I really enjoy the snowy weather - not for travelling, I'm not too comfortable with that, but for photography and dog walking. The winter months can be a bit grey and dull, but a bit of snow makes everything look bright and clean. Otto, aged over 7, sprints and jumps like a young pup, and (being a little dim) tries to catch snowballs in mid-air, luckily catching isn't his strong-point (he takes after me!).
I am coming to the end of Christmas Stall season, with only one left to do in Eye tomorrow evening. It's been a great lead up to the festivities though, so thank you to all of you who have bought either online or in person. I really appreciate it. I am now having time to write Xmas cards and wrap presents, although Dick and I have one more shopping visit (hopefully!) to make, so we're off to Beccles later. Otto is going to the dog "hairdressers" in Spexhall this afternoon for his Christmas makeover, so we'll have some time to do a bit of browsing while he is getting pampered.
As you might expect there are a few new items on the website this week, and happily I have been able to restock the Swarovski Xmas Tree earrings which have been very popular again this year. Have a look on this New Items link. The online shop will obviously remain open for any urgent purchases - I will get items out as quickly as possible and they will all be sent by 1st class post.
It was high time (actually it was well past high time) to get our tax return paperwork into the accountants. I always promise myself that I'll get it done nice and early like I used to, but we seem to have failed lately. I got mine done a few weeks ago, but Dick has been really busy and only got his finished yesterday morning. I don't mind admitting that it had been worrying me for a while and had visions of us being fined for being late. So we set off for Harleston late yesterday morning with two main jobs in mind - see Dick's Mum and Dad, and go to the accountant. We achieved both, sort of... Mum & Dad were outside their house on the way to a Christmas Lunch, so we had the briefest of meetings. Also, we did go to the accountant, but only to apologise for not bringing the paperwork! It was still in the Dining Room, and we blamed each other. Clearly not the most successful of mornings. I returned to town this morning in the rather heavy rain and, yes, I took the paperwork with me. I've stopped worrying now.
It's been a bit grim outside, but not enough to stop me and Otto from having our morning plod. We have a lot of windfall apples on the meadows, which have been left for the wildlife. We had begun to conclude that they hadn't been found as they have been there for a while, but I noticed that the Blackbirds have been having them for breakfast today so they won't be wasted.
I had to include the photo of Dick being his usual daft self - it makes me laugh.
I will be at Halesworth Produce Market on Saturday morning and at Withersdale Street Village Hall on Sunday, so feel free to come along and see me and all the other stalls. As always new there is new stock on the site, have a look on this link new stock
My, it's a bit bleak here today! I walked Otto this morning, which we both enjoyed, but I think we were both quite pleased to get indoors again. Otto has spent the remainder of the morning very much at the "radiator end" of his bed. He did just pad through to see if I had lit the fire, but I haven't, so he padded back to bed again. I must be a bitter disappointment to him at times.
I filled the bird feeders this morning (as I often do), but I was amazed how quickly the birds flocked in when I had done. I hadn't even walked ten feet before I turned round and there were already two Goldfinches and a Woodpecker having a good feed. They must be getting pretty hungry to be that brave. Note to self - need more sunflower seeds, they get through them so quickly.
I have more events coming up during the next week, I'm doing a jewellery party this evening in Hempnall, on Saturday morning I will be at Metfield Produce Market in the village hall, and on Tuesday evening I will have a stall at the Wortwell Bell, so things are a bit hectic. I'm so happy to say that the website (after all this while) is really starting to get some interest, so parcels have been being wrapped much more regularly. By the way, if you do order online your goods will be prettily wrapped and then packed in a good quality cardboard package, so no chance of damage.
As always there is new stock on the website, and more to come over the next few days, click here new items to have a look.
I have been sitting here at my computer desk in the dining room for much of the day. Not just sitting mind you, working. Taking photos of new stock and putting them on the online shop. Interestingly (or not) Otto has been sound asleep behind me, and boy, can he snore! He woke up briefly when I went out to the bin, but as soon as we came back in he took up position and was snoring again within minutes.
