Jane Dryden on Growing Wool

One of the things we love doing most of all with WOVEMBER is celebrating the many stages of work that go into the production of WOOL; this is one of the reasons why we loosely theme our WOVEMBER posts around Growing Wool, Harvesting Wool, Processing Wool, Working with Wool and Wearing Wool. Of course many… Continue Reading Jane Dryden on Growing Wool

Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 5

Part of the Daily Photo series of photos taken and curated by Jeni Reid especially for WOVEMBER. Rosemary Champion, better known online as The Accidental Smallholder and as part of the team who run the Scottish Smallholder and Growers Festival lives a few miles away from me in the county of Angus. This spring I… Continue Reading Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 5

Wovember Words: Tups and Tupping

This evening we shall be meeting some lambs. However in order to have lambs, you must have rams or tups as they are often known… Here are Jane Cooper’s characterful Boreray boys in a post by Jane which gives meaning and context to the terms ‘tup’ and ‘tupping’. Introducing, from left to right, Bollocks, Bede… Continue Reading Wovember Words: Tups and Tupping

Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 4

Part of the Daily Photo series of photos taken and curated by Jeni Reid especially for WOVEMBER. Rosemary Champion, better known online as The Accidental Smallholder and as part of the team who run the Scottish Smallholder and Growers Festival lives a few miles away from me in the county of Angus. This spring I… Continue Reading Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 4

WOAH-vember !

An extra WOVEMBER post today with an important¬†announcement. YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY GOT IT ON THE NOSE THIS WOVEMBER!   We asked you for your WOVEMBER contributions this year and we have had such an incredible response to our call for submissions. We have been OVERWHELMED with woolly contributions and, staggeringly, we have now come to… Continue Reading WOAH-vember !

Wovember Words: Government of Cattel

For today’s WOVEMBER WORDS we examine a 1596 document by Leonard Mascal, as it is introduced by Barclay Wills in his own fantastic tome, ‘Shepherds of Sussex’. Words from both ‘Government of Cattel’ and ‘Shepherds of Sussex’ indicate the unchanging aspects and long history of much of the work involved in Growing Wool and it… Continue Reading Wovember Words: Government of Cattel

Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 3

Part of the Daily Photo series of photos taken and curated by Jeni Reid especially for WOVEMBER. Rosemary Champion, better known online as The Accidental Smallholder and as part of the team who run the Scottish Smallholder and Growers Festival lives a few miles away from me in the county of Angus. This spring I… Continue Reading Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 3

Small Producers Previously featured on WOVEMBER

One of our readers kindly suggested that Wovember should give exposure to independent wool growers & their wares. This is something on which we have definitely focused on previous years, but in all the information residing here, perhaps the relevant articles are not terrible easy to find! We have added a SEARCH form to the… Continue Reading Small Producers Previously featured on WOVEMBER

Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 2

Part of the Daily Photo series of photos taken and curated by Jeni Reid especially for WOVEMBER. Rosemary Champion, better known online as The Accidental Smallholder and as part of the team who run the Scottish Smallholder and Growers Festival lives a few miles away from me in the county of Angus. This spring I… Continue Reading Daily Photo Series: Ryeland Sheep and Lambs 2

Wovember Words: Lookers and Lookers huts

For today’s WOVEMBER WORDS we explore an alternative regional term for ‘shepherd’ from the Romney Marshes on the Southern coast of England. During the Medieval period, Romney Marsh was one of the most densely populated parts of Kent; by the middle of the 17th Century, it had become the least populous part. The port of… Continue Reading Wovember Words: Lookers and Lookers huts