Things are progressing

Pleased to say Clive is progressing well (touch wood) with his recovery from his hip operation.Not using any crutches or sticks at all now.It made such a difference the surgeon doing the operation in a different way to the way his left hip was done (no thigh muscle cut this time) and he also managed to balance up the length of each leg better so now they are more or less same length. After first operation there was a 2cm difference! So for the last four years Clive has been limping. Firstly because of the left hip waiting for operation then because of the thigh muscle taking so long to heal as well as one leg being longer than the other. Putting a strain on right hip which also needed to be operated on! Biggest problem at present is reminding him not to do too much lifting etc as it is all still healing and strengthening.

I took a week off after Wonderwool to give me time to recover and just look after myself and Clive. Then it was do a stock take where luckily found had just about enough of everything to do our next event. Then I started making buttons as we had run out of those at Wonderwool



from the top  Boxwood, Brown Oak, Lacewood Burr both light and Dark, Laburnaum, Yew various sizes Lacewood (large and small square – you can only see one) then box at the bottom again.

Then on Friday 20th May we set off northwards bound. Arrived at Denise and Tim’s  (Marton in Cleveland) ready for  a whole weekend away! 🙂  Delayed through three lots of Traffice Jams M5, M1 and A1M!!! Never mind got there safely!  Weather was nice so on arrival we had a welcome from everyone (including the dogs Deefa and Holly & a nice cuppa and then a pleasant spot of relaxing in the garden where we chatted.  Saturday saw us up and about very early, quick breakfast and then off to Stocksfield for the Tynedale Spinners Gathering. Clive was a bit upset as he was banned from touching the trolley lol! Mark (from Freyalyn Fibres )  helped us to unload. We had a  lovely spot for our stand …..on the stage.. So I set up and Clive organised the wheels, we had two Timbertops and 4 reconditioned wheels with us

A very pleasant and enjoyable day was had meeting both old and new customers. Nice to chat/banter with Freyalyn and Mark too. At the end of the day Mark and Tim were on hand to help with loading up (thanks to both of them) then it was back to Denise and Tim’ for Fish and Chips, a glass of wine and Deefa let us share his settee again  lol!

Sunday was very restful and we all enjoyed ourselves after a lovely meal the day ended again with a glass of wine and Deefa sharing the settee with us again!


Monday morning left Clevelandand went southwards to see our Daughter Siân. Collected the Stitchmarker stock that she had for us as well as other bits and pieces, Saw the family  (all the grandsons have grown again since January – I feel I am shrinking). Spent time also with their dogs Cuthbert and Ruan (both full of mischief)  The next morning we set off on our way home, stopping at Ripon to get some food supplies then homeward bound. No traffic jams on way back thank goodness.  Arrived home tired but happy after such a lovely few days. Now work must begin for Woolfest and I have a reconditioned  wheel to finish off so it can go to USA, just waiting for Clive to finish the extra bits. Clive still has to take things a bit steady until he gets the ok from the Hospital when he goes for his check up (soon) .  Right off to get on again……




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March and April have flown by..(continued)

As the first day at Wonderwool finished we managed to restock the table and then everything was put under covers until the morning. I also managed to get through  to the hospital and again spoke to Clive who was pleased to report that during the day he had progressed from using a zimmer frame to two sticks (turns out he meant crutches) but wow that was incredible. in less than a day from the operation.

I stayed on site and had food with friends but it was a shame that the pizza stand closed up as many of us were looking forward to a fresh pizza however managed to get something else enjoyable from one of the other stands. Then it was up to the cottage for our second evening. It was nice to just relax, chat and feel relief that at last Clive was on the mend! Another good nights sleep and then after a quick breakfast back down to the showground.

Had chance for a quick look around and a chat to friends including Hans & Gerrie from Lowlands Legacy. It had already been agreed that we would be agents for their Bogway Spinners ( and they would have my drop spindles) and I had picked up our supply during the weekend. 


The picture is also shown on our website (various colours of fibre available) Then I went visiting our friend Judy on the Shetland Sheep stand. After a little chat I spied that she was selling a lovely little Shetland style upright wheel made by a gentleman from Orkney. I really couldn’t resist it so decided to buy it and then swap it with my current wheel (a Baynes Colonial) which will then go on our stand for sale 🙂 . Pictures to come on a later blog!!

Then it was back to the stand and uncover. Anna made a good job of tidying up the stall once the covers were away and then it was time to start day two

This time with a few less wheels (Anna had had a successful day 1 demonstrating wheels and selling).

