I've had a lovely day today in the sunshine, I had a friend over for most of the day and we put the world to rights (as you do). As is usual for us cake was involved, but we had a walk round to meadows to help "pay" for it. I like to think that Karan left rather more chilled than when she arrived. Thanks for the flowers too, they're lovely.
As some of you know, our Otto is a wonderful dog, but even he sometimes has a naughty moment. We left him briefly last week to go to our swimming slot, which is only for half an hour. He has his bed and belongings in our hall, which we fondly call "Otto's Room". Sadly we also left the hoover in "Otto's Room", Otto does not like the hoover. He avoids it at all costs when it's working, but we thought it would be fine switched off. Wrong! During our short absence Otto made short work of disabling his old foe. When we got home I opened the door and found what looked like small pieces of liquorice all over the floor, Otto had chewed the cable (extra long) into tiny bits. Luckily for us (but not Otto) we have a spare hoover which we shall not be leaving in the hall!
I just wanted to mention what a great weekend it was at the Wortwell Bell Beer Festival & Fun Day - as usual Liz and Chris managed to raise a huge amount of money for charity while giving everyone a brilliant time.
I have been putting some new pendants on the website, with still a few more to go, so well worth a look.
I'm sure that anybody passing by Howes Cottage this morning would have been surprised to see me set off round the meadows wearing full waterproofs. It was a warm and sunny morning following overnight rain, and I knew what was waiting for me out there - Cow Parsley! We have several areas of it along both sides of the path, it's about 4'6" high, and each flower head holds a pint of water (not scientifically proven). It did the trick though, I managed to remain dry. Now to locate some waterproofs for Otto!
On Tuesday afternoon/evening I spent a few hours gluing semi-precious stones into brooches. Unfortunately I had a faulty tube of glue, it took a while for me to realise that more glue was coming out of a hole in the side of the tube than was coming out of the end! Panic ensued, I managed to separate myself from the tube and the polythene sheet I was using to protect my desk before the glue had set too much. Lesson learned - check the tube first!
Over the weekend I will have a stall at the Wortwell Bell. They are having a Beer Festival with Live Music on Friday and Saturday night, and a Family Fun Day on Sunday. I will be there most of the time & will have a new batch of Sterling Silver rings with me along with everything from the website. It would be lovely to see you there.
Anybody who regularly walks in the area where we live will probably have seen feathers poking up from local gateposts, fenceposts etc. This is not due to a lost American Indian tribe living in the area, it is all down to Dick, who has this strange urge to pick feathers up and find somewhere to display them. At least he doesn't insist on wearing them, even though he can be a bit flamboyant at times!
Talking of looking different - we had a family wedding at the weekend, Dick's eldest daughter Hannah married her lovely partner Leon. It was a great day for the family, and an excuse to dress up, not something I do very often - and I managed to persuade Dick not to wear his red or blue shoes!
This is going to be a busy weekend, I will be at Halesworth Produce Market on Saturday morning, and on Sunday I will have a stall at Hattens Farm Nurseries at Metfield from 12-4.
On Wednesday afternoon I decided I ought to hard boil some eggs for sandwiches to help see me through a very long day in the polling station, I find it's always advisable to pack twice as much food as I think I could possibly need, and I still eat nearly all of it. Anyway, I put the eggs on to boil and then did a little bit of work on the computer and made a phone call, and then went out to buy a fascinator (as you do). I was gone for quite some time. I came home to find that the saucepan had boiled dry, and that the kitchen was full of steam. Luckily the smell of burning eggs had been enough to warn Dick of the problem before the house caught fire. I'm clearly not designed for kitchen work!
The bluebells round here are absolutely gorgeous at the moment, and I find that I go out of my way when driving so that I go past them, you can't beat that colour! My bead deliveries are containing lovely spring and summer colours at the moment, so some pretty things coming soon. Also, you'll find a huge number of new earrings on the website this week, mainly studs but also some very pretty new sterling silver drops.
The weekly ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.