I have launched my new blog! Not quite got the hang of regular posts....See new burbles! Occasional updates happen, but not as often as they should!
Funny how things take over and even a 5 minute witter on a website seems beyond me. Unlike my sister who has made over 300 posts on her blog over the last couple of years AND documented them all!! See www.feltabulous.blogspot.com
I learned to hand spin wool, though I have not done much recently. It is very time consuming, but a great way to de-stress. It never ceases to amaze me the range of colour within just one fleece. Wool is marvellous stuff.
Working in the countryside with organic poultry I have a vested interest in keeping up to date with farming and countryside matters. After the Foot and Mouth fiasco, Avian Flu, Blue Tongue and now swine flu and TB, I have to admit to being dubious about the capabilities of authorities in coping with diseases. The warmwell website http://www.warmwell.com/ of Mary Critchley's has shown more balance and highlighted the shortcomings of the authorities with a clarity rarely seen elsewhere.
I have been hard at it developing websites for various parties:
My latest project is Escape Energy Advisors. A small energy advice consultancy, advising businesses on energy use, and negotiating flexible contracts amongst other things. I always enjoy a challenge and I am amazed how much I learn about a subject during a project. I do remember the saying, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" and leave the technical jargon blurb to those who know what they are talking about!
A new project is for The Belvoir Alehouse sited next door to the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby near Melton Mowbray. Set in the stunning Vale of Belvoir a modern building but a micro brewery using traditional methods to brew a range of ales. The Alehouse, restaurant and Visitor Centre accommodates drinkers, and diners. Call in for a pint, stay for a snack or a three course meal. Tour the Brewery and take away a bottle or two of ale. A warm welcome awaits.
littleschoolpublishing.co.uk aims to bring social and local history to life in print, video and ebook. Quite an undertaking, but Rutland is a good place to start. 2014 promises to be an interesting year with the Centenary of WW1 and all the planned events.
Struggling with the new food labelling regulations, our labelling site can help! Links to over 200 official regulations and guidance documents help you find out what information and format your product labels should contain. A comprehensive search makes finding stuff much quicker! Find out if your labels need to change before the regulations come into force - information on food labelling - www.foodlabelling.info
Another one - www.victoryvintagehire.co.uk if you are planning a vintage event, give this site a look. I can vouch for the stock they have. Whether it is a photo shoot, dinner or tea for two or a tea party for 500, they have china, table linen, props etc to sort you out provided you are within striking distance of the Ashbourne/Uttoxeter area.
Another website, my seventh I think, www.rutlandorganics.co.uk if you want a turkey that tastes of turkey, a goose or a cockerel for Christmas. I can recommend them - I get to do quite a lot of plucking in the run up to Christmas and - yes, we have turkey!
For my sister, Feltabulous felt. Ellie developed an affinity for felt making during her recent art course. She is building up a stock of felt art - handmade pieces framed or unframed, reflecting the lincolnshire countryside. Smaller gifts are hearts and stars, plain or embellished, all handmade which could be personalised for wedding or birthday or anniversary presents. Also see feltabulous blog.
Finally, the disappearance of the Pugglelove website has resulted in a new website puggleuk.co.uk giving information on these crossbreed dogs and availability of Puggle puppies. I also developed this site.