I was at my other "workshop" desk yesterday, making all sorts of goodies ready for all the events I have lined up. I do like to have the television on in the background, just for a bit of company. However yesterday I inadvertently tuned in to The Little House on the Prairie, and I saw a two-parter. This is a programme which has always been able to make me (and the rest of my family) cry, and it still has the power - I cried twice, but I loved it! A reminisce and a good old blubber don't do any harm.
It will be a busy weekend again (I hope), on Saturday I will be at the Mendham Church Xmas Fair, and I will be at Langley School on Sunday, so I'd better be off upstairs and make some more Xmas Tree earrings which are selling rather well this year.
I had friends round the other day for coffee, and most unusually I didn't offer any cake, biscuits or other home baked goodies. Luckily they had read the blog about me joining Slimming World so they realised that nothing would be available, and kindly didn't bring anything either, so we just had a lovely catch up with our coffee. Ann even managed to get some Christmas shopping done. I'm really pleased with how well I've done on my diet, I don't often get a bout of self-control, so am making the most of it. However, we have our Christmas Craft Fair in the village on Saturday and I had promised to bake for it. Yesterday I made Cheese Scones and Flapjack and didn't even do a quality control test!! The scones are in the freezer and the flapjack is safely away in an airtight tin, so I should be able to avoid it. Tomorrow comes the time for making the cake - lets just hope I'm still good.....
This week I have added several lovely new Sterling Silver items (amongst other things) which are a little bit different to the run of the mill items you see in the shops, have a look on this link New Items
It would be lovely to see you at St Margaret South Elmham Village Hall on Saturday, we will be open from 10 - 3, for those of you needing help to find us the post code is IP20 0PJ
Otto loves the car, he's happy to get in at any given opportunity, even when I don't want him to get in, there he is as soon as my back is turned. Today I was trying to load the car for a Jewellery Party this evening when he got in uninvited and utterly refused to vacate. He wouldn't even look me in the eye. It took a while! Yesterday I had a bit of shopping to do in Harleston & had in-laws to visit. Dick was away and Otto would always rather come with me in the car than stay at home alone. So off we went, back windows slightly open as he likes the breeze. All went well, I restocked Home Comforts with jewellery and visited the family, no problem at all. If I leave him in the car he just sits and waits or goes to sleep. The time came for the shopping part of the expedition, the new Co-Op posed a problem, it's obviously too popular and it was Market Day too, so nowhere to park. I drove round once with no problem, went round again and still no space, by this time Otto was getting fractious and was starting to moan quietly, by the time I went round for the third time he was howling really loudly! Otto is a big dog with a big voice and sounded a bit like a rabid wolf, I decided to go home without the groceries.
My busy time of year is upon me now, but I'm still having time to make new stock, in fact there's quite a lot of new stuff on the site this week, have a look on this new items link.
We've been having a bit of a mouse problem, it happens every year at this time and we (Dick) have to keep on top of it.. This year we have had quite a bit of mouse activity in the brick shed where we keep dog/chicken/wild bird food, so I realise it's quite a draw. When we first moved into the house it had a decent sized population of shrews (thankfully nothing else!). I don't mind shrews at all, they don't cause any damage, but it was quite disconcerting when sitting in the living room in the evening and seeing them dash across the floor. They moved out quite quickly when we moved in, I think Otto may have had something to do with it. .Anyway, Dick has been setting the mouse traps - and emptying them, I'm totally useless - I can see when a mouse has been caught, but all I can do about it is mutter "poor thing" and avert my eyes. I was aware that there was a dead mouse in the trap yesterday morning. Dick came home early evening and when I went out to the shed a little later the mouse & trap had gone, I assumed that Dick had dealt with it. However, this morning he came in and said that a trap had gone missing, complete with mouse. No sign of it anywhere. Strange......
