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The crafting of the Willow Village

Over the winter we are made the infamous Willow Village down in the dampest part of the garden where previously the herd of plastic sheep roamed . Since their unfortunate abuse by the (late) ram Othello (now in handy non agressive frozen pieces) they are now in a place where they can have closure from that unfortunate incident and move on to pastures new.

Perfect Curve is the name of the first dome which was created by Lyn and Ruth which features bold (roundish) windows. Window making was found to be a craft requiring some skill, agility(knots, string, fingers in a  synchronised way  ) and fiendishly strong willow bending to master. By the end of the window making Ruth and Lyn had graduated from the “square” window to a very passable “perfect circle”.

The Gherkin(my work in progress)  is the second dome. And passably recognisable as said landmark with a large degree of artistic licence. Bill and Angie also had a go (grumbling about lack of workable materials !)  and the village was complete and now is a fuzzy little place in all our hearts.

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Willow Garden Structures Workshop 20th July 2013, 10am until 430 pm

Talking of Willow though , Jackie will be returning to the Prairies  on 20th July to run a class teaching  us how to make some fabulous willow garden supports .

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Willow artist Jackie Sweet will show you how to make sturdy obelisks for growing sweet peas, beans and even pumpkins up, as well as different kinds of trellis, fans and small domed plant supports. Or how to make something to fit a certain space in your garden.Places are  limited to ensure a good amount of one to one tuition.Jackie has over 10 years experience of working with willow and is a lovely lady. She will provide all the materials and tools. All you need to do is bring a sense of fun and energy and  a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden.

Cost £80 which includes teas and coffees and a delicious piece of homemade cake plus unlimited access to the beautiful prairie gardens to enjoy at your leisure either during the lunch break or after the workshop has finished.

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie on 01273 400444 or email:jackiesweetbaskets@hotmail.com

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Charge !

or When good animals turn bad !

This is a story about a very amenable and friendly ram (Othello) who turned into a monster ! in this case it isn’t jealousy so much as machismo that has made him into a horror. He is currently up in our top field with the girls doing his ram-ly thang and hopefully in due course his offspring will be the sweetest little lambs ever. But for now we have a problem, and unless one goes into his field armed with at least a suit of armour one is liable to be gored and unkindly treated. With his matador accoutrements in place , Paul is the only one who dares to enter the bullring for the next round of ram butting and aggression. And this is annoying as I cannot get into the field to pet all my favourite girls… having to content myself with the young ‘uns who are in a different field ; Barra’s Little Sister,Mask, and Chocolate.

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or new pin up boy

our new pin up boy

Othello has arrived ! He is our new young ram ! now here he is in the horsebox having tucked into a tasty portion of sheep nuts and an acre of hay before being put into our Long narrow Field with Curly, Curlys Brother and Wills (his new gang). Very friendly he can be lead around on a halter.I am looking forward to seeing what type of woolly lambs he will produce next spring ! he is a bit like a bar of cadburys milk chocolate !

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