Jane and I have closed The Loft Shop at the gallery, Janes work can still be found at the Boilerhouse gallery and other venues around Swanage. My knitted and crocheted work can be found at Purl & Lace in Swanage.
I have moved house to the other end of Swanage. (most stressful move I’ve ever had). I now have a smaller study so am trying to use up the wool stash which I didn’t realise was so big until I came to pack it all up to move.
Running is a bit hit and miss, mostly miss at the moment.
We came through the terrible winter virtually unscathed apart from needing a new aerial, so lucky.
Julie and I ran some learn to crochet workshops leading up to Christmas, and I ran a sewing shop in the new year.
I’ve designed a couple of baby patterns.
Made lots of knitted and crocheted items for myself and for Purl & lace.
Summer season started today as the schools have broken up and the weather is extremely hot.
The dog is either paddling or lying in the cool around the house.
Once agin there is so much water lying around that the wellies have been in full use. On the picture of the welliesI hope you can see the wet mark as to how deep the water was on some of the paths. Any way the dog doesn’t care, love paddling and drinking his way through the puddles.
His summer allergies have cleared up and we are Hopefully back to normal until next summer.
Not much beach walking at the moment as we are in the middle of spring tides but should get back to normal next week. When it’s not raining or hailstones – yesterday!!! – the sun is out and its like summer with a little chill in the air. The beach on Monday was packed with people walking on what little bit on sand was available.
Have also met up with a couple of dog walkers who I rarely see over the summer, good to seem them and catch up. They have gained a new puppy friend and have lost a dear friend.
The deer are supplying the background noise at the moment but are not visible apart from the one in the photograph below.
Jaffa also went on his holidays to the farm, came back smelly, dirty and worn out – I think he had a good time with the other dogs, horses and trails through the forest.
As usual this year, although it started really early, the dog started his allergies. We don’t know what he is allergic to but at a certain time each year his paws start to itch and that means he starts to lick.
If you are a dog owner you will know that when a dog starts licking a patch they don’t stop until they lick it raw.
We tried to control it by washing his feet after every walk but we hit a hot spell and that was it. One trip to the vet later and minus a lot of money we had a working solution that didn’t involve steroid tablets which the dog does not tolerate very well (joys of having a dalmatian, very sensitive stomach and sensitive to medicines). He was put on anti-histime, 2 morning and night and a steroid spray which seems to do the job. So fingers crossed now the spray has run out but the anti-histimine is still going that he will get through without any more licked patches.
Yep its been raining yet again, but with the added gale force winds which make dog walking such a lovely experience.
The weather has been very much april showers with winds. We get patches of sunshine followed by complete downpours of rain – Squally I think is the term for this.
Just when I’d put away my wellies and rain coat I had to get them out again THIS IS JUNE where is the good weather.
This weather is good for somethings, we pass this fungus (I think it a fungus) on one part of our walk through a dense covered path, in the last week it has grown from nothing to this below. Sorry about the quality but I only had my Blackberry with me and it was fairly dark on that part of the path.
You can just see how choppy the sea was due to the wind.
Any way the dog doesn’t care about any of this as long as he doesn’t get too wet.
Having come down with the worst cold I’ve ever had ( no exaggeration) I achieved absolutely nothing this week apart from sniffing, sneezing, blowing my nose and feeling sick all the time.
Not only have I been feeling miserable but the weather has been atrocious. It has been so windy and rainy here is feels like April showers on a high.
So I need to catch up on everything starting here.
Firstly I’ve been nominated for another Blog award by fsszj who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks – I do appreciate it and I will pass it on as soon as I can.
Not only did I have this cold but so did Julie who was going to tutor the Knitting workshop on Saturday with me but she was just as ill as me, so we cancelled our workshop. All the ladies were lovely when we cancelled the workshop, we will re-arrange it ASAP.
Above are some of the things we were going to cover in our workshop.
We have also had Petes mother down (“mother in law”) for a long weekend as it her 85th Birthday last friday on the 15th. They’ve gone out for a walk so hence I’m catching up with my blog.
The weather today is calm – no wind – yippee and sunny so far. I walked the dog this morning and it was a pleasure to get out and about without wearing wellies ( although there is lots of mud and puddles around) and a raincoat.
We got Julia to look after the dog. Julia lives on a farm, looks after her own horses and stables others right in the middle of a forest, where the dogs have free roaming around the farm and stables.
On Thursday we travelled up to Bath and hit the shops and walked around town.
Pete bought a pair of Lee Jeans & T-shirt and I bought some shoes. These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the colour. They are actually children’s shoes but Ecco often do children’s shoes up to size 7 – yippee, which means they are cheaper than adult shoes. (I also think that they are VAT free)
I also visited the Bath wool shop and met two lovely ladies and their dog. Fantastic range of wools, some unusual and lots of small knitted things for sale hidden in and around the shop. Of course, I invested in some wool that I don’t sell in my shop.
I bought some Rico Poems (4ply sock wool) and some Adriafil Knitcol Trends (DK/Aran), no plans as yet but they’ll keep the stash topped up.
For dinner we went to a new Spanish Tapas restaurant La Perla. Their food was marvellous, a modern take on tapas.
Friday we went to Whitstable driving through some awful rain storms. We ran along the prom, went to a Junk/Collectables shop and went for a pub restaurant meal.
Saturday we went to Canewdon, Essex to see some old friends and stayed overnight with them returning Sunday afternoon.
We picked the dog up Monday morning and of course he is ignoring us and sulking.