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  • Top 10 Cutest Animals in Knitwear

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    It wouldn’t be a real British Summertime without near-freezing temperatures and with summer passing us by, it’s almost time to be thinking about wrapping up warm again. But it’s not just us humans who feel the chill, our furry friends need a helping hand every now and again too. We’ve rounded up the cutest animals we could find – oh, and they’re all wearing knitwear, what’s not to love!

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Lake Bled 2017

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    Host report by Rob Richardson:

    Slovenia is a small country in the Alps. It was part of Yugoslavia, and earlier the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is the world's first officially recognised green country. The Hotel Park overlooks both Lake Bled and the castle, which sits atop a very high rock on the opposite side of the lake. The area is noted for scenery, rowing and Bled cake (flaky pastry, custard and whipped cream) . As there appeared to be no interest in rowing amongst our guests, and the scenery spoke for itself, the bridge staff concluded that we ought to research the best place for our guests to sample the Bled cake. This onerous task was performed diligently in the Brown Bear most lunchtimes.

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  • Expert Corner: Juliet Bernard

    This month we chat to our knitting expert Juliet Bernard who gives us a quick insight to her life as a designer. Juliet will be tutoring on our magical German Christmas Market Cruise visiting many magical Rhine towns and will give visitors the chance to shop ‘til they drop in the iconic Christmas markets of Cologne. Juliet gives us the low-down on her trip, talks about her perfect Christmas (ok, we know its June but all this talk of Christmas markets has got us feeling festive!) and gives us some top knitting tips!

    Juliet, we are super excited to have you tutor on our Christmas Market knitting cruise. Which part of the trip are you most looking forward to and why?

    I am so delighted to have been asked to teach on this cruise. In Germany, Christmas is just magical and the celebrations start from the first Advent Sunday. My mum is German so we were brought up with all their wonderful traditions. I am looking forward to choosing some new decorations for my tree at the Christmas markets as well as showing our guests how to make a few of their own.
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  • 10 reasons why knitting is good for you!

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    We all know that hobbies are a great way to relax and escape from the day to day stresses of life. In case you ever wondered just how good enjoying your favourite hobby could be, we’ve put together a list of ways that knitting can make you healthier and happier!

    From providing a craft-focused mindfulness to gentle muscle toning, we can guarantee that there will be a number of unexpected benefits to knitting that never crossed your mind!

    1. It improves your concentration

      Knitting involves high levels of concentration, ensuring you don’t stitch off the beaten track and stick to your pattern! It also requires imagination to visualise your finished product, so is a great way to give your brain a work out across your motor cortex, frontal and occipital lobes.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Austria

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    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts:

    Seefeld has played host to the Olympic Nordic disciplines no fewer than three times – in 1964, 1976 and 2012 and the Olympiaregion Seefeld has been selected as the venue for the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2019. It is clear that the region is incredibly proud to be able to host the prestigious Nordic sporting event once more and there is already much evidence that preparations are in hand.

    Seefeld sits on a plateau 4000ft above sea level and roughly 2000ft above the Innsbruck valley. The surrounding mountains rise another 2,500ft and many of their slopes are ideal for skiing. The town enjoys sunshine for much of the year including the winter; a major factor in its popularity as a ski resort.

    In the Summer the area takes on a new beauty of it’s own. The surrounding mountains, still etched with residual snow fields above the tree-line, provide a dramatic backdrop to every viewpoint. The sun shines almost every day so the alpine slopes are lit a vivid green and alpine flowers abound. The ski lifts are open and the ski slopes are used for a range of Summer sports such as hiking, running biking and extreme golf!

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