Monday, 28 July 2014


When we took the ferry to the Åland Islands, I was suffering from jet lag. Anne had organised a cabin for us all so I slept most of the time. This time was different. Yes we had a cabin but most of the time was spent. In what they called the nightclub, this being 0900 hours start time! Anyway the place was at the back of the boat and so we could watch us threading our way through the Islands round Stockholm. There were four large car ferries in a line with about a mile between each and the route was so winding that so the next boat would be hidden then suddenly appear passing behind an island. There were loads of pleasure boats under engine and sail, small car ferries of the take four cars at a time sort, dredgers, bigger local ferries and us. The weather was beautiful and there was so much of interest to see. I have loved places like this always. Malvern is no good to me at all, it is far too far from the sea. And anyway only ports are real places. Every where inland is a sham.

So a lovely finish to the holiday. We got into Stockholm at1630 so it was a long trip. Taxi to the airport where we are hanging about until our plane leaves for London. The staff are issued with scootery things on which they buzz along the corridors.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.