Time to wander.

Nestling in the very north of the north east of England is Berwick upon Tweed.

One of the few walled towns of Britain, its changed hands a dozen times. I moved here 12 years ago. One of the best walks in the area is a walk along the walls. It’s a distance of 1.1 miles, perfect for dog walkers, toddlers, visitors and locals alike. The local schools use it for the Sports relief sponsored mile. Watching all the little faces, marching along in twos is a heart warming sight and there’s an annual Curfew Run too. There’s a much slower pace around lunchtime on a Sunday, going up the walls is somewhat of a hangover cure round these parts 🙂

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I like to start at the town side of the old bridge. I can see it waiting for me as I walk over form Tweedmouth. Years ago, this was the only bridge to join Berwick with the opposite side of land. Before that, a boat was used, so I’ve been told. Now there’s the rail bridge, the new bridge and this one. Right at the end of the old bridge is a side path which takes you onto Quay Walls. A long line of houses, all of which are listed, with original windows, doorways and shutters.

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When the sun shines, I love just walking along here slowly, watching the tourists as they gaze around. I forget that not everywhere has buildings this old, or so many of them. The walls are low enough that I can see over and watch the fishing boats and canoeists on the tweed, going out to sea.

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The Quayside

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The Quay Walls houses

Interesting fact – We used to live in one of these houses, it was haunted by an old lady. We don’t live there now, nothing to do with the wee ghostie!

As the sun shines, it brings everything to life. It sparkles off the water, the window panes, the new leaves. Right along the walkway there’s resting areas and seats, when the days are a bit warmer it’s an ideal place to sit and read or crochet.

Remnants of the towns troubled past are scattered along the way. Barred doorways, hidden corridors and the ruins of barracks from years gone bye. The town still has cannons, but we don’t use them!

The very best thing about being on the walls isn’t just that you can see Lindisfarne and Bamburgh castle in the distance. It isn’t the fact that the town has been around for over 900 years. It’s that no matter where you go, you can see another walk, another wee bit to explore!

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the path to Spittal Point

From here you can continue along to the Ramparts or head into town. Today, I had shopping to do so I had to cut my walk short. Feeling rejuvenated, at peace and refreshed I know it wont be long before I’m walking along the walls again.

Work in progress (2)

 

I feel like I’ve been making this blanket for ages. I keep picking it up & putting it back down again.  I made most of the squares while travelling in 2016.
It didn’t matter whether it was bus, car, plane or train, I had a ball of wool and 4mm hook ready to do business.
There’s only one problem, as I see it. The coloured parts are Hayfield bonus DK, while the grey is stylecraft. When I was blocking the squares it wasn’t much of a problem. I got sick of blocking about a hundred squares or so ago (I’ve never been known for my patience) I just hope now it doesn’t become an issue.  Fingers crossed that it worked out ok!
The pattern itself came from Pinterest, a perler pattern. Its one of a set (the others being Captain America, Hulk and Thor) It shows how diverse charted patterns can be. One graph can cover hamma beads, cross stitch, c2c & pixel crochet, beading, mosaic making.  That’s what I love about being a crafter, there’s no true boundary.
I crochet because that’s where my passion lies, but it could just as easily be ChainMaille, beading, Quilling. All these pull at my attention from time to time.
But now, my attention is on Iron man, although I doubt he’ll ever be joined by the rest of the avenger hunks 😉

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Crocheting on the go?Here’s my top 5 tips

My brother’s getting married! Tomorrow is the engagement party for him and his lovely fiancé, so I’m getting organised for an overnight trip to Newcastle.
Since no one wants to read about me getting harassed, here’s my top 5 tips for crocheting while travelling 🙂

5 – plan ahead. I mention my crochet to go bags quite a bit. These are simply small plastic bags (about the size of a dvd case) with a ball of yarn, a hook, a few stitch markers and a wee notepad and pen/pencil. Having these at hand means you can grab them as soon as you know you’re going.
4- keep it simple. On the go is not the time to learn a new complex pattern or to work on something fiddly or with loads of colour changes. My favourites are the African flower hex and the good old granny square. Both are excellent patterns for building muscle memory, so after a while your fingers will work by themselves (almost)
3- don’t be too sharp. There’s a few tools on the market designed to cut and trim, I swear by my Clover cutting pendant. Its pretty, discrete and is designed with safety in mind. Don’t carry scissors, since they can be seen as a weapon. Best case scenario, you get told off by a police officer, worse case, you have to explain why you are trying to get a blade onto a plane 😦 leave them at home 😉
2 – get comfy. It sounds silly but if you’re sitting for any length of time, posture is vital. Sit tall, feet flat on floor if you can & shoulders and neck nice and relaxed.
1 -MY TOP TIP  keep a copy of your pattern on your phone. Use it as your lock screen if you can. Ideally this means reading crochet charts, but take it from me, if you can’t read crochet charts, you need too! It opens up a whole new, multi lingual crochet universe 🙂
So there you have it, my #top5tips
Let me know what your think in the commented below, I’d love to hear how other crocheters prep for travel.