Those of you who have read my blogs before (and I apologise for not writing as many as I used to) will know that there is a certain amount of harmless lunacy in our household. This week Dick was out gardening and couldn't remember where he'd left his hat, I think the sunflower looked great in it!
It's been a very busy couple of weeks - for some reason jewellery sales have increased by quite a lot, I have even been exporting to Germany! Halesworth Market on Saturday morning was a fantastic success and I'm hoping this continues, but I'm not going to rely on it! I have been putting lots of new stock onto the website, but haven't had time to put all of my new stock on, so if you're in the area on Saturday morning why not pop along to Beccles Farmers Market to have a look? It's a market worth visiting.
Dick and I spent a happy (?) half hour this week looking for his binoculars. We checked the house, sheds and garage to no avail, and I was beginning to think that his upcoming birthday present conundrum was solved (although this would have been quite an expensive option). Eventually they were found hanging from the climbing bean supports in the vegetable garden, apparently he left them there when he suddenly decided to dig some potatoes...
I had just hung my washing out this morning, when a much awaited silver delivery arrived. The delivery man made friends with Otto (they all do) and we were having a nice chat about hollyhocks (as you do). Suddenly, and I mean really suddenly, the heavens opened, he dashed for his cab and I ran to the house, I know I'm not much of a sprinter but I was soaked when I got there.
We will be at Halesworth Produce Market tomorrow morning from 9 til 1, where I will have quite a lot of new stock on display, some of it had made it's way onto the website, but not all. Have a look at the new items section
My lovely husband truly excelled himself over the weekend, he spent all day on Sunday and Monday working his hands to the bone in the garden. It really has made a tremendous difference, although his back is now giving him some "jip". Otto, as always, was a tremendous help, he spent most of the time laying at his usual viewpoint whilst occasionally pretending to be awake! Dick doesn't let me do too much of the "heavy" stuff, so I spent my time pottering in the greenhouse and dead-heading pansies (and feeling guilty for not doing enough).
I did, however, spend some happy hours in the workshed (a cross between and shed and a workshop). I made some pretty new fine silver pendants and earrings - these can be seen in the new items section of the website.
We will be at the monthly Halesworth Produce Market this Saturday from 9am - 1pm, this is a lovely local market and is well worth a visit.
Spring has always been my favourite time of year, but since Dick and I have lived here I love it even more. We are so privileged to be able to walk a short distance from our front door into the meadows and see the lovely orchids as well as all the other spring flowers. I don't think that Otto realises how lucky he is, but we do!
We have a weekend off this week, with no jewellery stall to set up and no markets to attend, I think that working three Saturdays a month is quite enough, and you can still always buy online if you have withdrawal symptoms! I have been making several new items, and some of them have made their way onto the website, have a look at the new items section.
I feel that I must apologise for my lack of blogs, and general lack of work on the website just lately. The truth is that following my poorly spell last year I'm still not up to speed and find it an effort to get everything done. However, the lovely weather we have had (and I hope we have some more!) will hopefully give me a lift, (assuming Storm Hannah doesn't blow us away!).
Now that Otto is a slightly older dog (nine) he doesn't need to go on quite such long walks all the time, although, like us, he enjoys it from time to time. He does, however, get quite cross if he considers that I am late for either his morning or afternoon exercise, and he's very good at giving me "that" look and if I attempt to ignore it he will nudge me until I give in. Even if we're out gardening and he has the run of the place, he still has an in-built clock for walkies. It is a pleasure being out on the meadows for a woman and dog at the moment, it's getting quite flowery out there and the larks are singing beautifully.
I must confess that I haven't spent as much time on the website as I should have for the past couple of weeks, we had a lovely break in Cornwall, and since then I've been spending time in the greenhouse and garden, which I love. I have put some new items on the website during that time, and will be getting up to full speed again next week.
This Saturday morning I will have my usual stall at Halesworth Produce Market, it would be lovely to see some of you there.
This weather! Otto and I got blown round the meadows this morning - I'm not complaining, I like a bit of weather. The field gate had been blown open (this often happens), we have a patented "stick closure" system which just wasn't up to the job in these winds, so I upgraded to the double stick closure version which is holding so far. I have firmly braced the sticks in the ground so I'm hoping it will work. Country life at it's best, in my opinion.
Otto has a favourite toy pig, which has lasted much longer than most of his toys. I was surprised when I opened the door the other day to find the pig laying comfortably in the wood basket snuggled under a towel. Dick has tried to persuade me that this was just down to a series of events (Otto drops pig on top of basket, Dick rubs Otto down with towel after rainy walk and throws towel on top of basket). Not convinced, I like to think that Otto's been looking after his toy.
