Wednesday, 27 May 2015

WOYWW 312 DNA, a hobbit shop and two mochas

Hi folks,
We went on a 5 day retreat last week, that's why there was no post from me, sorry. It was a beautiful place called Lee Abbey in north Devon, UK. Here is a photo of the view from our room.

I'm back though but as I am travelling there is no craft desk to show....  But here is an unusual desk. 

The retreat last week was about Science and Faith.  One of the scientists had brought some simple equipment and we were able to make our own DNA visible and put it in a small vial to hang around our neck. Fascinating!

As we were driving to our next destination in the UK, we stopped at a motorway service station. It was a new one. Guess what, it was built into the landscape. Like in the 'shire' in the Hobbit film. Isn't that cute! The food was excellent.

Another photo from our holiday is of this coffee shop. 

This is the outside.

And this was some of the furniture outside. The table was solid wood. That must have been a massive tree! So old! If only it could talk!

We're travelling to Holland tomorrow, so I'll see you all next Wednesday. 
God bless,


  1. Oooh, I love that hobbit-landscape... the UK is so beautiful! Enjoy your trip (to Holland too... and guess what? The weather is real nice overhere right now!) Happy woyww and happy 6th anniversary. May we 'meet' online many times more. Love, Marit #43 and #44 (forgot the asterix the first time around, oops...)

  2. wow !! dont know what to comment on first !! What a great thing to do collect your own dna, would love to know more about that. That cafe looks so cute and look at the table and chairs !! Thank you for hopping over to my space

    Thanks for the snoop on your workspace
    Jac x

  3. Looks like a very interesting retreat and trip. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a good time!
    Gabriele 30

  4. Oh what a wonderful six years it's been. We really are part of such a lovely bunch aren't we? What lovely photos today Lisca....looks like you're having a wonderful time. Safe travelling.
    Have a great day.
    Annie x # 36

  5. It sounds like you are having an amazing time during your travels around Europe. The photographs of the places you've visited are fascinating, and I'm intrigued by the Science and Faith retreat you attended. Happy WOYWW, my friend! #55

  6. Were you in the Lakes by any chance? Just that table reminds me of around that area. Glad you were able to sample our lovely summer weather - not quite like sunny Spain is it?
    Now where is that Hobbit motorway stop? It is interesting enough to go and see it so I would hate to miss it if I was in the area.
    Great to have your own DNA and display it around your neck like that, something to treasure and maybe pass on to future generations.
    Happy 6th WOYWW Anniversary - Neet xx
    ps have added you to the list for Flat Susan, let me know if you don't want her - but it will be a while yet.

  7. Hi Lisca, we stopped at that services on Monday! Its wonderful how they have made it blend into the countryside so well, isn't it? Much nicer than the usual ones. Love that table, and the pics from your retreat. Happy 6th Anniversary, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #17 xx

  8. Hi Lisca, we stopped at that services on Monday! It's lovely how they have blended it into the countryside, isn't it? So much nicer than the normal ones. Lets hope thats a sign of things to come. Love the pics of the 'table', and your retreat.Happy 6th Anniversary, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #17 xx

  9. Love the beautiful photos...gorgeous setting for a retreat.

  10. love the photos, my fav way to travel!
    Robyn 11

  11. Wow Lisca, so happy to see you're having good travels, and lovely to see you on our Anniversary! The cffee shop is beautiful isnt it..those stained glass windows and of course, that fabulous tactile too. Am blown away that you're carrying a visible piece of your DNA in a glass bottle, how marvellous is that! I hope you found the retreat to be just what you needed!

  12. That's a beautiful bay in North Devon! Gosh, England is gorgeous when you see it through others' eyes! I like the look of those services, haven't been there but it blends in so well. architecture doesn't have to be boring, does it? Have a good time in Holland :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 13 xxxx

  13. Wow, well cool about the DNA to hang around your neck and what some lovely places you have been visiting! Have a great time in Holland, Happy 6th WOYWW to you, what a lovely whirl around the world snooping this is! Annette #15

  14. Thanks for the info on the motorway Lisca. Enjoy your trip to Holland.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  15. The scenery in your travels is gorgeous. And the tree table is amazing!

    Thanks for the blog visit earlier.

    Happy creating and happy woyww!

    Sandy #24

  16. Oh my...that tree table is one of the most gorgeous things I've ever seen! And making your DNA visible? That is so coool! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Happy WOYWW 6th Anniversary! Sandy Leigh #52

  17. looks like you are having a lovely trip. have a safe journey home :)
    Happy 6th Anniversary WOYWW-er!
    heres to many more
    Charlie x #35

  18. Looks gorgeous. Devon is so beautiful. How amazing to have our own DNA, that sounds fascinating. You have certainly seen and done so fab things.
    Thanks for visiting already. The tutorial I followed was Matthew Palmer's Beginners guide to Landscapes. It's really good and come in 2 parts.
    Hugs Lisax #38

  19. Wow Lisca you are getting about - what a spectacular view from your window and what a lovely looking coffe shop, looks like somewhere hobbits would go for elevenses! Happy 6th Anniversary! :o) Annie C #48

  20. So glad you had time to share your week with us this Wednesday. I know what you mean by organization. I had to make mine in April so I could get them to Julia in time for the crop.

