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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 32 YEARS


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The Barn Gallery & Studio: Life and Still Life Joan Prickett - Figurative Painting and Drawing Lindsay Storstein - Abstract Painting and Collage Dave Blanden - Turned Woodcraft


Skiddaw View Gallery: Life on the Edge Keith Snell - Photography: Drama and Beauty in Nature


Blindcrake is a pretty Lakeland village off the A595, 3 miles north of Cockermouth. Both venues will be signposted and are opposite each other in the village centre


For further information email: joanpickett.art@gmail.com | drkeithsnell@gmail.com Ken and Lynda Dinneen are Lapidary Artists and Rock Hounds


Ken is a Lapidary, Lynda has taught Jewellery Design, Silversmithing and Lapidary Art, as well leading many mining and Rock Hounding tours in and around the western United States.


Ken and Lynda work from their studio on the east flank of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon.


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 set up by two friends Katie and Sophie 


Both keen knitters and dabblers in all things sewing but never the time to sit and work on projects





Held on the second Tuesday every month at Greysouthen Village Hall, 7.30pm - 9.00pm


Crafts & Crumbs is the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests and dedicated time to work on your project


Tea, coffee and cake provided for a small donation Everyone and any craft welcome!


Visit https://m.facebook.com/craftsandcrumbsclub or email:craftsandcrumbsclub@gmail.com


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Well into the summer mining season, we often think of the environmental impact of hobbies and businesses like ours.


On a small scale, using hand tools, maybe some machinery and rarely any blasting caps or other really loud noise makers to break up the host rock, the environmental impact is relatively small. Very tiny actually but with larger mining ventures, the impact can be quite severe. For the rock hound, the impact is so small as to be practically non-existant. Provided, of course, that you pick up your litter to carry along and dispose of properly.


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your rubbish! If you pass through a gate and it was open, then leave it open, if closed, then close it! Simple really and just good manners.


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If the weather is fine, it is very nice to lay on one’s back and cloud watch for a bit. Maybe just sit and stare off to the horizon for a while... such a satisfying business! The best thing about rock hounding is that there are so little demands. If you find a treasure, wonderful. If not, what a jolly time was had outdoors trying to find a treasure. All good stuff!


Gathering samples of lovely gems, stones and minerals is a hobby of ageless appeal. Once bitten by the rock bug, a person can remain infected for a lifetime. How many geologists started out wandering the hills with parents and cousins only to be happily involved in the very same endeavour some 30, 40 or 50 years later? As I said, ageless!


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Back to the environment... there are only a few common sense rules to rock hounding. If you dig a hole, fill it in! If you bring a snack, pick up


For myself, I always pack a camera... well I did before smartphones anyway! Times have changed and packing can be quite a bit lighter nowadays. Still, don’t miss the perfect shot


while you are about it, or remember to carry a sketchbook to record your views and details. Such fun on so many levels!


The UK is replete with sites that have much to offer the rock hound and some truly wonderful specimens are yet to be found.


For now, in the US it is hot, it is August and right after a nap I will go for a wander... I promise!


Until next time... Happy Hounding!


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ISSUE 434 | 22 AUGUST 2019 | 28


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