Travel:: Copenhagen

All of my friends and I have a lot in common and one of the main ones is travelling! Jess called me one rainy Monday to let me know she had booked flights to Copenhagen and did I want to join. I couldn’t say no, so I jumped straight onto the computer and booked my flights and coaches. I absolutely love going to new places and countries – and I had never been to Denmark!

 

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So excited to see each other!

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We walked a heck of a lot during the weekend, all over Copenhagen, we didn’t use public transport once so I cannot imagine the miles we walked. There were some really lovely streets in Copenhagen. It reminded me of a larger version of Amsterdam in some ways with all the pretty terraced buildings and water.

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I bought a little map in the airport and it was really fun to use instead of GPS or relying on WiFi. Also, it’s nice to have this as a souvenir rather than something tacky. It means I can always lend it to friends or family if they go to Copenhagen!

 

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We made sure that we walked across town to visit Freetown Christiania which was pretty cool, there were people doing graffiti  and there were some fantastic pieces on the walls. It was a very interesting experience.

A little more about Christiania:: It is also known as Freetown Christiania and it is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

A few more snaps.

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Overall I really liked Copenhagen, we had a fantastic adventures, met so many interesting people, ate too much sushi and drank too much coffee, gossiped and gigglged until my throat dried up and just had an all round awesome weekend!

Thanks for reading

Dominique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel:: Soutwold

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Southwold. One of my favourite places in the world. It’s different every time I go yet still evokes such a feeling of peace when I’m there – probably because I have been going for so long now and have so many wonderful memories there. This time my friend Sophie joined us and we had a wonderful time hopping from pub to pub drinking adnams, visiting country markets, eating to much cake and Southwold sausages as well as cricket on the beach and walking over to the harbour.

Below are a few of my previous posts on Soutwold that I have uploaded over the last few years. All are different in their own unique way and feature different aspects of this wonderful seaside town.I also see how my brothers and sisters are growing up. In Post 2 my youngest brother is so tiny, barely walking! Now he’s this boistrous toddler running and jumping over sand dunes!

I think I declare my love for Southwold in every post!

Southwold Post 1

Southwold Post 2

Southwold Post 3

 

 

Travel:: Leicestershire Cabin

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This is a picture of the lovely hand built cabin that my friends and I stayed in a few weeks ago.  We all live in different parts of the country, some in the south and some in the middle and some in the north, but we love to get together, making sure we see each other at least once a month or at most alternate months! Usually we play board games or drink beer or catch up or visit somewhere new or go walking, well, it’s always something fun and different! So the weekend was a welcome back, happy birthday, merry Christmas type affair – E and I had been out of the country for five months last year and had missed quite a lot.

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This is a few of us on Saturday morning, just pottering about the cabin, a little tired from a late night of gossiping, games and beer! It was so good to see everyone and the cosy cabin (enough for six!) was the perfect setting, especially with the wood burner!

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This is me having a go on the swing built with things found on the land!

There was actually more than one cabin on the land there were two hand built ones, we stayed in the smaller one and there was a really lovely tiny house. From out cabin you can hear the stream which run adjacent to the place. They also have two goat who come storming over at the first hint of food! The owners run a canoe building holiday  family run business and they were so friendly and accommodating – they kept us topped up with wood for the fire and home made cookies!

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It was bright yet chilly on the Saturday so we layered up and went for a wander over the fields to the nearest pub.

 

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A wonky photo of all of us on the way back from the pub, I had to balance the camera, precariously, on a log! It took a few attempts.

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And to end the post, the wonderful sunset I couldn’t help but stare at on the walk back to the cabin.

All in all it was a really wonderful relaxing weekend with friends. I’m already looking forward to the next event!

Thanks for reading,

Dominique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Etsy:: Four Fabulous Fruits!

 

 

Jewellery:: These dainty little blueberries are great. Quirky and unique!

Find it here.

Fruit print figs vintage Botanical Print by Marilena Pistoia kitchen decor gardening gift 8 x 11.75 inches

 

Art:: “This is a print of an illustration by Italian botanical artist Marilena Pistoia”.

