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  • News from the Bridge Room in Majorca - March 2018

    Host report by Pauline Durie & Jacky Baker:

    The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa, Cala Ratjada, is in a splendid location and is just a short walk from a sandy beach and a lovely level promenade in each direction. There are several walks from the hotel that take you through beautiful woodland to small bays or for the adventurous to the tower on top of the hill. Hayo, the guest manager, arranged 2 gentle walks for guests during which he explained some of the culture and landmarks of Cala Ratjada and Majorca in general.

    The holiday season was not yet in full swing so there was a sense of quiet calm about the resort. Not so in the harbour, an easy walk from the hotel. There the hustle and bustle of holiday makers was very evident in the many excellent bars and restaurants.

    The hotel has a feel of old fashioned splendour with long corridors with marble floors and beautiful paintings. The restaurant served a variety of excellent food that had something to meet everyone’s taste. The Wellness Centre with its large hydrotherapy pool proved very popular and some enjoyed excellent spa treatments adding to the relaxing time off from bridge. Work was almost finished on a new extension which will include a 25 metre pool and pool bar with lovely gardens. These extra facilities will be ready for the group travelling in October. The table tennis table was well used and greatly enjoyed by some guests, many of whom had not played for several years.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Northern Cyprus

    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts:

    We started our twin centre holiday in North Cyprus in the 5 star Lord’s Palace Hotel in Kyrenia. From this extreme comfort we explored North Cyprus which is considered the most beautiful half of the island. We visited the Five Finger mountain range: its rugged mountain top castles, olive groves, almond orchards, citrus gardens, carob trees and extensive forests. The trip to see Nicosia was a must. Visiting the city still divided by the dispute between Turkey and Greece offered the chance to explore some fascinating history all encompassed within the circular perimeter of the city walls.

    Kyrenia Harbour


    The enchanting harbour in Kyrenia lured most of us at least once to sample one or more of the many restaurants. The food in the hotel was excellent but the short walk to Town and the alfresco harbourside dining was too good to miss.

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  • 10 Photos that will make you want to visit Vietnam

    Sometimes we stumble upon a destination so good that we just have to return - Vietnam is most definitely one of those! There is so much of this beautiful country to explore and, although we visited last year, we’ll be heading back in 2018 and 2019 for more textile adventures! Take a look at these stunning pictures to give you a taste of what to expect...

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  • 9 Patterns For A Hoppy Handmade Easter

    Easter is just around the corner and this time of year it’s almost impossible not to get involved in some kind of handmade craft. As always, we’ve got your back as we’ve scoured the internet for the best Easter patterns we can find. Our Stitchtopia experts have also been on the case and have rustled up some Easter themed goodies for you to make so grab a cup of tea, sit back and get crafty!

    Felt Easter Bunny

    This hand-sewn bunny is the perfect Easter make. We love the floral accents and fluffy cottontail! Get the pattern here

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  • 9 signs you may be a yarn addict

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