Day two was not as hectic but still quite busy. It was good to see friends, including the ‘Lady from the Isles’ (see previous blog about Trad) and her Husband who had made the journey south. Eventually the show finished and it was time to pack away. We managed quite well and I was thankful to get the van quite close. Got all the boxes, tables and boards in and then had a lovely surprise when the wonderful Cecilia and Graham came around and offered to carry the wheels out for me and also Graham then handed it all up to me in the van. That bit was truly wonderful as by then Anna and I were starting to flag a little. Especially as I actually ended up coming home with as many wheels as I went with!! lol! Apart from the 4 Timbertops demo wheels I took 10 reconditioned wheels, sold 4, bought two in from customers to recondition, collected one from a customer to repair and then bought a wheel for me. Once all packed in and thanking friends for their help and also Andy and the Wonderwool team. Set off. First stopped at the Little Chef for a pot of tea and a quick meal, then phoned Clive (he’d had another good day) and arranged with the nurses what time to pick Clive up next morning, then a steady drive home before it got dark. Once in doors made a nice cup of tea and put my feet up.

Next morning, off to the hospital for 10.30 to see and collect Clive. It was lovely to see him so bright and cheerful and doing so well on his crutches. Then off home. We have both been taking it steady this week. Clive is now on just one crutch.  i have been enjoying a rest after the testing time we had before Wonderwool and all the energy I used at the show.

Now to finish the stock take to see what needs to be made for the Tynedale Spinners Gathering and Woolfest……………




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March and April have flown by………….

12th March found us travelling over the Bridge to see the Avon Guild, we had a lovely time there and were pleased to meet one of our  customers there and introduce her to the Guild (which she has now joined!). The sales table, wheel surgery and talk went down well.

The following Saturday it was back on the road, over the bridge and along the M5 again, this time to visit the Somerset Guild. Again a lovely time was had with a sales table and a talk but this time Clive also entertained everyone by not only doing a wheel surgery but we actually had the operating theatre too as he completely dismantled a wheel to make adjustments and get it working!!!!! Please to say the operation was successful and the customer and wheel both went away happy.

31st March was a busy day with me out and about but regrettably during the process,  I fell backwards getting out of the van (my ankle went over) and I hit my head amongst other things. Double checked that nothing was broken and that I didn’t have double vision then I successful got home late morning and didn’t feel too bad. In fact the next day  I actually took part as a member of our WI team in the county quiz. We came 9th out of 28 teams best we’ve ever done, incredible, especially  when we later realised I actually had concussion and the other two members for various reasons were not actually fully fit either! Any way Saturday I began to feal more nauseous and everything ached. Sunday I did agree reluctantly to go to Hospital for a check up and it was confirmed that I had got  concussion.  Life for me took on a slower pace for a bit! In the meantime Clive was still being treated by the Doctor for his psoriasis and a new date for operation could then be given. The hospital bed booking clerk phoned and happily told me 22nd April!!! My immediate thought was Oh S*&%! Same day as set up for Wonderwool. I knew Clive was desperate for the operation so we just had to go with that date. The Hospital clerk also said if a cancellation arose in the meantime she would fit Clive in!

Our friend Anna, from Devon, .was wonderful. As soon as she heard when the new operation date was she booked a B&B near Builth Wells and said I will be there from the Friday morning until Sunday night to be your assistant, for setting up, doing the show and breaking down! What a friend!!!

It was decided that with the uncertainty as to whether the operation was going to be cancelled at the last minute that I would sleep in the van instead of  taking the tent and having to put it up on my own. Clive could join me if necessary! Then our friends Freyalyn and Mark offered for me to stay at the cottage they were staying in and everyone agreed I could share a room with our other friend Denise. Fantastic friends we have!!!

We set too making items of stock as fast as our ailments would allow us!! It kept our mind off other things! As the 22nd  dawned it was a very early start. Up at 4.30am and arrived at Emerson Green hospital 6.10am. Clive’s check in process started at 6.30am everything seemed to be ok, his psoriasis was all ok, however needed Consultant to agree operation could go ahead! Yay!! 7.45am consultant came into ward checked Clive and said yes I will operate at 10am!!!!!!!!!!! Phew what a relief!. I then made my way home to have breakfast and a well earned cup of coffee. Then (as van was already packed up) on the road again up to Builth Wells and the showground. Anna was already there waiting for me!!! 🙂 Checked in, unloaded, moved van then a well earned cuppa!. The rest of the day was spent setting up.  Also phoned hospital at 3.30pm and spoke to Clive, operation all ok and he was back in ward feeling ok. Then up to the cottage with Denise, Freyalyn & Mark were waiting with a wonderful meal, Denise produced a glass of wine and that night I slept like a log!

