Sunday, June 23, 2013

Some good news......

With the current news concerning the flooding in Alberta, both the short and long term implications, I thought it was time to post some happy events.

I learned of a heart-warming story around a gift of fabrics from the 'More Than Just a Yardage Sale' held annually by the Textile Museum of Canada. (Thanks, Kathy) One of the trustees sent a suitcase full of fabric from the sale, to a family who were going to Uganda. The way the Ugandans received and used the fabric makes one (well, me anyways) realize that we/I don't appreciate the life we have in Canada.

Woolfest 2013 is scheduled for this coming weekend, the 28 & 29 June.  There isn't time for North Americans to attend this year, however for those who are fortunate to live in the U.K., you may possibly be able to attend. Although, saying that, unless you are planning to make day visits, accommodation at this late date could be in very short supply. I'm amazed at the number of vendors who will be there--sort of a Cumbrian Wonderwool Wales!

This is an event which I would love to take in. It is planned by a group of Cumbrian craftspeople and farmers, who wanted to re-energize the economy of the area after a devastating cull of their flocks due to an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease. I first learned of the group when one of the members (thanks Christine) contacted me and thought I might be interested to include a stop to their shop on one of the tours. That I did--our group really enjoyed their visit to this lovely area of Cumbria. The group's permanent home is open year round and is located at Priest's Mill in the village of Caldbeck. Well worth of visit!

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