Postcard from the Isle of Mull

Magical horse on Aros Park Walk
The summer holidays began with a family trip to Mull, an island in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. This lush, verdant place exudes a magnetic attraction and it was a return visit for me. We stayed in Tobermory, a picturesque, quaint town famous for its harbour view of brightly coloured buildings (and known as the location for BBC's popular children's television series Balamory). As our pace of life slowed down we passed the time going for coastal walks, taking boat trips to see wildfowl and seal pups, and joined the friendly welcoming locals at Tobermory's excellent arts centre An Tobar for their joyous family ceilidh.
Tobermory Lighthouse Walk
Bloody Bay
Tobermory town harbour
Sunset at Tobermory

Gone Fishing

My Etsy shop is closed for the month of August, giving me time to complete non-sewing projects and take a family holiday. It will re-open on 1st September 2012. While the shop is shut my creations can be seen at the all-new Ivy Arch Pinterest page and my ukulele wares are visible at ukebag.com.
Wishing you all a happy summer holiday season!

Caravan of Ukulele Love

Last weekend I returned to St. Margaret's Campsite in Suffolk with my ukulele comrades Harriet and Diane for our annual uke camping retreat. This year, mindful of all that recent rain, we booked ourselves one of their gorgeous vintage caravans. 'Millie' came furnished with patchwork curtains, appliqued cushions and crocheted bunting; a fab selection of retro crockery and pink kettle; complimentary home-made plum jam and a bowl of freshly laid eggs from the hens we shared our field with. The caravan's lovely furnishings were handmade by Suffolk designer/maker Scarlet Sometimes - a regular visitor to the campsite.
Our cute caravan was the ideal base to return to after enjoying the delights of Hollesley Ukulele Jamboree - a gathering for friends of the Ukulele Cosmos. This year's event was full of cheer and such a pleasure to be part of. Musical highs came from The Toots (theirs was an achingly lovely set), Suffolk-based singer/songwriter Lucy Sampson (a brilliant surprise), and the joyous sound of S.O.U.P. playing London Girls never fails to thrill. The absolute high point was Yan Yalego's performance with jazz musician Stu Ritchie and Andy Briggs who played a giant-sized Mexican guitarrĂ³n. Here's a clip of the trio (courtesy of MrCardoon).

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