Next morning saw us back at Wonderwool bright and early to finish setting up and managed to take a couple of photos before 10am start.

The first day was very busy, but enjoyable and we had good sales. Second day was quieter but still some good sales and lots of customers to chat too as well as friends to meet.

to be continued……………………………….


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It’s that time of year again!

Since last blog I pulled tendons in both my wrists within three days of each other which slowed me down some what. I have loose joints and have had trouble wrist wise with dislocations,  part dislocations, sprains etc for years. So use to bandaging my own wrists that I swear I could do it in my sleep, lol! As usual didn’t actually stop me doing things but very frustrating.

Anyway onward and upwards. Busy in the workshop but sometimes this time of year  you just have to do a stock take then sit down and update and refresh website, price lists and folksy shop, can’t completely do it as have a new item going on the shelves in the next fortnight but ……(watch this space)… have done as much as I can.

Have already completed a talk for a local WI this year but in March we have two Guilds to attend (both Avon and also Somerset) one weekend apart. (Both on Six Nations Rugby weekends ….ooops! think I slipped up there lol! Oh well we shall just have to record the matches and hopefully enjoy later!).  Just been invited to attend the Tynedale Guild Spinners Gathering in May which will give us something extra to look forward to especially as we shall be staying with our friends Denise and Tim for the weekend and seeing our other friends Freyalyn and Mark at the event!

Clive’s psoriasis is settling down and his hip isn’t too bad at present so  he is spending periods out in the workshop building stock whilst waiting for his new appointment.

Between us, having already repaired a couple of wheels for customers,  we are very busy with making darning mushrooms, sock blockers, drop spindles,  naalbinding needles and aubusson bobbins! Completing the stock take also makes one realise that some other items are getting a bit low too!!! Panic!!  Loads of Wheels still to recondition although have managed to get some done….. Wonderwool Wales is fast approaching!!

Right off to get on again…………….



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Surprises that lift your spirits!

The last two and half weeks have been a bit bleak to say the least. Eventually got the van back from our (local) garage late Monday  afternoon with a large bill but at least the job has been done properly now. Will be contacting garage we got van from originally to complain but …water under the bridge, at least we feel safer now!  Then Tuesday regrettably had to take Billy to vets for the final time which was heart wrenching for both of us. Then on Thursday morning, woke up 3.30am eventually got up 4.30am and by 6am Clive and I were at Emerson Green hospital in Bristol ready for Clive’s hip operation. (at least we missed the morning rush hour!!!!!!! ) Then the bombshell hit!!! Because of all the stress we have both been under this last fortnight or so, Clive’s Psoriasis had flared (and got worse even overnight) and the Consultant was called and had to call off the operation. I think the Consultant & nurses were as upset as we were!! Came out the hospital keeping calm and using my iPad managed to go online (amazed I remembered website, id and password) with our Doctors and managed to get an appointment for 12 noon for Doctor to sort out Clive’s medication. Visited Doctor (one at the practice that Clive hadn’t seen before) explained the frustrating situation,  Doctor was wonderful calm and methodical: He deliberated for quite some time and then changed Clive’s medication and also prescribed antibiotics (as Clive never normally has antibiotics) to kill any infection, we have to return to Doctors in two weeks and as soon as psoriasis has calmed down then hospital will try and fit Clive in for op as soon as possible. So the last two days we have tried to ‘chill-out’ a bit to relieve the pressure that we have both been under recently.

Any way yesterday postman arrived and amongst the mail was a white A5 envelope addressed to us. I opened it, lovely hand printed photo card inside showing a lady (one of our customers) by her spinning wheel.  Inside was a wonderful poem she had written about us repairing her wheel and thanking us. She wishes to remain anonymous but has given permission for me to share her poem. She lives on one of the Scottish Islands and it took her and her Husband from November through to January to managed to get back across to the mainland to collect her wheel once it was done, due to the storms we have had meant that no ferries were running to the Island. I gave up counting how many times they phoned and said they are suppose to be running the ferry tomorrow only to get the message it didn’t run. In the end we said don’t worry when you eventually get to the mainland phone and say you have landed. Which is what they did and they happily collected the wheel whilst we were in Northern England visiting our Daughter and family.

