Category: Home life

Wishing you a Happy Easter

I made Hot Cross Buns with my three youngest grandchildren on  Thursday – it was a lovely occasion.

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woolly socks day

woolly Socks day

Woolly Socks Day – There was a heavy footfall of hand spun and hand knitted and hand dyed, spun and knitted socks on Saturday’s woolly sock day. My star pupil Mary modelled a lovely pair of socks knitted by Julie – she looked so good in them that Julie gave them to her. What a […]

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Woolly socks day

Woolly socks day this coming Saturday at Loddington LE7 9XE. Wear your woolly socks and join the photoshoot, bring your knitting, spinning, weaving or craft and treat yourself to some quality time with like minded people – and join the sock parade! You don’t have to be an expert – most people are just learning and you […]

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Broody hen in January

Broody hen in January sitting on 15 eggs on  top of a 4 foot wall bordering the B669 in Stoke Albany is not a happy prospect and it came at a very unhappy time in my life too. Even if she could keep any of the chicks warm they can’t get off the wall! One […]

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Helping and Inspiring

Helping and inspiring others is how see my role as a teacher and share my passion for spinning and woolly things. But….I don’t feel inspired at the moment so  have cancelled Barnsdale on 3rd Feb and Spinning School on 10th Feb. My mother died last night  – she was 87 and worn out, and it comes […]

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Make Onion Soup

Make Onion soup is my way of coping with cold weather – it means I stand over a low heat gently frying thinly sliced onions in beef dripping with 3 teaspoons of demerara sugar and some sea salt. I start off with a big pan full and after about 20 minutes they are reduced to […]

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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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