Wednesday, 13 October 2021

The Apple tree Pirates

The Clumsy Pickle has  just published  a childrens comic book. It is the first in a 

series of the adventures of 'The Apple Tree Pirates' with Captain Onki and his crew. 

The illustrations are amazing and will make and ideal  Christmas gift for a child along 

with the Apple Tree Pirates activity pack

 


What's New?


Hello everyone What's new?

It has been an odd year and already it is autumn. I have spent a lot of my time in the 
garden as well as crafting and writing.

My book Fagus the Badger has been proofread and tweaked and now I am in the process of having some exciting illustrations done by the Clumsy Pickle


I have been making some fun cards for my Folksy shop.



Saturday, 15 May 2021

All done.....


 Yesterday I had my 2nd Covid jab. 

Today I have a tender arm and a bit tired, but otherwise 
I'm not to bad.

Hopefully we are now slowly coming out the other end.

However, we still need to be careful. 

I for one will not be going silly and I shall still be wearing a mask when I feel compromised.

I can't wait to give my son and granddaughter a bit hug.

Take care and enjoy your Summer.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

February is shit......


 Well a bitter wind is blowing from the east and snow is forecast this week. The thought does not fill me with excitement. I have to admit the lockdown this time is getting to me.
Before I could potter in the garden and enjoy the sunshine.

I had hoped that 2021 would bring enlightenment and light to the end of the tunnel, but so far February has been shit. I have lost two friends to Covid and now I have lost my brother to Bowel Cancer. Like many I never got the chance for that final goodbye, living in France I was never going to get to see him. A close friend of mine sent me some flowers to cheer me up and the gorgeous gerbera made me smile. Ironically, the post man delivered my flowers with my Bowel Cancer Screening test.

Completed and sent off can I say please don't ignore the chance for screening.




Wednesday, 27 January 2021

2021


Hello everyone it has been a while since my last post. I hope that you are all surviving lockdown. Christmas has been and gone and we are now in 2021.

I have been busy finishing projects and one of these is my book 'Fagus the Badger'. It is currently being proofread. Keep a look out to see its progress on my 'Fagus' blog page.



Monday, 5 October 2020

Life is Strange...!



This beautiful scarf is the latest item off of my loom.

Made from a soft cotton yarn and wool.

A check pattern in pinks and dark red with this lovely diamond pattern throughout.

Life is strange!

I lived in a weavers cottage high in the Pennines for nearly 20 years and only began weaving myself when I moved to Lincolnshire.

Our old house was built in 1828 and would have originally housed two large looms that were slotted into recesses in the thick walls. We had  two long lights that allowed the weavers to use the maximum amount of light. 

 The women spun the wool and the men wove on loom similar to this. Once the cloth (piece) had been woven it was taken on the back of a pack horse across the tops to be sold at the Piece Hall in Halifax.
 
The Piece Hall is a magnificent building (that has recently been renovated).
Rows of little rooms were occupied by the cloth merchants all trading and buying cloth from all the small weavers.




Tuesday, 15 September 2020

September Already!

 I cannot believe it is already September. 

Autumn so the weatherman says!

I have been drying lavender, hops, fragrant rose petals and aromatic herbs from the garden and blending them together and making sleep pillows.

The hops are special to me as they are from a plant my late father-in-law gave me. He worked in the Kent hop fields in the day when it was all done by hand, The plant has traveled with me to every home and is now happily growing in the Fens of Lincolnshire.



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