I have had to consolidate each verse into a paragraph as it is very long but well worth the read… Enjoy!! We did and we are still giggling about it. Certainly lifted our spirits! Thank you to the Lady from the Isles – Happy Spinning!


By Trad

My origin I do not know, Now I live on an island of wind and snow. Just an ornament, not often used, My spinning owner quite confused, About the skills of drafting yarn, That eventually consigned me to the barn.

The Council tip was my destiny  Whereupon a gentlemen spotted me, Who then raced home to tell his wife You have to save threatened life! A wheel in danger of great harm, That needs your help and loving arms. A spinning wheel you’ll want to see, So hurry up and come with me!

To a brand new home I was then taken, A bumpy ride that left me shaken. Relieved of my impending doom, My place is now a sitting room Of cosy warmth and lovely view Of sheep and lochs and mountains too.

A door left open – “oh yes!” I cried An Ashford Traveller I espied! Quite dowdy and rundown I feel In the presence of this good looking wheel, Who later told me “do not fret, your new spinning owner While not expert yet, Is learning fast, and you will find, She is gentle, loving and very kind.”

Over time, my owner saw My general condition was getting poor. My wood was pale, lacked lustre too, My owner knew not what to do.

I creaked and groaned and gently squeaked And things got much worse, week by week. My owner certainly could tell The spinning was not going well. Things were wrong and really sad, Sometimes her words became quite bad!!

My owner goes to sheepy shows And many people she now knows. One introduction – a lady called Joan Said she could cure my creaks and groans.

Returning home, my owner, inspired Said a trip the mainland was now required.

To Joan’s, a long way south we had to go While avoiding all the hail and snow. To get to the mainland, past islands and skerries We had to embark on a very big ferry!

Through Scotland and England was quite a trip Down something called the **!*!! M6. We spent the time with thousands of cars Just parked in lines for hours and hours.

We sang, heard radio and tales before arriving in South Wales – A place that I had never seen And of such beauty I could not dream. It really was a long, long drive Before we got to Joan and Clive.

They treated me with such great care, And then, alarmed, I became aware of plans to dis-assemble me Oh heavens! What was my fate to be?! The next thing I knew, my drive wheel was off And Clive was telling me to cough!! Then, examined, inspected, and thoroughly cleaned I felt myself begin to gleam.

Joan with much love, long did she toil To rub me all over with Danish Oil. She smoothed and stroked and sometimes she’d tickle To such an extent, that I just had to giggle!

Then in a spare room I was put to lie Until the Oil had time to dry. With me were wheels from ceiling to floor! It’s the sort of place you would just adore. With a peek, I saw in other rooms, Collections of bobbins and weaving looms. Us wheels made friends, I was told great tales Of what went on in deep South Wales!!

Joan then inspected, pronounced she was pleased Especially as all my squeaks had eased. To perk me up further, she now desired To give me some colour that would be admired. A selection of shades was then applied, Thank heavens not pink! Or I would have died!!

To my relief, a choice was made, Of a warm and mellow chestnut shade That had a depth of golden glow For a wheel you would be proud to know.

So, polished and dustered and no longer pale A photo was sent to my owner, Email. “Oh wow!” she shrieked, “it was well worth the trip. Is this really my Trad that we saved from the tip?”

To go home, arrangements were made, Then cancelled again Because of bad weather and such heavy rain. Then, so much water, the flooding increased So that plans to go home, just had to cease.

Autumn was past and snow was now falling. The weather by now was really appalling. The ferries were docked, they just could not sail Because of the dangers of wind, rain and gales

“Do not worry” said Joan, “to the north we are travelling, So to save the plans from further unravelling We will take you with us, you handsome Trad, It really won’t matter if the weather is bad.”

I was put in the van, all wrapped up and snug In a burgundy cover as warm as a rug. “You’ll be quite secure” Joan whispered to me, “Not damaged or scratched – you just wait and see! It will take some time, it’s a long, long drive But you will be fine with me and Clive”.

When seeing me, my owner squealed “You handsome thing you’re truly healed! You’re really smooth and great to use We can spin in long evenings and chat and snooze.

The other wheels said “oh look at you! You’re bronzed and chestnut, look brand new! Not squeaky but with secure tight pegs You really do have a great pair of legs!”

Now, my owner, Traveller and me Make lovely yarns that people see Then knit for warmth against Atlantic weather And winter walks across the heather.

