Don’t stop the carnival

Last week we were lucky enough to be in Nice at Carnival time. The earliest recorded mention of a carnival in Nice was in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles d’Anjou, spent the ‘joyous days of Carnival’ in Nice but the carnival in its ‘modern’ form dates from 1873. This year’s theme is ‘King of

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The Night Circus and Other Magic

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on down-town posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”. I was gripped by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern from these first lines. I simply loved this book and had to

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New finds and first attempts

Our new find at the weekend was a fantastic local restaurant ‘Les Rosbifs’. This family-run restaurant is at Cold Overton, a village in Rutland, so we didn’t have far to travel. Even so, we did slightly lose our nerve on the way there as we drove down a remote road, seemingly to the middle of nowhere. We were just

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A Week of Wonders

The snow came on Monday and, although it seems to be thawing at the moment, more is forecast for later in the week. I live at the top of a farm track which takes longer to clear than the village roads and so provides me with the perfect excuse to stay indoors. I’ve not been totally

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The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year! Like many lapsed bloggers, I’ve started 2013 with a resolution to blog more often this year. I’ve always got lots of ideas and projects that I want to share but, up until now, blogging has got pushed down the to-do list by more urgent deadlines. But no more…. one of my many resolutions

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Memories of Tanera Mor

I’ve just returned from a wonderfully restful week on a knitting retreat. The retreat, organised by Helen (aka Ripples Crafts) was on Tanera Mor, a tiny island situated off the west coast of Scotland. On Sunday 16th September, eleven of us met at the pier at Achiltibuie to board the small boat that would take us

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Festival Knitting @VillagePump

I have just returned from a fabulous weekend at the Village Pump Folk Festival at Trowbridge. The music was terrific, the other traders and festival-goers were really lovely people and, to cap it all, the sun shone. John and I arrived on Thursday evening to set up the Knit’n’ Caboodle stall (Sue didn’t come to

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Woolfest 2012

We have just had a fantastic weekend at Woolfest 2012 at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The aim of the show is to celebrate nature’s finest fibres and there were yarns, fleeces, tops and dyes in adundance as well as spinning and weaving equipment. There were also sheep and other fibre-producing animals, including several rare

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Typical festival weather

The Knit ‘n’ Caboodle road show didn’t have far to travel yesterday – about half a mile to be exact. The garden of the village pub, the Rose and Crown, was transformed into Tiltonbury – a day of live music, good food, entertainment and activities. Tiltonbury may be a small local festival but that didn’t

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