Thursday, October 31

60 hours off-grid

At 2 minutes past 5 on Monday morning a gust of wind howled through,
sounding like a train roaring up the tracks.
Our bedroom is tucked into the roof and with no loft or lagging
we listened as the slates lifted,
spent a split-second considering their options and then thankfully
dropped back into place.

Then an almighty crash as a tree next to the garden bore the brunt
of the storm and came down
bringing with it our electricity and phone lines.

And so we spent Monday Tuesday and Wednesday
without phone, internet and electricity.
No-one died (except the food in the freezer) so it wasn't
a catastrophe and in a way it did have some advantages.
I was amazed how much more you get done
when you only have daylight hours, because the light
from oil lamps might be romantic but it makes
close work a trial and I now have far greater respect for
those neatly hand-stitched embroideries created in
centuries past.
The Rayburn was a blessing, supplying us with
constant hot water for cuppas, and it even managed
to fill a shallow candlelit bath.
The woodburner burned brightly throughout the evening
keeping us cosy as we sat
"listening-in to the wireless", playing cards and
wondering about the people who lived in our house
before electricity, where they sat, what they talked about. . .
On Wednesday evening BT managed a temporary repair
on the phone line
and after 4 hours working (much of it in the dark) the electricity
linesmen got the power back on- they promised me they wouldn't
leave until we were connected, they were my heroes!
For better or worse, we're back in the Real World!

in the 1990 hurricane our chimney toppled
across the roof, and the house was without
power for 9 days, so all things considered. . .

Sunday, October 27

first man down

First tree down at lunchtime-
a huge old oak at the side of the garden lost his entire top.
The sound was deafening as it came crashing down
and the smell, like fresh mown grass.

 He must've been 40-45 feet tall and probably planted in the early 1800s
but was still in full leaf and just too top-heavy to withstand
the absolute howler that blew through.

Of course the good news is firewood for next year
but the sight and sound of a fallen tree always saddens me.

Thursday, October 24

Ravenous Butterflies

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some things I love about facebook, some things I hate, but one of the nicest pleasures is finding pages on which people take time to post beautiful photos and beautiful quotes.
This morning I found just such a page shared by Minerva Black- she of Mrs Black's This and That over here in blogland.

If you "do" fb, pop over and have a look at Ravenous Butterflies

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eye...s drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Margery Williams - The Velveteen Rabbit

Monday, October 21

sanity savers

this month has been (is being) a bit mad so not much time for blogging, but I have been keeping my sanity with a little crochet. . .sit down, breathe, hookedy-hook away for a short while and somehow the world becomes a calmer place once again.

Normal life will hopefully be resumed next month, meanwhile I've been reading all your blogs, laughing and crying with you. . .and then crocheting a bit more.

lotsa love xx

Wednesday, October 16

inspiration, shared with love

two little lines I want to share. . .

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start."
Nido Qubein

Saturday, October 12

macmillan cake raffle

this fabulous vintage market stall speciality cake
handmade by Jo and Ann will be raffled on
Monday Oct 14th at Vintage at the Village Hall
 to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research


Friday, October 4

busy month ahead

October's going to be a busy month for me. . .

First stop is
Vintage at the Village Hall
the fair I'm running in Blandford Forum
on Monday October 14th 10am-4pm

on Saturday October 19th I'm off to
the Cheese & Grain in Frome to sell at
Saturday 26th October.
Trull Memorial Hall Taunton TA3 7JZ
9 am to 2 pm
You'll have to forgive me if blogging
is a little sparse over the next few weeks.
Catch up with you all later


Wednesday, October 2


Pearl Lowe will be signing copies of  her latest book
at midday
Thanks to the generosity of Pearl's publishers Harper Collins,
I have stocks of the book to sell
at a very special discounted price of  £10.99
If you're unable to visit the fair but would like a copy of the book
I'm happy to extend the special offer.
The cost including UK postage is £16.99
(Overseas buyers please contact me for shipping costs)
 I can send immediately or ask Pearl to sign the book 
on October 14th and send the following day.
If you'd like to order please email me directly
 or leave your details as a comment below

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