Today I am concentrating on getting all the horses and ponies shod with new shoes as the weather is on the change and it is meant to be very very wet. Tomorrow I intend to be inside my forge with the fire lit making some bespoke ironwork in the cosy and warm.
I arrived home this evening from the forge to hear the familiar sound of Swallow’s being fed. We get so use to them being around during the summer that we almost go deaf to the sound, but this time I stopped and looked. It seemed rather late in the year for Swallow’s. Surely they have all gone?
Not this lot. The mother and father were busy swooping and plunging through the air. There seemed an urgency in the way they were working, catching the last of the summers fruit. Three rather large fledglings were sitting on the roof trusses eagerly awaiting their next meal. This was fast food in style!
I must admit that they do look like they are almost ready to depart. They did not take kindly to me looking up at them and scattered off to join the parents in the air.
I am almost willing them to go now that the nights are getting colder. I do hope that they have a good journey and have built up enough body weight to carry them the distance . According to Google Maps, Suffolk to South Africa is 10,720 miles. Not bad for a bird the weighs only 20g!
Made by the Forge’s Notice Boards are hand made by Janet from old hessian sacks that have been up cycled to become beautiful boards. These sacks are fast becoming extinct because animal feed and grains are contained in plastic or paper sacks nowadays. We do have a few left and they are available to purchase online again. The last few sacks are all authentic from Norfolk. They generally have Norfolk villages or towns written on them and two of them have dates of 1956 stamped on them. My brother was born in Norwich so this is going to be a present for him.
When designing ones home it is an exciting time as well as an expensive time. Sometimes mixing and matching expensive with cheap works really well. This inexpensive light shade could be dressed up with black iron chain for a more substantial feel. Wrought iron accessories can be supplied by Made by the Forge in matt black paint or beeswax.
The summer is the time when many people change the look of their rooms and use small things to make a real statement and add the finishing touch. Why not consider revamping your cupboard doors with some new wrought iron handles or door knobs? Made by the Forge handcrafts all the door furniture especially for you.
Theblack iron handles are available in two finishes; beeswax or matt black paint. They look and feel great on all sorts of home furniture.
Was showing Gail the photos of our weekend and she insisted we showed off our creativity by adding this photo of Rich at a show leading James as Mike the Knight and Rusty as Galahad.
We were recently commissioned to produce a weathervane of a Highland pony. The client had created her own profile from a photo of her own pony. Here is a photo of her ponies in her paddock with the weathervane in the background.