Well here we are on the 1st July, Hard to believe two months since I wrote the last blog. Well we traveled north (with Star) on the 18th May to stayed with our friends Denise and Tim (Willo Fibres) then got up early next day and went off to the Tynedale Spinners Gathering with them which was lovely. We met up with a lot of friends and customers, some having traveled some distance to actually see US as they wouldn’t be able to get to the other events we are attending before we retire, which was a lovely gesture. Star really was a little star during the day and spent much of the day ‘people watching’ from his playpen. We then returned to Denise and Tim’s and spent a wonderful weekend there before returning home on the Monday. Star also had a wonderful time and did not disgrace himself this year with any Alpaca fibre Lol!
A fortnight after returning from Our trip north we made another but this time, dropping Star off at the kennels for a little holiday and then travelling up the western side. Stopping off at the Days Inn at Annandale Water for an overnight stay in a lovely room with a balcony
Then we went on our way again to stay in an apartment in Alloa and visit the family in their new house which was really lovely. On the Sunday we also managed to fit in a trip to the Kelpies
It was a short but lovely visit to Scotland and we returned home on the Monday and collected Star from his short holiday too
Having arrived home and apart from getting on with work we also managed to roughly clear the front garden. We have a neighbour who let brambles, buttercups and bindweed run riot in his garden and as we only had a picket fence between the two gardens and with Clive having had health problems over this last few years and me trying to keep everything up and running, the brambles etc had seriously invaded our garden. (Luckily whilst we were away our Neighbour had someone clear some of the brambles etc away form his garden. 🙂 ) Clive cleverly found a new way of doing Armchair gardening. He carefully went out the front garden and once out on the garden then sat on a folding chair and used the hedge cutter to sweep around in an arc and clear a way through then I raked that bit out of the way and he progressed onto the next part. Gradually we cleared everything down to virtually ground level. Then it was all attacked with ‘Roundup’ being careful to not spray near the pond. Also the same time we had a local jobbing builder come and take down the picket fence and build us a nice new solid fence (which I then creosoted). Then he put some cladding up for us on the front of the house and also painted the side and back walls of the house with Sandtex, which has made it look so much cleaner and made us feel better too! We then decided to do sills and doorsteps ourselves. I have now moved onto actually digging and clearing the front garden: A small area a day ready to rebuild the rockery and put in lots of ground cover plants and a few heather so with the new fence it will help to protect against next doors garden invasion. Really chuffed now.
Yesterday apart from my quota of digging, I also managed to wash three Ryeland fleeces and they mostly got dry too just finishing them of this morning and watching the weather in case of the threatened thunderstorms. Another quota of digging this morning and then this afternoon I have to start doing some sock blockers and more blending boards, using the last of the carding cloth as we are off to the Kennet Valley Guild next weekend and then Fibre East at the end of the month. Clive is out working in the workshop with lots of cups of tea and sit downs to keep him going. Luckily he can sit, stand and lay without pain but does find it difficult walking, so we are juggling with his painkillers but getting there gradually. So onwards and upwards!!