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Hi on very cold windy day

by daisymay » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:52 pm

Been looking for a craft forum to join as cold weather means cannot go out much. I live at top of Wales so very windy today & icy cold. Strongest wind gust at Capel Curig in Snowdonia is 93 mph, so best not to go outside at all unless I have to.

Am 70, been x stitching for several years & as I've done lots for family & grandchildren decided to do some for DH & me.

I read there is a Periwinkle Cottage being done & thought I would add mine which I started New Years day. Have 3 ladies in Design Works kits to do, Madonna & child, American Indian - walk the rainbow path, & a Celtic one - Celtic Twilight. Those are all designed by Joan Elliott. Others are mostly Dimensions, no particular theme just ones I like

I had grand ideas of stitching large wild cat families but colours not good for my eyes now. Wish I'd started when half my age but busy doing other things then

I see you are animal lovers, we have an older large black cat, Jet, he is 12 now.

Hope it is OK to put a picture on as I am new. I expect there is a time limit as a security measure before allowing new people to add photos.

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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by rcperryls » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:20 pm

:wave: Hello Daisy and welcome to the forum from a very cold South Carolina! Stitching is one of the best ways to spend a ridiculously cold day, preferably indoors with a :tea: or coffee (can't get that smiley to appear for some reason??) and a warm and snuggly cat on your lap helping you (or her/him) to stay warm. My first cat was a big beautiful black cat and I have always been particularly fond of them. None have ever been available when I chose new cats as I always look for a black cat first.

You can start posting pictures of your work, right away. You need 10 posts before you can look in our gallery and see what members have uploaded there, but we'd love to see pictures of your work whenever you are ready to show them to us. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by wendywombat » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:36 pm

:wave: Hello from me too. I'm on Hayling Island at the moment where it's :cold: but I live in SW France where it's not much warmer! :lol:

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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by poppy » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:58 pm

Hello and welcome! :wave:
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by Squirrel » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:38 pm

Hello Daisy and Welcome from me too in warming up Brisbane. Heading to low 30's again - darn it. Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy stitching and I look forward to seeing your work and also Jet.
I have a cream/ginger boss called Tuppence (or Tuppy mostly) and Brat or HM the rest of the time. He is part Siamese and very intelligent with a tiny face and huge ears. There was a thread on here once about our cats.
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by daisymay » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:43 am

Thank you all for the warm welcoming messages.

The cats sound delightful. Tuppence must be unique with those looks. Jet's mum was British Blue & he is big as those cats are & he also has the very thick short fur of that breed. Do not know what colour his dad was as he is of mixed parentage, not same breed as his mum :) Jet is very loving as mother was, he was one of 5 tiny black ones. Owners were selling up & buying motor home to tour Europe for a few years before coming back to Wales to retirement. We'd have had the mother too (had beautifully soft amber eyes) but she was already spoken for.

I'll put pics on later. Have bought 2 charts since on here last. From Etsy - a brilliantly coloured hummingbird & the other is wolf & eagle together, so yes I have a lot to keep me busy. Won't become bored that's for sure :) Did not manage any stitching yesterday afternoon. Feel asleep in chair as stormy weather kept people awake for a few hours during the previous night. It was swirling round & round at its worst about 3 am. I did do some last night though.

Look forward to getting to know everyone :)

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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by Serinde » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:22 am

A belated welcome from a slushy West of Scotland! :wave:
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by daisymay » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:30 pm

Thank you .

You seem to have had more snow in Scotland over the weekend than we had over the weekend in high places.. I see you have daring climbers too just like we get in Wales, esp Snowdonia. I saw the video of the people airlifted from a ridge on your high mountains. They were so lucky to have survived overnight on that narrow place. I wouldn't like to walk along that in dry weather let alone in freezing cold conditions. Recently on our Wales countryside programme we saw one of the presenters walk along the Snowdon Ridge in the summer, made our stomachs churn just watching him.
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by splash » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:28 am

Hi Daisy! I've always wanted to visit Wales; you live in a very beautiful country!

I think one of my favorite things to do here is see everyone's work and I look forward to seeing yours as well!
 
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by Serinde » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:23 am

daisymay wrote:You seem to have had more snow in Scotland over the weekend than we had over the weekend in high places.. I see you have daring climbers too just like we get in Wales, esp Snowdonia. I saw the video of the people airlifted from a ridge on your high mountains. They were so lucky to have survived overnight on that narrow place. I wouldn't like to walk along that in dry weather let alone in freezing cold conditions. Recently on our Wales countryside programme we saw one of the presenters walk along the Snowdon Ridge in the summer, made our stomachs churn just watching him.


