Saturday, 1 May 2010

Newsletter - 29th April 2010

Hi Everybody

Wow, what a noisy start to the morning we had! Now, this is going to be a bit of a story - so it might be worth making a cup of tea before you start reading!

It all started about six weeks ago when a Mummy Duck and Daddy Duck landed on our pond, at the bottom of the garden, having decided it was the ideal place to make sweet music. A few flustered feathers, a bit of quacking later and Mummy Duck makes a nest. A short while after that she lays 10 eggs and settles down for 21 days of quiet contemplation while she incubates her little babies. All say 'ahhh'!

So, now let us jump forward 3 weeks to last Friday. There I was, getting ready to play proud grandparent to a beautiful little lady who was due to arrive at lunch time, deciding to take a break from the chores I went for a little walk down to the pond and guess what is squeaking away on the nest? You got it, 10 little bundles of fluff. Another 'ahhh' due now.

What a lovely weekend it was. Not only was I able to enjoy the pleasures of spending a weekend of fun with Helen and Jet (daughter & granddaughter) but we also had fun watching Mumma Duck raising her 10 little bundles of fluff. What a great Mum but, my goodness me, what a noisy Mum. Whenever her babies strayed, or someone went too near them, she quacked her socks off - and how loudly she can quack!

Anyway, so now I go back to the events of this morning. I woke up this morning, looked out of the window down to the pond to see Mummy Duck, while the little bundles of fluff wandered around the grass pecking away. We sat and had our morning cup of tea before getting ready to take the dogs out for a walk. By the time we were ready to go, Mummy Duck was on one side of our garden boundary wall and the babies were on the other side. Mumma had decided it was time to take her babies to the Canal!

We have no idea how she got the babies over that wall, but manage it she did - one minute they were on opposite sides of the wall making one hell of a noise quacking away, the next they are all together and she was continuing on her quest to take them to the Kennet and Avon.

We are hoping, so much, that they made it safely through their journey. We will watch out for them tomorrow morning, when we walk the dogs.

Now, provided they made it to the canal safely, there is only one bad thing that happened this weekend - and I will have Joanna kicking me for missing the opportunity (sorry, Joanna!) but not one of us had a camera that was working! Der! Photo opportunity of the year missed! I cannot believe it. I promise I will do better next year.

So there you go, what an exciting weekend. And talking of exciting, I hope everybody has got back safely from their Easter holiday breaks. Isn't it amazing the chaos one little volcano can cause? The number of people, that I know, that were affected by the airport closures and that are still being affected.

Anyway, I suppose you would all rather hear about what is happening in the shop, rather than the miscellaneous ramblings of a mad woman. Well, this weekend is not only a Bank Holiday (grotty weather forecast, no change there!) but it is also ProMarker weekend.

Having covered Monochromatic in her tutorial last month, I think Nicky is doing Sepia this month - but don't quote me on that. I am sure she will come up with something stunning, she usually does.

Then the following Saturday, the 8th, is the first Jo Sonja's Workshop. And the first class will be decorating shoes, great fun. There will be a lot of very cool canvass pumps being worn this summer. Now, this class is booking very fast and there were on a couple of spaces left last time I looked, so if you are interested call now!

I hope you have all put the 15th May on your calendars! This is the Crafters Car Boot sale. This will be fun. Remember this will be a great place to clear out some of your unwanted stash, but it will also be a good place to showcase some of your crafts. The event will be getting advertised around the area & on the local radio so, hopefully, we will have a lot of people coming to find finished crafts as well as crafters looking for a bargain!

All money raised from the pitches and entrance will be going to Cancer Research - a wonderful cause and one that is very dear to the hearts of many of our customers.

Remember, if you do not want to have your own table but you would like to donate some stuff to be sold for the Cancer Research - let us have it, we will have a table that is just donated goodies with all proceeds going to the cause.

We will also have the tea/coffee urn out on display - might even put some water in it, you never know!! There have been offers of some cakes for us to sell and if you have offered but I have not got back to you, I do apologise. Yes, please, can we have some cakes. Anything that will boost the funds.

So come, even if only for a short while, and have some fun on the 15th May 10 'til 2pm.

Then on that same afternoon, at 2pm, it is the first meeting of the monthly Rubber Stamping Club with Nicky. This will be the perfect place to meet other ladies who love a bit of rubber - or acrylic! Nicky will be giving a short tutorial and then you will be able to play for a bit. Great fun and perfect for all levels of stamper, from beginners to advanced.

Wow! So much happening over the next few weeks. And, remember, we have still got the launch of the Jewellery Drop-in sessions on the last Saturday of the month. Does your fun never end?

After all that excitement I think I had better go and make MYSELF a cup of tea.

I hope the weekend is not going to be as miserable as the forecasters say but, if it is, just think about the fact that it could be three days of crafting - without feeling guilty about abandoning the garden!

On that happy note I will leave you all and see you in the shop sometime over the next week or so.

Happy crafting.

Lynn and the Girls.

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