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Helpers

9 little 5 week old ‘helpers’!  Hummmmm……..

We have beaten up the dustpan and brush, thankfully this will now no longer cause problems.  The brush took some beating but finally was submissive and now lies quietly mangled as a warning to any further attempts to introduce such creatures.

There have been a few attempts from plants to intrude and wave in the wind, but we are now in no more danger from these silent intruders.  Phew!

Photographing busy people is sooooo hard!  I introduced a couple of new toys and limited the number of puppies to 2 in a brave attempt to get some pictures.  The success rate varied.  The toys came off worse.  This was preferable to the mass escape this morning.  All 9 puppies swarmed round the entire garden dragging dust sheets, compost bags and garden tools with them.  The result was an hours peace to clear up the devastation while 9 babies slept off their intense activity.

Keeping this family cool in the heatwave has been a nightmare.  Full time activity and not much else has been done this week.  Temperatures were dangerously high and trying to keep everyone hydrated and cool was such hard work.  Play times were 5.30am and 11pm.  The rest of the time was inactive.  However, we now have cooler temperatures and full activity has resumed!

Pictures of Balou.  Balou is very blonde and not as red as he looks on my laptop.  This little chap has a lovely longish coat and is very pretty.  He is very friendly and playful.

Bobby.  This is my favorite in the litter.  Such a solemn puppy.  Everyday he has trouble with his legs.  By the evening he has mastered where to put them, in what order and more or less what they are useful for.  Every morning he has to re-organize them because they have grown!  Poor boy its all so confusing!

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Stitch 1.  This pretty girl is bold, confident, playful and intelligent.  That is a polite way of saying she is soooo naughty!  She is an escape artist, bounces on everyone to get them up, constantly lively and playful.  She is sweet natured and extraordinarily pretty!  (She has to be!!)

The next 2 are Harris and Sika.  Harris is the longcoat chap.  He is stunning!  He is spoken for.  The only smooth coat in the litter is Sika.  I LOVE this boy!  His conformation is beautiful and he is a balanced, happy, friendly boy.  He will be a dog who will be stopped in the street to be admired.

Next along is Merlin.  Merlin is the darkest in the litter with a very long coat.  Merlin is confident and considered.  He will play with the best but the ‘ideas’ are generally not his!  Sweet little chap who will be absolutely gorgeous!

Annie and Tabitha next.  Tabitha resembles a tortoishell cat in colour.  She is so so pretty!  She has a thick long coat.  A balanced person, good all round really.

Annie is the reddest in the litter, the others all favor blonde.  She is another good all round puppy.  Not a ringleader.  She has a good coat, thick and long, and a very black nose.

Finally Stitch 2.  Totally gorgeous!

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So!  The puppies are now interviewing!  They will change in the next 3 weeks of course, the blonde ones will get blonder and coats will grow etc.  But now they are 5 weeks they are beginning to show how they will be.

Nothing else this week!  Life will return to ‘normal’ soon!

A hole lot of lace!

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”
Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939

Lace indeed, is one of the best occupations of yarn to date; Coco says it better than we ever could.

We’ve recently had this beautiful shawl made up in our delectable Rainbow Spin. Blocking it was quite a spectacle, so I took the opportunity to evidence it for your pleasure.

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I also got a swish super-macro lens for my birthday, and this seemed a perfect opportunity to try that out too. The colours are just perfect.

Enjoy!

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You’ll be able to see and squish this wonderful shawl in person at Yarndale, at the end of the month!

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Other occupants of the sunny garden were a) fleece ready to be spun

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and b) a very amused dog, who happens to be called Lace

We’re still steaming ahead with various preparations for the next show, but also, rather scarily, we’re already making lots of decisions about the next year and the next season, thinking about colours, new spins, designs and fleece.

It’s inspiration central here…

But don’t you dare mention summer’s inevitable end…

 

Some summer.

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This morning I dressed for winter.

The skies were overcast, and rain was drizzling down, unrelenting. It was as if the weather had no regard for the fact that it is mid-August, and thus, on all counts, the middle of summer.

Alas, I pulled on jeans and a jumper and ambled off to work.

The day passed, and I gave no more thought to Britain’s cruel and taunting weather systems. I stepped out of work none the wiser, but ho, BLUE SKIES were there to meet me.

I dashed back out to our rural abode, and we did what we always do, and took the pack out for a walk.

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The only interruption to the tranquillity of the Somerset countryside was the determined parping of my mother’s wellies. With every second step, the most almighty farting noise would escape from what she claimed were her aged rain boots.

Birds were singing, grasses rustling, and lo, the trump of rubber on rubber.

 

The perfect way to unwind from work, no?

Waterway to spend the evening!

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Summer Weather

It is SO gorgeous outside at the moment. Everything is lush and green and the hedgerows are crammed with gorgeousness! Bees and butterflies are frantically busy and my pup who is now 9 weeks (how did that happen??) has joined in with her whooping joy of living. She is like a hairy spider. She must have at least 8 legs when she speeds around the garden. When she is sleeping she only has 4. I know, I counted! They are like sturdy stilts, she has failed to notice that when she wakes up she cant fit where she used to! She practices prancing on her new length legs all day, but when she wakes up in the morning, there they are again only longer………. much longer. Off to practice again!!

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Dad is exhausted with it all and remembers well that it is impossible to keep up with shrinking furniture. So he sleeps in the day…………..

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And wakes up when it is cool and then does laps around the garden at 150 miles an hour.

So I can hardly keep up with it all. Bills keep coming and things are tight to say the least. How can I stem the flow of demands? I listed some of my life on ebay to see if anyone wanted to help me ut and buy some. We shall see!

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So………… I am enjoying knitting this:

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Its in my Lleyn/mohair (blue) and Shetland (green). I just cast on to see what would happen. And this happened:

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I love it but would like to know where it thinks its going? But never let the detail spoil the direction and flow, so we shall see. I am knitting it as a sample, whatever it is! It is lovely to knit with so the experience is good enough for the time being.

Off to take the dogs to the stream in the valley for a cool off before supper.