Cornwall and a finished light

We spent last weekend in Cornwall. It almost didn’t happen because we were booked on Flybe flights to Newquay, and the airline nearly went bust at the start of that week. But it was rescued in the nick of time and we got to Cornwall and back in a way that was a lot less tiring than the usual all-day drive, especially at this time of year when daylight hours are short.

The first day we were there, a gale blew up and hurled hail in our faces on and off, which was unpleasant. We retreated to our hotel’s hot tub, steam room and sauna. But then we had 3 mild, sunny, windless days and did several long coastal walks, timing them carefully to be able to walk across certain beaches and tidal causeways when the tide was low enough …

A Newquay beach… while seeing some of Cornwall’s best blowholes at their high-tide best.

Porth blowholeDespite it being the middle of January, there were plenty of surfers out, waiting for that perfect wave.

Great Western Beach surfers

The mystery lighting project

Plywood light shadeBefore we went, I got my laser-cut lampshade finished and hung up. I think it might just be the best thing I’ve ever made.

The best of 2020 anyway.

I love the shadows it casts on the walls. It’s at the top of our staircase and I was a little worried that the shadows would be too distracting on the stairs, but painting the inner surfaces of the plywood shapes white means the light bounces around enough to make the shadows quite blurry and indistinct at ground level. Phew!

I’m missing not having any knitting on the go. To redress that, I’m going to make a sleeveless jumper to wear under an open cardigan, or over a shirt when the weather gets warmer.

I have some beige Shetland 4-ply which should do – not the most exciting shade, but the little flecks of colour in it should mean it will go with a few things. I like this broken rib.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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