Today, 26th August 2018, is a special day

Today’s blog is a bit different. It is a celebration of my Dad’s life as he died in 2007 but he would have been 100 years old today.

Nan & Grandad

He was very special to us all,  but to Clive and I especially, as it was him that kept telling us to ‘live our dreams’ . Every new challenging step we take, we think of him. It is the driving force of what we do today.  When we set up Woodland Turnery others said ‘get a proper job’ but my Dad’s answer was ‘Go for it!’

He grew up in North London. In the early years, spending many weekends helping the local car mechanic, he eventually went to work in a furriers in Conduit Street, near Regent Street London as an apprentice fur cutter and eventually working up to a fully qualified mink fur cutter (frowned upon these days but a very skilled job in its day). He met my Mother here (he was 16 she was 14) and she was an apprentice fur machinist  later qualifying as a mink fur machinist. Mink has the closest individual strands of fur on its pelt of any animal and  both the cutter and machinist must not cut or machine the strands of fur but only the pelt, so they were both highly skilled.  With War starting Dad went into the Army as a Tank Driver and was complimented on his very good skills as a driver. He married Mum on the 13th August 1940 before going overseas. He fought in North Africa, before being taken  a prisoner of war at Torbruk (the first time it fell) first with the Italians and then the Germans. He got moved across countries and was in Poland for quite some time. He was a resilient man. luckily,  and as the Russians approached the POW camps he was forced by the Germans to take part in the ‘long March’ westwards  see

Amazingly he survived this and was luckily repatriated by the Americans, arriving home  in May 1945, at 5ft 10 ins tall and weighing just 6 stone (just over 38kg). With help from my Mother he slowly regained most of his health, bearing in mind a full meal to him in the early days of recovery was 1/2  a boiled egg. It took many months before he gained the weight back properly. He then went on to be a Civil Servant working up the grades and at the same time became a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police, eventually a Sergeant. After retirement he took up gardening, machine knitting ( knitting many a pullover for all members of the family)  and then also learning Lacemaking and demonstrating at  the craft Saturdays with us at the National Museum of Wales.

He took great joy in watching our progression with our gift ware and lace making supplies but unfortunately died before we had progressed far with our Spinning wheels and accessories.

In the later years he and Mum would love to got to visit Linz and Tam in Scotland and their favourite place was Luss at Loch Lomond. So on 30th December 2007 we spread their ashes there.

Many fond memories…………..

 

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Time is flying by…….

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

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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!!

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Wonderwool and our retirement at the end of 2018

Well here we are the first of May. This year is flying by but still oh so cold!! (Although this morning the sun is shining.)

April was eventful as I was due to have a cataract operation in May and the hospital phoned with a date at beginning of April (Easter Tuesday) which I gratefully accepted. This left a slight dilemma as having had the Operation I was not to bend forwards  or carry anything more than 7Kg in weight for a few weeks. Clive’s psoriasis was much improved however he is still finding it difficult to walk as his back is causing problems  although he can sit, or stand ok. This made preparing stock for Wonderwool Wales unexpectedly interesting but between us we got there.  When the day came for set up, the Wonderwool Team were very  supportive and allowed to drive in to unload which made things a lot easier. We set up with help from our friends Denise and Tim (Willo Fibres) who kindly assisted with helping to put up banners and tables. We had a wonderful Wonderwool and met lots of lovely friends and customers old and new.

Now back so have to do a stock take to see what I need to prepare for the next show. Clive is busy with a few duplicate bobbins and concentrating on finishing some Timbertops Wheel orders.

Now for our main announcement as we have already told a number of folk at Wonderwool and this obvious sends out rumours.
As many of you know we bought Timbertops Spinning Wheels on 8th December 2008 (10½ years ago now) and despite various setbacks with the workshop fire and Clive having two hip operations and a AAA and me having concussion and also a cataract operation, we have enjoyed the time.
However, we have decided that once our latest batch of deposit paid orders, (which are all partially made and these will have priority with Clive’s time) are completed by October/November of this year that Timbertops Spinning wheels will hopefully have found a new owner. So we are beginning our search for a suitable new Owner now. If you are interested yourself or know anyone that may like to keep the wonderful name of Timbertops Spinning Wheels alive, let us know or get them to contact us as soon as possible or if you have any suggestions as to who we should contact, please let us know.
 
