We had a long and very lovely walk here in the Saints this morning, but by gum it was cold. There was a fair bit of ice on the road, so it was a bit tricky to stay upright, and you could hear the ice in the puddles cracking. I love mornings like this though, its so clear and everything looks clean and lovely, but Dick gets a bit fed up when I keep stopping to take pictures, which is perhaps a bit over often.
Dick went outside a few minutes ago - to do outdoorsy things, like he does. Unusually though he came back after about ten minutes because it's too cold - he says it's enough to cut your legs off! I shall stay indoors then, with the fire roaring.
BIG NEWS!!! I have decided to have a 20% off SALE on everything on the website, this will happen at the till - but you must remember to use the code SALE before you pay. The sale will continue until 14th January 2018. Have fun!!
Having done surprisingly well on my diet I have awarded myself a couple of weeks off so that I can enjoy the festivities, and will start being very good again in the New Year. I have rediscovered my love of the scone - any scone - cheese, fruit or plain, and have tried both the cheese and fruit varieties during the last few days. When I left my job at South Norfolk Council I was given a fridge magnet declaring my love of scones, so apt (thanks Carolyn, it's still on the fridge). I decided not to make a Christmas Cake this year, it lasts too long and would be too much of a temptation after Christmas, but have made a small fruit cake with no icing or marzipan. Other baking will start tomorrow, just sausage rolls and pork pies - I have to remember I'm not the only person in the house!
I have received so many lovely comments about my photos that I'm considering making a calendar for 2019 showing a year at Howes Cottage, hopefully we'll have a good display of orchids and other wild flowers etc. to make it worthwhile. I'm hoping that it would be a good way to raise a little bit of money for charity, and if they don't sell you all know what you'll be getting for Christmas next year!
There have been a few re-stocks on the website this week, but not much in the way of new items - things have gone a bit quiet now that we're so close to the big day. Thank you to all of you for your custom and friendship this year;. Have a lovely Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.
I really enjoy the snowy weather - not for travelling, I'm not too comfortable with that, but for photography and dog walking. The winter months can be a bit grey and dull, but a bit of snow makes everything look bright and clean. Otto, aged over 7, sprints and jumps like a young pup, and (being a little dim) tries to catch snowballs in mid-air, luckily catching isn't his strong-point (he takes after me!).
I am coming to the end of Christmas Stall season, with only one left to do in Eye tomorrow evening. It's been a great lead up to the festivities though, so thank you to all of you who have bought either online or in person. I really appreciate it. I am now having time to write Xmas cards and wrap presents, although Dick and I have one more shopping visit (hopefully!) to make, so we're off to Beccles later. Otto is going to the dog "hairdressers" in Spexhall this afternoon for his Christmas makeover, so we'll have some time to do a bit of browsing while he is getting pampered.
As you might expect there are a few new items on the website this week, and happily I have been able to restock the Swarovski Xmas Tree earrings which have been very popular again this year. Have a look on this New Items link. The online shop will obviously remain open for any urgent purchases - I will get items out as quickly as possible and they will all be sent by 1st class post.
It was high time (actually it was well past high time) to get our tax return paperwork into the accountants. I always promise myself that I'll get it done nice and early like I used to, but we seem to have failed lately. I got mine done a few weeks ago, but Dick has been really busy and only got his finished yesterday morning. I don't mind admitting that it had been worrying me for a while and had visions of us being fined for being late. So we set off for Harleston late yesterday morning with two main jobs in mind - see Dick's Mum and Dad, and go to the accountant. We achieved both, sort of... Mum & Dad were outside their house on the way to a Christmas Lunch, so we had the briefest of meetings. Also, we did go to the accountant, but only to apologise for not bringing the paperwork! It was still in the Dining Room, and we blamed each other. Clearly not the most successful of mornings. I returned to town this morning in the rather heavy rain and, yes, I took the paperwork with me. I've stopped worrying now.
It's been a bit grim outside, but not enough to stop me and Otto from having our morning plod. We have a lot of windfall apples on the meadows, which have been left for the wildlife. We had begun to conclude that they hadn't been found as they have been there for a while, but I noticed that the Blackbirds have been having them for breakfast today so they won't be wasted.
I had to include the photo of Dick being his usual daft self - it makes me laugh.
I will be at Halesworth Produce Market on Saturday morning and at Withersdale Street Village Hall on Sunday, so feel free to come along and see me and all the other stalls. As always new there is new stock on the site, have a look on this link new stock
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.