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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 20 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, of course Gregotyn. If you let me know the length of leg and foot, I can make you some. I like to have some knitting to do to keep my hands occupied.

Went out with husband yesterday to try to get some small timber in for log sacks. The stuff we were after was small enough to carry in 6-7' lengths. The first problem was getting the truck up the hill to it. We couldn't get it up even in low 4 wheel drive, so husband had to take a detour through the wood on a gentler slope. He cut some of it up and we loaded up the back of the truck, cut, and where necessary split it, then unloaded most of it, by which time it was getting dark. This was punctuated by having rests and rain showers, but at least we have a big pile under cover. Just as well as I am sure we will get another order from at least one outlet and still owe a part order to another. What with carrying the timber around, rather a tiring day.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2186
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 20 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thankyou MR, I will go home and let you know my size of foot and length of leg. Not a process I wish to carry out in the library-probably get a ban for such a thing and knock most people out!
Yes timber lugging is a tiring process. I used to do it in my youth, but I was young, strong and fit 50 years ago. It is annoying how I have to ask a neighbour to come and help today. I guess I helped others out when I was young and fit. I did have a friend who gave me a compliment on my working ability a year ago, when I was taking my wood to go through their machine, as I was picking up 18 ft long logs for a crosscut bench saw, for lengths of 6 feet and stacking them. I remember his words, "You're fit for an old 'un!" They are going out of the kindling trade and have a kindling cutter for sale. I think they would like to carry on but the bulk of the work is done in the winter after felling and upsets the lambing and milking processes. How the one lad did it all I don't know. He has a small farm, and also does electrical fixing in new factories, with a wife and 2 baby children! The wife teaches and used to come to help with the kindling too! Anyway I will chase the machine if I can.
I saw a fun thing this morning when I was delivering kindling. 3 Ladies talking in the roadway entrance to the doctors, the Spar and the main town car park, one of whom had parked in the middle of the road blocking all in and out traffic! I wished I had a camera! I am not without blame in these sort of cases, sometimes-perhaps it is an elderly "thing"!
Funny weather right now round here too, MR. We have what seems like good sunshine, but the first step off the road onto grass and my motor says no chance. I spin going up my small drive with solid grit/stone underneath. I am managing to chop wood, but thank goodness I got some ready earlier on in the year, as it is flying off the shelves and I can't really keep up and January has not even arrived yet. If I haven't got it I can't sell it.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12716

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 20 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Could you PM me with the information about the socks please Gregotyn. Also what thickness wool you want them made out of. The ladies in the library may be able to help you there. I use 4ply for mine, but you may want double knitting thickness.

Yesterday was a log sack day for us. We filled some more, plus some reuseable ones and they are ready to go tomorrow. I have a pick up for a besom today and an order for another one to deliver to one of our outlets next week. The lady that ordered the previous one was pleased with it and wants another one.

The weather here isn't supposed to be very nice today, so being indoors isn't a bad thing. Sadly the forecast for next week isn't good, and we still have a few log loads to do, plus any log sacks that are wanted.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2186
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 20 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes I will pm you MR as soon as I remember the foot and leg size. I have been to the doctors today ref COPD with an appointment, but they don't stick to them, and having sat for an hour I have explained what to do with the copd test. Annoying in practise, but I have other things to do and if they can't stick to their half neither can I, since I was waiting before lunch time and no one else went in in front of me. Weather here not good, mainly wet and it rained in the night too. I have done nothing today except get an earful from the friends in Bridgnorth, where I thought I was going for Christmas, but there is a week to go. I will go back and eat humble pie when I have done here-I need to, they are my best friends of many years-45 to be exact, and we have done a lot together-ah well.

Yesterday I chopped wood and enjoyed it, but now the dark comes early, I have no electric lighting in the wood shed so I have to finish early with the chopper, but I have a torch for sawing which is helpful in daylight as the action bit of the saw has no direct light onto it. The old saw is getting past its best and sometimes doesn't want to start so I have to give it some gentle taps and it usually performs. The trouble is that it is old, but I want to carry on but hoped not to have to buy another saw. They are no longer the £200 I gave for it about 30 years ago.

I should be in tomorrow all being well and will try to remember the sock size.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12716

PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 20 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Oh dear! Calm down and talk nicely to your friends, then go and have a nice cup of tea sounds the best thing. If it is about going there at Christmas, I am afraid I don't think a lot is going to change between now and then, at least not for the better.

Sent of another besom yesterday, but the weather was wet and windy here, so didn't bother going out. Managed to write the Christmas cards anyway, so they will be on their way today, as will some more log sacks. Luckily it seems to have cleared over in the night.

Go careful with your saw Gregotyn. You may be able to get a good reconditioned one for less than full price if you need one, but of course they have gone up rather a lot over the years, and I expect £200 was expensive when you bought it.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 2186
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 20 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I can't go round and see the friends they are 40 miles away in England. I think I may have blown it, but that's life. I didn't realise they were not having the Christmas Day with the children and me there too. They had decided to separate us and do the family Christmas with daughter on boxing day and me come home on Christmas day, but this was not explained. I had planned to stay at home full stop and said so, a few months ago when all this set out. Such a shame to fall out as such when we have been friends for so long-40 +/- years. It is ok with me as I have so much to do at home and I will be able to get more kindling into stock, being down to about 40 nets is not good at this time of the year.
I have to find out how to PM again, MR, for the info you need, but I have done the spade work with the tape measure. If I can't hack the pm, I will send the gen through the snail mail post. I am not sure how the knitting process happens now in wool sizes, but my adviser in this matter-the girl in the library-says double knitting is the one!
I have a lot of wood to cut, sticks and logs to do. The library is apparently open right up to Christmas eve so I should during the holiday be able to catch up. Worryingly the lads I used to help before this virus struck, have decided to sell their round of kindling, so there will be a need for someone to take that over, but I will no doubt have to chop more to make up some slack, till the next man takes it on-we will see! If my neighbour would only retire, we could do this together and reduce my arm ache! I can have a lot more pallets now from where I used to work so that is a plus, wish they would have let me in sooner!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12716

PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 21 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

As we haven't heard anything of Gregotyn for a while, I wrote to him and received a letter back from him yesterday. He is well and still doing his kindling, but he can't use the computer at the library as it is 'out of bounds' at present due to Covid 19 restrictions. He has, in conjunction with his supplier, reduced the size of his kindling sacks, which in my opinion is not before time, as they were rather large before.

Cassandra is still posting on other subjects on FB, but doesn't seem to have been doing anything particularly 'DS'y lately, which is probably why no posts here.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7179
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 21 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Good to hear that they are both ok

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