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Clocks and Cows and Tweenies

What a gorgeous day today!  Started really well with sun, crisp air and clear light.  Meg and I did a rare thing, we started the day together with the dogs.  We walked around the valley.  What a grand start to the weekend.  Everyday the valley changes.  Last week the intense gaudy yellow of the dandelions fought to dominate the green and certainly intimidated the crowds of gentle yellow cowslips.  Today the clouds of clocks lent a magical mystical dream like feel to the slopes of the valley.

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Cowslips grow here every year in abundance.  They are so beautiful.

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The wild garlic is out.  Starkly white against intense greens.  Little perfect pure stars lighting up the woodland floor.  A fairy kingdom.

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Bluebells in swathes move across the glades scenting the air with their rich heady perfume.  This intense blue vies for attention with the sky through the trees in flower.

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And then we had errands to run which we did.  After this we did some shopping (a year since we last did this together!).  We found a few lovely things and then struck gold!  Well blue actually!!

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THE PERFECT fabric, curtains in a charity shop.  This fabric has been in my head for some time but had not taken form until I recognized that this was it!!  I have in mind a certain alternative pair of trousers. 

Meg draped said fabric in a variety of ways to lend inspiration. 

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Personally I just know that my trousers are calling to be made!!

Hot and smelly!

I spent this, the hottest day of the year so far in an indescribably awful smell and up to my armpits in filth. SO many horse flies and much interest and ‘help’ from the dogs! I have been brewing a very special type of home-brew. The fermenting fleece! This prepared concoction is now bubbling away nicely giving off the most awful smell. It is now ready to scour the fleeces I have queued up for this process.

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No detergent and no hot water and very little water in fact is used to cleanse the fleeces ready for spinning. The only thing there is a lot of is smell and patience! The safest thing is that there is no danger of felting the fleeces and it seems to me the most organic way to set about scouring.

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Here is a snap shot of a small amount almost ready to enter stage 2. We used these Suffolk fleeces to prepare the fermenting solution. They are being rinsed off ready to go back in the smell and slime for 3 – 4 days. Then they will come out clean! I then rinse them off and they dry. The fleece retains some of its lanolin for spinning which makes it easier to handle. The final washing as yarn removes the last of the lanolin and then it is ready for you guys to make wonderful things with!!

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My hands are 20 years younger after today!! The smell is dreadful but the effect on my skin is miraculous!!

How green is green?

My walk this evening with the dogs. I love green. Is it any wonder? To me it is obvious why I hand paint yarn! Nothing in nature is a flat single colour. These are my surroundings, just out of my back gate. These beautiful myriad of colours change every day and every season all of the time. This is my influence. This is my visual inspiration. These are the colours I choose, sometimes in the details, sometimes in the shadows, sometimes in the full sun and sometimes just because they are there.

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Dad and pup off exploring in the stream. Pup and mum walk home. Pup has adventures in the long grass. All the dogs enjoying the cooler evening, beautiful light and long cool grasses.

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Perfect way to spend an evening.

Roving!

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Roving!

Just managed to put up some more roving on the Etsy store. It’s such a lovely thing to photograph! Gorgeous snails of colour and softness.