The person needs to be a good wood turner with an eye for precision, have preferably made a spinning wheel and know how they work. Also know how to spin or know someone that spins so that they can assist in ‘test spinning’ to ensure completed wheels work well.
The person buying the business will get as much assistance as we can give to help them on their way. We feel it is important and a wonderful opportunity to find someone who will move the business forward and who can fulfil the dreams of the folk who are already waiting for the order list for a Timbertops Wheel to be re-opened. It would be such a shame to see it dwindle away.
 
We will continue making spinning and weaving accessories stock throughout this year but running it down as the year progresses. You can either catch up with us at the shows or order on folksy or on the phone. We are still planning on attending Fibre East, Bakewell and Kendal Wool Gatherings, the Kennet Valley (July) and the York (November) Guilds However have now had to cancel the proposed visit to the Wiltshire Guild in February 2019. Last orders for replica bobbins etc will be taken in September/October 2018 for completion by November.
 
We plan to have closed the workshop doors for the final time in November/December and (God willing) be heading for pastures new in spring/summer 2019 in Scotland to be nearer to our two Daughters and their families in Scotland and Yorkshire.
So watch this space and I will update as we go along……………………………….

 

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Think spring has sprung at last

Well its a while since I last wrote the blog, quite shocked when I saw it was January but we have still been busy despite how cold it has been.

We both decided that if this winter was too cold to work in the workshop then we would get some decorating done, so that is what we have been doing. It is so long since we last decorated  so much has been going on illness/ operation wise etc. that we were getting a bit depressed with the house. so bit by bit, room by room we have been doing a lot of the house. Lots of rests in between and me helping Clive a lot more. As a former Painter and Decorator he normally likes to just get on with it, but this time he was grateful of help and I was there by the side of him, helping and  trying to make sure he didn’t do the Bruce Forsyth/ Normal Wisdom equivalent with the pasting of the paper. Although I wouldn’t have put it past him to try as he has a wicked sense of humour sometimes but we were both just pleased to get it done. Just two rooms to go but we feel lots better now looking at nice fresh rooms. The last two can wait until later in the year. In between all this we had a lovely day in February with the Dorset Guild where we were made most welcome with our sales table, wheel surgery and talk and a good day was had by all.

We then planned to get straight on in the workshop as soon as it warmed up, but the cold weather has been hanging on a bit. Clive is plodding on steadily and gradually getting stronger and less wobbly with his walking now he is getting the hang of his exercises.  and been making some bobbins etc in short visits out to the workshop when a bit warmer.  I have been busy but was waiting for a cataract operation and had two appointments to see the  consultant cancelled. Eventually got to see him on 13th March and he put my name forward for the operation on my right eye and I was told this would probably be in early May. Then suddenly got a call to say it would be done Easter Tuesday, lovely surprise but  it put us on edge all over the Easter weekend in case they cancelled it.

So to relieve our frustration on Easter Thursday I took Star to be groomed in the morning and then in the afternoon we visited our friend in Bridgend with the other Star (Welsh Terrier). We arrived at the house Lynne opened the door and admire how smart Star looked and he promptly started playing with the other Star. Great fun was being had and Lynne opened the back door for them to go outside……… ten minutes later they both appeared and we just sat that looking at our pristine Star, who had been having a whale of a time…..

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Of course he is lower to the ground than the Welsh Terrier and he then got a lot muddier lol! Luckily Lynne just laughed and as it dried  on Star and on the carpet etc. it became easy to hoover off (thank goodness!!!!) But he was so proud of himself and they had both had a lot of fun. It certainly lightened the mood of the day!

Anyway on Easter Tuesday, pleased to say had the operation in the afternoon and things seem to be going OK. Clive is now looking after me putting the drops in and making sure I am not lifting things or bending.

We will not be attending Woolfest or Yarndale as we have decided for a number of reasons to not apply and give them a miss. Both of these are shows that we have to carry everything in quite a distance to our stand and also Yarndale put their stand fees up last year ( £40 increase on our double stand) and then this year they have registered for vat and that of course has added an additional 20% to the stand fee. As we are not registered for vat we cannot claim it back and it has made the stand fee almost £400, which with cost of accommodation and fuel to travel to show, just too much.

