Did anybody else see that fantastic sunrise on Tuesday morning? It was absolutely magnificent and well worth getting out of bed for. I have to admit though, that Dick told me about the sunrise while I was still in bed, and knowing how quickly the sky can change, I leapt (?) out of bed and went outside (on quite a chilly morning) in my lovely red towelling dressing gown. I was absolutely mesmerised and took several pictures, so was absolutely freezing by the time I went indoors. I would like to apologise to any passers by for my attire.
Our Humbug (our youngest chicken) is proving to be quite a Houdini, I have explained to her that she and the other chickens are not to wander at the moment, the others seem to understand and stay in their little run, but not Humbug. She just keeps getting out and we are obviously going to have to curtail her exploits by further trimming of her flight feathers. She will not be happy, but needs must at the moment.
While I have been writing this Dick has been out and "dealt" with the problem, I don't think I'll be seeing Humbug round the garden for a little while, she's been trimmed!
Those of you who have looked at the website this week (several of you - thank you), will have noticed that there is a lot of new stock, mainly sterling silver items. Have a look at this link to see New Items
I hope you all survived the horrible storm we had last night, the earth really seemed to move for me! The wind was so strong it kept me awake for what seemed to be hours, I honestly felt I could feel the house moving. Luckily for us we don't have too much damage, the main problem being that the greenhouse doesn't have all that much glass left, but I know that many people are far worse off than that. At least we don't have the snow that most areas seem to be struggling with.
Dick and I now have a use for the broken greenhouse glass, we have started our stained glass evening classes, and are both enjoying it immensely. Beginners learn their glass cutting skills on clear glass, and we can now supply plenty of pieces of that!
Today I'm spending time getting jewellery ready for Sue's new clothing shop which is opening in Union Street in Harleston on Monday - I spoke to her yesterday and she's so excited, I must admit I am too. As I'm a bit smaller than I was I shall be looking for something new to wear, I think it's good to support our local businesses. Sue has supported mine over the years and I'm really grateful that she is going to keep stocking my jewellery in her new shop.
I have got quite a quantity of new sterling silver items arriving in the next few days - ear studs, earrings, toe rings, pendants etc, so keep an eye on the website as I will start to put them on as soon as they arrive.
How difficult should it be to get a new chair? In our case it has been quite tricky. I have been suffering a bit with a bad back, especially when sitting at my jewellery making desk, which has made me a bit miserable. I don't like it when it hurts to play with beads. This really started in December when I was spending hours a day to keep up. Dick ordered me a new chair for delivery the next day, it didn't come. When he checked with the supplier, the driver had said that he couldn't find our address. I know we're a bit out in the sticks, but everything else gets here! We put it down to pre-Christmas rush, we got our refund and ordered another one. It didn't come either, same reason given. By now it was too close to Christmas to worry so much, I knew the orders were slowing down, so the decision was taken to wait until the new year. The order was duly placed, and glory be - the parcel arrived yesterday! I opened it, all excited - there it was, not quite the colour we expected (dark claret?), but I was willing to forgive that.. I took all of the pieces out of the box, not many. Small problem, the chair has a five point base, and four wheels were delivered. Aaarghhh!! I don't often get cross, but I was so disappointed. Luckily Dick was a bit more sensible and just used a wheel from the old chair. I'm happy.
I had another disappointment yesterday - I had ordered nine lovely strings of beads from a supplier I haven't used much, so didn't go overboard with the order. Shortly afterwards I received an email saying that eight of the nine items were out of stock. What??? Why have a website if you don't keep it up to date. I can assure you that mine is. Rant over.
Anyway, Otto and I have been out for a fine plod round the meadows to clear our heads. I know it's a bit grotty out there, but I saw a Bullfinch, sorry no photo, I wasn't quick enough. Also, a Woodpecker was pecking away and a Robin was singing his heart out (sorry, photo not the best, but it was somewhat drizzly). So all in all, things are good.
By the way - don't forget the Sale finishes on 14th Jan - and it covers everything on the site, just use the code SALE at the checkout to get 20% off the marked price. Click here to see the shop.
We've done a lot of walking this week, I have no idea how many miles, but even Otto is losing weight. I know the weather hasn't always been the best, and it's not very inviting to get out there, but once you're all togged up and walking it's really enjoyable. Otto isn't keen on the bad weather either, but if we're going there's no way he's going to miss out. The beck has been really high this week, fuller than it's been for a while, but he still loves his swim, he's a really keen swimmer in fresh water, but for some reason he doesn't go in the sea.
Even in the dull weather, there are still some flowers out, we have pansies and wallflowers, and there are still wild flowers - especially the Winter Flowering Heliotrope which has the most wonderful scent. We have some on the other side of our hedge, and if the weather is calm (!?!) the air is full of an almondy (I know that's not a proper word) aroma which is lovely.
Just a reminder that the sale is on until 14th January, 20% off everything (even the new stock which I've put on this week). Use the code SALE at the checkout and the discount will appear automatically. Click here to see the online shop.
The weekly ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.