Adventures

It has been a busy couple of weeks packed with adventures of various kinds.

My son came down to look at a cottage (read about it here https://goingbattyinwales.wordpress.com/2022/04/21/a-day-out/ ) and stayed on to work on his campervan. He wanted to build some big drawrers on heavy duty runners to slide under the bed and make the storage there more accessible. I helped and his Savannah cat supervised,

Next up was the culmination of a process which began last Autumn. In a newsletter, my bank, Triodos, asked if any customers were willing to share why they had chosen that bank for their savings. It would involve an interview and having some photos taken. They would reward me with vouchers to spend or a donation to charity. Since I was very clear why I had chosen to bank with them it sounded easy and something that would be fun to do. Because of my hearing the ‘interview’ consisted of a series of questions in an email to which I sent in answers. Their PR chap, Joe, then edited them into a piece which was emailed back to me for approval. I mentioned in the answers that I was treasurer at Dyfed Permnaculture Farm and Joe looked up their instagram feed (I had no idea we had one!) and asked if the photos could be taken there. The management committee were happy with that, he chose a photographer and we found a date that suited everybody. So I spent a day being photographed; digging out weeds, tickling sheep, carrying hay and then logs, admiring Phil’s garlic and just generally standing around. Tess, the photographer, also took some shots of the roundhouse and barn as a gift to the Trust for our own publicity. She was such a lovely young woman and I really enjoyed meeting her. A few days ago the photos came through – an awful lot of them and sent via a file sharing site I had never heard of. Another new experience! So for those of you who like to know what other bloggers look like here are 2 of the ones she took. I have no idea which ones Triodos will pick for their use.

Barley saturday ia an annual event in Cardigan, a show involving competitions for horses and vintage vehicles in the morning and they are then all paraded along the High Street in the afternoon, which involves closing the roads in the middle of the town. I have been to it a few times – it is quite a spectacle when the stallions are run to show off their paces! When I discovered that my friend Lindy had never even heard of it I decided to take her to this year’s event. You can read more about it here (https://www.cardigan-bay.com/whats-on/events/barley-saturday/ ). Because I knew that town would be very busy and all the car parks full I chose to start our outing in Cilgerran, a village 2 or 3 miles from Cardigan and walk to town through the Teifi Marshes Wildlife Reserve which includes part of the track of the now defunct Cardi Bach railway making a good, level, tarmaced path. Find out more including pictures here (https://www.welshwildlife.org/nature-reserves/teifi-marshes ). Just as the horses started to pass where we were waiting at the end of the old bridge into town a wedding car came over the bridge on its way to a reception in the Castle and had to wait quite a while until a pause between the horses and tractors allowed them through- the happy couple and their guests got a huge cheer from the assembled crowds!

Then I went to visit my daughter who lives in Basingstoke and since it was a Bank Holiday weekend and there is very little parking available near her I decided to go by train. I bought my ticket online and discovered it was an e-ticket to use on my phone! I was chicken and printed it out onto paper just in case! However it all worked fine and was much easier on my brain than driving. On the Monday she, her new partner and I went to London for the day, again by train. We had coffee in Covent Garden, explored China Town and had a delicious lunch there, then walked to Tower Bridge, over the river and back along the other bank to Waterloo for the train home. Both of them had pedometers on their phones – one said we walked 9.5 miles, the other that it was 10 miles! With stops for coffe, lunch and a glass of wine on the way back we all managed it with no ill effects. On the Wednesday evening my son was supposed to join us and take us out for a meal but the M3 was completely closed by an accident. He realised that if he came he would arrive just as we were all going to bed! So I took us out instead and my daughter suggested a restaurant recommended by some friends of hers – The Olive House (picture below right) and it was excellent – Turkish food, family run and packed out on a weekday night. A lovely end to my stay.

Because my daughter was working from home during the day I got a lot of knitting done and finished a pair of socks from Kate Davies’s book ‘Bluestockings’. I learned how to cast on at the toe, turn the heel in a new way and do stretchy cast off! It was also the first time I had done pattern stitches on a sock.

I have enjoyed it all immensly but I think I could do with a few days (weeks?) of being quiet now! However today the installation of my new woodstove is beginning, Ted has been to see his bees and Openreach are trying to fix the fault on Laura’s internet!

13 thoughts on “Adventures

  1. Laurie Graves May 11, 2022 / 3:39 pm

    Technically, I am taking time off from blogging, but I had to take a peek at this post, and I am so glad I did. Indeed, what adventures you’ve been having! I was thrilled to see the lovely pictures of you. So nice to be able to put a face to a blogging friend. And hats off to you for being able to walk so many miles. Hope you get some rest after all that excitement.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 12, 2022 / 9:58 am

      Thank you Laurie. I was pleased with the pictures Tess took and really glad I wore that jumper which seems to be a good colopur on me. I am going to MAKE time for some rest!

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  2. nanacathy2 May 11, 2022 / 3:59 pm

    Wonderful adventures with family and friends. I booked my train ticket at the station and had physical ones.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 12, 2022 / 10:10 am

      I had hoped to buy mine on the train as I used to in the days before Covid but was afraid there might be a limited number available on a Bank Holiday and with possibly some Covid restrictions in place. It turned out that I could have done that but I had the security of knowing I could go. Actually the ones we bought for London also had a QR code on them and we had to scan them at the barriers. It turnbed out My daughter’s partner had not had one like that before so I felt less of a country bumpkin! I was glad I had printed them though – I don’t like carrying my phone in my hand.

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  3. Anne May 11, 2022 / 5:52 pm

    I love this post and have vicariously enjoyed your adventures too. The yellow of your jersey seems to suit you. I smiled at your surprise at receiving an e-ticket – it matches my concern a few years ago when I had no access to a printer and my air ticket had been sent to my phone. Not a problem, said the chap at the boarding gate as he found my ticket, scanned it and I was on my way. There is a first time for everything. I am impressed with your knitted socks too.

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  4. onesmallstitch May 11, 2022 / 8:00 pm

    sounds like you have had a busy/lovely time with family and friends (isn’t that the most precious part?) and I love those socks I would never attempt a Kate Davie’s pattern, good for you getting a pattern as well as the basics.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 12, 2022 / 10:10 am

      It has been a brilliant time and yes. sharing memories with family and rinds is definitely the best bit. I have knitted quite a few pairs of socks and thought it was time to push myself a bit a knit a petterned pair but it was only when I started that I realised they were worked from the toe up which added all the extra techniques to learn. I made a few small mistakes but am quite pleased with them and the next pair will be easier.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 12, 2022 / 10:10 am

      Thank you. That jumper is my favourite!

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  5. Lorna May 11, 2022 / 11:01 pm

    My husband and I van camp and have watched vlogs of people making those pull out drawers. I love how your son’s turned out. Maybe someday we will construct our own pull out drawers. I too love your yellow sweater (jumper, yes?) and your report of your many adventures.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 12, 2022 / 10:10 am

      I was amazed how well those drawers worked. He made 3 which pull out into the van to hold the portaloo, coolbox and one for tinds and packets of food. Then 3 at the back for camping and fishing gear and anything else he only needs when he is outside or occasionally. The have locking devices to stop them opening or closing accidentally. And they stored a LOT but all of it could be accessed easily.

      I call the yellow garment a jumper but it should really be a Whitby guernsey because it is a knitted to an old design worn by fishermen from that port. I love it!

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      • Lorna May 12, 2022 / 1:35 pm

        Your son is very skilled; I am impressed! And thanks for the details of your Whitney guernsey; so cool!

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      • Going Batty in Wales May 13, 2022 / 7:32 am

        Thank you.

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