What a hailstorm we had on Tuesday! The noise was tremendous and the hailstones were huge. Luckily I had just come in from hanging the washing out - believe me, it would have been far more unlucky had I still been out there! I am still a bit concerned about the Jackdaws who always nest in one of our chimneypots, I haven't seen either parent since the hailstorm, and am keeping an eye out hoping that they return. Talking of birds, the chickens are laying really well, and I have to report that they eat well too. They are so useful as they will eat all those little shopping mistakes we make, this week they're eating the "wrong brand" of luxury muesli, I feel less guilty when they eat it as it's not a waste then!
I had a lovely lunch on Tuesday with some old work friends in Long Stratton, it was great to catch up, and luckily food was involved (just to be sociable). A meeting with friends is always a joy, and so is a scone!
I have been putting some new items on the website including bookmarks (again!!) and necklaces. By the way, I'm expecting a delivery of sterling silver stud and hook earrings any day now.
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Those of you who read this regularly will know that one of the simple joys of my life is to get my washing dry naturally outside. However I have today received a complaint, yes, an actual complaint! Not in writing (oh, there would have been trouble!). Dick just said over breakfast this morning that using his towel had been like rubbing himself with sandpaper! I must admit that towels are softer when dried in the tumble drier, but they're not that bad. So today I have dried them outside again, but just put them in the machine for 10 minutes to soften them up a bit. Hope he notices the difference!
The world around Howes Cottage is starting to get really colourful, the oilseed rape is so tall in some places that I can hardly see over it. The garden is coming along nicely too, and the meadows are full of Cowslips, Primroses, Bugle and the first Orchids. All of this colour is being reflected in the necklaces I have been making this week. I must point out that I am also capable of making more muted items, so don't panic if multicolour is not your thing.
It's been a busy week here at Howes Cottage. We had a stall at the lovely Daffodil Day event in the village, where Otto made many new friends and helped me sell a fair amount of jewellery. Good boy!! We have also welcomed a new member of the family, a beautiful new cockerel which we were given (thank you Laura), he's gorgeous and we've chosen to call him Sergeant Pepper, he's strutting around very happily, and he's looking after his ten ladies very well.
The garden is starting to look really pretty, and the meadows are changing really fast, we have the first few Green Winged Orchids coming into flower already. In the garden we have a rescued gnome, who was not required at his last residence. I'm not really a garden gnome person, but there's something nice about this one. He too has a name - Little Diddy Know. Silly I know, but my friend of many years standing used to have a Little Diddy Know & a Fairy Nuff living in her garden when she was a child, and this idea passed across to our family too.
On the jewellery front - I have mostly been making bookmarks, I'm not sure why they are suddenly so popular, but long may it continue.
I'm pleased to announce that over the last week our Mollyblobs have come out. Mollyblobs is an old country name for Marsh Marigolds, and I think it's a far lovelier name. I'm trying to bring it back into common usage, so please feel free.
This week Dick decided to sell Otto's kennel, it had been a bit of a disaster. Otto had been through a short phase of separation anxiety and we thought he might be happier outside if we had to pop out and leave him. He was happier outside, but had no interest in the kennel whatsoever. Even if I threw a treat in there for him he would just go in and get it and bring it outside to eat. Anyway, Dick put the kennel at the bottom of the drive with a sale sign on - it was soon snapped up. It made me laugh seeing it going down the road on top of a car, a mobile home for dogs!
I have been putting several new items on the website this week, including Sea Glass necklaces which are bang on trend. You may well notice that I am not making earrings to go with each necklace any more, it has just gone out of fashion to having matching sets and I'm being left with lots of earrings! If you want earrings to go with your necklace just contact me and I'll hopefully be able to help.
Mary's Little Gems will be at two events this weekend - Halesworth Produce Market from 9.00 - 12.30 on Saturday, and at Daffodil Day at The Old Rectory in St Margaret South Elmham from 11.00am (£2 entrance fee).
The weekly ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.