This week I have received two Thank You cards and one email from happy customers - this is a lovely thing for me and I really appreciate it. For those of you who haven't yet bought online from me I do try to give a great service. One of the main things I get thanked for is the quality of presentation - I try and make my parcels look really attractive and a joy to open. I like to think that the contents are pretty good too, and that is borne out by the lovely comments I receive.
I will be having a stall at Metfield Village Hall this Saturday morning from 9-12, and at Halesworth Produce Market the following Saturday, I will have all of my online stock with me at both events. There are new items on the website, have a look on this new items link.
We had a wonderful six days in the Lake District, and I discovered a love of fell walking, such steep hills but well worth it for the fabulous views. Otto had a whale of a time, I've never seen him run so far, or for so long. We loved the place so much that we have already decided to go again. I joined Slimming World as soon as we got home so that next time I go I will be carrying less weight over those hills. I surprised myself by paying for 12 weeks in advance to show commitment - not like me at all, but I'm feeling really determined. Thanks to Dick, who has taken it all on board and is taking to the change of diet really well, he will still be drinking beer though, oh, and there's the cheese. My most difficult time will be in the Wortwell Bell on Friday night, I will sorely miss the home cooked crisps and the sweet potato fries!
I have been making twinkly items in preparation for Xmas, lots of earrings and some crystal necklaces too. I was working away yesterday and became aware of lots of little beams of light round the room, the joy of Swarovski crystal in sunlight! There are also some lovely new semi-precious necklaces on the website, so have a look at this weeks new stock by clicking this link new items
.Here we are in sunny Cumbria (not true, it was sunny yesterday but has just started raining). We are staying in a really lovely spot close to Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel - the home of Sticky Toffee Pudding (oh dear). Dick and I had the first day here on our own (with Otto of course), and our friends Doris & Stuart joined us yesterday, it's really nice to catch up. Unfortunately Doris is a very bad influence and Dick is easily led, last night they consumed (in Doris's words) a bit of wine; a bit of whisky; a bit of gin, and Dick had a couple of beers as well. Paracetamol was required this morning, and Dick says he still has a slight headache (the time is now 16.04!!!). Notwithstanding this we have walked several miles over Hampsfell today, and stopped for a much needed cup of tea (Dick says no alcohol today). We have four dogs with us on this holiday, Otto and Buddy ran amok over the fell like there was no tomorrow, and Toby and Evie were rather more sedate. Needless to say Otto, being blond, looks much filthier than the others - we may have to see if we can fit him in the shower!
I have brought a few new necklaces to put on the website while we're here - so if we do get some bad weather that is what I'll be doing. So it's always worth a look on the New Items page.
I'm beginning to realise that perhaps I'm inclined to show Otto in his best light, In previous blogs he is shown looking either handsome or cool, which he often is. However, when we're out for a walk he is more often to be found with his bottom poking out of a hedge! We have a particularly wide old double hedgerow, and Otto often gets right in. I'm sure he wonders why I don't join him as it's obviously very entertaining. Yesterday, when I took this photo, he was totally engrossed with whatever was in there and really did not want to come home. He went straight to the same spot this morning and assumed the same position. He is just a little bit bonkers.
As promised last week here is the list of events which I will be attending up until Christmas - it will be subject to change if any other opportunities come along...
14/10 Halesworth Produce Market - 9am - 1pm
4/11 Metfield Village Market 9am - 12 noon
9/11 Private Jewellery Party
11/11 Halesworth Produce Market 9am - 1pm
18/11 Craft Fair, St Margaret South Elmham 10am - 3pm
25/11 Mendham Church, Xmas Fair 10am - 3pm
26/11 Langley School, Christmas Craft and Food Fayre 10am - 3pm
02/12 Metfield Village Market 9am - 12 noon
09/12 Halesworth Produce Market 9am - 1pm
10/12 Withersdale Xmas Fayre 12 - 4pm
16/12 Saxmundham Christmas Bazaar 10am - 3pm
If any of you would like a stall at the St Margaret South Elmham event, please let me know asap.
Although I have mostly been making Xmas cards today, there are new hand crafted items on the website, click here New Items to have a look.
The weekly ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.