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A duck in a knitted shawl in London Woodlands

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I recently discovered an enchanting volunteer-run farm in Shooters Hill, South London.  It was hosting a small but interesting textile and wool festival. It was a great surprise to discover such a treasure in this built up area and the views from outside the farm are far and wide across to the City, quite clearly you see Canary Wharf and The Shard (Shooters Hill is one of the highest points in London).

http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org/

In years gone by it was a huge pig farm, complete with abattoir and the site has battled over the years against redevelopment.  It is a working farm with produce (great jam!), animals, ponds, facilities for school trips and a lovely cottage garden, namely ‘Peter Rabbit’s Garden’ complete with knitted animals and birds hidden amongst flowers and vegetables. Here are a few pics just to give you a taster of the day. I only wish I’d taken more, not only of the garden but of the festival too. Roll on next year’s one – I will go back! Here you see a scarecrow family outside the farmhouse, Jemima, a green parrot and one of the ponds with fantastic lily pads.

 

A little about the cottage garden too.

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And one marvellous exhibitor on the day.

http://www.rayslaterclothdolls.co.uk/about.html

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Wow! Her cloth dolls are amazing!
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London Craft Week

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http://www.londoncraftweek.com/about

Anyone going anywhere ?

Anyone know what would be extra worthy of a visit for Craft Week?

Just wondering.

A garden in a chair, Seven Dials, London

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A busy busy time for weeks and weeks, with work, home, crafting, being a mum, generally juggling life.

I now work in London two days a week – it was three short days, now it’s two slightly longer days. It is exhausting but sometimes can be fun. One of the best things, oddly enough, is walking from Charing Cross station to the top of Oxford Street. I wiggle my way there through Seven Dials and often admire the shops and cafes. It feels very continental with pavement tables and chairs and little boutiques. At the moment there are flags strewn across the main road and it is quite festive – think of summer fetes, though the sun isn’t always shining! A few weeks ago there was a lovely display outside Gudrun Sjödén Ltd at 65-67 Monmouth Street (in fact their windows and displays are often fabulous!). This one was so nice I had to take a snap. A garden in a chair – a great idea that I would like to emulate one day too.
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When I have had time I have been sewing and knitting to my heart’s content. There are still many WIPs but I have actually finished a few things too. I shall pop pics on here soon. I now work for a knitting online retailer – can you imagine what a ‘sweet shop’ it is for me?! So many yarns, so many projects ….. colleagues are now suggesting a KAL called After The Rain. I might just join in, though what colour to choose to make it in….after the rain  Perhaps something cool for next summer, like a cotton/linen mix.

So away to click the needles on my current project that needs to be finished by the time No 1 son starts Uni in September.  One more UFO becomes again a WIP which means I can consider a new project!