Here we are in Week 11 and the Lockdown is beginning to slowly move towards freedom.
But not for me at Eau Brink Studio just yet. I am staying closed until July at the earliest. This is due to myself and many of my friends and customers being in the vulnerable category. This does not mean that I am not working though.
The studio has has a thorough cleaning and a new soap dispenser has been installed as well as a dispenser for the gloves and aprons. The funny thing about that is I spent the first week of this happening looking for the box of open medium gloves and could not for the life of me work out where I had put them. The the dispenser is by the toilet door which I have walked pass it several times. I have removed the fabric aprons so you need to bring along your own apron to wear or it will be a plastic disposable apron.
I am currently working towards a new programme of events to structure the regular workshops. One I am hoping to introduce is Dawns Gems. Dawn teaches Diamond Art and provides kits for all ages and abilities.
Diamond art is a fascinatingly addictive art where you stick little coloured diamonds to a base that already is prepared with the glue and colour numbers. It is very popular because you can make anything from small to large pictures, clocks, books and other smaller items. Just perfect for you during week 11 if you have no gardening or sewing to do.
As many of your know John does like to help us out where he can and he has been looking at sharpening my rotary cutting blades as they are expensive and the sharpener that is available is very expensive especially if you do not use your cutter that often. With this in mind he has been sharpening my blades for me. And is keeping an eye on how many times he can do this before we have to replace the blade.
Is currently moving from beside the tea room to a larger shop next door in The Emporium. Two reasons for this are its is a better shop and it means we can expand the tea room ready for opening and social distancing . I have already been in touch with a number of fabric suppliers, I will increase the haberdashery supplies and will be adding quilting supplies too. Of course I will still be selling my hand made items along with the items to raise funds for Progression where the members are making items to sell.
I have also engaged a photographer to take real pictures of the stock which can be used on all social media and on line shopping. I am really looking forward to seeing the results. Especially as I am fully aware the only nice picture I have taken is the one of the peg bags hanging on my washing line.
We continue to meet regularly during lockdown virtually. It is lovely to see everyone but I for one cannot wait for when we can meet in person again. 11 weeks is a long time to not see your friends. We have been working on our exhibition items as well as books to show how we are feeling during this period of our lives. These books will be displayed at our Granchester exhibition if we are permitted to go ahead with it. We also work on a postcard over a two week period and they will be displayed also during the exhibitions.
Small Holding News
11 Weeks of looking after our lovely animals has also been a little challenging. The lack of rain has meant that the grass is not growing and trying to get hay for the sheep at the beginning was a huge problem. Although they do have sheep nuts too again getting the feed for them was problematic. The same for the birds getting their pellets became something of a mission. I fail to understand why everyone ran out of everything. Now though its not so bad at the big suppliers.
The sheep have been extremely naughty by spreading they hay around instead of eating it. Which the chickens seam to enjoy sitting in. Also they have been escaping by jumping on the fencing until it breaks and then the chickens follow them out. I appears to me to be a collaboration with the sheep being the muscle and the chickens reaping the rewards.
The result of all this escaping is they have eaten my strawberry plants, tomato plants and the few flowers we had. So back to square one.
Bertie and Gertie are once again trying to nest but have no idea how to keep their eggs safe. When they remember to sit on the nest they forget to sit on the egg. Resulting in the crows and magpies pinching the eggs. It is their first year so maybe next year they will have learnt. We did try to put some in the incubator but they did not hatch.
The moor hens have hatched one brood and are now sitting on another clutch of eggs. So they are doing very well.