I have been really busy making new stock this week, and a lot of it has already been put on the website, however there is much more to come. I have also been out in the shed "creating" with fine silver, and hope to have the much requested long earrings with me at Beccles Farmers Market on Saturday, providing I get them fired in time!
We're back from a lovely holiday in Madeira, the weather was perfect and the island is absolutely beautiful. We were so lucky to have a panoramic view from our villa's verandah, I took a ridiculous amount of photos - I always do, but it's hard not to when you're in such a lovely place. We came back to find the weather here was also amazing, we hadn't expected that, it was less of a shock to the system.
Yesterday I had a lovely trip out with friends to Raveningham Hall Gardens to see the snowdrops - what a fantastic sight! I hadn't been there for years, but will be going again, I love walled gardens and will be back to see it in the spring/summer. It's great to have somewhere like that so close to home. We sat enjoying the view from a garden seat and couldn't believe how hot it was. I also have to point out that the cheese scones were excellent.
I received an early birthday gift yesterday, a gorgeous pair of hand knitted fingerless gloves! They are a perfect fit and will help keep my hands warm at the Farmer's Market at Beccles on Saturday morning, my hands really do get cold in that great big hangar, so thank you Ann, much appreciated.
On our way back from Gatwick Airport on Sunday we had a pub lunch with cousins and then stopped at the Bead Fair in Colchester, I have to admit that I spent rather a lot of money! I will be updating the website over the next month or so, I haven't had time to make very much yet, but will enjoy designing new items with my new purchases. Before we went on holiday I had received quite a lot of new silver items, so I will be putting those on the website first - I have already added some stud earrings (and there will be a lot more). The Leaping Hare brooches which keep selling out are back in stock - I know a couple of you are waiting for them.
During the past couple of very cold weeks Dick and I set out on our dog-walking trips wearing several layers of clothing, which is very necessary but not very flattering. Luckily for me some of the walks have necessitated a stop at the post-box for me to post jewellery orders - which is great for this time of year when things are usually super-quiet. After one particularly cold and windy walk last week we were puffing up our drive ready for a nice cup of tea (and cake), we looked so big that we decided to change our names to Stout and Portly. Sadly I think they suit us rather well. I chose Portly for myself, I think it's quite a pretty name. Come to think about it "Stout and Portly" would also make a very good micro-brewery name.
Tomorrow morning will see the first Produce Market of the year at Halesworth, I'm really looking forward to it, it seems such a long time since the last one. It's a lovely, friendly market, and well worth a visit.
I have been busy making new necklaces this week and have put some on the website, with some still to add, why not have a look New Items
I had to titter - Dick just received a business text which had obviously been changed by predictive text - it started "Good afternoon Duck". I'm so easily amused, I just loved that.
As I'm sure you're all aware yesterday was the coldest day of the winter so far. Dick was away early as he was working in London, so Otto and I were left to our own devices. Call me daft (you know you want to!), but when it is really cold I like to give the chickens a real treat of a nice hot meal, and I'm quite sure they are grateful. However, I put their treat on the hob only to find that we had no gas, the chickens therefore had a cold breakfast and although they didn't actually complain Chalky the cockerel didn't look too happy and the ladies looked a little crestfallen. Dick has replenished the gas stocks today so hopefully full restaurant service will resume tomorrow.
Dick has worked away a few days this week, and Otto really doesn't seem to like it. On Tuesday when it got dark Otto decided to wait at the top of the drive for him to come home, it took a while to persuade him to come indoors as I knew it would be a couple of hours before he arrived. What a lovely, loyal dog he is.
I have moved some of my activities in from the workshop while it's so cold, so I have been card making as well as doing my silver work inside. I will have both silver and cards with me tomorrow morning at Beccles Farmers Market. It would be lovely to see you there.
Otto has a brand new coat, he's never had one before, but we thought that now he's a middle aged dog he should have one. I think it makes him look like a military mascot, it's so smart! We had anticipated problems with getting him to wear it as he can be a little headstrong. I needn't have bothered as he really seems to like it and has co-operated fully with the performance of putting it on and taking it off. He is so comfortable with it that he comes home from his walk and straight to bed whilst still wearing it, this reminds me of when I was a little girl - one Boxing Day morning my mother came to get me out of bed only to find me wearing not only my nightie, but my new cardigan and my new Christmas slippers!
I had a very good market last weekend in Beccles, where I sold an amazing amount of my hand crafted fine silver, so I've been out in the workshop making more. I'm very happy with my new zigzag design which I think looks great. There are three new fine silver pendants and some earrings on the site today. Just follow this new items link to see what I've been up to.
No markets for me this weekend, but I will be back at Beccles Farmers Market on Saturday 2nd February and at Halesworth Produce Market on 9th February.
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.