So now I’m settled back at home, I’d like to thank both Clive and Joan For all their kindness, craft and skill, Who cared for me when I was ill. So pale and wan with groans and squeaks They put me right within a week. To both of them I’d like to say


All my love


Before and after photos




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Billy the loveable rogue

Billy bounced into our life in February 2006


Thank you everyone for all your support but regrettably and with a heavy heart I have to tell you all that, after a decade with us, today Billy went via the vets to Rainbow Bridge. After the medication he was actually bouncing again however since last Sunday evening things have not been so good and he stopped eating main meals and would only eat treats like his cheese (with medication) each morning and the last two days has survived on yogurt, banana and a few nibbles of his food. The Vet had said that this particular type of cancer in dogs can be extremely aggressive and the tumour was suddenly getting much larger as he was obviously in discomfort although he did not appear to be in pain and in that respect the medication was working although his quality of life was gone.

So thank you Billy for all the good times, you will always be remembered not only by us, our family and friends but a whole host of customers who loved you as much as we did!

older billy2a

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Our Billy!

Well the last week has been very emotional. Last week had to take Billy (our Jack Russell X) to the vet as he was very ill (not chocolate poisoning again I hasten to add and the vet confirmed No connection with previous vet visit) After various tests and ultra sounds it transpired that he had prostate cancer! An operation was not an option, but there was a little ray of hope. The vet prescribed some capsules (normally taken by humans) that Billy would have to have 1/4 capsule a day! These hopefully would shrink the tumour!  If this didn’t start to show signs of working by today (thursday) then unfortunately Billy would be on a one way ticket to Rainbow Bridge.
I had to go to the pharmacy to obtain the capsules, needless to say they were not in stock so had to be ordered Friday evening and hopefully would arrive for Saturday morning.
In the mean time a major unexpected problem  had been discovered with our van when I was out and about on Friday afternoon.  Gear selector failed and I found I only had 2nd gear, managed to drive home carefully, successfully negotiated the cul de sac at end of road, as no reverse gear to be able to turn around! Parked up, unloaded goods from van, phoned garage and then drove to garage in 2nd gear, lucky there was a build up of traffic, so most other folk were in 2nd gear too lol! Clive followed on to guide our wonderful friend, Sheila, who had said she would collect me from the garage and then after a cuppa took me to vet to collect Billy and then onto the pharmacy. Thank God for friends!
Anyway Saturday morning, phoned the Pharmacy, capsules were in. Walked the 2 1/2 mile round trip to the Pharmacy (wasn’t worth catching the bus and I could walk through the park) and the fresh air helped to clear my mind and also the walk impressed my Fitbit! 
Got home opened a capsule, divided contents into four satchets of tin foil. Vet had said to sprinkle onto Billy’s food but as he was reluctant to eat thought better to get out  the cheese (Billy adores cheese)  Cut thin slice of cheese and divided it into 3, took first sachet and moulded the powder into the cheese, making three little pyramids. Despite how ill he was Billy instantly took each piece of cheese and gobbled it up. After that throughout the day he kept returning to his bowl to nibble a little more food. I had put him onto 1/4 of a small sachet of dog food (just 35 grms or so with a rich tea biscuit broken up into it with a little water. At last he was gradually getting food in.  With frequent visits to the garden he was still trying  and eventually  doing the necessary! The week progressed slowly. every night was a nightmare with Billy (and me) having to get up 5 or 6 times for the frequent often non productive visits to the garden. By Sunday evening /Monday morning we had almost given up hope of a successful outcome. However during the day, Billy was getting brighter and at 11.30 every morning would sit (tail starting to wag) in the kitchen waiting for his cheese supply and of course the powder. Monday evening he actually went right through the night and has done so for the following two nights. He is now eating more in one go and eating the dog meat with ordinary mixer (still keeping him on limited supply to let him do it gradually). We know we are on borrowed time and the cancer could spread elsewhere but Billy is fighting and while he does we (and the vet) will give him that chance. So Billy fans everywhere, he is a little fighter, so any prayers you can spare are welcome, to help him on his way and thanks to the vet for not giving up on him. Also amazingly the 15 capsules for two months supply only cost me £6 and thanks goodness we also have Pet Insurance! So onward and upwards.  So now we just have to get the van back and pay the repair bill then off to Bristol soon for Clive’s Hip operation! Oh boy what a start to the year! Other (good) things have happened including looking after Grandsons and our Daughter’s Graduation but that will have to be in another blog. To our very close family & friends who have known about Billy’s problems, thank you all, for your support over this last ten days it has helped immensely to know you were there for us.
Another Blog as soon as I have time………………………
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Billy gave us a fright and the All Wales Event was good

Well after a hair raising couple of days am pleased to say that despite frightening both us and worrying the vet and spending two days on a drip in the vets, Billy appears to be making a full recovery.!!! Although we are watching him like hawks!