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time on your journeys. Happy, happy 6th WOYWW anniversary from #1.

  21. Looks like a wonderful place for a retreat. Happy 6th-anniversary WOYWW! (Thanks for stopping by)

  22. What a wonderful view from the retreat. Lovely photos. Happy 6th WOYWWaversary! x Jo

  23. Hi Lisca, you sure look as though you are having a great time. Hope the journey to Holland is good too. Thanks for the visit to mine. The Bonsai are all mine. I have been caring for these trees since 1975 though I cannot say they all survived the early days. I don't know how old some of them are but I guess the longest surviving tree has been with me since about 1978.
    Have a great woyww anniversary day, Angela x 37

  24. Wow what a table! That would make quite a craft desk:)
    Happy anniversary, enjoy Holland... We have some students from Holland here and they were happy to get out of the poor weather the forecasts had promised them... Hope it isn't too bad!
    Kristiina #6

  25. Fun times Lisca - your trip looks like fun, the DNA thing is fascinating. Thanks for the visit earlier and the kind words. I have you wonderful WOYWWers to cheer me up. Happy Anniversary Day. Cx #25

  26. Hiya Lisca, sounds like you have had a good trip - not sure I would want to wear my dna around my neck lol! Love the wooden table - that must be really heavy as well. Thanks for the earlier visit. Cindy x

  27. Hiya Lisca, sounds like you have had a good trip - not sure I would want to wear my dna around my neck lol! Love the wooden table - that must be really heavy as well. Thanks for the earlier visit. Cindy x

  28. Hi Lisca, happy 6th WOYWW. WOW what a beautiful view and some lovely pics of your holiday... massive tree...glad it's being remember is some way. Enjoy the rest of your break Cheers RobynO#14

  29. What stunning scenery (Devon)! How I would love to see that! Thanks for dropping by earlier.

  30. Glad you are able to join in today on your travels - love the "hobbit" service station, and Devon is so beautiful. Enjoy the next stage of your journey. Helen 7

  31. Happy WOYWWaversary! Thanks for the visit already. I love all the photos of the places you have been. So interesting, you are right...if only that tree table could talk...I am sure it has seen and heard a lot! Interesting DNA necklace. I am sure you will enjoy wearing it and it will bring back lovely memories too. #26

  32. What fabulous photos! And that hobbit style garage is pretty amazing... Lovely to see what you're getting up to on your travels:):)

  33. Sounds like that was an amazing workshop and your DNA vial looks charming. Enjoy your travels the photos look amazing.
    sandra de

  34. Hi , Lisca. Looks like a fantastic trip! Parts of Europe are on my bucket list. I really hope to get there one day soon. In the meantime, I enjoy sharing it with those of you who are travelling over there. Awesome. Thanks. Nann4 #58

  35. Love the interesting travel photos Lisca :) That coffee and the built under gas station. The DNA in a vial is awesome too. Thanks for stopping by my desk yesterday <3 Shel @ PaperOcotilloStudio #31

  36. Hullo there Lisca.. thanks for shirring about your trip very interesting.. love Devon beautiful part of lovely England! and so fascinating re the DNA, shows how God created each of as unique individuals... truly amazing.
    Thanks so much for popping over and for sharing.
    Happy WOYWW6 Shaz in Oz.x #33

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  37. Hi Lisca
    Many thanks for your comment on my blog. Amazing stuff about DNA - I was once on Jury Duty and we had a whole day of an 'expert' explaining about DNA, I loved the free lesson!!!
    Enjoy your travels - I'm off to Paris for a week so will get back to you on my return.
    Take care
    Bishopsmate #45

  38. That is SO COOL! And a good example of why I just hate missing a visit on the day - see me, 4 days later, still desk hopping. Love the travel photos, and with today being rainy and grey here in Hampshire, it's lovely to see such glorious views.

    Happy belated 6th-anniversary WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (3)

  39. Oh your trip sounds interesting. The idea of seeing your own DNA-wow!
    I love Lee and spent many a holiday camping around there over the years.

    Glad you liked the new service station, when they built it the local news couldn't believe that instead of all the horrible fast food it was going to be local, sustainable items that would be at the forefront of their marketing!
    thanks for visiting my desk already

  40. I hope you got to see the goats living free in the Valley of Rocks around Lee Bay. It is a beautiful area, and we have spent several good holidays round there. Thank you for your visit last week and hope you enjoy the rest of your travelling. xxx Maggie #8