Spindle spinning is easy

Looking for a book at my mother's house, I came across the Girl Guide Handbook from 1968. I immediately turned to page 124. Here was the half page diagram that had such an impact when I was 13. It gave me my first spindle, made by my father from an old wooden stacking toy, and from the diagram I learned to spindle spin. I wasn't allowed to have an Angora rabbit, so my Shetland Sheepdog, Logan, provided my first wool! There were, of course, some things missing from the diagram. I had to work out how to wind the wool on the spindle, and also discover how to ply. No internet then. Some 50 years later, I am still spindle spinning. Looking at that diagram, all I had to learn from, it can't be th

Rabbits are social animals....

The stray rabbit is back - and eating my pak choi! This little rabbit first appeared in my garden in November, and it took me three days to catch her. I didn't know her sex, and failed to lure her in by putting out does. Three rabbit pens put out in a U-shape, with a buck in each pen, worked. No microchip. She had been living wild in my area for 3 weeks and had been reported to me by several neighbours. It is known that I keep Angora rabbits, so a short coated half lop must be mine! The local school secretary sent out a mass text to parents and the owners were found, one street away. She lives free range in their garden, and digs. She came back last week, turning up at dawn and dusk when I f

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