It has been a very grim week, with so much rain. Getting to work has been fun, think I needed paddles and a boat, not a car. I hope you have all survived the school holidays, we have been on hikes and a special lunch out. I have also been busy preparing all the kits for the upcoming shows.

This week we wanted to brighten your days with the Blue Skies shawl kit, the Sampler Gauntlet glove kit and Rachel’s diary.

Rachel’s Diary, The Ups and Downs of an Alpaca Breeder…

We’ve got to know the Covid Vaccination Centre in Tiverton very well now after two jabs, a flu jab and on Tuesday our boosters. They are very efficient and cheerful and, best of all, there is a shop nearby where you can buy a Pasteis de Nata as a reward to self.

I shot out of the office on Thursday after feeding the alpacas to go for a reunion lunch in Plymouth. It is a bit horrifying to realise that I started work on the newspapers in the Mirror Group Training Scheme, HQ in Plymouth, over 50 years ago. It was a smaller gathering than usual as some were on half term grandparent duties. Happily there were more scandalous revelations about our Plymouth Brethren and we were still there at teatime.

There was a great view of The Hoe and the Sound from the penthouse restaurant at the Crowne Plaza but by the time I took a photo the rain and mist had obliterated it.

Back at the farm three tons of white outsorts were loaded onto the lorry for their trip to Poland where this fleece, too short or too coarse for knitting yarn, is turned into top of the range hand embroidered duvets.

The week before, my youngest son came over from Canada, the first time I have seen him since the pandemic began. His older brothers and two of the grandchildren came to Devon and a great time was had by all. Obligingly the ceps in one of our fields appeared so that we could pick, eat and dry them. There was a Dartmoor walk with stone circles, excellent fossil hunting at Charmouth and a Devon classic, scones with jam and clotted cream.