There has been a spot of weather about this week, as I'm sure you've noticed. We certainly realised on Saturday night when we were on our way to see Brother & Sister in Law for supper, we got half way there and found the road was flooded. Dick, being a man, drove on until it started to get too deep, I squealed, which I'm sure was helpful. Luckily he managed to keep the engine going and reverse out. Quite a relief, as I really didn't fancy wading through that lot.
Sadly we had another hen taken this week, our Mandy, so we'll be keeping them in their run for the time being. We've hardly had an egg for weeks and actually had to buy some today. Anyway, it started me thinking about all the names we've had for our hens over the last couple of years, it started with Polly, Molly, Bertha & Betsy, we then got three new hens which Dick wanted to call Milly, Molly & Mandy, so we did. There we were with seven hens, two of which were called Molly, sad but true.
I've been really busy this week making lots of new jewellery, you'll find new items in most categories, and I'm still carrying on. I have two events this weekend, on Saturday at Mendham Church which should be a lovely event, and on Sunday at Langley School. Best I get on.....
We had a stall at Halesworth Produce Market on Saturday, we've had a stall there for years, but for some reason it was absolutely freezing in that barn this week. I had to take some action or I would have cried, so I set off in search of a hat, and as I didn't fancy a knitted one I came back with a beautiful felted one. Well, it looked beautiful on the stand, but not necessarily on my head. I have to admit there is an uncanny resemblance to Miss Marple (and, I have to say I've started to look a bit like my Mum).
On a bright note, the Christmas earrings are selling well, especially the Angels (I'd love to say they're flying out of the door, but you might hit me!). The bookmarks are also popular, I have put a few on the website, but if there is a particular colour you'd like feel free to ring/message me and I'll see what I can do.
There are new items on the website this week, in addition to Xmas earrings and bookmarks there are new necklaces, and I can feel some bracelets coming on - I know I haven't put any on lately but will be making some over the next few days.
12 Nov - Halesworth Produce Market
20 Nov - Fressingfield Social Club
26 Nov - Mendham Church
27 Nov - Langley School
2 Dec - St Lawrence Primary School
3 Dec - Metfield Barn
6 Dec - Wortwell Bell
10 Dec - Halesworth Produce Market
Plus jewellery always available at Home Comforts in Harleston, The Old Bank Tearooms & Gallery - Bungay, and at the Bell in Wortwell.
If you would like to visit at Howes Cottage you would be most welcome, but please let us know first!
I'm having a lovely day today, the phone is busy, I've had visitors and I'm out this evening for a jewellery party. My visitors today came for what I consider to be quite a superior shopping experience! My lovely friend and her Mum came to do a bit (well, quite a lot) of Christmas shopping, and, as is usual with these events, flapjack was provided - and plenty of chat too. If anyone else fancies this kind of special treatment you are most welcome, but please let me know first!
There was a surprising result at the Huntsman & Hounds monthly quiz - our team won, I must admit our four friends on the team helped tremendously, and we won four bottles of vino as well as getting the best quiz food ever!
I've been really industrious this week making stock for all the events I have booked - two more stalls booked this week so I'm going to be a tad busy, but that's a good thing. There are loads of new brooches on the website, also a new Christmas Earring section, along with several new necklaces etc.
On the downside my lovely Mum-in-law had a nasty fall this week, and is currently in hospital, but hopefully will be going home tomorrow. What is really good though, is how brilliantly the family have pulled together to cope with it all, Dick's parents are lucky to have such a good family to help them out, but I suppose it's not luck at all, they just brought them up very well.
We're having a fantastic few days in the Peak District, where the weather has been dry, a bit parky, but bright, and the autumn colours are wonderful. We're used to walking Otto every day, but these hills make it so much harder, the four mile walks we do at home really are a doddle compared to these steep hills. The Dovedale/Ilam walk yesterday was a killer, but well worth it, the views were stunning, and we felt no guilt at all when we tucked into a ginger and toffee pudding yesterday evening.
Today has been quite a lot colder, but still lovely walking the Tissington Trail and having lunch in Ashbourne (where we were forced to try the Bakewell Tart, very nice). We have even started our Christmas shopping as there are several shops in Tissington which sell really unusual hand crafted items.
We'll be back at home tomorrow, where I shall be making myself busy creating new jewellery for the website and for the events I have coming up - Metfield Village Market this Saturday, and several more events to come.
The weekly ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.