Was at Grange Gardens in Lewes yesterday and the mulberry tree is groaning with delicious berries. Since it was fenced off a few years ago it has flourished, bad news for mulberry lovers but if you ask the gardeners nicely you can climb over the fence & pick the yummy berries. No tree climbing but lots of low branches! Beware of the juice, it’s liable to stain clothing! The gardens looked quite beautiful and the magnolia tree by the cafe is blooming too!
Had to head over to see Vicky yesterday and there was a brand new wobbly cria in the field. He was so sweet trying out his legs for the first time and mum followed him around making sure he was ok. The older crias are kept seperately with their mums & we moved them into another field, all the crias charged off on their own leaping into the air and chasing each other, ran into the other field and then came back again before we could move all the mums. This happened a few times before we could get the mums to follow, it was a stampede!
Managed to arrive in time to enter my 4 items in the competition at the Rare Breed Show, a needle felted sheep, Christmas pudding and 2 skeins of handspun yarn. The yarn was still damp when I set out from home but it had dried by the time I arrived. There were many entries in the spinning competition but only 2 others in the needle felt section. A friend of mine came in as I was going out , she had made an amazing meerkat, I knew she would win the first prize, and she did! My pudding came second and the sheep came third. The yarn was unplaced but it’s not about the winning…….
I’ m busy trying to get some items ready to enter in to the Rare Breed show this Sunday. It is my favourite show of the year as there are always lots of spinners there & loads of fleece to buy. I have to tell myself I don’t need another fleece, there is nowhere to put it, not enough time to process it and unless it is really gorgeous I will NOT buy it. Tomorrow is connect with the countryside at Ardingly, hoards of school children descend upon the showground to learn where milk comes from etc. Volunteers from the Guild attend to show to demonstrate where wool comes from & what we use it for. The Sheep Show will be there & are supposed to be bringing some Masham fleece. I really enjoy spinning their fleece as it’s silky like Wensleydale but the curls aren’t as tight.
Wow what a day, we arrived to find the wooden pole structure erected ready for us to apply the felt panels and so the 7 of us plus teacher from Medina school (Stephen) hoisted the roof panels on first followed by the side panels. It was so beautiful words fail me. Many community groups & other schools made panels and the whole thing is an incredible feat of creativity. Will post photos tomorrow all being well. A visit to Carrisbrook castle followed then a quick drive round part of the island.
Just to end a perfect day when we arrived back in Brighton I found my passenger door window smashed, Ho Hum!
After a few hours sleep I’m up & ready for a trip to Isle of Wight to help erect a felt yurt, well what else is there to do on a Thursday??
There are more items in my shop now and if you click here it should take you straight there
This weekend will see me at the smallholders show at Ardingly. It is usually cold & very often wet but the forecast looks good for a change. I have been busy washing fleece & alpaca ready to sell & Vicky will be bringing more alpaca fleece from Spring Farm. It’s a great show and being all about farming & animals on a small scale it’s more manageable to get around than the South of England Show. Not that I get to see much as I’m too busy selling to leave my wares!