We're just back from a day visiting my family in North Norfolk, it's always lovely to go there because the food my Aunt provides is excellent (great Shepherds Pie) and you can't beat a bit of family banter. Auntie Barbara is leaning forward in the photo because Marco the cat has made himself very comfortable behind her. Marco doesn't actually live with her, but comes round every day and then goes home to be fed at 6pm, Not a bad life. I couldn't show the photo of my cousin Richard as he was gesticulating in a rude fashion, you can't choose your family. Mind you his wife Wendy chose him, and she's lovely!
It was a windy drive home as storm Doris was being very active, I had taken the photo of one of our plant pots this morning as the little Irises had come out. I dread to think what it looks like now as it was dark when we got home, but it was apparent that some of our pots had gone missing in the maelstrom. It's hard to believe now that I actually had my lunch outside on Tuesday, it was gorgeous (the weather, not the lunch - bread & cheese).
I've had a lot of interest in the new sterling silver earrings which went on the site this week, and I know it sounds odd, but they really do look better in real life, it's so hard to get really good photos of silver. Look out for new stock next week, as I'm off to a big bead show on Sunday.
I realise that it's slightly odd to take photos of your washing, but it has been an unusual sight lately as I have made far too much use of the tumble dryer. Anyway, I love to see a nice line of washing, there's something really homely about it. Hanging this lot out this morning was made even lovelier because we had a Thrush singing it's heart out in the Elder tree, and it was nice to manage without a hat, scarf and gloves, what an improvement. The snowdrops are looking lovely, and our local walks with Otto seem so much more enjoyable when it's not so cold.
It's been a good week really, apart from freezing at the Halesworth Produce Market last Saturday, even then we had some lovely customers. I've had visits from friends for tea and scones (always a bonus), and I had the loveliest email last weekend, it would be hard for anyone to be more complimentary about my website. Aren't people lovely?
I've been busy making new necklaces this morning, and am very much looking forward to visiting the Colchester bead fair next weekend, which is one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, could be expensive!
We have just spent a wonderful few days in lovely Cornwall - one of my favourite places. Most of our time was spent out and about with Ruth (one of my stepdaughters) - the beaches (we visited several) were a great favourite with Otto who had a very active holiday. We also had a trip to Kennall Vale, where Dick decided to see if he could get behind the waterfall - he did, although he did come out quite damp. We also had our usual trip to St Ives - it's so picturesque and it seems to be the world capital of pasty shops, not a bad thing, and of course we tried some.
We were lucky to have a hot tub at our cottage with a view across the valley, sheer luxury. I did feel that I may have been in for too long yesterday evening though, because Dick came out with bay leaves and Bisto & asked if I was nearly cooked! I got out sharpish in case he turned the heat up to simmer.
Due to being away from home I haven't made any jewellery this week, but I have been sourcing new beads including sterling silver earring beads with a natural theme, birds, bees and shells etc, so there will be new stock arriving on the website very shortly!
On Sunday morning I joined in with the Big Garden Birdwatch, as you may know I always feed the birds anyway and see a huge variety every day. However, on Sunday morning, just for the hour when I was doing my count, I didn't see anything like as many birds as I normally do. The woodpecker turned up two minutes after I'd finished, and he seems to be there most of the time on an average day. I have had a word with them all since, and hope they will be better behaved next year!
We went for our usual trundle round the meadows on Tuesday morning, and Dick got a bit ahead of me as I was taking photos (again!). Anyway, when I caught up with him he was leaning on the big Beech gazing back in the direction we had come from. As this looked a little strange I took a photo, and then assailed him with a jaunty "Hello", he jumped out of his skin and said "how did you get there?", "I walked" was my helpful (but honest) reply. Apparently he was watching the path with the attention of jumping out at me, and was a little put out that I was the one who made him jump. I don't know how he missed seeing me approaching - I'm neither small nor fast!
There are some lovely new items on the website which I put on this morning. The sale has ended, but although many items are back to full price, there is now a reduced to clear section.
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.