Archive for July, 2012

July 29, 2012

Weald and Downland open air museum photographic challenge

On Thursday Sheena & her boys came with me to the W.D.O.A.M. Sheena & I were to steward the amazing exhibition of the National Guild Weavers,Spinners & dyers so it looked like a long day for the boys- 11 and 14. I came up with a challenge, find and photograph ten items. Something brown, something flying, part of a building,part of a shepherd’s hut, grass,tree,sky,something with 4 legs, wood & stone. The youngest one was up for the challenge so off he went with my camera and about an hour later I saw the amazing results! I have put my ten favourites on flickr for all the world to see! These are my favourites
something flying
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July 27, 2012

Bell ringing

I went along to St. Mary’s church in Ringmer this morning to take part in the bell ringing. A large group of villagers turned out with eager hands for the celebration. I was given a hand bell which had quite a dull dong so when the offer came to ring the church bells I jumped at the chance. Up lots of steep steps, almost in need of resuscitation when I reached the top where more volunteers were waiting with their professional helpers. I was ably assisted by Ian who promptly went into overdrive about church bell ringing. All of which went straight over my head. Being only 5′ 2″ I had trouble reaching the ‘Sally’ (the fluffy bit) so I had to stand on tippy toes to reach! We had a countdown and the peeling began, 3 minutes of tugging on the rope (with Ian’s help) and my hands were sore & upper arms ached. Then we were offered the chance to ascend the bell tower up a ladder & through loft hatch. I was up for it but then once I had got almost level with the bells my bottle deserted me & I had to climb back down.

Croissants & coffee awaited us in the church hall and a certificate to say I was there!

 

July 20, 2012

My entry for the Rare Breed show on Sunday

Finished in record time, I’m usually still knitting the night before the show. I spun up and plied 108m of Jacob wool into a DK weight yarn for the basket of this tea cosy and odds ‘n’ ends of dyed Wensleydale for the crocheted flowers. Sewing the 30 or so flowers on was time consuming but then when you spin the yarn to make something it does take time! I have many vintage knitting patterns and this was really appealing, I changed it slightly and crocheted the flowers rather than make them with the tool it recommended. Voila, one very sweet tea cosy for a little tea pot! Guaranteed to keep the tea hot!
Flower basket tea cosy
Flower basket tea cosy

July 19, 2012

Uckfield Art Trail 21st July

As part of Art Trail I will be holding mini needle felting workshops throughout Saturday in the Civic Centre, Uckfield. Starting at ten am. Learn a new skill and have fun at the same time. All materials supplied.
Workshop will cost £3.00 to cover materials and of course you get to take your creation home!
If you’d like to take part in workshop contact me direct or just come along on Saturday 21st July
Free entry to Art trail, meet the artists in one venue, no traipsing round the town this year!
For more info check out http://www.uckfieldarttrail.co.uk
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July 18, 2012

Life without a car

Looks like the relationship between me & Betty has come to an end. Betty is a 12yr old Nissan Micra that my dad bought new in 2000. She never missed a service and has only clocked up just over 60,000 miles.Dad never drove very far in her, she made it to Yorkshire last year, the furthest she ever went.

I don’t understand cars, can’t even change a tyre, I know where to put oil, screen wash and petrol, that’s it.

The man at the garage was very kind explaining this & that trying to make me understand that Betty was defunct and was not worth the cost of repairing, there would be no guarantee that she would last very long even after the repair to get her through the MOT.

So now I’m coming to terms of losing Dad’s car and my independence. I’m lucky to live in a village with a frequent bus service which will take me to Hove so I can look after my grandson ( double the time it takes to drive), get me to Lewes to do my shift at Oxfam and to Uckfield to see my mum. It will enable me to do 2 of my Lets Get Moving jobs but one will have to be dropped, too far & no bus. It won’t get me to Forest Row to sell my wares at Mansion market or to the shows I do every year. I will miss them but I’ll have to adjust.

Life changes all the time, throws up new challenges. Now I have to be positive and move on. I shall make the most of Betty til the end of the month then wave her goodbye (after removing the AA badge from her front).

She may go the Fire service or the police, but I’d quite like a few pennies for her to put toward a shopping trolley and an annual bus pass!

 

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