Whirlwind of a time

Well our whirlwind of a month and a half started back in June with Great Granny’s 90th birthday party!!!  Little man got all dressed up for the occasion!

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We have had a good few weekends at the farm…… some of good weather

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Some more ominous looking….

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The buzzards have been out and about at the farm and one landed on the nearby pylon!….. oh to have a long lens for the camera

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The small pickle has been poorly on and off for the last month and a half, as well as teething…..

He had a ear infection, requiring antibiotics, then was riddles with chicken pox….. then a cold…..

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But he soon recovered and resumed normal service now of climbing everything!!

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He has been enjoying “helping” daddy in the garden….

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We had a trip over to Tredegar House park with Grandma and Grandpa, where he learnt a new word….. “again”

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Somewhere in between all of this I have managed to find time to be full time in work, for the last few weeks of term, getting my resources packed up in my classroom, have two leaving dos (one afternoon tea with my team, one curry night) and I have still found a little time for crafting, yarn winding, pattern writing…… so hopefully now over the next few weeks there will be some exciting new things appearing in my shops on Etsy,  Ravelry and Loveknitting.

I hope to podcast now in the next few days….. so until then!!!

Glorious autumnal days

Recently Cheeky Chops and I have been out on lots of wanderings to enjoy the wonderful autumn sunshine we have had!

Lots of walks to and around the grounds of Tredegar House! We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep!!!

   
    
    
    
    
   
The farm hasn’t escaped the autumn glory either!!! The mists regularly wisp across the valley!

  

The Great London Yarn Crawl 2016

Last weekend William, myself, Mum, Jennie from Owl About Yarn, and Zoe from Pinsandneedles went on the GLYC 2016!!!! We took the baby in a variety of slings!!! Go team steek!!!!

  Mum and I caught the train into London!!! Baby bear’s first train ride!

We then tubed to West Hampstead, baby bear’s first tube ride!! 

Before meeting the team in a coffee shop where Jen and Zoe met us too, having bussed in from Cardiff that morning!!

A quick drink and we were off to our first shop!!! The Village Haberdashery!!!

Ahhhhhhh all the pretty fabrics!!!!!

  
 
Next stop was Ray Stitch over Islington way! More pretty fabrics!!!!!

Then Loop!

Unfortunately between my rucksack and carrying a baby bear I didn’t snap too many photos!

Jen then took a turn toting the baby bear!! And he promptly nodded off!!

  
Last stop was Knit with Attitude in Stoke Newington…. 

  
And Zoe’s turn with baby bear!!

  
Then over to the Telegraph pub in Moorgate for the after party and a sit down/drink!!!

   
 
Baby bear even helped Jen filming!!

   
   
By the end of the day we were all pretty exhausted!!! But happy and with lots of new crafty bits!!!

  

Last weekend…..

….. We went to see a lady about alpacas, the animals, the upkeep, the costs etc etc

We met some amazing beasts and their babies!!! William was enthralled!!! And one of the alpacas Seraphima was utterly enamoured with James and kept trying to kiss him!!! She was however a little perplexed by William attached to my front in his sling!!!

   
    
    
   
And a gratuitous shot of cheeky chops and a rare one of me for you guys!!

Hearth stone!!

Over half term James and I found our way out of the other side of Llandysul to a fantastic Slate Yard and we acquired our hearth stone for the lounge log burner!!!!!

 
One huge chunk of slate sat waiting to be bedded into the lounge floor!!!!!

 

The West Country Game fair

Last weekend we went down to the Bath and West Showground for the West Country game fair!! They had a small smallholders area too where we met some lovely and interesting people!! Who given the distance between the Bath and West and our holding were happy to share some of their hints tips and expertise!! We found out that it might not be that difficult to license our cider if we produce any from our orchard!! One chap even does the same as I have planning out his orchard etc though mine is sooooo rough it’s not ready for sharing just yet!!! But soon!!!!



I like the way he has used the apple trees in the field boundaries on his  five and a half acres holding and I think it may make a good agroforestry system for us in the bigger fields should we decide to divide them later!! And I think we need to look at getting in some crab apples fairly soon, along with our willows!!

I barely took any photos, but we met the most dense population of spaniels and Labradors in the world and found some yummy goodies to bring home!! Including peanut butter fudge cake!!!! Which was amazing and I need to work out how to make that goodie!!! James had a shotgun lesson with the chaps on the BASC stand.





We watched working dog displays, met some lovely hawks (one very fidgety small hawk who I tried to photograph and it kept coming out blurry)  We looked at lots of lovely produce and craft stands and I even picked up some knives for spoon and bowl carving!! 



Two lovely Mora knives!!!! Now I just need to get to the holding so I can get my hands on the woods supplies to start!! 

Sookie our little spaniel was far better at this game fair than she had been at previous shows and didn’t spend the whole time hiding between mine or James’ legs!! 

We spoke to the chestnut coppice people about whether chestnuts would grow at our holdings elevation… Maybe, we shall try introducing some chestnut into the new planting we have planned see if they take!! 

We met the Rare Breeds Survival trust and found another contact to see what would work for us on our holding…

Spoke to a chap about a dog poo wormery!! Definitely worth a look if you bag and tag all your dog poo for the bin and it trots off to landfill!! You can also put in the kitchen waste for the worms too!! thinking I may get a small bin to try in Newport….

And we also chatted to the people that put out the Smallholder Magazine that James and I subscribe to!!! Country Smallholding. Now do I contact the editor as requested!!! Oo nervous excitement!!!

Overall I am left with an overwhelming urge to get back to the holding and work my little socks off!!! Planting, harvesting, wood carving….. Oh and to visit Coeden Fach to look at locally sourcing some trees for our new plantings and works!!