Peter Lloyd

The Old School House
Hallbankgate

Email:
peterlloyd@
finehardwoodboxes.com

Tel: (0044) 016977 46698

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When I'm cleaning windows......

When I'm cleaning windows......

Well, the world of box making carries on apace and after the rush and tumble of Christmas and new year celebrations, life is settling back down  to a rhythm of saw blades, head scratching, dust, jewellery boxes, desk boxes and more boxes than you can begin to imagine! Peter is working on commissions at the moment which were delayed because of the  Christmas rush and having to keep the elves in order. Of course before he can get down to it he has to clean and tidy the workshop,re-arrange wood, bring stored wood in from the outside, clean the windows, talk to the neighbours. All this is very cathartic I'm sure and like a spring clean of body and mind and hopefully some beautiful boxes will appear in the near future!

Meanwhile we are bathed in sparkling winter sunshine which we are enjoying with lots of walks and Peter even went paragliding at the weekend and managed to stay up over Blencathra for an hour before the sub zero temperatures forced him down!

The hens are laying remarkably well and Edward is now well and truly ruling the roost and has learned to cock a doodle doo with a vengeance. He bullies the girls really badly and forgets that they are a lot older and wiser than he is. They all seem very happy though and I'm sure would be pleased to know that their fellow hens - in this country at least will no longer be caged and that the last battery hen was released some weeks ago and is to be kept as a pet and named Liberty! How wonderful!

 

Season of Mists and Mad Computers

Season of Mists and Mad Computers

If only life were just mist and falling leaves but the perils of the modern age cause our stress levels to rise exponentially - well at least Peter's. He blames me of course for pressing the wrong button on the computer but I thought they were indestructible. It seems not and ours had a complete nervous breakdown. Our son who is a bit like the caped crusader when it comes to computer problems came to the rescue and spent three whole days putting things right - what a hero he is.

Apart from that the world of boxes goes on and we are speeding along to Christmas - that wonderful season of giving and families falling out with one another - such joy! The elves have started on their 12 hour shifts and grumble constantly but they are turning out some very nice boxes which will make wonderful Christmas presents.

The hens are doing well although we have had tragedy. My eBay chicks have been taken by some predator - probably a weasel that we have seen hanging around in that weasly way that weasels have. Well, he's had some good chicken dinners as they were getting quite fat. We are all sad as they were very sweet but I guess that is the natural order. Chris

 

 

Fairies, boxes and Ebay

Fairies, boxes and Ebay

I saw these fairy doors while walking near here two days ago and am now totally convinced that fairies do exist.

I think I am getting very tedious with my excuses that time flies by too quickly and look, oh heck another two months have passed without me writing anything in the diary. Peter is beginning to despair of me as his secretary but then he doesn't complain when he gets a cup of tea brought to him in the afternoon.

So yes, time is passing  and the leaves are falling rather rapidly from the trees especially as it has been very windy. We enjoyed our mini heat wave last week along with the rest of the country and loved the feel of real sunshine and walking around without three layers of clothing.

The box world continues on in its exciting and unpredictable way. Peter is now working on a large commission that involves secret opening mechanisms and lots of head scratching. He has started to write a blog which you can find on Google blogs (jewellery-boxes-peterlloyd )if you are interested in the more technical side of things and seeing a box emerge from a lump of wood.

We have a good stock of boxes in anticipation of the Christmas rush which will probably start soon and lots of ring boxes for those seasonal proposals! Talking of which one of our sons has just announced his engagement and they are to marry next year so great excitement with that - we will become in laws or maybe outlaws...

The hens are fine and behaving themselves. One of them is sitting on 6 fertile eggs that I bought from Ebay - is there nothing you can't buy on Ebay?  Chris

 

 

Deirdre

Deirdre

Well, as usual time has marched on in a frighteningly fast fashion and the little chick that was about to be born in my last missive is now a teenager and almost as big as his mum! I still don't know if he, is a she and I call him Edward most days and Edwina when he's better behaved! I've increased my hen colony by three with hens that were destined to become chicken soup and are now each giving me an egg a day - they're rather lovely but my resident hens didn't think so and we've had a few scraps but things are settling down a little.

The world of boxes has been rather neglected with Peter finishing off work in the house and I now have some very impressive bedside tables, shelves and a sideboard that I don't think can ever be moved! Peter is now back in the workshop and I have to say really has his head down and is working very hard and the dust is flying and he is talking to himself all the time which is a good sign. He is making a writing slope and a beautiful jewellery box in mulberry which is gorgeous. Some of the woods that come out of Peter's workshop are very beautiful - Mother Nature seems so extravagant in her designs. We were on a cycling holiday recently and passed a wood yard and of course Peter had to disappear inside for about 2 hours He came out enthusing about pippy oak and rippled sycamore and I think if he'd had his way he would have put it onto the back of our bicycles there and then. He does spend a lot of time seeking out these lovely woods and when he finds them jumps up and down with excitement. With that thought in your head I'll say goodbye and leave you with a picture of Deirdre the scarecrow that we entered into this year's village scarecrow competition and was titled "Windy Hallbankgate".Chris

 

Soggy summer

Soggy summer

There I was talking about spring and now its summer - well not quite. Peter and I have just returned from a walking holiday in Scotland where we experienced 70 mph winds, driving rain, hail and winter type temperatures - what fun we had wading across swollen rivers and navigating up mountainsides in thick mist. One abiding image is of us standing in a bog eating our lunch as there was nowhere to sit and the evening we decided to treat ourselves to a night in a rather plush hotel as we couldn't bear the thought of pitching the tent and there was a power cut and so no heating, hot water or evening meal! Maybe that holiday was not meant to be!!

So it's quite good to get home and start thinking about boxes again and catch up on real life. The work on our house has nearly finished and I've decided that we are now living in a Peter Lloyd box - wood everywhere and some strange hinges, bolts - even the light pulls are a bit weird. I suppose houses are just big boxes really so it feels ok as long as Peter doesn't start lining the walls with velvet.

Peter is now catching up on commissions and happily staring out of the window. One thing is for sure, he's not dreaming of Scotland. The ring boxes continue to sell really well - I think love must be in the air as a lot of them are being bought with proposals in mind.

One of my new hens is broody and sitting on 5, possibly fertile eggs so I'm looking forward to the patter of tiny claws soon