It has been such a long time since we posted anything on our site.
We have been really busy throughout this time.
We have been granted planning permission for a Tearoom, Wool shop and Animal Park. Over the next few days we will be posting pictures to bring the story up to date. We are so very excited about this project and hope that you will join in and come and see us, our lovely animals, good food and fantastic selection of wool.
The ground work started in November 2016.
James really enjoyed playing with a digger.
We then decided on the type of cabin and she was ordered. She arrived on two huge lorries.
It took some time to unload but it was so exciting. The young driver was amazing reversing that enormous lorry through the gates and parking it. It all worked like a dream. Then we waited for the second lorry to arrive!!
Over the Bank Holiday I have been in St Bartholomew’s church in Snarestone at the Craft and Flower Festival.
The top picture is of Jane Davies spraying the flowers Jane & I did over the archway representing the Parish Council. I must say I was thrilled with our hard work.
The title of the festival was ‘Our Village’ and we invited all of the groups or organisations to contribute either a donation towards a flower arrangement or to come along and do something themselves to represent their group. We (the committee) were delighted with the enthusiasm from those who took part. Most of the village was represented in some way which was fantastic.
We also showcased a small number of our talented villagers who came to church to do workshops and demonstrate their skills or to talk about their hobby and for most of us, to encourage people to take up one of the fascinating hobbies on show.
I was delighted to be asked to show off my spinning as it is such an old skill and so many people think it is beyond them, which of course, it isn’t.
I decorated my ‘stand’ with pictures of the ‘girls’, took some samples of our alpaca wool and items made with alpaca wool. I thoroughly enjoyed spinning and talking to everyone who came to see us. It was really wonderful to show people how to ‘drop spin’ and see the delight on their faces when they can see a lovely piece of yarn appear from a fluffy piece of fleece! I taught a little girl of about 7/8 to knit and make a daisy from a wheel. The delight on her face was wonderful to behold.
The following pictures really do not do justice to the stands and flowers that were on show but a small reminder of an extraordinary weekend in our wonderful village.
Chris’s art Table Seppo’s Photography Stand Debbie’s Dress making
Pam’s Lace Stand Meg’s Flowers The tote Committee
The Globe The Panto Flowers and Roger’s Cane chairs Sewing Group
Snarestone School, Kingfisher class, recently arranged an Eco Day and invited the local small schools along.
During the day pupils took part in , pond dipping, making a willow dream catcher, making compost and visiting a smallholding! US!
It was a wonderful day. The children only had 45 minutes with us so we walked very quickly! We had a chat about what we feed each animal and what they produce for us to eat and sell. The children came face to face with the Alpacas, pigs, and the ducks. We talked about the value each of the animals add to the farm, how their manure feeds the field, which produces better grass for the animals and makes better hay for them during the winter months when there is no grass growing.
The pigs root through the weeds and rotovate the ground so that we can plant new things in it before being sent to slaughter to provide superb meat for us. The alpacas are sheared and provide beautiful fleece for us to spin and sell or for me to knit wonderful garments with.
The ducks and chickens provide eggs almost all year round!
We talked briefly about chopping the trees in a way that means they will grow continually without us chopping them all down.
We all had a fantastic time although we would all have liked much longer here to talk in more detail.
I was thrilled to be able to show the children around and extremely impressed by their excellent behaviour. They were incredibly interested in our animals and had some very interesting questions.
We hope to entertain the whole school very soon.
My first cardigan using my own alpaca wool. Really beautiful to knit with and I am thrilled with the result. Looking forward to wearing it shortly. I have used Cleo’s wool. Beautiful alpaca, producing beautiful fleece which in turn has produced a lovely garment. The picture does not do it justice. Must learn to take better photos!!