There are always the intrepid among us who get caught out, despite their experience. Good thing I'm not in charge, though, as I might have thought several times about rescuing the group that went up into the winter hills, but somehow -- oops! fancy that!-- forgot their map... :doh: :thinks: Do day trippers try to climb Snowdonia in sandals and t-shirts? (and occasionally high heels!) the way they do Ben Nevis?
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by Sahari » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:59 pm

Welcome to the forum from Florida, USA. I shall show your initial post to all my neighbors here who have been complaining about temperatures in the 40's. :P

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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by karen4bells » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:20 pm

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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by daisymay » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:42 am

Thank you ladies, lovely to be here with you all.

Serinde, the summer climbers on Snowdon & also in the Ogwen Valley are a real pain for rescue services let alone those who take risks in bad weather during winter months because they like a challenging climb. This time of year they need map, compass, torch & whistle in case of emergency as light fades quickly & mists come down really quick as well. Been watching Kate Humble on her 'Off the Beaten Track' programmes on TV which takes her form Llandudno right down to South Wales..

So, they do summer walks on Ben Nevis the same as here - wear summer clothes on a 3,000 ft + walk!! I occasionally look on BBC news, Regions section for North West Scotland as our news for Snowdonia is on BBC News Wales North West.People on holiday go to places like Llandudno where you go up the Great Orme 3 ways. Walk, cable car or on the small railway they have which means you can stay in ordinary summer wear. The only change in temperature is if they go the Roman copper mines. I think they are still open but unsure. Anyway, the Great Orme is a high headland & you get great views inland & out to sea. In Aberystwyth you can go up the cliff by vernacular train so again you stay in summer clothes.

When the visitors decide to go to Snowdonia, esp Llanberis which is at the foot of Snowdon they have the choice of train, which is expensive, or walk to the top of the mountain. Of course, the higher you go the cooler the air is so many are in sandals, plimsolls, deck shoes etc, no drink or anything to eat. I think some have even tried to do it in flip flops!! Seem to remember news items every so often about them. A few years ago we sat with mouths agape when we heard mountain rescue climbers plus dog, had to rescue a family with young children!! The men had carried the children, piggy back or shoulder high got so far when the women tired so family wanted to turn back. More slippery than they thought & very little energy left, so got the rescue people out. I think one child was 5, the other either a couple of years older or younger. And surprise surprise they were in summer clothes. Other climbers were in shorts, T shirts, sandals too but it was the fact the family had young children which amazed everyone.

DJ drove up Llanberis Pass once & it made him feel bad so we never went again. A same as several attractions there. Slate Museum, Electric Mountain & I think they have a Wave Centre there for people who want to surfboard etc. We had a ea Y cake at the cafe b the railway before setting off again, stopped the westward end of the lake & it was beautiful looking back. Very peaceful with the lake having mountains either side. There are fish left from the last Ice Age in that lake the became trapped when the 2nd ice age melted. I think there are the same in a a Lake District area so probably some in Scotland too.

Instead of turning left to Llanberis Pass we carried on & found our way to Ogwen Valley which we have visited several times since. The road takes ou through Capel Curig - quite often the wettest & windiest part of the UK. They do outward bound courses there & it is pretty, only a few houses bu a fast flowing stream . The road takes you through the flat lands with short grasses & small flowers & the western end has the mountains. Tryfan is sheer rock, Everest climbers trained there before their ascent of Everest in 1953. 2 large boulders stand upright on the top but from the road it looks like 2 people are up there. Think they are named Adam & Eve. As you approach the Ogwen Valley rescue centre & outward bound & climbing/hiking small buildings on the right you have a small like but on the left a small area where 3 or 4 cars park & when we passed one time a lady was trying to climb in shoes with medium heels!So yes they do climb in the most unsuitable footwear. The rocks come down to the road but there is a small wall, so debris does not fall into the road during the summer probably different in gales though. There is rock upwards on that particular mountains & I would have liked to have had a walk to soak in the beauty & atmosphere of the place there are no other places to park but at least no litter is in that area so we drive straight through & down the mountain pass & onward through Bethesda towards Bangor where the road junctions are. There is the new zip wire experience in Bethesda which was a slate mining area so a very grey village. The lovely thing is the tall slag heaps are being taken back by nature as trees & plants, flowers are growing atop them.

OMG, I sound like a Welsh Tourist Board promoter!! From what I gather the Brecon Beacon mountain region in South Wales is less rugged I think but still high & treacherous. Not sure as never been there but the rescue teams are often called out & the Army train down there too & they get mists & rain in an instant as well. . If any members are from that area I would be interested to know if & how things differ from Snowdonia.

Will post my cottage update now, about time I think. :oops:
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Re: Hi on very cold windy day

by fccs » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:12 pm

Hello from Colorado and welcome to the forum. I'm glad you've found us - it sounds like you'll fit right in.

I had a black kitty (named, um, Kitty) - she was such a wonderful cat. Now I have Jackson - he's a furry grey bundle of trouble. It's like having a toddler in the house. But he's a sweetie and I love him (I say as I scold him to stay out of the bookcase).
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