Category: Home life

Christmas socks among the cinders

Christmas socks  – my three youngest grandchildren loved theirs – ‘take our picture in front of the fire Granny’ they said. We had a roaring fire when they visited yesterday they were all cold when they arrived –  I didn’t manage to get much of the fire into the photo. They taught me how to zoom in […]

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Taken out by bug

I’ve been taken out by a bug. Missed my 65  birthday  – my lovely family had planned a surprise party at the Falcon in Uppingham – would have been a new experience – but in the event I surprised them and couldn’t make it! hope to haha  replay on 28th December instead. In bed for […]

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Pigs, pumpkins and grandchildren

Pigs, pumpkins and grandchildren is how I spent the day last Thursday – it was such fun; we carved pumpkins and fed the seeds to pigs,  Bessy and Bramley (named I believe after yorkshire puddings and apple sauce!). The grandchildren set up  an Instagram account on my iPhone! And took a screenshot of my login as ‘in case […]

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pam austin with big fleece

Update; I’ve been on a roller coaster…

…and have missed putting out my news – so much has happened in the last few weeks – some good, some bad and some that is good but feels bad. But the good news is I have retired from the nhs. It hasn’t been easy, but its all over now and I can look forward […]

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Wensleydale baby – world’s first

My neighbour produced these showstopping images with some of my Wensleydale fleece  see – www.dorte.co.uk As far as I know this has not been done using Wensleydale fleece before.

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My dear Aunt ….

My dear aunt has been staying for a week – she came to Woolly day on  Saturday and did some weaving on the Knitters loom I had warped up for her to play with – she is a knitter but had never done any weaving before. On Monday I finished it off while demonstrating at […]

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Amazing sunset 2

Amazing sunset

On Sunday we had an amazing sunset – one side of the sky was a magnificent sunset and the other a double rainbow. My granddaughter took these pictures at Gretton and my son in law said there was a strange amber light everywhere; I have never seen such a thing before, it is a bit disconcerting.

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Fred – the felted ferret

Rachel brought along this fantastic birthday gift she recently received  – a felted ferret that is so realistic it makes you jump. He is climbing out of the frame rather like a Trompe L’oeil, but real – my photography doesn’t do it justice – let me know if you want to see it at Woolly Day next Saturday 23rd […]

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Poor Mr Lavender

I came home from summer school feeling very happy – its lovely being able to do what you love for a WHOLE WEEK – and found my cockerel, Mr Lavender, dead in the paddock. He had not died a natural death, at least it didn’t look like it. If it were a fox (which is […]

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A strange event

Within hours of moving my horse out of the field she’s occupied for 15 years an enormous branch fell off the horse chestnut tree that grows in it…. She has grazed the field behind our home for 15 years and my tenancy was terminated on 31st July.  The horse chestnut is huge and very old.  My grandchildren […]

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Lovely river day

We had a great time spinning by the river – pics by Ann

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Chicks visit the Haphazard knitters

While we were in the garden looking at the picot edge Jane had just produced I noticed Mrs Pole visiting with her chicks…

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The new goats…we will be visiting today

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Dancing JCBs

I  got my yarn twisted round the bobbin and flyer when demonstrating at Fernie Country Fair on Sunday because I was enthralled with the music and display  of these JCBs – it was superbly choreographed –

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Water Yarn

Bob was my skein holder while we were on the boat – even the yarn seemed ‘watery’

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strong currents in the mill pond

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Day on the river

Bob and I are going on the river today – packing up is tiresome but taking my new ‘River’ yarn is no hardship. It is hand dyed  – rainbow technique  – spun long draw and fine with plenty of twist on Molly, my James Williamson wheel (see spinning on my Thurmaston Post) and plyed with […]

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Look what arrived today….

I knew Mrs Pole was sitting somewhere but couldn’t find her. Last year she arrived with one chick in tow. Today she arrived with 12! five white, four grey, two brown and one black (I think that’s twelve…) She is so small I would only say she could cover 9 eggs at the most but […]

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Felted by the sun

I have had to take my skeins out of the studio window as the sun has turned some of them into felt

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Idea for weaving

one of my students wants to use this lichen on bark that is growing on her terrance as the inspiration for her weaving next week….the course is fully booked but will be repeated at Knuston Hall later in the year

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