However pleased to say that we are now looking forward to Wonderwool Wales and we have also been accepted for Fibre East, Bakewell Wool Gathering and Kendal Gathering and also been invited back to the Tynedale Spinners Gathering (May) and we have two more visits to Guilds booked, Kennet Valley (July) York (November) for 2018.

So moving forwards gently, gradually doing a bit more every day. Looking forward to seeing everyone coming to Wonderwool and we will have some extra goodies on the stand…….

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The start of a New Year and ……. an open mind opens doors to great opportunities

Well we said goodbye to 2017. it was a strange and worrying year, a lot of nice things happened which unfortunately got over shadowed by the not so nice things. But despite quite high odds we both survived it to see a New Year  Dawn breaking  So hence the heading.

We entered the New Year pleased to both be there together awaiting with an open mind to see whatever opportunities lay around the corner for us.  We hope we will get the opportunity this year to finish off some long awaited orders for Timbertops spinning wheels, however, we make no promises at this stage.

Clive is getting on well but still recovering his balance (with the help of a physio at local hospital) after the ‘op’ in August. Also now his Psoriasis outbreak (brought on by the stress) is gradually getting under control thanks to a very understanding Doctor and our friends Denise and Tim who helped us sort out some homeopathic cream to combine with the Doctors treatment, Unfortunately the Prescribed medication has to include steroids as it is the only thing to clear up the outbreak for Clive but this weakens the skin so it is like paper. So with the Doctors permission we are combining it with a Homeopathic cream mixture in the evenings that is gradually bringing the skin back to normal thickness, such a relief! The Doctor is also very pleased with the results. Back in October/ November we were all very worried as the skin on Clive’s leg was weeping plasma and he was changing his sock 2 or 3 times a day.

We now have an Advocate helping us with the case against the Health Board and they have also been advised how the stress has affected Clive’s leg. We will not let this rest as the fact is it was not followed up in 2015 and  it could have cost Clive his life and we must try to make sure it does not happen to someone else … as they may not be so lucky!

So onward and upwards we must now clear our minds for our journey through 2018.

We are looking forwards to Wonderwool Wales and hopefully we will be accepted for Fibre East, Bakewell and Kendal Wool Gatherings. We will not be attending Woolfest and may well not apply for Yarndale we will see! We also have two Guilds to attend Dorset – February  (where we should have been on 30th Sept 2017)  and Kennet Vale who have asked us to go in July. Also just been invited back to Tynedale Spinners Gathering so looking forward to that too.

Star is well and  has a new little friend  (just a month or two older, also called Star but she is a Welsh Terrier,

we are hoping we can meet up more now as they loved each others company so much and it was wonderful to watch them play. They played for almost 3 1/2 hours non stop around our friend’s house and the Garden.

More blogs this year hopefully……….. watch this space lol!

 

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Incredible Progress!!

Well Clive has now been home for four weeks and every day is a little stronger. His tenacity has been incredible and from day one made sure that little by little he was going to get stronger. He knows his limits and rests when necessary. Some days a nap after lunch and some days off to bed an hour earlier than normal, some days just taking it steady all day but it is working.

The workshop keys stayed hidden for a while but not long. Work started with a few 10 minute sessions and has gradually increased. Only doing small things that do not mean picking up large planks of wood. But all of it is progress!

Many folk told me that after an AAA op sometimes folk didn’t feel like doing anything for 3 or 4 months and as Clive had had such a major op not to expect too much for even up to 6 months! Well this September Clive and I have been married for 43 years and over the last 15-20 years Clive has turned from being a very negative person to a very positive person. It didn’t happen overnight but it has happened.   After the initial thought of can he actually survive the operation (which even the Consultant warned me could go wrong as they were dealing with an aneurysm that could rupture at any moment – even on the operating table)  I knew that if op went well Clive would make every effort to get back on his feet and into his beloved workshop as soon as was possible. He is never happier than when tinkering with something in there!

The consultant allowed him home 4 days after the op after asking me could I cope with him being home lol! My answer was well I have coped with him for 43 years lol!

The first few days we both rested as I knew the stress had taken a lot out of me too. Although I was looking after Clive at least I was not rushing off to the hospital every day. Clive slept a lot the first few days as was expected then he started getting up and it wasn’t long before he was walking round the house looking for things to do!! After another couple of days he would go out workshop for short 10 minute sessions.

