We have just had an exceptionally good weekend, it started on Friday evening in the Bell at Wortwell where a joyous night was had by all, we have such a lovely group of friends there. We always intend to go down for an hour or so, but I don't think we've ever achieved anything like that, it's normally more like three!
On Saturday we had a great day selling at the Christmas Market in Mendham Church. I have been attending this event for several years now and I love it. It's such a traditional day with a really lovely atmosphere (and the food is exceptional). I'm already booked in for next year and wouldn't miss it for the world.
Yesterday we had a visit from my cousins Richard and Wendy - I had to put a this photo of Richard on because, just for once, he's not gesticulating. We had a lovely day catching up, it was nice to see them at ours rather than at a funeral which is where we've seen them lately. Thanks to Dick for a lovely roast, good man.
Today is an "n the shed making things"day, I have already started on some new fine silver pendants, and am going out to start on some more. It takes a few days to get them finished because of drying, firing and polishing, but I'm hoping to get them on the website by the end of the week. As well as the ones in the photo I have some new styles in mind which I'm going to play with shortly. I will also be making more stained glass - it sold rather well at Mendham, so now I have orders to fulfil. I love my "work"!
I'm sure this must happen in other households, but it's getting very annoying in ours now. We have had "the cold" for three or four weeks now, it started with Dick and then came to me and it's been to-ing and fro-ing ever since. You just think you're better when the sneezing starts again. Today though, we both seem clear of said germs, but I have heard Otto sneezing - can you catch a cold from a dog? I sincerely hope not.
On Saturday we had an outing with step-daughter Ruth and Mother-in-Law June to The Old Bank in Bungay for full afternoon tea. What a treat! It was a lovely way to spend an hour or so and we certainly didn't need to eat that evening. It was an experience which will certainly have to be repeated. I do like a scone (and a cake, and the sandwiches etc). It was wonderful that Ruth flew up from Cornwall for the weekend so that we were able to spend time with her and Gran. We'll be out with other step-daughter and husband for lunch on Sunday - and Gran is coming too.
I will be at Beccles Farmers Market with my wares tomorrow from 9 - 1 and hope to see some of you there. As always there are new items on the website, along with a new category, Fine Silver.
Stop press! I just heard a feature on Radio Norfolk regarding a dog which was taken to a rescue centre because "it didn't match the furniture in the living room", I would like it to be known that at great cost we have just purchased new furniture to match Otto!!!
It's toadstool time out on the meadows - we always get a lot at this time of year, but there seem to be more than usual at the moment. There are several different types (I have no idea what most of them are - I'm certainly no expert), some of them grow in really large groups of a hundred or more and look like ranks of little soldiers. I love to see them. Of course Otto pays no attention to them at all, and knocks them over in large numbers as he thunders around chasing pheasants. Luckily he doesn't chase the chickens, he was trained not to at an early age so we don't have a problem with that. There have been several foxes around and we had been keeping the chickens in their run, but it just feels really cruel. I hate to see caged birds, and it feels wrong to have the chickens kept in, so we have come to the conclusion that they are better off "free range" and can take their chances - at least they enjoy life that way.
I've been very busy again this week, and have put lots of new items on the website, including a lovely range of Christmas earrings. Have a look at the new items section to see what's new.
I thought I'd include a list of events which I'll be at with my jewellery between now and Christmas, so here goes:-
Sat 10 Nov - Halesworth Produce Market 9-1
Sat 17 Nov - Beccles Farmers Market 9-1
Sat 24 Nov - Mendham Christmas Market, Mendham Church 10-3
Sat 1 Dec - Beccles Farmers Market 9-1
Sat 8 Dec - Halesworth Produce Market 9-1
Sun 9 Dec - Withersdale Christmas Market, Village Hall 12-4
Sat 15 Dec - Beccles Farmers Market 9-1
Sun 23 Dec - Extra Beccles Farmers Market 9-1 (ish!)
Not as many events as I usually squeeze in at this time of year, but I'm still recovering following my illness during the summer (this is not to say that the above list is final!).
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.