Friday, 8 August 2008

World Tour of Cumbria Week 2

Well we got off to a good start with week two as the Cockermouth Show was good. We didn't think it was going to be on because the weather the night before was torrential and Buzby Berkley's gang where giving it death on top of the caravan but show day turned out very warm and sunny. i sold quite a lot of Blue faced Leicester yarn , which I was quite pleased about. Carol and I have had two trips to Woolclip ( sorry can't put a link in , this computer won't let me )at Caldbeck . It's a gorgeous yarn shop run as a co-oprative by some lovely Cumbrian ladies. Needless to say we had a good spend . I got two good books about natural dyeing and carding and a load of Dyed Herdwick to make crocheted bags for the stall. We are now enjoying a rest till next Thursday so we have had lots of walks. I am really very relaxed now . Who wouldn't be when you can lie in bed of a morning and just lift the blinds and gaze On Monday DH and I spent a lovely evening at my friend Cecelia's house at Johnby , with a group of knitters crocheters and spinners.One of the Ladies showed DH how to do Tunisian Crochet . he was well impressed.It was very relaxing and the time just flew. The highlight of the evening was when her Nubean Goat decide to poke it's head through the door and check us all out.We had put in to do Dalston Show tomorrow but weren't successful . I am now glad we didn't get in as , Guess What ?????!!! it's going to pour down . So i'm going to hunker down and spin ALL day. TTFN.

Friday, 1 August 2008

World Tour of cumbria Week 1

Hi folks .Well that's the first week over. No pictures I'm afraid as I'm logging on in the library in Keswick and can't upload stuff. Anyway I'll try drawing pictures with words. We had a fantastic weekend at the Steam Gathering and the weather was absolutly gorgeous. Sales were up on last year and we seemed to be the exception in the Craft Marquee as most people had a bad weekend. I bought a fleece, to spin, off this drop dead gorgeous New Zealander . Can't wait to get it washed . Monday we moved up to our home for the next six weeks , Askew Rigg Farm , in Mungrisdale . The weather continued fine so we managed to get the awning up in record time . Jeff and Carol joined us on Wednesday after a short delay due to family matters. The weather wasn't to bad till yesterday just as No 2 son came up with the Grandchildren. It was a shame as we couldn't do much but it was nice to see them . All during last night it rained heavily and if you've ever been in a caravan when it rains you'll know it sounds like the comlpete chorus line from a Busby Berkley musical going through their routine on the roof . Suffice to say I didn't get much sleep . The best thing that has happened this week is the first of this years Pedigree Highland calves born on the farm was alittle girl and she's been called Ursula after me. I deemed this a great honour. It's great to be up in the Lakes again . Meeting up with people and lets not forget the fabulous scenery . Tomorrow we go to Cockermouth Show . TTFN