We went to see our doctor a week after Clive came out of hospital, he couldn’t believe how good Clive was and said he has a new nickname now. Felix, cos he must have 9 lives.

It was wonderful to see the Doctors face when we walked in the surgery, as seriously, I think the Doctor had doubted that he would ever see him again after calling the hospital to get him admitted, it was that serious. He was so pleased to see him.
Doctor went on holiday immediately after getting Clive admitted and we had sent the Doctor a card thanking him for saving Clive’s life, which was on his desk on his return from holiday. He said as he opened the card, it brought a BIG smile to his face and he couldn’t stop thanking us for the card as he appreciated it so much. (Not half as much as how we appreciated his actions!)
The outside is healing well but it was a long incision so he knows the inside will take longer to heal. Also Clive is starting to get cheeky now so I know we are on the road to recovery!
Now he has to keep progressing and we will see consultant on 18th October.  We will be guided by him as to what Clive can and can’t do!

We have made the decision that we need a break away and to still go to Kendal Wool Gathering (they had held a space for us to see how Clive progressed).  I will man the stand (just one stand instead of two, so no Timbertops  wheels on display but just about everything else)  and Clive will be there but only doing what he can do AND resting! We will be spending the weekend in a cottage with our friends Denise and Tim from Willo Fibres and it will be lovely to enjoy a change of scenery and good company. Then we shall head off for the rest of the week in Scotland near Stirling in a cottage, resting but close enough to visit family and them to visit us  too. They can also meet Star who will be accompanying us on the trip

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Looking forward to seeing anyone that can get to Kendal, do come and say hello and see some new items on our table too. We will have a few  reconditioned wheels too that may interest those that have missed out on seeing us at Yarndale and Bakewell.

Lastly, thank you to all who have sent Clive their best wishes, prayers and Reiki blessings over the last 5 weeks or so. It has been much appreciated

 

 

 

 

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An update on Clive!

Morning everyone Now that things have settled down a bit I can update and let you all know what has happened to Clive.  Clive has been suffering with bad lower back pain for a couple of months, we thought it was to do with his arthritis of the spine. However, when we were at Fibre East he found he had no strength to push the trolley with stock up a ramp and we wondered if he had done something to his new hips (new in 2013 & 2016).

Anyway once we got home  I managed to get Clive to go to the Doctors on the Tuesday 1st August. Luckily got appointment with Clive’s preferred Doctor who is very attentive and explained the situation to him. He arranged for blood tests and x-rays of Clive’s  spine and hips mentioning that it could  be prostate cancer or arthritis. These were done on the 2nd August. Well after a week the blood test arrived back and everything was fine so prostate cancer was out of equation. (One sigh of relief!)

There was a backlog at the hospital so the x-ray results took until the 29th August to arrive with the Doctor   At lunch time on 29th the Doctor phoned us to say the x-ray results had confirmed that Clive had got arthritis of both the upper and lower spine, however what it had also showed up was that Clive had an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and that it was quite large, Would we make an appointment to see him the next day. He also mentioned that he had found out this had shown up on an x-ray in Mar 2015!!! It had been noted but no one had followed up on the note!!!! (I will complaining about this once Clive is well on the  road to recovery!) Went to see the Doctor who checked Clive over and immediately called the hospital, before the day was out we had an appointment on the Friday morning for him to have a scan and see the Consultant and in the meantime Clive was to take things very carefully as the AAA was large & could rupture at any moment and chances of survival if it ruptured were very very slim especially out of hospital!!!

We went to the hospital (me driving very, very carefully) on the Friday morning. Clive had a couple of different scans, blood tests and saw the Consultant who explained that normally they catch a AAA before it is 5-6 cm in diameter and then do a minor less invasive operation to repair it. If it gets to 7,8 or 9 cm then they immediately plan for a major operation to repair it. Everyone was aghast to find Clive’s AAA was 10 cm, they were all amazed that he was still alive!!!! By 3.15pm he had been admitted to hospital and spent a very boring week sitting doing nothing until Thursday morning when they had gathered a top consultant and a good team together to do the operation. Well Thursday evening it was a big relief to visit Clive in ICU.

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Friday found him leaving ICU in the afternoon and taken to High Dependancy but after an hour they were happy with him and he was taken down on the main ward.

