Just published


After a number of years 'interviewing' Hugh and collecting his memories of life on the farm in the Brecon Beacons where he grew up, I published 'Days at Cnewr with Flash and Cocoa'. It pleased me very much at the time to see my words and photographs in print but I was less satisfied with the book's design. Now I have re-written the text and, working hard with Hugh to overcome numerous problems which arose from using Blurb, our book has a new look.

It is available in hardback from Blurb or Amazon and can also be purchased in a more affordable way for Kindles and other digital forms.
Hugh had a wonderful wild childhood. He might have stayed in Wales and continued as a shepherd but, fortunately for his family, he became a potter and has had his own studio since the age of 21.

Here's a preview of our book:
http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7713034-days-at-cnewr

Christine

Weaving


My latest coat finished at last.

Wool carded, spun and woven by Hugh.
Sewn by Christine.
Photo: Christine
Modelled by Isabelle.

Bats


We have bats in the space above our bedroom. They have been there since before we bought the house. Some people would think that maybe they are dirty, disease ridden or simply not the thing to have living in your house. When we were in France our house had some hundreds of bats in the roof space so it is not something unusual for us.

This evening we found a baby bat on an outside wall near the ground. It had obviously just fallen out from the roof space. I was taught not to touch very young bats since the smell of humans can upset things. However, by nightfall this little bat had not flown so I decided to take matters in hand. I placed a ladder to the point in the wall where the roof space begins and picked up the baby on my finger to try to get it to crawl back in. I suffer from vertigo so for me this was a big deal.

The little bat was very cold to the touch but had the energy to crawl back in, giving out faint noises to which the bats inside responded with their adult calls. Let us hope this little one has had a good feed and will make it.

First Stage


This is the fleece of a Jacob sheep. I have washed it in preparation to carding it ready for weaving. It is going to be interesting to see how much yarn can be made from a whole fleece. Unfortunately, the weather has turned wet so drying it is going to prove difficult.

This is the fleece after it has been carded.

Two of these layers now spun. I introduced a very small amount of blue un-spun yarn. Just playing.
Next stage is the weaving.

Birds in our garden


This is the easy way to eat the seeds from a palm tree in our garden

Also this is another option

This is the more difficult method

Again it proves you have to be fit and agile

Every time a small seed

The reward after a tiring five minutes a short bath