Duck Egg Blue?

This eggshell was found in a Dorset field a day or two ago.  A little research online soon identified it as a blackbird egg.  They often nest in hedges, which were abundant nearby, but as the broken eggshell pieces were discovered in open ground it was probably stolen from the nest by a crow or other predator. It…

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Crochet Brooches Handmade Bling

Fresh off the Girl’s Own Store production line and totally handmade, these little crochet brooches have turned out rather well. They are available from here: http://www.girlsownstore.co.uk/acatalog/Ladies.html The colour combination possibilities are endless, so each one is pretty well unique. And having just (very kindly) been given a fresh stock of vintage buttons to give that…

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Wessex – About Britain No.2

This rather wonderful little book was discovered in a Bridport secondhand store this week – and what a treasure it is. Written by Geoffrey Grigson, it was published in 1951 for the Festival of Britain Office.  In the introduction it says: ‘the Guide-Book is one of a series ‘About Britain,’ so we hope, in a…

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Catkins and Pussy Willow

There is something whimsical and delightful about catkins and pussy willow. All the more so for their appearance at this time of the year. February can be the bleakest of months, these signs of Spring to come are more than welcome.   Catkins: The male flowers of our native hazel (Corylus avellana), abundant in hedgerows around the…

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