August….or Autumn??

The British weather always keeps us on our toes…or under our brollies! We are still waiting for a spell of hot weather, while the rest of Europe is at the other extreme of it being way too hot. I am finding our weather is at its best thru September, even early October. This is great for us as we tend to go on holiday then (having no kids, we prefer to avoid the school hols!).

This year we are off to Northumberland, first time and v much looking forward to it. It has a long coast of golden beaches (the dog will be in heaven!) as well as some fab castles, there is even one in the village we will be staying in. Will be taking lots of pics πŸ™‚

Had some great news yesterday – I sold a shawl to a friend in NZ (think I mentioned it), was supposed to take 5-7 days. After 10 I started to worry, after 20 was deciding to refund my pal his money and try to forget the hours spent making it, then after 30 days it arrived!! Hurray πŸ™‚ His wife loves her bday gift, that makes me very happy!

Not too happy with Royal Mail though! I spoke to them via twitter and though polite etc they were pretty much saying ‘its not our problem’ when I was trying to locate where the package was – even though I paid them more to track it!! I went on live chat and was quite annoyed with the unhelpfulness of whoever I dealt with, asked why am I paying for a tracked post service when you dont know where it is?? She pretty much ended the chat by shrugging her shoulders and saying ‘so what? Nothing to do with me’!! NZ Post, on the other hand were brilliant, giving me more info and keeping me up to date even before it had arrived in their country. Royal Mail need to take a leaf out of their book!

Sorry, rant over πŸ˜‰

I am now having to think further ahead to (sorry for mentioning this) Christmas. Craft fairs book up quick and I have an opportunity to have a space at the Xmas fair at Castle Drogo (National Trust). Fairs are so hit and miss, a lot of work for sometimes little reward. I was at Bude Castle (bit of a theme here!) last year and did very well. If they are on different weekends, I could do both πŸ™‚ though if thats the case I really need to get making!!

Have a great weekend, hope the sun shines!! πŸ™‚

 

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The Great British Summer….

Hmmmm, not impressed so far. Very not impressed with last nights forcast!! ‘Heavy rain acrross the South West all day’, so we cancel work….yup, you guessed it, didnt rain til after 3 and only a little. So now a day behind, good job we have such lovely, understanding clients. We usually wait til the morning to decide whether or not to cancel, but the Met Office and the BBC were so convincing! The best weather forcast is looking out of the window.

Anyway, enough of this moaning. Popped into Kooky Nook to deliver a pair of seat pads (Β£15 each if you’re interested). Have to say, the shop is looking fab, well done Kate! All locally made crafts. As well as cards, crochet, wooden storage and soap (along with more crafts),there is a lady who makes lampshades, you can provide the material and she will make it at a very reasonable price. The shop is right next to the museum in Okehampton.

Am a bit lost as to what to crochet next. I have not had much time to do any recently, only seem to get a couple of hours in the evening. I only have one big fair which isn’t til August but I really need to get going with it, want to take the oppurtunity to really show off!

I will be glad when this month is over, it has been so busy at work and a bit stressful. May isΒ  a very difficult time of year for me and my family anyway so looking forward to a bit of time out soon.

Well, lets hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, can’t afford to cancel again!

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