It's amazing what a beer or two can do, it leads to husbands wearing ladies hats! This was in the pub (hardly surprising), I think he may have forgotten he was wearing it. Suits him though. We're off the the Beccles Beer Festival this evening so I wait with bated breath to see what might happen....
It has been a very busy week, with a Christmas Fair at Wortwell on Sunday and a private jewellery party yesterday. Tomorrow morning (16th Nov) I will be at Beccles Farmers Market and next Saturday at Alburgh Village Hall. It's all happening! Luckily I have both made and purchased lots of lovely jewellery which I will have with me. I have put some new items on the website, so feel free to follow this link new items.
As you will all be aware, its been a wet old week. Otto and I have tried to take our morning walk between showers to save getting too wet. I don't know why we bother though, just because it's not raining does not mean that you don't get wet - our trees seem to have a considerable sense of humour and save buckets full of rain to dump on me and Otto as we pass by. It's not so bad for me because I can wear a hat, but poor Otto got a real soaking from the Beech tree this morning, and I swear I heard a little chuckle.
Firstly a little bit of bad news, I have had to put my UK postage & packing charge up to £1.50, I had found recently that charging £1 was really quite ridiculous. For your £1.50 you will receive your gift wrapped item(s) by first class post, in organza bags wrapped in acid free tissue paper and ribbon, all safely packaged in a cardboard box which will fit through your (or the recipient of your choice) letter box.
This is a busy time of year for me, this weekend I will be at Halesworth Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, and at the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wortwell Village Hall on Sunday from 10-4. I will have plenty of stock with me, I have been busy making all sorts of jewellery over the last few weeks - some of which has gone onto the website, but if you want to see a large display of my "makings" why not pop along at the weekend.
Between makes I have been enjoying the autumn colours, even if it's through a veil of rain! One of the joys of living "out in the sticks" is that I can just open the door and I'm straight out into the countryside. Cottage life is lovely at this time of year, the log burners keep us snug in the evenings and dark nights really don't matter when you're safe indoors. However, now that Otto isn't as young as he was he does need to pop out during the night. Strangely, he walks right round the bed to wake me up, but invariably Dick is the one who takes him out (probably because he wants one too)! Dog logic. Wouldn't change him for the world.
If you would like a look at some of the new items on the website click here new items
This week Dick and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. We have experienced real highs and lows during those years. We are blessed to live in a house that we absolutely love, we have our beloved Otto to keep us amused and the wonderful countryside to keep us happy. On the downside I have dealt with horrible health issues, although happily I am very much better than I was last May. My only real continuing niggle is that I haven't been able to spend the time in the garden that I would usually do, but am hopeful that I will get it all sorted next year. Sadly at the moment poor Dick is suffering with a bad back, but seems to be on the mend and will hopefully be better next week. All of these things tell me to live for today, as you don't know what's round the corner.
I have however been very busy on the jewellery front, with orders coming in from the website and sales going well at markets. This Saturday I will be at Beccles Farmers Market, Dick is currently working out how he can watch the rugby while we're there (this is important to both of us!). I will have plenty of new stock with me this Saturday, including the cards I made last week. I have added some Christmas earrings to the website this morning - I know that several of you will groan at this, but they have already been selling like hot cakes at my recent events. Why not have a look at my new stock by clicking on this link New Items
Those of you who have read my blogs before (and I apologise for not writing as many as I used to) will know that there is a certain amount of harmless lunacy in our household. This week Dick was out gardening and couldn't remember where he'd left his hat, I think the sunflower looked great in it!
It's been a very busy couple of weeks - for some reason jewellery sales have increased by quite a lot, I have even been exporting to Germany! Halesworth Market on Saturday morning was a fantastic success and I'm hoping this continues, but I'm not going to rely on it! I have been putting lots of new stock onto the website, but haven't had time to put all of my new stock on, so if you're in the area on Saturday morning why not pop along to Beccles Farmers Market to have a look? It's a market worth visiting.
Dick and I spent a happy (?) half hour this week looking for his binoculars. We checked the house, sheds and garage to no avail, and I was beginning to think that his upcoming birthday present conundrum was solved (although this would have been quite an expensive option). Eventually they were found hanging from the climbing bean supports in the vegetable garden, apparently he left them there when he suddenly decided to dig some potatoes...
I had just hung my washing out this morning, when a much awaited silver delivery arrived. The delivery man made friends with Otto (they all do) and we were having a nice chat about hollyhocks (as you do). Suddenly, and I mean really suddenly, the heavens opened, he dashed for his cab and I ran to the house, I know I'm not much of a sprinter but I was soaked when I got there.
