Just before the clock strikes 12 and we all turn into pumpkins or white mice – thank you everyone who called in and said hello at the Norwich Summer Fair today.
From this point you can travel the inter-galactic super highway to find me here and here and here.
On a practical note; birders there will be curlews, godwits, oyster catchers and herons on cushions by the end of the week.
For the people who fancied a flamingo I can’t find the promised photo but flamingos are definitely in the repertoire so I’ll get on with that.
And all those folk who arrived after the bees had sold out there will be new bees at next weekends open studio for sure.
Hope to see you again.
The show at Craftco in September was a wonderful experience – thank you to all who visited and the great feedback. Who knew hanging cushions on the wall could be so satisfying?
Stitchery workshops are being recieved with enthusiasm. For the most recent I decided zippy bags would a good idea, not sure all participants agreed… with 10 minutes to go and a second attempt to insert a zip a voice called out ‘I’ve never had children but I imagine it’s something like this!’
More workshops in January, zips optional.
Right now, today, this minute and all minutes between now and Nov 17, I am making work for Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair and Histon Handmade. I have progressed from the calm stage through the denial stage to the batshit crazy stage. Not pretty.
See you on the other side.
The annual bamboo harvest is taking place; mighty stems have been gathered and are waiting to be held aloft, balanced on fingertips, cast into the river or just contemplated.
Meanwhile the Rooks are roosting. Along the road to the Horse Chestnuts and Limes surrounding the church, at 9.26 this evening, the Rooks returned with exuberance. Flying over our house in huge numbers, an impressive sight.
What I find even more impressive is their artfulness in practical matters; during term time I admire the Corvids on the school field. Every day during lessons they hang out and I intend to set up the tripod and photograph these glossy birds full of character. Last week the opportunity was there, holidays had begun and classes were empty but so was the school field! The rooks clearly know the source of their food and for six weeks the school field is of no interest to them.
I updated my Etsy shop today
In and out between showers taking photographs.
There are a selection of cushions embroidered with some of my favorite beasts, all made from recycled woolen blankets that have been washed at 90 degrees. I will be adding some more work over the next fortnight.
And now all orders will now be sent out with my new rubber stamped label!
An afternoon spent watching Swans, Coots, Pochards, Lapwings, Moorhens and Tufted Ducks at WWT Welney.
We are lucky to have a WWT wetland reserve a few miles away. Sitting in the centrally heated main observatory watching the swans fly in from the fields onto the Ouse Washes late in the afternoon is a great way to spend a few hours.
When my Christmas orders are complete I will be stitching some wetland birds.
Moorhens have enormous feet!
A recently completed Rook sold from my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSpeculatingRook and off to Alice Springs, Australia where I hope he will bring a smile and some joy.