Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Made I laugh!

stacey guthrie --


A lewd street performer

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com

I saw this on Knit Wits Anonymous and thought I'd have a go - made me laugh out loud it did!

Friday, June 15, 2007

The felt jewellery is up!

I've put it on the site today. I hope people like them but I think it'll be the sort of thing that needs to be seen face to face. Anyway - they're here.

I've pinched this from another site but it really made me giggle. I look at the rules and regulations surrounding any kind of farming/rearing livestock etc and I wonder what planet I'm on. Here is a funny letter that someone has written:

Letter to Rt Hon David Miliband MP Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Nobel House 17 Smith Square London SW1P 3JR 15 June, 2007

Dear Secretary of State, My friend, who is in farming at the moment, recently received a cheque for £3,000 from the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs. I would now like to join the "not rearing pigs" business. In your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to rear pigs on, and which is the best breed of pigs not to rear? I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with all government policies, as dictated by the EU under the Common Agricultural Policy. I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs, but if this is not the type you want not rearing, I will just as gladly not rear porkers. Are there any advantages in not rearing rare breeds such as Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many people already not rearing these? As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will be keeping an accurate record of how many pigs I haven't reared. Are there any Government or Local Authority courses on this? My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has been rearing pigs for forty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968. That is - until this year, when he received a cheque for not rearing any. If I get £3,000 for not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000 for not rearing 100? I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean about £240,000 for the first year. >As I become more expert in not rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to, say, 40,000 pigs not reared in my second year, for which I should expect about £2.4 million from your department. Incidentally, I wonder if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs not producing harmful and polluting methane gases. Another point: These pigs that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of cereals. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops. Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I don't rear? I am also considering the "not milking cows" business, so please send any information you have on that too. Please could you also include the current Defra advice on set aside fields? Can this be done on an e-commerce basis with virtual fields (of which I seem to have several thousand hectares)? In view of the above you will realise that I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore qualify for unemployment benefits. I shall of course be voting for your party at the next general election. Yours faithfully,

No pics today - maybe tomorrow - cheerybye!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Meet the new arrivals

This is Sixpence, Octavia and Sally our new Gotlands. We got them yesterday from Sue Blacker of the Natural Fibre Company. They're very sweet sheep and I'm really looking forward to using their lovely fleece. We've had so many things die this year that we're struggling to keep up with the grazing. Hopefully these will help a bit.

It wouldn't be a normal Cledry post if there wasn't some doom and gloom though. While we were picking up the sheep yesterday the dog was at the vet. The night before he came in from having a pee unable to use one of his back legs. The emergency vet said wait until the next day to take him in, so we took him straight after the kids were dropped at school. We had to leave him there and when we got back from North Cornwall there was a message on the ansaphone saying he's fractured his hip and needs an operation. Estimated cost in excess of £300. We already have an outstanding bill of nearly £200 with them for the palaver with the cow. It's fair to say that it tipped me over the edge a bit as it's been nothing but bills, rising costs and bad news for what seems like the whole of this year. They won't let us pick him up unless we pay half the bill. My mum has offered to give us £100 towards it - it's like bail! I'm starting to wonder if life is trying to tell me something. Every day seems like a battle right now and it's exhausting. Yesterday felt like I was back at square one with the M.E/Fibro. People will still come round and tell me how lucky I am though. Idiots.

That sparks a thought that perplexes me from time to time. What is it about people that they are convinced that everyone else is better off than them? Either financially, emotionally, whatever. When I first got M.E and everything ground to a halt I had people saying 'Oh but you've got this lovely house' as if that negated the fact that my body had decided to stop working. 'This lovely house' is rented - for an extortionate amount and just finding the rent each month is a full time job. It doesn't seem to matter what happnes to me, someone else has to be worse off. I don't know if it's a Cornish thing or a general 'people thing. My husband noticed it the other day. The butcher asked him how he was and he explained about the cow and his broken ribs and the fact that it seems something is dying on the holding on a daily basis and the fact that we're clearing out the penny jar to buy food and the butcher said 'Oh I know what you mean, I've had terrible trouble with my van'. WTF?? It seems like a competition to see who's the worst off. I'm not one for sitting back and wallowing - if we have a problem I try to sort it out. Trouble is people see that seeming ability to cope as 'being lucky'. I work fucking hard to get us through one day/month to the next and occasionally I could do with a bit of support. All I get is people telling me I'll be alright/I'm lucky/I'm not as badly off as them. Sometimes you just want someone to say 'That sounds like shit'. Tbh that's why I spend more time on the internet than I do with 'real' people. The internet community is much more supportive than my real life 'friends'. People. I've had enough of them.

Now for something completely different. I've knitted some tiny socks for my Grandson to Be. They know he's a boy and have decided to call him Tiernan. Lovely name isn't it? They live in Dublin so I'll be posting these off soon.

I haven't knitted any baby stuff for years and the realisation that I have a tiny person to knit for again is slowly sinking in. I'm really looking forward to it. The socks were a 36 st cast on and I think they may be a bit big. I might try a 30 st cast on and see if that's better.

On the felt front, I'm struggling to find any eyelets to put in the jewellery that don't just fall straight out. I could embroider round the holes but that adds time (and consequently ads to the price). I dunno - anyone got any ideas?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Felt Textile Jewellery

I've been meaning to make some felt jewellery for a while and started a little prototype necklace yesterday.

I intended it to be just felt but my love of mixed media kinda crept in and this is what it's like so far. The two little tags say 'Charm' and 'Grace'.

Here's another from this afternoon. think I like them but I'm in such a strange frame of mind right now that maybe they're pants really - lol. I'd welcome your feedback.
Bad news on the Ruby cow front - she developed infected wounds from lying around for so long and yesterday she died. Mr Cledry had just got back from the vet with some more antibiotic injections and found her dead in the field. The little bullock that's left (Rusty) is very cross and has been put in with the sheep for company. He's been bellowing all night and is still going at it today. The only time he shuts up is to run full pelt at the sheep. We're going to phone a famer friend and see if he has a cow and calf that we could graze alongside him so that he has company. Poor old Rusty :( Someone recently said to me 'Ooh lucky you - it must be like the Good Life' - I replied 'Yeah, just not so funny'

Anyway - I'm off to play with more jewellery. Laters :)
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