It reminds me Croatia last October. With my parter and his family who had come to visit us, there were fig trees everywhere (and pomegranates, kiwis, strawberries, almonds, walnuts, oranges) and I picked a ripe one from a tree. It was so delicious and juicy, I had never tasted a fig so fresh! Croatia is fantastic for foraging.

Find it here. 

 

 

Tutti Fruitti Fruit Patterned Men's Bow Tie

“This is a handmade, pre-tied men’s bow tie made from a crazy fruit print high quality cotton fabric.” What guy doens’t need this juicy bow tie to brighten up their outfit!

 

Find it here.

2016 Farmer's Market Wall Calendar

I love this Farmers Market calandar it would make a beautiful addition to any kitchen!

Find it here.

 

Knit:: Mountain Cowl – My First Design

Whilst travelling around Europe last year I was inspired by all the different landscapes of the various countries. Along the way I made notes, made a few sketches and waited until I returned to the UK to put all that inspiration into some kind of yarny design – my pioneering venture into pattern writing.

One thing I couldn’t decide upon was whether to Knit it or Hook it. Knitting or Crochet! Needles or Hooks! Purls or Trebles! Back and forth back and forth until I had an amazing idea. I’ll do both. One pattern, two styles. Not only would that mean more people could enjoy my patterns, it also meant that I wouldn’t have to choose between the two, it allows me to practice writing patterns for both skills, I get to enjoy how one idea can be worked in two very different ways and I don’t just have to focus knitting or crochet but get a balance of both! So basically, a lot of benefits!

There will be four patterns altogether, all designed by me. The style will be fun and free, bright and yet soft, not too difficult or time consuming. I will put as much information into the patterns as I can but ultimately you can interpret them however you like. If you want to make it bigger, with chunky yarn and size 10 needles – go for it! If you want to use different colours or different yarns – go for it! It’s just there as a guide and as inspiration. Feel free to share the patterns, sell or gift what you make – all I ask is that you link back to my blog or the pattern on my blog.

 Right let’s get down to it. 

The first in my European inspired patterns is the “Snowy Mountain Cowl” inspired by the ranges in Northern Italy, Montenegro and Romania.

We camped for a week in Brunico where “the Val Pusteria-Pustertal valley forms the vertex between the main ridge of the Alps and Dolomites”

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…to wake up to this view every morning was amazing. The campsite was enveloped by mountains and the low hanging clouds were so picturesque.

Montenegro has a stunning landscape. So mountainous, so untouched in most places. Below are some of the churches and the Ostrog monastery built into the large rock of Ostroška Greda, it was a long climb to the top!

Finally, Romania in December, where we experienced our first snow, which was a world away from the 30 degrees in Northern Italy in August! Sinaia is a town, in a mountainous area on the Prahova River valley, just east of the Bucegi Mountains.  It was a small but quaint town, this photo was taken after a trip up the mountains in the cable cars. What a view.

All this led to my very first knitted design – The Snowy Mountain Cowl!

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I’m really proud of this design, not only because I created it but because I finished it! I have been wanting to design my own patterns since I first started to crochet and since I first picked up a set of needles! I really enjoyed the process from painting my idea and transferring that onto graph paper, to choosing the yarn to knitting it up and blocking it.

I will be writing up the knitted pattern (free of course!) in the next post for everyone to enjoy. If there are any mistakes, or it’s unclear, please let me know as this is my very first pattern and I am only just learning.

Thanks for reading!

Dominique

 

 

 

 

 

Snapshots:: Durham, UK

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The city of Durham is so lovely. The cathedral, the castle and the university buildings, which dominate a lot of the city, really come together to create a splendid place. For the time being I am staying not so far from Durham  centre so this lovely city is only a short bus ride away.

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The market square with a modern day carousel and some lovely market stalls selling homemade cakes and handmade spoons.

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And look at this I picked up!!

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Tea bag tongs! Say goodbye to burned fingers and the cumbersome teaspoon. HaHa.😀

Thanks for reading

Dominique.