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DIARY: Boats and Rivers by Adele Sellears of www.adeledesign.com


Winter has arrived, along with that lovely feeling of cosiness and tradition. It’s good to see the beautiful colours of the Pheasants running across empty fields once again, the frozen trees and skies are all around and visions of warm woven blankets drift through my mind. Here the night skies have been clear and the stars crisp and bright.


In the garden the courgette plants have been cleared to reveal the pretty celeriac leaves which have been quietly growing all year and now take pride of place on the cold brown soil, hiding their delicious rooty bulbs waiting to provide us with a meal or two.


Our Scandinavian theme for this issue conjures up thoughts of craftsmanship and wood. The latter


10 | ukhandmade | Winter 2010


gives me the opportunity to share with you our experiences this year of ‘Boats and Rivers’ in Suffolk.


Our rather large purchase this year has been that of a ‘Falmouth Bass’ boat (Gunter Rig - Ketch), as you can imagine this has brought on quite a lifestyle change. We have always been interested in Sailing and walks along the tidal, muddy Suffolk rivers have given us the opportunity to study the boats bobbing about on the water and come to a conclusion about which we would like as a family boat. The classic lines of a traditional boat have always been our favourite.


Each year we look forward to the ‘Maritime Weekend’ where many wonderful boats congregate next to the Mill for a celebration of tradition


and music. The handmade ‘Coracles’ are amazing and seem to spin round in harmony to the sounds of Washboard Chris and the echoing sea shanty’s.


Our personal favourite is the society which celebrates the writings of ‘Arthur Ransome’. I noticed their stall this year was selling ‘Swallows and Amazon’ style hand-knitted red woolly hats with a plait at the back, I think I’ll have to get one of those. The little boat ‘Nancy Blackett’ is usually moored up at the Mill for all to see.


Working on our boat has been so satisfying, especially bringing pieces of wood back to life or finding the shine beneath the tarnish on a piece of brass. So many new skills have been mastered, it’s a great family adventure.


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