He is now steadily progressing and is gently walking around unaided. Needless to say he can’t wait to get home but knows he must rest as much as possible and no heavy lifting for some time!

I must say a big ‘Thank You’ to our Friend Liz – our Reiki Master  (Clive has his 1st degree in Reiki and I have my 2nd). As soon as she found out about Clive being in hospital, she has been doing distant Reiki (from North Wales) on Clive whilst he has been in hospital. We have no doubt this has helped Clive’s recovery immensely. All the Consultants are amazed how well he is doing.

In the meantime Star has been a little angel considering the complete turmoil we have been in! He is enjoying a lot of extra cuddles when I can fit them in and will be really happy when Dad is home!

Just had message from hospital 10.40 am to say that Clive can come home today as he is doing so well. I must of course make sure he rests well. Workshop key is hidden lol!

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Just a short blog with important news

Now that I have had time to contact certain family, friends and customers (by phone or email) that needed to know first, I can now inform everone else. Unfortunately we have had to cancel our attendance at all Events in September and October as Clive is in hospital awaiting an unexpected operation. More news on this when available.

I am still here ‘maning the fort’ with Star’s assistance (well he is trying). The Folksy shop is still open and I am still selling reconditioned wheels and still reconditioning some too. So the business goes on.

Pre-orders of things such as shuttles, sock blockers, pairs of carders or niddy noddies for Yarndale, Bakewell and Kendal are being taken and will be brought to the shows by Willo Fibres who have kindly offered to help out and will have them behind their stall. So as long as we get orders at least two weeks before the relevant show this can be arranged. Email in the first instance with a phone number and I will get back to you.

However we cannot make spare bobbins etc at present as although I can make them I do not have time just now.

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Wonderful Guild visits and other news ………..

Well May began with the unexpected but welcome news that our Elder Daughter,  Siân had a few days spare and was coming down from Yorkshire on her own to visit us as her Husband was going to look after the family. She has already obtained a degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission and is starting her Ordination training in September and so life for the following two years will be some what hectic. It was lovely to spend some time with her. All too soon it was time for her to travel back home but I  managed to get  a couple of photos before she did!!

As you see Clive had given the razor blades a holiday for a few days lol!

Anyway once she had gone, we resumed  activities and before we knew it we were getting ready for our visit north to the Tynedale Guild Spinners Gathering.

We actually set of on the Thursday to visit a Customer/Friend Jackie near Chester who had plants for us and the family, we also exchanged some with her and we had various parts of spinning wheels to return to her! Star enjoyed the trip and when we got there he was allowed in with us to visit their menagerie! Well he had a whale of a time visiting them all. The Chihuahuas were in their crate but he crawled over to them so he was low enough to look at them eyeball to eyeball mainly all tails were wagging lol! Boss cat was kept outside  but the other four kept appearing from around the end of the settee and then letting Star chase them but then they sneaked out the door through a gap he couldn’t get through. It was funny watching them teasing  him, no one came to any harm and they all had fun. Then after we all had food, they brought their Keeshond (Dutch Barge Dog) in. Well he appeared two to three times as wide as Star and three times as high due to his beautiful coat. He spent all evening wanting to play tag but although Star was very good and didn’t bark,  Star appeared a little overwhelmed with his new friend and kept hiding under the chairs or behind someones legs with his nose poking out but gradually got a bit braver and enjoyed a run around. We had a lovely chat and all of us enjoyed the evening.

Eventually we headed off for our overnight accommodation and then in the morning we made our way north east to take some plants to Siân in Yorkshire and to see the rest of the family there, before going on to Denise and Tim (Willo Fibres) with whom we were staying with for the weekend. On arrival Star was re-introduced to Deefa (the sheepdog) who quickly told him ‘No nonsense now lad’ and Star decided best to obey Uncle Deefa!

The next morning saw us up early and on our way to Stocksfield for the gathering. We had a lovely spot on the stage again with a good display. Star joined us as we had his play pen with us again.

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It was lovely to catch up with a number of friends who had stands there and introduce them to Star who was a little star during the day. Clive made sure he carried Star out regularly through out the day and took him for some walks. We had some good sales and the biggest compliment Star could have was as we were packing up when someone gasped and said “Has that puppy been on the stage all day and I didn’t even realise as I hadn’t seen him or heard him, he has been so quiet.” lol!!

