The work on our roof has started in earnest this week, much to Otto's joy as he has more new friends to spoil him. He spends a good bit of time sitting at the bottom of the access ladder waiting for someone to come down, I'm sure he'd get up there if he could. The builders have been really considerate, but it does seem very strange having all these people about, my existence here is usually very quiet. Builders aren't like they used to be - no radio, no wolf-whistles, but I heard one of them on his mobile phone this morning singing Happy Birthday to his little girl at the top of his voice. Lovely.
It's being a busy few weeks for Mary's Little Gems, we had a great weekend at The Wortwell Bell last weekend, and this weekend is going to be equally busy. On Saturday morning I will be at a charity coffee morning in Ringsfield Village Hall, and on Sunday and Monday I will be at the lovely Walsham le Willows Open Gardens weekend, have a look on their website at walshamopengardens/org. It's a great event, and well worth a visit.
By the way, the Damson Jam is made and is absolutely lovely and may not last long....
As always, some new items on the website this week, sterling silver pendants, necklaces and I've bought in some really pretty Tree of Life stud earrings. For Abalone lovers (you know who you are), there is a super sterling silver pendant for you to have a look at.
It's beginning to feel a bit autumnal round here, the harvest is just about in. We could hear the combines working until the early hours this morning, the conditions must have been perfect. So I got up to find that our view has changed to fields of stubble instead of wheat. We've had a few misty evenings and mornings too, usually a sign of autumn, but we don't seem to have had a "proper" summer yet.
I've been making jam this week, with plums picked from the hedgerows and blackcurrants from our garden. The picture shows some of the jars waiting to be put away in the jam shed, I am aware that this will cause all sorts of jealousy, but yes, I have a jam shed. It's part of the old brick outbuildings we have here, proper useful too. I'm also planning on making Damson jam, one of my favourites, but am waiting for my lovely husband to pick them for me as the fruit is on the high branches.
I'm getting ready for a couple of really busy weekends on the jewellery front, I have a stall at the Wortwell Bell this weekend as it's their beer and music festival & they have very kindly let me join in (not with the music - I can't sing). Next Saturday morning I'm having a stall at Ringsfield Village Hall, and on Sunday and Monday I will be at the lovely Walsham le Willows open garden event - my biggest event of the year. Walsham le Willows is a really picturesque village and the gardens are amazing, as are the refreshments & craft barn. Well worth a visit.
As usual, there are new items on the website, including the lovely teapot earrings pictured.
When we got back from our holiday last week it was to find that the scaffolding had been put up in readiness for quite a lot of work on the roof. We had expected the roofing to start this week, but have been told it won't start just yet - no problem at all, but our cottage isn't the lightest at the best of times, and it really feels dark now, especially upstairs. Anyway, not to worry - except that the Sky aerial wasn't working at all because it was obscured by the scaffolding. Not to worry you might think, but some of you may have noticed that the Olympics are on! Now, I'm no good at sport, but I'm champion at watching it and cheering on the brilliant GB team. So a lovely Sky man came to move the dish for us, he was lovely, and sorted out my viewing for me. It was surprising to find that he was over for a few weeks from Tipperary to help out in England as it's busy here. When I was in Tipperary some years ago I was amused to see that the sign as you enter the town said "Welcome to Tipperary - it's a long way to come".
Things have been busy on the jewellery front, you'll find new brooches, including the popular Mother of Pearl Thistle Brooch, along with new necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
We're back from a lovely week away, three nights in Northumberland and three in West Yorkshire - not as posh as some two centre holidays but it worked for me. I absolutely love the moors, especially in good weather, and we were very lucky. We had a nightmare journey going up - lots of roadworks and, sadly, some accidents too (not us, thankfully). It was well worth it though, staying firstly with great friends, and then with our wonderful aunt, who still feels the pull of the moors although well into her eighties, so we had a picnic amongst the harebells and the heather. You can't beat the colours of nature, and I am often inspired by them, so we can look forward to some creations in harebell blue, heather and green.
Just outside Askrigg we found a pub, like you do. It was the most old fashioned pub I've ever seen, and I don't think it can have changed since the 1960's - and nor have the staff, Having used the (outside) facilities, we entered the establishment, the door had an old fashioned bell at the top which rang when the door opened, the pub was empty of customers and staff, so I went and rang the bell a bit louder. An old lady emerged from the kitchen who must have been in her 90's. She served us with a pint & a half of bitter (didn't smell too good so we left most of it) and some crisps (they didn't serve food). Although we left still hungry and thirsty we really didn't mind as we felt we'd been in a museum rather than a pub. We carried on for a few miles and found that the next pub was a little more modern, so we had food (and drink) there. Vintage is great, but we need modern too.
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.