Friday, 5 June 2009

Mills and Daisy.

This is Horsey Mill - looked after by the National Trust and is on the North Norfolk coast. It is a drainage mill used to raise and pump water. It is so peaceful - sat here for hours just watching the world go by.
Have heard that Daisy (the sheep that I raised from orphaned lamb this time last year) has been sheared and the fleece is now waiting to have something done with it. Have asked Sheila - Daisy's new owner to spin it for me - you can see Sheila, Daisy and the others on her Scalpay Linen blog. Pics are of Daisy 3 or 4 days old and then at 7 months just before she moved to the Outend.
I have been choosing fruit trees - have opted for three apple trees and two plums. I didn't realise how complicated all the pollination stuff is, how you have to combine trees with different ways of pollinating - I hope I have got it right! I thought you just bought them and dug a hole put them in and that was that - no! I want to develop my hedgerow a bit, sow some wild flowers in amongst all the undergrowth, there are poppies in a field hedge just down the lane and they look delightful anyway that's the plan so fingers crossed for some more dry weather over the next few days.


  1. We're still trying to catch Daisy to take a photo of her with her new haircut. She's a big lass now - very solid and with all the characteristics of a Cheviot sheep (ie no horns and a stubborn temperament). She is also fit as a flea and hopefully will be going to the ram this year to have a lamb next. We think the 4-horn Hebridean will suit as she isn't related to him and, frankly, with her temperament and his looks, the lamb will start off at a distinct advantage!

  2. Hi Leda,
    How interesting your family made the chicken bricks, I remember those. Habitat has always been one of my favourite shops, as is Ikea because of their groovy fabrics.
    It sounds like the best of both worlds as you can head back to Harris for certain midge-free times of the year. Those pesky midges have a lot to answer for disrupting peoples lives. I've only had a couple of Scottish holidays were I have been absolutely attacked by midges but it was enough to consider one of those netting head things.
    I know what you mean about the Wolds Village being a bit jumble saley, the stuff is pretty much crammed in and higgledy piggledy. I was keen to get some of my fabric jewellery in there because I currently have a small selection on sale in the South St. Gallery in Scarborough and they are taking 40% commission so when my friend who is doing quite well at Bainton said it was only 20% commission I pricked up my ears. I have a lot of potter friends in York area and they pay huge commissions at the shops in York.
    The Wolds Village is quite nice for a cuppa so thanks for giving me your mobile as it would be good to meet if you find yourself with a a bit of spare time. I'm usually ok for such things on Friday afternoons. I'll give you my email address as mobile reception here is really bad and if you fancy just drop me a line sometime.
    The new sewing class was good. It is being run as a trial to see if they can get people interested in sewing & textiles with the plan to run nightclasses if the interest is there. The lady doing the class also does her own workshops in wet & dry feltmaking, batik, 3D heat moulded fabrics etc. She is a tutor at Brid college and I've got quite interested in a printmaking & textiles class she said might be running from autumn.
    Bye for now