I’m back!

Ok, so there has been radio silence from Mrs D for far too long now. I logged on to read some of your lovely comments the other day and could not believe that we have nearly reached the end of June without a single by Mrs D post this month. Tisk tisk! Of course, there is a very long list of excuses for the recent lack of updates which I will refrain from boring you with. What you do need to know, however, is that Mr D and I have not long returned from a brilliant two weeks of holiday – part of the reason for the by Mrs D lull.

Refreshed and batteries now recharged, I have lots of news and ideas to share with you and am pleased to say that my creative energy is back to “full steam ahead”! Over the next few posts I will share my holiday stories and resulting creations with you, ranging from discovering beautiful beaches and relaxing in the sun, to decorating the garden for summer and having a go at re-upholstery! But first, I am very excited to introduce you to some of the new friends I made whilst cycling around the stunning islands of Coll and Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland.

Here we have some lovely Hebridean sheep from Coll! Those of you who follow Mrs D may remember this…

It’s the cushion I made for my Mum with Pure Coll Hebridean Wool. Yes, the sheep you see above were quite possibly the same sheep who kindly provided me with enough wool for not one, but two cushions from Coll. Well, I say two cushions… but the second one currently looks like this…

I must now motivate myself to knit the matching cushion!

Returning to Coll and Tiree was every bit as special as our first trip – and possibly more so. On Coll, we enjoyed a wonderful stay with stunning sea views at Tigh na Mara Bed and Breakfast; and on Tiree, Rockvale Guest House provided delicious breakfasts to fuel our days of cycling and walking around the island. Both islands and accommodation come highly recommended and well worth a visit! And how lucky were we with the weather? Before we set off, the forecast was promising us a week of rainy days and so I packed accordingly with armfuls of wool and holiday reading! However, fortunately, the forecast was very wrong! We enjoyed totally unexpected blue skies and summer sun most days on our Scottish island tour – a fabulous holiday bonus! It really is true that when the sun shines, you just cannot beat a Scottish island holiday… bliss!

Mrs D xx

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