After staying in the Travelodge at Wirral we had a lovely journey home after a couple of stops the first was at Parkgate looking out over the marshes (time for coffee and cake)

Parkgatelookingovermarshes! Parkgatelooking overmarshes2

The second photo shows a little egret (albeit not very clear) in middle of picture

Then we went on up to the coast road at Hoylake


for a bit but wind was blowing rather hard so we stayed in van and just watched wind surfers out on the water. Then it was homeward bound using hardly a motorway. Lovely journey followed by chip shop supper 🙂

Tuesday morning up early and collected Billy from the kennels. They had taken him for a walk but hadn’t had time to give him his breakfast. No problem he could have it at home ! As we arrived home, I held Billy’s lead as Clive got out of the van (He’s a bit slower at the moment with his wonky hip) and as I then handed the lead to Clive, Billy jumped off the seat in the van and made a grab for something on the floor.  We didn’t even see what he had grabbed and thought initially it could have been a bit of sandwich or filling from our previous day mid journey break.

Got in doors and gave Billy his breakfast and he seemed fine. He always sleeps a lot first two days after stays at the kennels as he spends so much time playing with the other dogs whilst there! Day progressed ok. Then late evening Billy started drinking like crazy, we went to bed and then during the night Billy had me up being sick. It hadn’t improved by morning and he was getting more and more lethargic by then we had realised he must have found a little bit of chocolate that Clive must have  accidentally dropped the day before without realising.  I quickly got Billy to the vets and explained it looked like accidental chocolate poisoning. They did blood tests and put him on a drip to hydrate him as he was very weak. The diarrhea and sickness continued during the morning but stopped after two injections and the use of the drip. Luckily by the evening he had improved a little and his tail was starting to wag the tiniest bit. the vet suggested I collect him as nothing drastic had shown up on the blood tests just slightly different to normal and he would rest better with us. However I had to take him back first thing the next morning to go back on the drip again. He could have a little rice and chicken to eat that evening and a little more on the morning. Back on the drip next day and I eventually could collect him at 4.30. As I collected him at last his tail was wagging again. He slowly starting to get back to his normal mischievous self. We just had to watch and monitor him for a few days! Needless to say van was checked thoroughly to make sure nothing harmful in there!!!

Managed to do a quick stock take and tidy up the boxes on Friday and then early start (6.25am) on the Saturday morning as we set off for the All Wales (Guild) Event at Llanidloes. Billy was beginning to recover but did think I had gone crackers when I got up at 5.25am and he stayed in bed until a little later when Clive got up lol! So all three of us got ready and into the van. Billy was so excited as he was accompanying us this time. At least the journey was only  just under 2 hours. He doesn’t mind as long as he gets a little walk in the middle of journey.

Arrived safely at Llanidloes and unloaded and got set up for the day. Luckily room behind the stand for Billy to safely sit and be monitored. (Of course getting fussed as often as he could by the customers that found him there – he made sure most did!)


Quite a good display for our third event in 15 days, something of everything.It was lovely to see everyone and we all enjoyed the day. There was a very good turn out considering the last match of the Rugby World Cup was taking place and although Wales were not playing we had wondered if it would effect it. Anyway at the end of the day we packed up and set off on our way home tired but happy after an enjoyable day. Needless to say Billy slept nearly all the way home but at least he was on the road to recovery and he had enjoyed the day! Last word today from Billy himself!

billy3  Hi Folks I’m ok now !

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Bakewell and Kendal Wool Gatherings

Well the two weeks between getting back from Yarndale and getting ready  to leave for the October shows really flew by. First priority was giving  the completed TT Beaver,  it’s final test spin and full oiling then packed and safely on its way to the US using a’new to us’ carrier!  Then it was a quick stock take;  then get some more wheels reconditioned and a few items needed restocking after Yarndale. Mainly sock blockers as we were completely out of two sizes but also a few threading Hooks and l.oops too. Time was very short and Clive had to concentrate on some items to be repaired and returned to their owners when they visited Bakewell .

