New Forest

I can’t believe that only now I’m writing this post, so much has happened since my lovely holiday in New Forest it now seems forever ago, But looking back at the pictures I’m reminded how special and much needed it was.

April and May are incredibly busy months for me. I know this every year and yet somehow I’m never prepared and it all just hits me like a ton of bricks, and I just walk around in a daze from lack of sleep, feeling like all I’m doing is playing catch up.
I have been teaching non-stop over those two months and any spare moment was spent on designing and answering emails, but it is all that I love doing so when the holiday came around I wasn’t ready to go! Can you believe it! Even though I desperately to needed to get away, I had so much work to still finish I couldn’t imagine leaving it, even only for a week! Totally mad! But get away we did 🙂
And boy, am I glad we did. The holiday was everything I could wish for and more. New Forest is our favourite place to be, we both feel so at home there, it has everything that appeals to us, lots of forest, wildlife, country charm and peace and quiet, it is a place we definitely see ourselves retiring to.
We stayed in a quaint little village in Woodlands, each cottage there was so idyllic, as if an artist come and painted all the thatched roofs and climbing wisterias. Our cottage wasn’t any different, it oozed country charm with its old fireplaces and wooded beams. It a kind of place that as soon as you enter you relax instantly and forget about everything.

Our days were spent walking, picnicking and just generally having a fantastic time and i did work, but my work is knitting so that’s ok, especially when you find the most amazing spot to work in 🙂

                                                                   Spooky forest

                                                               Not so spooky forest

Dave is a very keen amateur wildlife photographer and he took some amazing photos. I really love his work. 

But the best place of all was the Petlake Alpaca Farm which was situated just 5 min drive from our cottage. We were lucky enough to see some babies alpacas that were born just 3 week earlier, they were very shy and hiding behind their mums. There were also some ”toddlers” born over Easter.
The farm has the most charming little shop with lots of alpaca related stuff including YARN!!!!! It is super soft DK weigh yarn that comes undyed, three very gorgeous natural colours, of course I had to buy all three, and even our local birds got some alpaca fleece for their nests 🙂

The farm is really charming and they offer Alpaca walking tours and even a chance to adopt an Alpaca. The website is: www.petlakealpacas.co.uk please check them out and if you are ever in the area go for a visit, it’s so worth it.

I even met a lady called Georgia who works in Costa in Lyndhurst that knits toys for charity and even was a nominee for a fundraiser champion. These are some of her toys proudly on display. 
 

The holiday was absolutely wonderful and I have relaxed so much, unfortunately few days after coming back I had some bad news that I’m still recovering from. It a kinda news that changes everything and of course I don’t know if the changes are for the better, time will tell, I suppose, but maybe it’s time for a change and something had to happen for me to actually take the plunge and do what actually make me happy. Anyway, when I feel less upset I’ll tell you about it.

Anna xx

 

Dave and Anna

Well Dave and Anna are getting married!! 
When Dave proposed it really took me by a total surprise, well we did talk about tying the knot at some point, but it was just that, talk. So when I came home on Friday and was taken for a lovely dinner, I didn’t think much about it, until we got home and Dave got on one knee, with a gorgeous ring in his hands. As you can imagine my answer was a big YES! Well how could I not!? I cannot say no to a man who has chosen the perfect ring!
To be honest the proposal was the biggest surprise as my Dave is not the romantic type at all, I always expected when he did pop the question it would be more in line of: ‘So shall we do it then?’
When I say Dave isn’t romantic, I mean in the traditional sense. He is romantic in a way that means far more to me than any amount of flowers and jewellery can buy. Dave is romantic in a way that he cares 24/7. If I want to scream and shout at the world he will listen, when I want to cry he always has a shoulder ready, if I need help or advice he’s always there.  And above all he makes me laugh like no one else  ever could, and he’s also a wiz with computers which is just amazing, it has come in very handy during the creation of moochka and all that has gone with it, and all it cost me was biscuits HA!

From our first snowy Christmas together to our many holidays to finding our first home with Ollie the cat…..and then upsetting him with the introduction of Brick the cat, it has been a fantastic and very special journey, and I can’t wait for many more years of adventures.
I have already started ‘operation wedding’, the secret board on Pinterest has been created, I have perfect venue in mind and of course the dress has already been sketched and Dave has taken to hiding under the bed in preparation of bridezillas arrival.
                       This is not the greatest photo of us, but it is my favorite. It was taken many years ago at the first concert we every went to.
The wedding will be a full knitted and crocheted affair (come on! You didn’t think I would just buy everything ready-made, did you? ) and I’ll keep you all updated on my progress.
With all this love in the air and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, to celebrate my pattern for ‘Love is in the air’ egg cosies is on special offer, just 50p until 14th.
The egg cosies are really adorable and will add a little quirky touch to your breakfast for two.
The pattern comes with alphabet chart to personalise your cosies. 
To purchase the pattern, please click here
Anna x