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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A project, a mouse and a beach.

Though overcast it isn't raining (yet), but I had occasion to pop outside in the downpour yesterday and guess who was sitting sheltering by the pond and looking totally fed-up with the weather?

 He made me laugh out loud!
(focus not too good as it was howling down)

Do any of you remember the cream painted wash board I got from Dagfields around a year ago?

Well I've FINALLY done what I was thinking of doing with it, hanging it on the laundry door (with a little tweaking!)

(Sorry there's no natural light here in the back hall way.)

I've given the wash board a couple of coats of light blue emulsion and a dry brush over with grey.
I've had the wash tongues for years, and I've been on the look out for the 'Laundry rules' at a bargain price - finally found on e-bay for a song.

(If only they worked!)  I just added a couple of pegs and Bob's your Uncle :o)

As you know it was my birthday, and (lovely) Hubs had ordered my gift that arrived this week.
The tissue paper may be a clue?

Now the word 'furniture' may be a little misleading, because what I wanted was...

a breadboard, with it's signature mouse and adz marks - it is after all hand made. 

Isn't he cute? It's going to be a real family heirloom.
  I have followed the directions and lightly oiled it with sunflower oil ready for use,
that's if I can bring myself to cut on it!

Hope the little chap cheers you up as much as it did me.

I did manage to get my feet in the sea last week and it did me a power of good.

We had a (wonderful) day out at Fairbourne Mid Wales on the opposite side of the estuary to Barmouth.

I really needed to re-charge my batteries.  Walking along the pebble beach for me is the ideal way to do it, and it's been too long since I'd done it.  Of course I bought a few more pebbles back for the pond ;o)
and found some interesting rocks - I love the different lichens.

I found a large number of shattered slate roof tiles, and crawling across the was a HUGE Fox moth caterpillar

Then on closer look there were more in the grass.
They were around 3" long and as thick as my little finger!

We watched as the Fairbourne Light Railway chugged past us :o)

Then we went a ride further down the coast - looking back along the coast road towards Barmouth

and then the view out to sea

Bardsey Island is on the far left of the photo, and looking out towards the Lleyn Peninsular.

Then on to Tywyn  to the sandy beach  

Where I had a paddle ;o)

and a view of the groynes

Aah, that's MUCH better!

Welcome to my latest followers - So pleased to see you here :o)

See you all soon, best wishes

Late addition - an apology

I'm sorry if I haven't been replying to emails to 'secondhandrose' address, I've only just discovered that there was a blip and I hadn't received any since Mid AUGUST!  I've sorted it out now (fingers crossed x)
Please accept my sincere apologies, I'll try and catch up this evening - but I've over 100 to go through.

Rose x


Liz said...

Love your new bread board - as you say, it will be a lovely family heirloom.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the breadboard, Rose! That little mouse is so cute.

Patrice said...

Happy Belated Birthday. I love the present your hubby got. It's so unique and will be a great family piece. I could use a walk on a beach too.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Your bread board is beautiful and so whimsical with the little mouse! I think he hopes your cutting some bread to eat with cheese? The coast of Wales, looks as I remember it.

Dan said...

Hope you had a great birthday, Rose! And what a beautiful present. Have you ever been to 'Mousey' Thompson's visitor centre?
I wonder if you passed our office on the way to the North Wales coast? The sea looks lovely, and I think you're brave dipping your toes in at this time of year!
Your sheltering frog made me smile. I got home in tanking rain today to find one sitting on the step, really enjoying the soggy weather!

Dan said...

Sorry, I forgot to say how pleased you must have been to receive your birthday gift, I know you've wanted a Yorkshire mouse for a while!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

You go to the most fabulous places. I think a walk on the beach might do me good too! Sounds like your birthday was wonderful!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Rose,

What beautiful photos of Wales!! I must add this to my list of countries to visit. I love the train and the sea and sky.

I also laughed when I saw your frog picture! :-D I think frogs are just the cutest creatures. I like your laundry door decor, Rose, and your new bread board with the mouse is darling!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!



acorn hollow said...

lovely pictures looks like a great time. happy Belated birthday. I love your gift the little mouse is so sweet.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

The little mouse on the breadboard is so cute! Love the laundry room door too!

Kelly said...

I love the new bread board you received for your birthday! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. It's always fun to see parts of your country. It looks so beautiful there. Love your little frog pic too!

Bumpkin Bears said...

Nothing like a day on the coast to blow the cobwebs away. Lovely to have visited. Catherine x

ann said...

A bread board and the beach. You must be one happy lady, Rose. A trip to the sea much really refresh the spirit. I wouldn't know because we are probably two thousand miles from the shores. So I have enjoyed your trip. Cheers.

his_girl_friday said...

What a cute laundry door! And now I have beach envy too!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Beautiful breadboard, but goodness me - those caterpillars look as though they should be joining your gorgeous finds in the laundry room - they look as big as scrubbing brushes!

Looks like a wonderfully fresh and bright day by the sea - my favourtie kind!
best wishes,
Paula x

Kim said...

Eek to the caterpillars!! They're huge! the photos of the beach are wonderful - what amazing clouds!!

Jooles said...

Happy belated birthday and what a super gift!
have a fab weekend
love jooles x

Jay said...

I'd somehow missed this post so I'm only just catching up! The little frog is so cute in the first pic and the chopping board is gorgeous what a lovely gift.

Nancy Claeys said...

Beautiful photos Rose -- love that bread board! :)

greenthumb said...

What a lovely birthday present, and it looks like you had a fabulous time away.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Greetings from Wales...
I just had to write a few words and say hello to you... Whilst I was blog hopping the name of your blog caught my eye... and then goodness! The pictures you took from the lay-by looking over to Fairbourne and the Lleyn Peninsula really did make me stop and take a second look. I live in the Dysynni Valley just off the coast road... you would have driven past the turn to our village on your way to Tywyn.

So pleased you enjoyed your time in our beautiful area. Let me know when next you are over here.

I must read more of your postings... Marion