Eventually the time arrived to take Billy off to his friends at the Wooflands Kennels, where he disappeared through the door with tail wagging furiously! They make a big fuss of him there, he loves it! Two walks a day and a good play in the Paddock too.

Then it was home to pack the van – this time it was quite complex. We had wheels to take to Bakewell plus enough to be able to take some to Kendal too (in case we sold all the others at Bakewell) plus the items that were travelling north to Scotland for our visit to family.  (A little earlier in the year we had decided that our old van was becoming a bit costly to run and more repairs were going to be due in the coming winter so we made the mammoth decision to upgrade our van before the road tax ran out putting the money to better use on a newer van than throwing it away on the old van. We had managed to keep this a secret from the Scottish Clan, as our eldest Grandson in Scotland loves to ride in the van and we wanted to surprise him.).

Packing the van, although complex, was a little easier as this van is taller, so I don’t bang my head on the roof when packing it 🙂


The extra foot in height makes quite a difference and also it has space to put stuff above the cab which helps immensely. (and yes we can still get past the van) mind good job I have lost weight lol!

With the van packed, we set off for Bakewell, eventually arriving at our self catering accommodation on the hillside above Bakewell and the show location. We managed to drop off the spare wheels and our personal items and then went down to the Agriculture Centre where we were met by the always helpful Carole (Organiser) and we set up ready for the show the next day.

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We shared the meeting room with Katie  Weston and her Mum from Hill Top Cloud and also Jane Cummins who is a Contemporary Woodturner & Feltmaker .  Folk came in and said that the room  had a great atmosphere this year and we all enjoyed the show. Also good fun as we were at the same accommodation venue as some of our friends and so could spend time having a meal together on the saturday evening and watched the Rugby too!  We sold a couple of wheels and lots of other items as well as some orders too. So all told a good event. It was also good to talk to and banter with a number of our stall holder friends including Hans and Gerrie from Lowlands Legacy all the way from Holland.

However just before I move on; must just mention one sad (although almost funny) thing that happened. At the end of the second day a Customer came up and decided to buy the Ashford Traditional  Spinning wheel that you see in the foreground on the picture on the left. Nothing unusual about that,  however as I was just talking to her about the wheel, which she had already test driven, I happened to turn the Flyer (horseshoe thing that holds the bobbin) over and noticed something odd. It was a brand new 4 speed flyer and when i got it there were pilot holes in it for the hooks to go in  I duly put the hooks in which made the holes a bit bigger. As I looked at the flyer there was a hole where there should have been a hook, I know I put the hook in there as the hole was bigger than the pilot hole. Would you believe it someone had actually nicked a hook out of the flyer!!!!! We always try to watch our items and never leave spare bobbins or threading hooks on wheels to try to avoid things being stolen but someone must have been desperate to steal one hook worth pence from a spinning wheel!!!!!!!!!!!!  Sad world where you cannot trust folk at a spinning and weaving event!

Anyway after packing up from the show we went back to our accommodation, did a quick stock take, then repacked the van ready for our journey North the next day. In the morning popped into Bakewell and got a few items at the market then set off for Scotland.

After a relatively pleasant journey to Scotland we arrived with the family in Clackmannanshire. Weather was good so we had a lovely view of the

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On arrival the family  were very pleased to see us and especially our eldest and also the youngest Grandsons were excited to see & sit in the new van. We spent a lovely few days with the family including surprising our grandsons by actually going ten pin bowling with them, even Clive managed to hobble (with his painful hip) around the Alley and get a few strikes and half strikes.

All too soon it was time to head back south to Kendal for the ‘new to us’ Wool Gathering. After a good journey we arrived in Kendal and easily found the venue. Very good management and assistance there, friendly folk and very helpful quick to get trolleys to help us unload etc. We set up quite quickly ready for the  show.

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This show is only few years old and had it’s most exhibitors this year and a very good footfall of 7 to 8000 visitors.  It was  a different experience to our other shows this year as we were in Shop units in the K  Village. We were lucky as we were in a very well lit unit. Some of our regular customers had made their way to the venue as we had all tried to publicise it well. We enjoyed the show and although we didn’t sell any wheels at the show we did sell one after the show to someone who saw us there, so as we say it is not what you do at a show but what you do because of a show. We stayed in a nice B&B in  Kendal for the weekend and even had breakfast served in our room 🙂 B&Bbreakfast1 B&Bbreakfast2

So a pleasant weekend and we hope the Kendal Wool Gathering will run again next year and we will be able to apply and fit into our show calendar for 2016. At the end of the show everyone seemed to have had a good time and the Organisers speedily helped all the stall holders to park up at the closest available spot to our stands and get speedily loaded into vehicles (using trolleys provided) before setting off on our journey home. That night we traveled at far as the Travelodge at the Wirral where we arrived at about 8.30pm tired but happy. We moved on home the next day.


