I have an abundance of photos for July, so I have grouped some together otherwise this post would go on forever and ever.
Above are a selection of flowers, the most beautiful smelling roses, an exotic sunflower, hydrangea from below and a whiskery caterpillar on a wild flower. There were literally hundreds of these caterpillars in a very small area
Photos from the seashore.
This year the sea hasn't tempted us to go swimming in it, it has been so choppy at times, brrrrrr. I do love just walking along the beach as each tide reveals a new set of treasures. The jelly fish intrigues me, the seaweed is always fascinating, the weather and tide worn rocks creating interesting patterns and of course, just watching the tide roll in & out.
The colours at Portmeirion get me every time. I just love them and all the quirkiness that comes with this fascinating place. And it now has the best ice cream for miles and miles. Our old favourite Cadwaladers has been taken over, not only has the ice cream become mundane, the portion sizes are ridiculously small for the price. We went there once this time, and have not returned!
I seemed to take a lot of red photos this year! It's not a colour I go mad for usually. (It was my most favourites colour as a child) but not anymore. The bottle brush plant was one of the many beautiful plants at Portmeirion, the tomatoes for sale in Portmadoc and a bottle of bubbly water from home.
Wild rabbits have hopped along to see us almost every day, we even saw a hare! Aren't they so cute.
I always try and take my current favourite clothes with me. Love this dress from Gudrun Sjödén, I knew it would match Portmeirion, to be honest, I really haven't brought enough warm clothes. I have ended up pinching a hoody from my lovely son! They are such a useful item of clothing, I can see why youngsters wear them all the time!
There have been a lot of mermaids purses on the shoreline this summer, I have been collecting them, I find them so beautiful, they look black, until you hold them up to the sun or a light and they transform into a gorgeous amber/golden syrup type colour. I wonder what they are made from! I love the twirls and spirals that come off the ends
My amazing camera has been put to good use again, we really do stay in a very beautiful part of the UK, lots of lush countryside with beaches nearby
I brought my paints with me this time, I am so missing my needle and thread, I love painting, but it is so hard to be creative!
We have had to light the fire more than usual, it has been cold and damp, it does make it cosy though, and a bit smoky at times!
And again, another tiny planet, perfect for Portmeirion, I have photographed this amazing place so many times, it's nice to be able to take it from a different angle!
Before I left, I was working hard on my textiles, I have an exhibition coming up in September, but not only that, I really enjoy creating, every time I produce one thing, more and more ideas pop into my head! This one has feet on it which are hidden by the long grass, I think the lavender is perfect for it!
The sheep were having a lovely time on the cliffs, quite wary of us! This is one of our favourite walks and has spectacular views from high up.
Another shot from our garden before we left, please, bring back the summer! It has rained heavily all day today....
And finally, thank goodness, I hear you say, a panoramic of our usual picnic spot at Portmeirion.
As some of you know, I now use Instagram much more frequently than writing a blog, it is so much quicker, and a wonderful visual diary. I now have more followers on Instagram than here. Here, on blogger I am losing them! And there is much more communication on Instagram! However, I am not giving up on my blog. It is fascinating to re-read, (for me) and reminds me of so much over the years. After all, it's for me and my family.
See you soon Sx