Travel

Oban Holiday & Isle of Kerrera

In 2009 we celebrated my dad’s birthday by going to Oban for a week and last month we did the same again! Despite some very changeable weather, we had a great time so I have a few blog posts coming up.

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We had the most glorious weather for the first couple of days. If Scotland was always like this in the summer I would never bother going anywhere else. Oban is one of my favourite places in Scotland and I could happily live there. It’s fun just sitting by the harbour watching all the boats and ferries coming in and out.

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However, Scotland is definitely not always to be relied upon for good weather. This was the day we left which was mostly torrential rain.

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I very quickly resumed one of my favourite hobbies – photographing the Calmac ferries. This is probably my favourite of the trip, taken from Dunollie Castle.

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And here is the castle itself. There’s not a lot of it left but it’s a nice walk and  worth visiting for the views.

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For my dad’s actual birthday we took a tiny ferry to the isle of Kerrera, just off Oban. The weather was wet and windy so it was just us and the postie!

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There’s nothing much on Kerrera except sheep, cows, a handful of people and a cafe. The cafe is a good hour’s walk and mostly uphill but they had put up encouraging signs along the way – next stop cake!

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Look at the difference once the sun came out! We had some soup and cake in a byre, which kept us going for the walk back.

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We did the extra walk to see Gylen Castle too – this is like some idealised view of Scotland.

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The walk back was much more pleasant, not least for being mostly downhill with lovely views back to Oban.

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The ferry was actually full when we arrived but they came straight back for us.

Next time: around Argyll

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How To: Make a Paper Cut Ice Cream Garland

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Time for a new paper craft tutorial to help you make cards and decorations featuring my cute characters! Want to make sure you don’t miss one? Join my mailing list!

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Despite the rain outside as I write this, it’s is the middle of summer so this month I’m showing you how to make a sweet ice cream garland. I already have a free printable version but this one can be personalised with your own colours and expressions. There’s also a two scoop birthday card option at the end.

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What you’ll need:

  • Thin card in wafer, ice cream and cherry colours (I’ve got cream, pink and red here but use whatever you like)
  • Round things to draw around (see sizes below) or pair of compasses
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Long ruler
  • Double-sided tape or glue dots or glue stick and sticky tape
  • String (for the garland)
  • My Draw Kawaii Faces free printable (optional)

Instructions:

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I’m using an A4 sheet of card but you can make your ice creams bigger or smaller – just keep the same ratios. Cut your wafer coloured card in half and then in half again.

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Measure half way along one of the shorter sides and mark it.

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Measure 1cm in from each side on the other short end and mark.

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Join the marks together using a ruler and pencil to make a triangle.

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Cut out your triangle and round off the end. Now you have a cone! You can use it as it is but I’m making it a wafer cone.

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For wafer lines you’ll need a felt tip pen of a darker colour than your card. I’m using yellow but brown would be good too. You’ll want to put a bit of scrap paper down to protect your workspace.

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Starting somewhere in the middle of your cone, draw a diagonal line with your ruler and pen. The angle doesn’t matter at all. Move your ruler down to draw further lines and try to keep them to the same angle and spacing.

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When you get to the bottom, turn the card around and add more lines to the top.

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Turn your cone around and add the next set of lines at a different angle. Again, any angle is fine.

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Finished! Put your cone to the side for later.

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It’s time to make ice cream! Draw around your larger object (or use the compasses) on the pink card (or whatever colour you chose). I’m using a small teacup here which is about 7.5cm in diameter.

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To make it look more like a scoop, use a smaller object (mine is a spice jar lid, about 5cm) to draw a bulge on the bottom.

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Add a couple more to the sides and cut it out. You could freehand this part if you want it to look more like it’s melting.

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Time to add a face! As always, you can practice with my free Draw Kawaii Faces printable which has eight cute faces to choose from. If you’re still not confident, get your printer to scale it up and then use tracing paper to copy a face over. Pencil in first and then go over with a black marker pen. Continue Reading

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Travel

A Day Out at Kew Gardens

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My previous visit to Kew Gardens was in 2008 so it seemed like a good time to go back. I love a big garden and the weather forecast was looking good. Unfortunately, it was completely wrong and it ended up raining for most of our visit, but it was pretty light and didn’t stop us having a fun day out.

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Luckily there are a lot of glass houses to hide from the rain in so we explored those first (after having some cake – I had lemon and courgette!).

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You can’t really tell from this photo but those are giant lily pads.

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I love water lilies so much.

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Google tells me this is a bromeliad from the American tropics – it was definitely the prettiest flower we saw all day.

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Typically, as soon as we paid for the road bus it stopped raining but at least it saved us some walking. We got off to look at this tree house but it isn’t open yet. Apparently it will have exhibitions inside. There’s also a lot of restoration going on so the pagoda and one of the glass houses are covered in scaffolding. I suppose that means I have a reason to go back sometime.

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We ate our lunch by the lake with a lot of honking geese for company. We were a bit late for a lot of the flowering bushes but at least there was a lot of greenery.

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This is The Hive, a temporary installation that lets you experience the life of bees. I’m glad we got to visit this as it’s really cool! It has sound and lights that react to vibrations from an actual beehive nearby.

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It’s also just a really interesting structure to stand inside.

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The only downer, apart from the rain, was all the planes! I really don’t remember there being this many planes overhead on my last visit and it’s so noisy. It does kind of spoil the garden atmosphere. I’d still go back though. You can see more of my photos from both visits at Flickr.

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How to get to Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is easy to get to by tube or train from central London. You can also get a river boat from Westminster, which we did last time. It costs a bit more but it’s cool to see all the bridges up close and all those famous buildings along the Thames.