We made our way home to Denise and Tim’s, where a fish and chip supper awaited us. Then Denise and I went upstairs to the second floor to the office to check something on the computer and after a bit Star decided to he would explore and find us. He was quite proud when he found us, had a stroke and a wander round the office then disappeared again. We thought he had gone downstairs, unfortunately he had discovered the Batt box bedroom door open and had gone to investigate. We heard a funny noise and when WE went to investigate, we discovered that he had decided to spread a batt of Alpaca fibre all over the bedroom floor! Luckily Denise could see the funny side of it, as she had forgotten to shut the door having moved all the fibre in there; although Star then got christened ‘Alpaca Fibre killing puppy’!

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He didn’t actually chew anything and most of the fibre was saved when I picked it up off the floor!

The following morning we had a bit of a shock following a phone call telling us that our very good Dutch Friend Tinus, who was like a brother to us, had died of Cancer in Holland. I have known Henny (his wife) and Tinus for almost 56 years and Clive has know them for 45 years.  Denise and Tim gave us time to gather our thoughts and tell our family and then took us to the Beach for a walk which helped.

Star had never been to the beach before, so it was a good introduction.

The next day we traveled home after a lovely weekend, tired but happy. Back to the workshop for a short while, as we couldn’t manage to get to Holland for Tinus’s funeral but we did send Henny a succulent display as a living memorial to him, which she appreciated.

Then the following Friday we were off again,. This time up to West Bromwich to see Star’s Mum, Dad and Breeder Theresa. Where we had a short but lovely visit.

Then on to our Travelodge at Warrington, through nightmare traffic jams as it was Bank Holiday Friday, but luckily the next morning we only had to go 4 miles to the North Cheshire Guild. They gave us a lovely welcome, a tasty lunch and we had a splendid day with them. It was really enjoyable and again Star added more friends to his fan club lol! After packing up we made our way home, stopping for food on the way, traffic was very good, so we were home by just after 9 pm.

Sunday was a day of resting and then on again completing orders, working on Timbertops wheels and also getting ready for Woolfest …………..

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Spring into action…………..

Well from a bit of a slow start, the year is rushing onward. March saw us at the Brecon Guild, where we were made most welcome. We  know many of the Guild so it was lovely to go and visit so many of our customers and friends. Star was made most welcome and gained a new set of fans lol! I set up his small play pen at the back of the stand. I always put a good ground sheet in the bottom (just in case of accidents and then a blanket and his bed, toys and water bowl. He plays with his toys but will often just sit and watch the proceedings and he is learning all the time.

Once we were packed up and home then the next day it was quick stock take to see what was needed to top up stock boxes. Then busy making items and Clive getting on with Chair Wheels. Before we knew it we were getting ready for Wonderwool Wales.Star clipped and ready for his holiday at kennels

Star went off to be trimmed before his holiday at the kennels and came back looking even more cheeky than he was before! Then we dropped him off for his holiday and loaded the van up………………………………

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and inside were all our tables/chairs, all the stock, the trolley, 13 reconditioned wheels and the Timbertops Demo wheels as well as all our food, clothes etc.  I don’t think we could have seriously got any more in lol! Then we were off to Wonderwool Wales.We made our way straight to our accommodation for the weekend, right on the edge of Builth Wells, so nice & close to the show ground. We were sharing a lovely chalet with our friends Denise  and Oli (her nephew)

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It was very spacious, warm  and comfortable.

Next morning, saw us up and off to the showground where we quickly booked in and got unloaded with the help of Denise and Oli. Then we set up, This is a relatively new set up as only the second year we have had a 6 metre stand. All a little strange for Clive as he wasn’t with me last year  (he was having his hip operation) Anyway once set up it looked good.

We had a lovely show, meeting lots of old and new customers and friends. The evenings were fun and entertaining with Denise and Oli (mental note beware of playing Monopoly with Oli and Denise- not sure who is most conniving lol! But it was all good fun: Clive was a brilliant Banker and kept us all on our toes!) At the end of the show it was packing up time and then on our way home. Following morning collected Star from his first visit to the Kennels, which he had enjoyed. Then unload van,  did a stock take and off again making more stock and reconditioning more wheels and Clive making bobbins and then getting on with Chair Wheels again…………….

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