We will be at Halesworth Produce Market tomorrow morning from 9 til 1, where I will have quite a lot of new stock on display, some of it had made it's way onto the website, but not all. Have a look at the new items section
My lovely husband truly excelled himself over the weekend, he spent all day on Sunday and Monday working his hands to the bone in the garden. It really has made a tremendous difference, although his back is now giving him some "jip". Otto, as always, was a tremendous help, he spent most of the time laying at his usual viewpoint whilst occasionally pretending to be awake! Dick doesn't let me do too much of the "heavy" stuff, so I spent my time pottering in the greenhouse and dead-heading pansies (and feeling guilty for not doing enough).
I did, however, spend some happy hours in the workshed (a cross between and shed and a workshop). I made some pretty new fine silver pendants and earrings - these can be seen in the new items section of the website.
We will be at the monthly Halesworth Produce Market this Saturday from 9am - 1pm, this is a lovely local market and is well worth a visit.
Spring has always been my favourite time of year, but since Dick and I have lived here I love it even more. We are so privileged to be able to walk a short distance from our front door into the meadows and see the lovely orchids as well as all the other spring flowers. I don't think that Otto realises how lucky he is, but we do!
We have a weekend off this week, with no jewellery stall to set up and no markets to attend, I think that working three Saturdays a month is quite enough, and you can still always buy online if you have withdrawal symptoms! I have been making several new items, and some of them have made their way onto the website, have a look at the new items section.
I feel that I must apologise for my lack of blogs, and general lack of work on the website just lately. The truth is that following my poorly spell last year I'm still not up to speed and find it an effort to get everything done. However, the lovely weather we have had (and I hope we have some more!) will hopefully give me a lift, (assuming Storm Hannah doesn't blow us away!).
Now that Otto is a slightly older dog (nine) he doesn't need to go on quite such long walks all the time, although, like us, he enjoys it from time to time. He does, however, get quite cross if he considers that I am late for either his morning or afternoon exercise, and he's very good at giving me "that" look and if I attempt to ignore it he will nudge me until I give in. Even if we're out gardening and he has the run of the place, he still has an in-built clock for walkies. It is a pleasure being out on the meadows for a woman and dog at the moment, it's getting quite flowery out there and the larks are singing beautifully.
I must confess that I haven't spent as much time on the website as I should have for the past couple of weeks, we had a lovely break in Cornwall, and since then I've been spending time in the greenhouse and garden, which I love. I have put some new items on the website during that time, and will be getting up to full speed again next week.
This Saturday morning I will have my usual stall at Halesworth Produce Market, it would be lovely to see some of you there.
This weather! Otto and I got blown round the meadows this morning - I'm not complaining, I like a bit of weather. The field gate had been blown open (this often happens), we have a patented "stick closure" system which just wasn't up to the job in these winds, so I upgraded to the double stick closure version which is holding so far. I have firmly braced the sticks in the ground so I'm hoping it will work. Country life at it's best, in my opinion.
Otto has a favourite toy pig, which has lasted much longer than most of his toys. I was surprised when I opened the door the other day to find the pig laying comfortably in the wood basket snuggled under a towel. Dick has tried to persuade me that this was just down to a series of events (Otto drops pig on top of basket, Dick rubs Otto down with towel after rainy walk and throws towel on top of basket). Not convinced, I like to think that Otto's been looking after his toy.
I have been really busy making new stock this week, and a lot of it has already been put on the website, however there is much more to come. I have also been out in the shed "creating" with fine silver, and hope to have the much requested long earrings with me at Beccles Farmers Market on Saturday, providing I get them fired in time!
We're back from a lovely holiday in Madeira, the weather was perfect and the island is absolutely beautiful. We were so lucky to have a panoramic view from our villa's verandah, I took a ridiculous amount of photos - I always do, but it's hard not to when you're in such a lovely place. We came back to find the weather here was also amazing, we hadn't expected that, it was less of a shock to the system.
Yesterday I had a lovely trip out with friends to Raveningham Hall Gardens to see the snowdrops - what a fantastic sight! I hadn't been there for years, but will be going again, I love walled gardens and will be back to see it in the spring/summer. It's great to have somewhere like that so close to home. We sat enjoying the view from a garden seat and couldn't believe how hot it was. I also have to point out that the cheese scones were excellent.
I received an early birthday gift yesterday, a gorgeous pair of hand knitted fingerless gloves! They are a perfect fit and will help keep my hands warm at the Farmer's Market at Beccles on Saturday morning, my hands really do get cold in that great big hangar, so thank you Ann, much appreciated.
On our way back from Gatwick Airport on Sunday we had a pub lunch with cousins and then stopped at the Bead Fair in Colchester, I have to admit that I spent rather a lot of money! I will be updating the website over the next month or so, I haven't had time to make very much yet, but will enjoy designing new items with my new purchases. Before we went on holiday I had received quite a lot of new silver items, so I will be putting those on the website first - I have already added some stud earrings (and there will be a lot more). The Leaping Hare brooches which keep selling out are back in stock - I know a couple of you are waiting for them.
The weekly(ish) ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.