17 May 2019

A mixed post!

Hi Everyone, I've done a few things in the last few days, so thought I would share a little with you. This is a picture heavy post. I'll put a bullet dot before the stories and headed them in bold, so you can skip any as you want to.

  • A Beautiful day out
We went for a car ride up to the Brecon Beacons, it is a barren, but so beautiful place, with plenty of sheep and wild horses, we saw a few new foals, but as we couldn't stop on the road I couldn't get a photo of them boo hoo, they were so beautiful. This was taken on the move in the car.

we arrived at the Cantref Reservoir,
 this is toward the little island of conifers at the end, 
because the water was so high, we couldn't make it out!
 the other end, where it overflows

while there, a goose, was going to each car, I suspect for food


There is always a lot of cars in the vicinity to climb Pen y Fan mountain. but today it was spread a long way from the parking area, along the road.
 Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. 

still in the Brecon Beacons National Park, about a mile away,
 we stopped and I had to take this of the valleys.

this little road of typical Welsh terraced cottages on the edge of Brecon town.
 I thought they looked beautiful with their painted fronts.

this was from Brecon to the Heads of The Valleys A465 road, 
just a gorgeous ride.

AND THEN - we were told the road to home was closed due to major engineering work going on with the A465, the work involves cutting away the mountain, so I should think it safer to close it. LOL. They have been on it for about 2 years already and I think at least another year to go. 

We decided, as we were about an half an hour from home, we would follow the diversion signs, although we could have gone onto the M4. It took us nearly an hour to get about 2 or 3 miles further than we had been before the diversion. 

BUT, it was through Valley villages we hadn't seen before and it was such a beautiful ride on a beautiful day, we didn't mind, but felt sorry for people who followed the signs and had to get somewhere by a certain time or were on a long journey and hadn't looked up on the web if the road was closed, like us!.

  • Our garden this week
 I haven't altered the photos,  so lots of sun flair - sorry. 
The Hawthorn (May) blossom at the end of the garden

Roses in bloom on the arch

Phlox and Saxifraga make a great pair?

two Azaleas 

  • After decorating a refresh
We have been decorating the living room and putting everything back, I realised how washed out the framed pictures had become, so off to my files to see if anything would be suitable and found these, which were perfect for the colours of the room. I was checking if the image would be OK and realised I should take a photo to remind me of what they were, AFTER I had already replaced one LOL
Roses watercolour - scarlett - Creativefabrica


I added a frame around the image, which had been in the old ones and was thrilled with the result. All designed in Photoshop, I wish I could paint like this!

  • AND - finally -
you remember the cards I threw away? I redid it and got the result I wanted. My buying of the Foil Quill was NOT a waste, I am thrilled with it. I can now foil whatever my Silhouette will cut or write.
This is the card I redid, I haven't altered the photos in any way. 

images - Love Spring Florals - Creativefabrica
I hand "stitched" with my Uniball pen the gold stitches around the blue card.

If you made it to the end of the post well done, I hope you enjoyed my mix up.


Lynne said...

Wow! Love the pics in your living room and I wish I could paint like that too.Your garden is absolutely beautiful. Love the May blossom at the bottom, wish I had a view like that.
In 2017 we went to Wales for the first time, we stayed in Snowdonia and did the touristy thing in the North.I'd love to go back and do South Wales next time. I keep dropping hints about moving there to live but it wont be for a while if I do get my wish.
Oh nearly forgot...well done with your card, it's lovely X

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Faith what a lovely post, lots of super photos and it looks a lovely place to visit, although very busy I would imagine and it's not even Summer!! Pity about the detour though. Love the goose, he's got a fabulous face and what a boon getting such a great close up of him.
Your garden is looking lush, another green fingered lady.
Sweet card, and super foiling, Kate x

Carol L said...

I enjoyed your wonderful photos and it must have been so nice to take a nice peaceful drive to enjoy the scenery! Love the redone frames and your great foiled card too! Great shots of that curious goose :)

Beebeebabs said...

Very cute card - thanks for sharing the lovely photos!!!

crafty-stamper said...

Love all the pics and looked like a great day out with lovely scenery-I was going to ask if you had painted those beautiful roses too till I read the next comment!You have a beautiful garden too.
Carol x

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of The Brecon Beacons, which brought back wonderful memories for me, it truly is a beautiful place x Beautiful plants and flowers in your garden Faith x. Wow to those photos, so very beautiful and well done you on re-refreshing them x. So glad you found a way to use the foiling with your silhouette and I adore your card x Enjoy the weekend x

Crafting with Darcy said...

I love your post, Faith! The pictures of Wales are intriguing to me. It is on my bucket list to go there one day.
I also enjoyed your before and after of the prints on your wall. I think the After is absolutely spectacular! Gorgeous!!
Your climate must be a little warmer than me. Our daffodils are still blooming but on the very tail end of it and it will be a while before we see any roses in bloom!
And last but not least, your card that you redid is fantastic! So beautiful.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow that was some post, lovely photos and a lovely card

Lisa Lynn said...

Faith, looks like a beautiful drive and some gorgeous sites. Thanks for sharing. You have some wonderful pictures and a great card. Now have a awesome weekend.

Greta said...

What a wonderful day trip & so glad you shared pictures. I was in Wales once in the 1970s & doubt I'll get there again. I don't recognize anything, so clearly didn't go there. Love the painted house fronts & beautiful landscape. Your flowers are really lovely--full-blown Spring, I'd say! Wow--that way of adding foil is amazing! LOVE the card!

Pat K said...

Oh I so enjoy seeing pictures of Wales and your beautiful photos do not disappoint. Thank you for sharing Faith. Your framed watercolours are gorgeous...so clever and your black yard looks lovely. Great redo on your card..looks great. xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely drive Faith! Love seeing "back home'ish" type of photos. Gorgeous framed artwork too. Your little bear card is so sweet along with the delicate foiling. A precious little card.

cotnob said...

Fabulous photographs Faith, it looks like you had a lovely day out even if you were diverted on the way home - at least you got to see some villages that you had not seen before. Your new pictures are beautiful, I'm sure they look fabulous in your newly decorated room.
I'm so pleased that you are now thrilled with your foil quill, your card is really pretty.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Nancy said...

What a fun post, Faith! I love it when you share other photos! The goose is adorable, and I always love the beautiful buildings in your area! The cottages are so charming! Your framed artwork is really beautiful too. Finally, you've created a wonderful card with incredible touches of foil! All of it is great, and I appreciate you sharing it! :o)

Shirley-Anne said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the long post . Wonderful country drive and interesting photos .Great card at the end too .
hugs Shirley-Anne

Linby said...

what lovely photos of your trip - your garden and your reframing.
Pleased you managed to save your quill work too.

Viv said...

Loved the photographs Faith,the pictures look so pretty too. You are doing so well with your foiling too,well done! Still sorting our kitchen,we have 2 plans now and trying to get price down on one. So much planning to do,replastering walls and ceiling, appliances, lighting,floor,doing my head in already lol!Viv XX