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Freeze


Poor birdy, originally uploaded by lazygiraffe.

We’ve had a bit of a freeze this week, I don’t want to call it a big freeze really because British weather is really quite tame compared to other countries. But its been very January like, plenty of ice, a bit of snow and today lots and lots of fog.

I’ve been watching the birds hopping about outside my office window looking quite chilly. I’m not much of a bird watcher but its been nice to see them going about their way. So far we’ve had the obligatory blackbirds, a robin, wrens and best of all, a woodpecker! I’m hoping I see it again on a day that I have a camera.

For now, here is a picture of the robin (I think) looking chilly.

First try..

First ring, originally uploaded by lazygiraffe.

I made my first ring this week!
I have been wanting to make rings for the shop and I couldn’t wait to try them out once I got my ring mandrel. This one is from a tutorial on MacFarland Designs blog (where she also has lots of other tutorials, I am trying out earwires next) for a simple rosette ring.

This was also spurred on by the loss of one of my rings down the floorboards the other day (I am cursing the landlords inability to lay them without 1cm gaps).

Its good for a first go, the wire wraps could be neater and the back is a little warped, but I love it all the same! I did this using 24g silver plated wire, not brave enough to use the expensive sterling wire yet 😉

I am hoping to introduce some simple beaded wire wrap rings to the shop, made with vintage beads and different kinds of wire. I think copper would be lovely.

Green fingers?


Apparently I have them this year..

Last year was a bit off, we had some potatoes, some sad looking peas and a few strawberries, but this year is looking a whole lot more promising.

Our strawberries are just starting to produce little green berries that are promising a very large Eton Mess later on in the summer..

The potatoes are standing strong and we have a whole raft of herbs!

I especially like how our chives are looking, they have beautiful purple flowers on them.
(You can also see our pea shoots in the background here)


I’ve been meaning to plant actual flowers, just for display but there isn’t really anything that exciting about flowers to me. They look nice but I love growing food so much more, because you get to eat it afterwards!

I am also quite excited by our plum trees, the fruit was great last year and we made lovely jam. So watch this space for plum recipes – jam, crumble, pie, spicy plum sauce, everything plum!

Spring..

I’m pleased to be able to add some springtime photos to my blog, we have about 5 fruit trees in our garden (plum, apple, pear and damson) which makes for lovely blossom in the Spring. This is our first spring in the house so I am looking forward to more blossom on the way.

We moved in during last summer and the trees were heaving with fruit (we had lots of jam at the end of it!) so I expect lots of blossom!

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