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Well August led into September and apart from being busy helping Clive with making and finishing off one of our ordered Timbertops Beaver, it also meant getting ready for Yarndale. I had been busy getting in wheels to recondition & had also sold  a few after Fibre East so it was important to get as many wheels reconditioned as possible. Eventually I managed to get 9 done for the stand plus 1 ordered to be delivered on the way to Yarndale and Clive had one wheel that he had repaired to be dropped off at Bradford on our way and one repaired wheel to be delivered at Yarndale. Pleased to say that the Beaver was finished just before Yarndale too


We took Billy to the kennels for his mini holiday  (which he loves) then finished packing the van. Next morning  with 4 Timbertops wheels, 2 repaired wheels, 9 wheels for sale and 1 ordered wheel (16 wheels in total) our adventure began. We set off for Telford first to pick up two wheels (16+2=18)  and visit two good friends who had collected the wheels locally for us, Had a quick lunch break with them before then moving on to near Whitchurch to drop off a wheel (18-1=17), made a change to travel on different roads northwards instead of the motorway! Then back over to the Motorway and up to Burnley to collect another wheel (17+1=18) Then on to Bradford where a customer collected a repaired wheel from us (18-1=17). Then a pleasant and comfortable overnight stay in a lovely room at the Bradford Travelodge. Next morning after a spot of shopping in Keighley we went on to  Skipton and parked up  at the Auction Mart and had a sandwich and then a cup of tea with our friends Tim and Denise whilst awaiting 2pm (unloading time).

Had a bit of a shock as we passed our stand on the way to the cafe when we realised the double stand we had been allocated had a metal rail at 90 degree angle blocking part of our stand into two parts. luckily after seeing Paul, one of the organizers, we  managed to get the fence part removed and only had to work our way around a post stuck literally  in the middle of the stand. However found a suitable way of disguising it we wrapped a string of Welsh Flag bunting around it. Well what else would you do with Welsh Flag bunting 🙂 .Especially as Wales were playing a World Cup Rugby match on the Saturday evening (against England)

It was a very long walk from the van to our stand. However, we managed to get all the stock into the stand  and all the tables up and cloth covers on before it was time to go to find our self catering accommodation just on the edge of Skipton.  We found our accommodation and it was high up on a hill with a fantastic view all around. It was nice to sit, rest and have a lovely cup of tea whilst our food was cooking.

Next morning it was an early start to get down to the venue and get everything set up, which we did with the help of our Daughter Siân, who came to visit and help us for the day.  It was so nice to see her for a whole day, with her living in Yorkshire we have to make the most of the opportunity.

Eventually after a lot of frenzied activity our stand looked like this as we were about to start day one

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We had a lovely day meeting lots of ‘old’ customers and friends as well as meeting lots of new customers. Very enjoyable day and Siân enjoyed ‘playing on a lot of wheels new to her as well as helping us to sell a number of wheels too.

Saturday evening we returned to our accommodation and were joined by our friends Freyalyn & Mark as well as Denise, Tim & their nephew Oli. Mark and Oli went off to get us all fish and chips and whilst they were gone some of us watched a most beautiful sunset.

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Fantastic Fish and Chips arrived and were enjoyably consumed with quantities of tea and then Denise, Tim and Oli set off home.

However Freyalyn, Mark, Clive and I (all Welsh supporters ) settled down to watch the Rugby with a bevy and enjoyed an entertaining evening with Wales beating England – so probably a good job that Denise Tim & Oli (all England supporters) had gone home …lol!

Next morning we were up bright and early to restock our stand and day two began. Second day was quieter but still relatively busy. As usual hard work packing the stand back into the van but at least we we had a lot less stock and a few less wheels to go home with 4 Timbertops, 4 unsold wheels and 3 to be reconditioned so only 11 on the homeward journey.

It was a lovely weekend which we both enjoyed. The journey home wasn’t too bad. We unloaded the van and collected Billy from the kennels. He had had a lovely time but was pleased to see us and we were pleased to have him back home too.

Now it is on with getting ready for the next Three events all taking place in October! Bakewell Wool Gathering, Kendal Wool Gathering and the All Wales Event of the WSD……

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