The ‘100 HENS Project’

First of all, a huge THANKYOU to everyone who supported me during My Big 45 adventure 😀 you were amazing. And Thank you to everyone who got in touch, I hope you loved your bears ❤

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After the fun of my Big 45, i was wondering what to do next. I do still want to carry out random acts of kindness, but I wanted to Blog about something different.

The British Hen Welfare Trust do amazing work rehoming girls who are considered of no use commercially any more. I rehome Ex batts and they bring untold joy to my life every day. Its ridiculous the amount of love they have for everything.

The BHWT asked for any knitters/crocheters to make some hanging hen decorations like the one pictured. Who am I to pass up an opportunity to help?  Part of my 2017-2018 ‘Big45’ blog will be dedicated to making 100 Hens for the BHWT.

I have friends who run another charity called Henpower who do amazing work with bringing Beaky kisses to those who need them. I spoke to Jos about it and she would happily take 100 hens off me, so thats 2 great charities on the receiving end.

My friend Lynda runs an amazing farm called Manor Farm Poultry . Lynda has been so professional during the whole Avian Flu outbreak but she has had to close her doors so many times, and for months on end while we were all under lockdown and its heartbreaking to see how great people like Lynda struggle. Lynda has also kindly agreed to take 100 Hens to sell and raise funds for a hen charity (to be finalised) so thats 300….

There are 2 more groups that are on the list to help out, but they need finalising, so watch this space for that.

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If 300 hens wasn’t enough, last year I knitted a few of these…

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These were given to a lovely lady called Margaret who runs a charity called North Wales Superkids who give these knitted chicks out at easter. I only heard about the charity at the last minute but i made 10 chicks, stuffed them and sent them off 🙂

You can probably guess what’s coming…Yes, 100 hens  😀  I’m making 100 of these chicks for Margaret this year (she doesn’t know it yet)

It’s quite an undertaking, but I have great friends who will help out if I get stuck.

I’m continuing my Astronomy studies so it’s nice to have  little projects to work on in between assignments and revising.

I’m hoping to post pictures every week to keep you updated with the totals so far. I would love it if you wanted to follow my progress 🙂 Pop in anytime 😀

Full Circle – #45

Gosh, I didn’t think this would be such an emotional post to write…..

Well, that;s it, MyBig45 is done. I thought long and hard about this last post, and couldnt quite decide what felt ‘right’. The first post was about leaving these baby clothes…

…at the hospital for the first baby girl to be born on my birthday. I had a lovely message from Jenna….

Happy belated birthday. Jorgie was the first baby girl to be born at glan clwyd on 10/5/16 at 10.44 am weighing 10lb 12 and she’s absolutely perfect. Thank you for the beautiful gifts, when jorgie is older I will show her the gifts and post card. Thank you again.

So I contacted Jenna to with Jorgie a happy birthday and to ask if I could knit something else for her, as a birthday present and to close my wonderful year. Jenna kindly said yes, so I am knitting a Cardigan for by little friend.

I will pop back with a picture of the completed cardigan when its delivered to Jenna and Jorgie. It will be ideal for their first holiday together in September.

Its been a huge amount of fun. I want to thank everyone who found something and got in touch. My friends have been a huge support, and I have loved every minute.

BUT…its not over…watch this space 😀

St Asaph Cathedral – #44

On September 5th 1971 a little girl was christened with a name bigger than she was 🙂

Her parents and grandparents were there, godparents, friends of the family, and it was a very posh occasion in the Cathedral…here….

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St Asaph Cathedral ❤ its a beautiful place.

So this special Christening Bear was left by the font, in the hope of being a special gift for a tiny baby being given a beautiful (short) name 😀

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I love the interior as well as the graveyard. I think its beautiful that  a large amount of past vicars and clergy are buried in the grounds of the place they loved.

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There is one grave I particularly like, it has a beautiful headstone, I didn’t want to share a photo here tho, it jut didn’t feel right. But I can highly recommend a visit, have a walk round and pay your respects 🙂

Kings Storehouse – #43

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I’ve been seeing the collection basket for the Kings Storehouse for ages, I always meant to drop something in, but never remembered. Well I finally remembered.

Not much of a post today, but a very worthy cause. The charity is run by my old school friend Sarah and her husband. I know they are always on the lookout for tins especially, so local people, even if you just drop one tin in the collection basket, it all helps.

Jodrell Bank – #42

Jodrell Bank is one of my favourite places. It always has been, ever since I went with my grandad and sat catching grasshoppers on the car park 🙂

I went with my friend from school yesterday as a special pre-birthday revision day.

First thing I did was have a snuggle with these babies ❤

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This is the Lovell Telescope, built in 1957. I adore it.

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The views are beautiful, the arboretum is stunning.

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So I made this bear especially for this day. This is Orion, he is a special stargazing bear, ready to watch the skies 🙂

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Salt Museum – #40 + #41

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I would call this the Salt museum, Its now called Weaver Hall Museum and workhouse

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There’s a chunk of raw rock salt behind me as I type this, I bought it when I was little from the salt museum.  I now believe its a chunk of Himalayan Rock Salt, but to me it came from Cheshire 🙂

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I again asked the lovely lady working there if she had an idea of where to leave the bear, and she kindly said she would leave it out for someone to find. We got chatting and she said there is a Dementia exhibition happening in June, and they would like things like that, home made things from their younger days. Well, I happened to have a bag full of crocheted brooches in my bag as well, so I asked if she thought they would be any good, she said they would, so i trotted back to the car and left 8 brooches for the ladies and gents who visit in June.  I hope they make someone smile.20170504_150209

Thank you very much Mary, you made my day 🙂 I hope the Dementia group goes well, give everyone my love xx

Lion Salt works – #39

I remember visiting the salt works when I was little with my grandad. It must have been 35+ years ago now, we toured and saw how they made salt and i remember it being fascinating.20170504_142549

There have been many many changes since then, it was in disrepair for a lot of years. My canal boat holiday chugged past on the canal side.

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As I was just on a mission, I didn’t go in for a look round, but it is most definitely on my list of things to do this summer. The cafe is lovely, the girls behind the counter were fabulous 🙂  I asked if there was anywhere to leave the little bear and they kindly suggested leaving it with the play area. I’m hoping someone will find it and love it.

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Thank you so much for your help girls ❤