Friday, June 15, 2018

Patterns, Patterns everywhere!

I'm always on the lookout for block and quilting patterns.  Stain glass,  Tiles, Carvings;
 they all suggest possibilities!  Here are a few I've seen along the way...












Even the door sills... 
and the tops of buildings provide ideas for designs!
Coming from California where architectural designs tend to be more modern (and somewhat thin on the ground) traveling in Europe is a veritable smorgasbord of design ideas! Such a visual treat!

My DH and I have had a lot of fun traveling around,  listening, looking and learning, but it's time to get back to our home to more mundane tasks.  The weeds need pulling,  the bills need paying,  but happily my sewing machine awaits!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Cheers, CW

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Quick snaps from Spain.

                                       Roman wall around the old city of Lugo.
Quite a different perspective when looking at houses from their back yards?!


The Camino de Santiago markers.  There are many different paths to Santiago de Compestello.

"The tower of Hercules" in A Coruna the oldest continuously used light house in the world!  Dates back to Roman times here in Spain.

Have a great week!
cheers, cw

Friday, June 8, 2018

A walk in the Mountains!

It was quite a drive from the Coast of the Bay of Biscay.  It's not that far as the crow flies but it took quite awhile because the road was so windy (and Scary) to get up to this mountain village called Cain de Valdeleon. 
  Cain is at the end of the road and the beginning of a fabulous trail in the Picos de Europa Mountains.
You can see on the left in the picture the trail is literally carved out of the side of the mountain in some places!  It is (to invoke a '60's term) Pretty Trippy!

 And with all of the rain that's been happening in Spain lately the river that runs along the trail was gushing with water and made all the waterfalls really dramatic too!

 The mountains are all granite or some hard rock like that.  They remind me a bit of Yosemite but much more spread out.
There's my DH trudging down the trail.  It was about 7 miles round trip which was about as much as our old bones could handle, but it was worth it! There's a big climb at one end of the trail which we avoided.  The rest was very gradual changes in elevation so I was not totally wiped out, but I sure did sleep well!                                   Have a great weekend!  Cheers, CW