I looked on my windowsill in my work area just now and thought how neatly the collection of objects there summed up the working life of this place. See what you think.
Combs in the centre top – note the complete absence of cards of any kind – raw cashmere behind them from a young goat, a cone winder, my microscope – out permanently now the animals have been grazing for a while to allow me to check for worm eggs as pictured next to the scope. To the left of that are my Health Certificates for MV/CAE and Scrapie and some info leaflets about my animals. On top are skeins of my cashmere and, to the left, some of my raw Bowmont Merino left over from a sample sent off for testing. To the left is a small ball of dyed cashmere – a sample done while completing an order for someone. Further left is a 20ml syringe, used commonly when treating the goats or sheep for worms – we never use drenching guns here.
In front of all of them is a my collapsed skein winder – faithful friend during long hours of winding off interminable lengths of yarn for various orders and then, at the top left, is a little cashmere lined Long Tailed Tit’s nest – reminding me constantly that we and our animals are not the only creatures living here.
All in all, a neat summation of the life of this place and the rounded nature of the work I do. How lucky can one person be?