May 13, 2017
May is one of my favourite months. Here in the Black Mountains Spring comes a little later than elsewhere so whilst the daffodils are just coming to an end, there is a riot of colour bursting out on the laneside banks and hedgerows. Celandines, shy violets, cowslips hiding beneath the fronds of cow parsley all add to the charm of a walk down the lane. Up on the common the bracken fronds have unfurled and started to form leaves. Our wood is carpeted with bluebells, giving off their heady scent, which vies with the musky odour of May blossom. So much to tempt me outdoors!
Now that lambing is over I am catching up on teaching classes in spinning and weaving, which I absolutely love. The first day of the Level 1 accredited course took place earlier this month and over the next few weeks the students are practising their skills and doing their ‘homework’ ready for the second day, which YES, will take place in the new studio! I am so excited for them that they will achieve a nationally recognised certificate for the skills they are learning.
It’s thrilling to see the studio taking shape now, with walls painted, the cloakroom and kitchen areas complete, the woodburner fitted and electrics largely complete. Just a few final touches to go. I braved driving to the big city (Cardiff) last week to visit IKEA to choose chairs and storage units as well as fitting in a quick visit to St Fagan’s National Museum to view the new Gweithdy building and extension to the main building. What great spaces for showing off the craft history of Wales.