It's been 2 and a half years since I started HilltopCloud, and since then I've not really taken any time off. I always relax over Christmas, and sometimes take a couple of days where I don't dye or card anything, but I'm always at home packing parcels, replying to enquiries, doing general admin. It's been a busy summer so I decided I needed and deserved a break.
One of my good friends and I headed north, up to Anglesey to the cottage where she spent all her childhood holidays.
I do love the seaside, and this particular bit of Anglesey is rather wonderful.
Out in the bay you can catch these tasty creatures just by wading around with a net.
Fiddly to peel, but the taste more than makes up for that. We caught enough to make a very generous starter, prawn risotto the next day, and still had enough to bring a bag home for everyone else to have a taste.
One day we took a drive up to South stack lighthouse, and watched the ferries heading across to Ireland.
Turn around in the other direction and you can just see the mountains of Snowdonia in the far distance, and just on the other side of them is home.
As ever with the seaside things are always changing, even when the sun wasn't shining it's still beautiful.
And the sunsets were simply glorious.
I did very little for the 5 days, it was all about relaxing and not working. There's no phone signal at the cottage so I couldn't have gone online even if I'd wanted. As a result I got rather a lot of spinning and knitting done. Including this skein which couldn't have been a better match for the rocks on the beach if I'd tried!
It's back to work as usual tomorrow, so look out for a batt shaped shop update later in the week.