Although I spend a lot of time in my upstairs workroom making jewellery, I also sit for hours at my computer desk which is downstairs, and has a brilliant view of my bird feeders. Feeding the birds is something I was brought up doing, and I can't imagine stopping, however the cost is certainly not tuppence a bag these days. After I had replenished their stocks this morning, I went back indoors, camera in hand, and there was this Robin just sitting on the windowsill looking at me, I'd like to think he was saying "thank you".
One of the reasons I have been at my desk this week was to buy tickets to see Elbow at Thetford Forest in June, I don't know if it's just me, but I get very crestfallen when the screen tells me I'm number 784 in the queue. Still, I hung in there and got my tickets. I was a little perplexed when my brother in law came round and told me he had bought tickets too - he had tried a couple of hours later and had got them immediately!
Some of our hens have decided that (in spite of the very cold weather and being cooped up) they will lay eggs after all, We are now selling our surplus at the bottom of our drive, thanks to those of you who are buying them - they don't seem to hang about!
As usual, I have been busy on the jewellery front, with new items on the website today,
We're feeling quite pleased with ourselves this week - a month or two ago we bought a lovely second hand dining table & chairs from Emmaus. The table was in lovely condition and so were the chairs - apart from the seat pads. So an expedition was made to Wightmans in Bungay, one of my favourite shops in the world, to choose fabric for the makeover. There was so much choice that we decided the cover two chairs in plain and two in chicken pattern, and I love the results. It's so satisfying to make old things look new. I wonder what I can do with my face!
Today I have been adding some glorious new semi precious stone pendants to the site, there are some real beauties. There is also a very unusual one which isn't actually made of stone. It is called Bowlerite and is made from vintage American bowling balls.. Talking of vintage - Dick has just arrived home, must go and make and cup of tea.
Otto is a very happy boy. This is good news, his favourite toy "Goosey" is back. Goosey had been missing for several months, but has been found under a very thick hedge, and is happily in pretty good condition. Early this morning when I was still in bed, and Otto was keen that I should get up, he found that Goosey still has a squeak, so he kept jumping on it to make it work. That was nice.
We have a wondrously huge Beech tree out on the meadows, and we have noticed lately that there has been some activity around a hole in the trunk, which has obviously been nibbled. Mystery solved - this morning a squirrel was seen going in, and it's my guess that's where most of our hazelnuts have gone!
I have put several new items on the website this week, including necklaces, earrings and bookmarks. It is also worth looking in the sale section - I have made some further reductions and have added more items too.
Is it just me, do other people hear themselves saying things which surprise them? I did this week, Dick has an old tweed cap which is a real favourite, it has for the last few years had a red felt patch over the hole which Otto created when he was a puppy. Well, Dick decided that the red patch had outstayed it's welcome, and my mouth said "shall I darn it for you?" Darn? I'm not at all sure that I've ever darned anything, until now. It's not the prettiest work, but the hat will last a bit longer and look just as quirky as it did before. I must point out that Dick isn't in the habit of wearing his cap while reading, but as I'd just gone to such trouble he thought he'd try it out. Perhaps a little bit of a tidy in library corner would be a good idea...
Now that the world has returned to work my bead deliveries have started arriving! Joy of joys, even after all this time I still get excited when I get a bead parcel, and this week I've had two. So there will be plenty of new stock appearing on the website over the next few weeks.
By the way - the sale is still on, selected items only, but there are several of them!!
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.