to the Potting Shead for more cake and coffee, then off to see the Ospreys at Loch Garten then we went to Grantown on Spey and had more coffee and cake!!!
I have been stitching this week I brought a UFO with me that was from Sue Hawking it is a beach house scissor keep I will stitch it together once I am home as I have no stuffing with me, I have also started something else but it is a gift so cannot say too much at the moment.
We have been swimming most evening as there is a swimming pool on site.
I was expecting rain all day there were storms and flooding in England and we had a dry day we went to Inverness shopping then we went to Ffords a camera shop in Beauly which my Hubby likes to visit, he bought a view finder for his panasonic GF1 as he hates looking at the screen on the back.
Today was wet so we had a lazy day, we went to the Potting shed at Inshriach Nursery which is fantastic tearoom who make the most wonderful home baked cakes, the tearoom has a viewing gallery overlooking a feeding station which has red squirrels visiting and a multitude of birds visiting. After lunch we went to Loch Inch to have a look at the Osprey nest then we went to the RSPB Loch Garten to see the osprey there.
Today we were lucky and had a clear warm day which was fortunate as we went up the findhorn valley to watch the wildlife, we saw a golden eagle been mobbed by a perigrine,last night we had been to a talk on the gems of the Gairngorms he showed us a picture of some stag horn moss which I managed to see as there was a group of people were looking at the flora.
Today started off overcast but dry the sun was out by the end of the day. We visited the RSPB reserve at Boat of Garten to watch the Ospreys she had 2 chicks just missed the male bring in a fish. We had lunch siting at the side of lock morlich and my hubby was lunch for the midges he was covered in bites, we then had a walk in the Gairngorm Mountains.
As I mentioned in the last post we are on holiday in Scotland we are staying in Carrbridge just outside Avimore. Since we have Internet access I have decided to try and write about my holiday everyday and I will add the pictures once we get home.We got up to rain this morning but we went out as we approached Inverness the rain stopped which was fortunate as we were going on to the Moray Firth to watch the Dolphins lucky for us they put a show on so we watched them for about 1.5 hrs As we were leaving we saw some now houses which were been built so we decided to look around the show home, it was absolutely fantastic,it had much to my amusement 4 bathrooms I know 2 of them were on suites but they were as big as my bathroom at home and the loo downstairs was was really a bathroom, then we went to tesco's shopping then went out for a meal,we intend to go swimming shortly and decide what to do tomorrow.
I have not had much time for stitching recently as I have been doing a course for work which has taken a lot of my time up but I have now started again, I received this Christmas Ornament from Nancy Kuelbs this week it is a red cardinal from Prairie Schooler, I posted my exchange at the weekend but forgot to put in a card with the information about what I had stitched, I stitched a design from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2011 by Janie Hubble Designs called Partridge 2011.I will post a picture when I come back from my holiday we are off to Scotland tomorrow for nearly , I dare not look at the weather forecast as we have had a lot of rain recently we are also going to Orkney for 5 days so that should be interesting.