Monday, November 2, 2015

Our Cruise day in Tortola... a visit to the Baths at Virgin Gorda

Over the past few years, I've taken you to places all over the Caribbean... but this time, I'm taking you someplace new.  A picturesque, tranquil setting that words cannot describe. A place that seems almost too beautiful to be real...

 the Virgin Gorda Bath's
are a geological wonder comprised of
awe-inspiring granite boulders,...

 we traveled to this amazing place
on a cruise day
when our ship was docked at the
neighboring island of
(getting to Virgin Gorda required a 45 minute
ferry ride across the ocean)

follow me to the beautiful beach
and the area known as
 the Bath's...
getting there will be a bit of an adventure..
we will need to hike a rocky path
and maneuver our way around and over
some large boulders~

 follow me...
as we start down the path~

 the path,
(and I use that term loosely!)
is covered with tangled roots,
and rocks of all sizes..

the space between these two boulders
 was very narrow--
I could only get one of my legs
through the narrow crevice..

getting down this "path"
was definitely a bit challenging..

and then,...
there was this lovely space!!

some places had a narrow 
wooden walk and some steps...
that was the easy part!

and then you come to this...
the most beautiful turquoise waters
surrounded by these amazing boulders~
and all you can say is,

the boulders form
little sheltered sea pools
at the edge of the beach,
the crystal clear waters are as  warm
a bath.
(but then you already guessed that, didn't you!)

 some of these folks were part of our group
 that hiked the path to the beach,
but others arrived
by swimming in from boats 
that were  anchored out away
from the rocks...

in a word...
how can you describe this place?

the Gardener was in
"snorkel" heaven at this amazing place...
I just sort of 
floated around...

 the boats anchored
out from the rocks must have
had an amazing view of this
beautiful place...
 but wait...
there's more!!
on the other side of the boulders
is a secret little beach
known as "Devil's Bay"
in order to get to that beach,
we will need to make our way 
through this cave!
to start...
we will need to crawl through 
this narrow entrance
behind us to get into the cave!
the water inside
the cave is about knee deep
and is very warm...
 (are you following me on Instagram?)
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were taken from my Instagram
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 some places are dry
and we will need to climb up and down
some stairs to navigate around
 the boulders...

and in some places...
we will need to hold our breath
and pretend to be "skinny"!
 and finally,...
the cave opens up
 and once again, 
you say, 

exiting the cave...
(one of my most favorite pictures
from our entire collection of cruise photos..)

grabbing a quick photo
just outside the 
one of the views
 from Devil's Bay Beach
(the Gardener says that the snorkeling
around these rocks was amazing!)
 another beautiful view of 
Devil's Bay Beach 
 doesn't everybody take
"silly selfies" ?
 last photo of the day..
right before we started up
another tangled and rocky path
that would lead us to the top of the hill.
a ferry ride back to Tortola
and then back to our cruise ship~
our day in Virgin Gorda
was nothing short of
thanks so much for coming
along with us..

A note from me...
well, you probably thought I was never coming back to my blog..I've had computer woes. Ugh!  There is nothing more frustrating to me that having to deal with computer issues..I feel totally helpless because heaven knows that I know NOTHING about how to fix a computer.  Fortunately, my husband is pretty good at fixing most things, and he is very patient as well, because he has to listen to me bemoan the fact that my computer is broken.  (Yet another reason why he is such a great guy! )
Hopefully, we are all fixed now and I will be back much SOONER with another post.  We are just back from a glorious Autumn trip to the mountains and an incredible hiking adventure.  Keep your hiking shoes handy.... we are hitting the mountain tops next!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Grow Your Blog" party updates...

We are just back from travels... 

Halcyon Cove, Antigua

While we were away, I received several emails about next year's
"Grow Your Blog" party. 
  I would like to take a moment 
and update you all
 on the event...

There most definitely will be a "Grow Your Blog" event next year. While the party is usually held in January,... 
I will need to postpone the party until late March or April, 2016.
I have some family obligations that will be all consuming
 shortly after the first of the year.
I would rather not make plans for the party in January,
 fearing that I might not be able to fulfill 
my obligations to you.
(I want to assure you that all is well, 
no reason for any concerns, 
just that I have some obligations that will take precedence
 and will consume all of my time during that period.)

