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Phew!! Almost there……………..

Almost there!  Pups have been leaving for their new lives with the remaining ones mourning their loss.  Fewer pups I thought would be less trouble, but they have more space and are bigger and bolder and…………!

Its exhausting having pups.  I don’t think there is a good time of year.  They are a huge amount of fun alongside destructive, messy and exhausting, and thats before the accidents happen!  They do not have any sense of self preservation and even when you imagine you have everything covered, they will find a way to fall over, bash into each other and generally create havoc.

Then they sleep.

 

A lifestyle choice definitely.  Accessories come cheaper and in less destructive forms.  A puppy is a challenge in just about every possible way.  They will test you to the limit everyday.

Then they sleep.

I can see that life may develope into something resembling normal.  Except that ‘normal’ will now include a small challenge (I say small, but legs are growing at an alarming rate…there must be giraffe in the mix…).

I finished something!!!!  Just have to say it once more.  I FINISHED something!!!

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So, slowly I am developing some ideas into reality and plans afoot include new dyeing plans, new designs AND an exhibition next year.  Well if they dont all get eaten by sharp small teeth that is!!

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Four and a Half Weeks and Growing…..

Pups are growing and adventuring now.

Playing at eating………….

Playing at playing………

Looking cute!!

This is how I found Granny

And mum

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Pictures speak volumes!

Other work:  Sorrell dyeing, blanket patches and sketchbook.

To be honest most of the time is taken up with canines at the moment and to finish this week here are some portraits of some of the pups:

This boy we call Bobby because it rhymes with Dobby, his grandfather.

Tabitha who is behaving beautifully this week!  No longer the mischief maker.  Very friendly and fun with a beautiful coat.

Balou!  Mr I AM JUST SO COOL!!

Bye for now!

3 Week Characters

How quickly things change.  The weather in particular.  The pups as a good second.  Politics and current affairs.  I can not bring myself to talk about the awfulness recently in London and Manchester.  Grief and horror do not even come close.

Life continues albeit with more grey.  Things that are important we hold a little closer perhaps.  I am grateful for the things which make me smile.

At 3 whole weeks now we have little characters forming, opinions being voiced and bouncing being practiced.  So many legs and tails these days!

As you can tell, taking photos has become nearly impossible!  They are way too busy to pose!  So my solution is one at a time;

This little boy reminds me of his grandfather.  He is pretty and very serious!

This little girl is adorable.  Chestnut at the moment.  A sweet person, not a trouble maker – so far……

This stunning boy has the longest coat in the litter.  He is again, a sweet person, not a trouble maker, not too opinionated…….yet!  He is paler than his look-alike sister.

Another little boy.  Very pretty this one very gentle and sweet person.

Well, what can I say?  She is strikingly pretty, and has to be!  We have nick named her Tabitha as she looks like a tortoishell cat and sounds like one at times too.  This little girl is first up, last back and has opinions about absolutely everything, whether asked or not!  She is a character!

Merlin.  He is spoken for.  He is playful but not pushy, he is very drawn to people and loves cuddles!  I think he will be spoilt!  He is lighter than he was but has a gorgeous coat and dark markings.

The first pic shows the correct colour.  This girl will be blonde.    Mrs playful and curious.

The blondest in the litter.  This chap will have a long coat and he is so so pretty!  Mr laid back.

This girl is reserved.  No name yet.

Phew!  Does that make 9 or 28?

Other things, here is the Euphorbia dyed fabric which is amazing!

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Here are other plays;

And to prove that officially hats are no longer my only nervous habit!

Re-entering

Re-entering my life after a period of absence.  Trying myself out again. Do I still engage with knitting, spinning, art, creativity?  How have these elements changed in my life during my period of vacation?

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Let me re-introduce myself.  I am re-grounding.  I set up perimeters to establish routine, ritual, habits.  Boundaries and disciplines enabling devices to think straight and channel direction.

First on the list is walking.  Daily.  Not just walking, which has to be done everyday with the dogs, but walking with awareness and attention.  I notice the ordinary becoming extraordinary.  Smells, sounds, sights.  I am gaining a sense of place which reflects in my work.

