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Hello, I hope you're having a good week. It's been very spring-like here, with blue skies, sunshine and a warm and fragrant breeze to ruffle the new leaves on the trees. So far however I've been inside and having a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Firstly I wanted to say sorry for being so downbeat in my last post, usually I'm able to find a bit more balance and positivity. Thank you so much to everyone who took time out of their day to comment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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March has been full of extra challenges here, a two-steps-forward one-step-back kind of month. Amy went into hospital for surgery on her complicated wisdom teeth, which required a general anaesthetic and, for someone with quite intense anxiety issues, this was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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It's been so wet here, rain has fallen for weeks on end and many of our familiar pathways through the woods are now well beyond muddy and are completely flooded and impassable. It's been mild too, we've only had a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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There's currently a lull in our planning for Toby and a temporary reprieve from paperwork, so I'm enjoying decompressing a little with regular walks out in the woods. Although winter still has the countryside in it's grip, there are signs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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The countryside is currently drab and dormant and much given over to mud, so most of the pleasure in a winter walk comes from the promise of what awaits on returning home. Coming back home after a chilly walk in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Well here we are again at the beginning of a new year, I hope it has started well for you. We're doing quite well here, Toby coped with going back to college yesterday and the much earlier start to his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2024 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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At the beginning of 2023 I had such big plans: I was going to write lots of patterns; make lots of finished animals, some to sell and some to give away; reply to all of my emails; reply to all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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The shortening days are making me appreciate how precious light is and I take time to notice how magical the daylight is at this time of year. Here at the beginning of December the sun only rises to around 16... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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There's a line from a Mary Oliver poem, which resonates for me... "If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much" 'How I go to the woods' from 'Swan: Poems and Prose Poems'... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Autumn has arrived here, with wet and windy weather and a sudden profusion of fungi out in the woods. I head there at every opportunity, savouring the soothing peace and quiet that flows between the trees. It's been a good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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The cow patterns are finished! As always with my patterns there are 2 versions available: one that comes with a naked body, removable shorts and a choice of 2 removable sweaters, one in an Argyle colour-work design and the other... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Well, I am edging ever closer to a finished cow pattern. The kind team of people test knitting for me have been doing a wonderful job and it's been so exciting for me to see the first cows made by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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It still feels like Autumn is waiting in the wings here, poised but not quite ready to make the dramatic entrance that the season is so loved for. There are inklings though of what will come; whisperings in the treetops,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Summer is drawing to a close here and we're preparing for next week's return to term-time routines. Looking back over the last 2 months I have to say that this has been a good summer. The weather has been perfect,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Well, we're half way through the long summer break here and have settled into a comfortable daily routine. Mornings are calm and quiet as happily Toby enjoys quite long lie-ins, so I usually have a couple of gentle hours to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Firstly, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for the kindness that you sent my way via your comments and emails after my previous post. Writing things down here on the blog is somehow easier than saying them out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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The last few weeks have been even more of a roller-coaster ride than usual here. There have been quite deep lows; Toby's challenging behaviours have been gradually worsening for a while now and the episodes of his self-injuring and violent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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One of my favourite local nature reserves is a tiny hidden gem. It's not immediately apparent from the road, so you have to know it's there to know it's there, and most of the times that I've visited I've found... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Thanks so much for all of the kind words about the sneak preview of my latest pattern, it's so lovely to think that these patterns are going to be enjoyed, I truly hope they are anyway :) They are now... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Here in the south of England May is the most magical month. Throughout April there are always days that feel like they've been reclaimed by winter, with sharp frosts, cold winds and even late snow flurries. But when May arrives... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Hello Hello, hope you are well. I didn't mean to be away for so long, but as you can see I have been keeping busy! I have wanted to do a horse pattern for such a long time, but every... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Thank you so much for all of the kind comments and messages from the previous post. As a couple of you rightly said, the rough patch will pass and Toby will be a little more calm and settled once again... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Words have been eluding me a little lately. Toby has been going through a bad patch behaviourally and I'm feeling a little tired and depleted. Happily Spring is now in full swing and the progression of colour throughout the countryside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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Although the trees are currently still skeletal and bare-branched, there are a few more signs that spring is just around the corner. Last summer the old plum tree in our garden had to have a heavy pruning because some of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2023 at Little Cotton Rabbits
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