Sunday, 31 August 2014

Abby sample No. 1

This sample was produced by flick carding the staples and spinning them on the Louet wheel. The staples are around 4 inches long and using this method they almost look like a long wool. 

I have now begun sample number 2 which will be carded into rolags and spun on the ashford traveller . 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

It's time to start spinning again

I haven't spun anyting for a very long time. I don't really have the time and my priority right now is to decorate the house. Having said that, now that I am doing more knitting it seems a waste of my fleece stash, wheels and skills not to spin my own yarn. So I have cleaned this fleece in readiness of my next project.  I have also decided to name all of my projects from now on.  This fleece has been washed and dried. I intend to spin it first and dye it before I start to knit it up. I don't know what it will be yet, but it is going to be called Abby from now on.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Human Resources Books for Sale

Since 2008 I have studied for a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Arts Practice, a BA in Entrepreneurship and for my Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management. I have a number of books on the subject of Arts, Business, Marketing, Study Skills and Human Resource Management that I will not be taking with me when I emigrate. I wish I had the time to read them again - sadly I dont. I would like to sell these books - see the list below. (I will be adding to this list daily and also posting posts with photos of each book.

If you are interested in the theory of Human Resource Management, particularly if you are studying the subject, you will find this lot very handy for research and providing insight into current theory and practice and the human resource function from the early days of personnel management. This is particularly interesting as it is possible to see which theories have stood the test of time and which have changed over the years.
Tyson, Shaun. (1997). The practice of Human Resource Strategy. Pitman Publishing.
Bedward, Rexworthy, Blackman, Rothwell, Weaver. (1997).First Line Management A Practical Approach. This is an ex library book.
Tyson, Shaun & Fell, Alan. Evaluating the Personnel Function. (1987).
Sparrow, Brewster and Harris. (2004) Globalizing Human Resource Management.
Storey, John.(1995) Human Resource Management a Critical Text.
Kew, John & Stredwick. John. Business Environment - Managing in a Strategic Context.
Marchington, Mick and Wilkinson, Adrian. (2012) Human Resource Management at Work (5th Edition). This is a CIPD book.
McDonal, Malcolm & Wilson, Hugh. (2011) Marketing Plans - How to prepare them, how to use them.

Selling my stuff to move 4000 miles away

Since 2008 I have wanted to emigrate to the other side of the world, some 4000 miles away so that I can live on a farm with my family and a menagerie of animals. Now that things are starting to move, I am ready to start selling things that I will no longer use, or that I simply wont be able to take with me for one reason or another. I will be blogging a catch up of my journey and promoting all of the weird and wonderful things that I have collected over the years that I now want to sell in order to raise the money I will need to move away. Hopefully, someone else out there will find that they have a use for them so that they don't have to take up space in a landfill - I hate waste.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Anyone into Hexapuffing, domino knitting or small knitting projects?

I am selling a number of small skeins or balls of hand spun yarn which is suitable for small knitting or crochet projects such as hexapuffing, domino knitting or patchwork projects.  These yarns will be for sale on my Etsy Shop and I will be putting up a link very soon.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Chicken red mites

The red mites have claimed the life of one of my favourite Maran Bantams and proven to be extremely difficult to eradicate.  I have bought practically every treatment on the market, and am now finally beginning to get to grips with the problem.  I have developed a three phase attack:

  1. I clean the bedding out the hen house weekly, and give the empty house a thorough spray with disinfectant before scrubbing down and hosing out. 
  2. When it goes dark I regularly when it goes dark and spraying any mites that I see with fly spray.
  3. When the birds roost, I catch them and liberally coat them with mite killing powder.
I am really concerned about the amount of chemicals I am subjecting the hens to, but I am more concerned about losing any more hens to red mite.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


I do enjoy watching the cricket at the weekend ,Oakamoor top pitch on Saturday 25th June