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Second, I love what is around me and take time to enjoy the everyday stuff of life.  Feeding the birds, growing plants, trying to engage with details.  I have slowed my pace.

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I am working again.  Drawing and making art.  I established a routine of between 10 and 30 minutes a day.  This has become a ritual.  Already I have worked everyday for over 22 weeks.  To my astonishment I find that I am establishing a body of work.  Out of the discipline of everyday work new ideas emerge and forge forward.  I am excited and feeling positive.  I am becoming the artist I am but it is happening from within, quietly, surely.

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Spinning and knitting have slipped into new roles of calm and purpose without any rush, comparison.  Like the art, they are acts more of meditation and reflective process than about the need to complete and critique.

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I am reading…………….. consuming words and concepts as if I was back at uni again!  Discovering like minds and companions who speak the same or similar language to me.  Also those who dont.  Other minds, disciplines, ways of seeing.  Lifelines.

Not so much hands to hold but lights in the darkness.

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Marvellous Things

Since Woolfest, an eclectic collection of marvellous things to share.

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A romp on the beach with the dogs and my son after Woolfest.

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A wonderful day spent mooching around with everyone.

Foxgloves.

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Orchids.

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New arrivals while we were away!  Hatched by chickens as mother duck got fed up with waiting!!

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Bert.

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Geese.

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Progress with fleece.

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A new tam design.

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Poppy heads.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Sorry folks!!  Not been able to compose a blog for a couple of weeks now!  Just finished listing stuff on ebay who have charged me a HUGE amount for the privilege of making them money and clearing me some space!  But what can you do???

I have been up to lots!  Besides the usual walks with the creatures great and small, I have been organizing fleeces, cleaning them and of course dying etc.  It has been unseasonally hard to dry anything recently.  I think we are back in the cold wet season as the fields once again are just full of water!  The yarn wont dry and today I have given in to shivering and the fire is now lit waiting for me to arrive back from another wet dog walk and steam dry in front of it!

I have not been very creative because I have been exceedingly disciplined!  I have been making myself try to finish things which have lost their glow for me.  You know when the doubts creep in because you are not sure that this particular thing was a good idea?  I have several GREAT ideas started but am not allowing myself to work them until I have done some of the less inspiring ‘things’.  As a result my house is clean!!  (Well it was until the dogs came in all muddy!!).

BUT I have been successful in charity shops and the like!  i will show you some of my recent bits:

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Fabric………..more trousers?

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Woven recycled saris which is a bag – just the right size for knitting projects!?

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NEW SOCKS!!!!!

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A GORGEOUS coat with matching bloomers(??) from old curtains……..LUSH!

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Two LOVELY candlesticks!  Really pleased with these…..

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I did ‘allow’ myself to finish spinning this BFL/mohair (after all it is finishing??)

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Finally this HUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE Sample for the stall is finished!!

PHEW!

Smelly, Colour and Knitting

What strange unpredictable weather May has brought us.  A little of every season all jumbled up and selected at random.  Regardless, the shearing has started and the sheep are free of their heavy load.  The fleece are being picked over and sorted.  I have a bubbly feeling!  I adore this sorting and selecting and skirting.  Probably i should get out more, but hey ho!  At least I am happy!

I have started THE solution today with 2 of the most gorgeous soft Shetland fleeces ever!  I need the solution is deal with these in a gentle manner, so I start with the finest fleeces.  The solution gets fierce as the summer goes on and often i will have to dilute it if the fleece is fine.  It needs diluting or the fierceness of the mixture can literally eat the fleece.  So here is the start of this years cleaning.  It felt good!

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The large blue barrels are employed again! 

Does it say something very large about me that I find this exciting?  Just a thought!!!……..

Moving on……. to the weather?  Like the weather I am trying little bits of lots of things in no apparent order.  Inspiration is coming thick and fast and I have started lots of ideas and patterns.

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The barn is full of colour, just like the hedgerows

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And the Clematis is stunning and covering the back of the cottage completely!

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