Hogweed and other Wild Plants

   Probably due to the huge amount of rainfall at the beginning of the summer the hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) is quite spectacular aournd here at the moment. Usually found along ditches and riverbanks it has sprung up everywhere this year, making quite a statement along the verges and seemingly on any scrap of space it can find.  Standing well…

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Vintage Glassware

    After some reorganisation and editing about a year ago there is, once again (and despite some breakages along the way), an accumulation of vintage glassware in the kitchen cupboard. It’s not as plentiful as it once was, but pieces still get picked up here and there. The strict rule is that once there are too many to squeeze…

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A June Afternoon on Pilsdon Pen

Pilsdon Pen is an iron age hill fort north of Marshwood Vale. Traditionally it was thought to be the highest point in Dorset (at 277m), but now beaten to that honour by neighbouring Lewesdon Hill (279m). However, unlike Lewesdon Hill, the plateau at the top is treeless and so is the place to go for panoramic views. To the south you…

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Crochet Restoration

This very moth-chewed vintage crochet throw was brought into the shop a few weeks ago. It had great sentimental value to the customer and the question was: ‘Could it be mended?’ Well there’s nothing like a challenge. It took many hours and took almost forensic unpicking of the damaged sections. Fortunately the granny squares pattern was quite straightforward…

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Open Garden Afternoon

   Last Sunday the village held an open gardens afternoon. Nothing so grand as the NGS scheme, just anyone who wanted to participate inviting the public into their gardens for a small fee, raising money to refurbish the village hall kitchen.  The British weather played its tricks for almost the whole week beforehand and did not let up for the…

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Knitted Coat Hangers

.    Gone are the days when left over scraps of yarn were discarded just for the sake of tidiness. Times of austerity are upon us, which only reinforces a Waste Not Want Not attitude, not to mention the rising cost of good knitting wool. Crochet is a very good means of using up yarn, but even that leaves very small…

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