Let me just start by saying that if you ever get the chance to go to Madeira just go, it's beautiful and largely unspoilt by tourism. The flowers are lovely, and even better if you go a month later than we did, and it's lovely to hear the canaries singing. We made a friend of a gecko who lived on our balcony (we affectionately called him Buddy).
.On Saturday, our last full day, we drove over the mountains to the North Coast, a lovely drive. We spent a couple of hours looking at the lovely little towns and we feasted on seafood and ice cream, which was probably a good thing because..... On the way back over the mountains our route was blocked - there had been quite a severe landslide and the road was going to be closed for a few days. We had to head north again up to the coast, so we followed the coast road for quite a distance before turning south again. What a journey! What we hadn't realised was that none of the EU money had been spent on the roads in the north east, the term "hairpin" was not enough to describe the roads, Karen used the word "curly" which seemed more appropriate. There were potholes large enough to lose a wheel in, so the going was slow, if scenic. To make matters even worse there were precious few road signs, which led to an interesting detour from our route into a precipitous village on a dead end road, I actually don't know how Dick turned the car round (I daren't look!). We eventually got back to our villa some three hours later. Definitely a day to remember.
I had intended to write a blog while we were away, but it was impossible on my phone, so I'm sorry for the delay. I have already placed an order for sterling silver bees, hummingbirds etc for new earrings, so I hope to have them on the site soon, along with new beaded necklaces.
.We spent a happy ten minutes during our walk this morning leaning on the field gate in Top Meadow watching a pair of Yellowhammers, we often lean on this gate, and are sometimes spotted by surprised looking passers by. Today we were discussing how little has changed round here over the years, only to have a very large tractor drive by, piloted by a young farmer wearing Raybans. I'm fairly sure that this is a recent phemomenon.
With the weather being so lovely yesterday I took myself on a solo trip to Southwold, Dick would usually have come with me but I really fancied going on my own for once, so I took the opportunity. It was great, I spent ages in the Adnams shop and came away with a few nice bottles of wine. The sea was really sparkly, and the place was pleasantly quiet and relaxing. Unusually for me I didn't spend any money in Fatface, even though I really tried!
Next week we will be away in Madiera for the week, the online shop will be open, but I won't be posting orders until Tuesday 28th March, sorry for any inconvenience. Otto and the Chickens are being looked after by new carers this time, so I just hope they all behave (the animals, not the carers). I will attempt to do a blog while we're over there, but it may well be tricky, I've never tried blogging on the phone before, so I'm sorry if I fail!
I've walked some miles this week! When the weather is sunny and not too warm I set off with a rough idea of where to go, (there is a lot of choice round here) and sometimes I get a bit carried away and go a lot further. Otto and I were out for about an hour and a half this morning. When we got back I had to give him a bit of a hose down as his legs were filthy, he's not keen on this. When I'd finished he ran off round the corner and rolled on a particularly muddy piece of grass to dry himself off. He was far dirtier than he was to begin with. Back out came the hose, and I started again, this time he managed to slip his lead and shot off round the corner again. By this time I had become a woman who I really don't like. As you can imagine he was totally covered in mud by this time, so he got a proper hose down, and I managed to towel him down and get him indoors before he could do any more damage. After a necessary change of clothing and a chocolate digestive I have calmed down. He's still not keen on me.
I will be at Halesworth Produce Market on Saturday morning, and will have all of the online shop stock with me, so if you're interested in seeing these items "in the flesh" please come along and have a look. We will be there from 9 until 12.30/12.45.
For those of you who live locally, please feel free to come to Howes Cottage to see my stock, but please let me know first! If anyone had popped round out of the blue while I was washing Otto they would have been confronted with a mad woman!
As expected I had a lovely, and expensive, time at the bead show last Sunday. It was well worth going though, because the variety is so good. I still get a bit over-exited with beads, so it's good that Dick comes with me to keep an eye on things! After the show we went to Wivenhoe for a look round, I'd never been and was very impressed, it's a lovely town with an excellent waterfront. Then it was on to West Bergholt for a pub Sunday lunch with cousins and a friend, so all in all a very good day.
Yesterday was a big day for Chickendom, my girls were let out for the first time in a few months, and they had a great time. When I opened the hatch they tumbled out and raced across the meadow like lunatics, and then returned to collect Bella, the thickest hen, who had forgotten the way out of the coop! They then proceeded to enjoy themselves by hopping, flapping and jumping around. I think it may have been their version of sports day!
As you might imagine, there are several new items on the website this week. Don't forget that Mother's Day is on March 26th, so get your orders in early. Just as a warning, the website shop will be closed from 20th to 27th March (unless someone fancies running it for a week), so get your orders in before then!
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.