I would rather just postpone it a few weeks -- 
and then in 2017 we can go back to the usual January date. 
 So.... watch for a sign up post 
with all of the information sometime around February
 of this next year --- 

If you are interested in participating,
 perhaps you might use this extra time to prepare your 
and make it all pretty for the party.
  If you would like an updated blog
 or just some nice changes to your layout--
 you can contact my friend Karen Valentine. 
 Karen is a blog "make-up" artist extraordinaire 
and would be happy to dress up your blog for you! 
Don't we all love a new party dress!!

If you have questions or concerns,
you know I'm here -- 
so just email me.

The Bath's at Virgin Gorda  
In my next post
I'm taking you to the most amazing place...
The Bath's at Virgin Gorda

Be sure to bring your bathing suit
and some sturdy shoes--
we will need to hike and swim
through a cave to get to this
beautiful place...


Friday, September 25, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Knitted Wrap -- in my ETSY shop now

There's one in every group...
in your neighborhood, in your church group, your book club, 
         your knitting circle.... 
              they work in your favorite clothing stores, 
                          they teach your children at school...
 they are your work peers,
            your neighbors,
                     your best friends,....
                               your family~

   they are amazing women,
strong, determined, beautiful...

 they are 
Breast Cancer survivors...

is the month
that is designated to raise
awareness for
Breast Cancer..

in  my own
 small, but special way,
this is my attempt to help raise
 awareness about this
terrible disease...

 National statistics~
1 out of every 8 women will
develop breast cancer
over the course of their lifetime..

Breast Cancer 
is the most common cancer
among women...

 there are more than
2.8 million breast cancer
survivors in the
United States...

while most of us
are well aware of the implications
of breast cancer,...
there are still those who
do not take the simple steps
to practice a monthly early detection
self exam..

early detection
can be the key to surviving
breast cancer...

you can find information
about breast health
and the importance of self examination

introducing my
Breast Cancer Awareness
knitted wrap...
(the latest in my Blooms collection series..) 

 the charitable proceeds
from the sale of this knitted wrap
will be donated to the
Susan G. Komen 

like many of you...
breast cancer has touched my 
life as well...

it has affected many that I love,
 my friends,
and my family...

my beautiful
daughter in law 
is a breast cancer survivor..
as a family, 
we know first hand
the fear that those two words
can bring to our lives...

 our precious
were ages 1 and 3
when their Mother was diagnosed
with breast cancer...

now, 2 years later...
she is strong, and healthy
and alive...
she is an amazing woman,
she is my hero..

 perhaps you or someone you love
would like to spread
the awareness
by wearing this beautiful

you can find my
Breast Cancer Awareness
knitted wrap


Introducing my "Beach Walk" knitted wrap -- in my ETSY shop now

Walks along the shore...
Music made by the waves as they crash against the sand....

 your heart is light,
your thoughts are quiet...

 the latest in my
"Seraphina" collection...
introducing my beautiful
"Beach Walk"
knitted wrap...

 hundreds of tiny shells--
(maybe hundreds of hundreds)
glisten in the sun...

 ~ but your eyes 
are drawn to one.. 
or two.. 
or three...

handmade flowers
adorn both ends of this exquisite wrap~
each single flower accented
with tiny shells,
and a combination of
 glass, crystal, and
seed beads...

my own combination 
of special yarns...
the colors of
sand, and shells, and beach stones

  making this wrap even more special
are the added accents of a
truly lovely vintage
"Parisian" scarf...

knitted in my own
"mistake" stitch...
(yes, there is a story there...)

 delightfully soft,
and the most perfect weight
to wrap around your shoulders
when the breezes are cool...

just like that one special shell
that glistens in the sun
and captures your

 ~there is only 
this one
special beach wrap...

it has been months in the

a one of a kind design...

 the most perfect accessory
for your every beach vacation..
a comforting touch
for those times when you
are "dreaming" of a
walk on the 
you can find my
"Beach Walk"
knitted wrap in my ETSY shop

decided to "photobomb"
the photo shoot...

Just keeping it real...

 I finished this wrap, 
literally... the night before
 my friend Marsha and I took off
 for our annual girl trip 
to Michigan...

 I couldn't wait to photograph
this gorgeous wrap
in an actual beach setting...

 these photos were taken
in South Haven,
on the beautiful shores of
Lake Michigan...

 this wrap traveled with me
on my own beach vacations
and cruise vacations
for almost a year...
knitting all the while on the

 a lovely patterned stitch...
I "accidentally" created this stitch
when I was working on another project...

this stitch is used
exclusively in all of my
"Seraphina" collection
knitted wraps...
to read the story of how
my "Seraphina" collection was
created --
visit here