Sunday 23 October 2016

Living the Dream

A lazy relaxed morning...
An afternoon walk through woodland..
or through picturesque valleys...
Followed by an evening of knitting and reading..
or maybe spent with a pint or two of good beer in an atmospheric old pub -

This is my idea of a perfect day.  Lucky me, I've been able to spend seven such days on holiday with my husband in one of my favourite counties, Shropshire.

We had our annual holiday to Church Stretton.  Usually we go Spring / early Summer time but this year we were able to enjoy the delightful Autumn colours.

This dog does not belong to us!

It was lovely to have a mix of slow paced relaxation with some vigorous mountain climbing.  It's just a pity it was all over so quickly.  Never mind, there's the return next year to look forward to.

I took a variety of knitting projects on holiday with me, but ended up just concentrating on my Fair Isle cardigan.

It's looking lovely and colourful and it's such good fun to knit. Hopefully it will be finished sometime this week.

Before we went away, I managed to complete a pinafore  dress.

It's sewn using my favourite dress pattern, Simplicity 2444 and the fabric is a fine needlework.  I just love the raspberry colour.

Because I'm working monogamously on my Fair Isle cardigan, I haven't managed to finish any other projects.  I did complete a shawl a few weeks ago but as it was a gift for my Mum, I haven't been able to show it to you until now.

My Mum's favourite colour is yellow, and as it is also my favourite colour, it was a delight to knit this.  You can see details of this project over on Ravelry, here.

So now I'm back home, and we may not have scenic mountains and dramatic valleys, but I'm lucky that my days are relaxed and filled with pleasant moments... and plenty of knitting!


  1. What a beautiful place Janet such lovely scenery,I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday. Your cardigan is coming on great and looks so neat. I love your Mums shawl and your dress, you make such lovely things. :) xx

  2. What a fab break in a stunning location. Gorgeous Fair Isle as usual.

  3. Your holiday sounds idyllic such beautiful scenery and always a joy to be out and about and in some of the wonderful pubs that we have. Love the shawl, what a wonderful gift.

  4. How lovely it looks.Nice and relaxing.I agree Shropshire is a
    beautiful area. Love the colour of your pinafore dress. They are in fashion at the moment.

  5. Your trip sounds perfect, plenty of wonderful things to see and time to relax. Your knitting and new dress are wonderful Janet.

  6. I LOVE your dress! Please model it for us. The shawl for your Mum is lovely . I am blown away by the multicolour Fair Isle cardigan. Your blog is so inspiring. You do lead an idyllic life. Thank you for sharing it- the photos are beautifully done. Perhaps I can get a project going this week...

  7. Beautiful scenic photos. That would be my kind of holiday. I love all your latest projects, especially the yellow shawl. It's just lovely.

  8. How nice to get a break, and it looks like you had perfect weather. I love the colours in the cardigan, My mum's favourite colour is yellow too.

  9. My goodness I love your new pinafore dress, the fabric looks so warm and cosy. How did you manage to concentrate on your lovely fair isle cardigan with all that beautiful scenery around. Shropshire is a very beautiful county, we share a border with it in Herefordshire.


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