Happy Easter Monday

   The crochet crew at Bodkins treated our village to a bit of woolly whimsy and colour this weekend.  I  am learning to appreciate the very long weekend that is the British Easter holiday. It starts on Friday (aka Good Friday) and continues through Easter Monday, by which time I am feeling over-chocolated and despairing…

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A Proper Village Fayre

Thundersley did itself proud this afternoon. Friends and neighbours gathered to celebrate the season and wish each other well as shopkeepers welcomed us with open doors and festive food and drink. Jenny the Donkey came to see the children. Father Christmas was there with reindeer and treats for good little boys and girls. Our local hairdressers created…

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Knit & Natter

The Noise Arts Festival is taking place all week here in Thundersley, and today Bodkins hosted a free Knit & Natter taster session for anyone wanting to pick up needles and wool and have a go. Seven of us crowded into the front of the shop to knit and get acquainted — and as always,…

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Hide and Seek

My energy is returning slowly, and once again my evening walk to work was my primary foray into the world. The sky was spitting rain so I didn’t really feel like pausing to take photos and to  be  honest,  the  clouds seemed more menacing than photogenic. So tonight I’m  just going to share this photo…

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From Crazy to Calm

Tuesdays get crazy in my life. Mondays feel exciting and full of potential,  but the reality of the week’s work always hits hard on Tuesdays. I enjoy walking to work on those evenings, especially if, like today, it is the only walk I’ve managed over the course of the  day. My feet make their way along…

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Walking to the Pretty Things

I’m lucky. I live in village that has its own wool shop (aka haberdashery), and the shop has been a big part of my life for all the years that I’ve lived here. On Tuesdays nights we bead at Bodkins, and on Wednesday evenings we knit (other classes happen at other times, but these are the…

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New Year, New Bodkins

Those of you who see me on other blogs or circles, or who know me personally, will be aware of my love of woolly things and my passion for using sticks and hooks to create fabrics out of threads and yarns. For the past decade, the little wool shop in the village has been my home away…

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