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Secret Society Blog 19-20

Gloria Glorious Garden – Seeds

Alison Owens

“Don’t forget to collect seeds and save them in paper bags and label. The seeds that are around now are poppies and fox gloves. The seed heads of poppies and alliums make great dried flower decorations so save them as well.”

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Mandy's Blog – The Beauty of Quilts

Alison Owens

“One quilt caught my eye every time I passed it. The reason I loved it so much was because it used pieces from old vintage table cloths of which I have a large collection. Damaged ones I turn into bunting, which I bring out on all family occasions, and the rest I alternate between the outside and inside tables when we have tea.”

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Jane's Houdini Hens

Alison Owens

“The four chickens – Henbley, Hattie, Chicktoria and The Black Chicken – live in luxury in an artisan split-level henhouse, with two large nesting boxes and a pair of perches that are ergonomically designed to provide the perfect night’s rest for the discerning chicken. Are the chickens satisfied with their lot? They are not.”

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Mandy's Blog – Pin Money

Alison Owens

“The pins date from 1400 to 1800. Everyone used pins all of the time back then for use on bodices, shirts, swaddling and even death shrouds, everything was pinned with pins of various sizes. The pinning industry was huge and the amount of money afforded to women to buy their pins gave rise to the expression ‘pin money’.”

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Mandy's Blog – Bees and Flowers, Sweet Inspiration!

Alison Owens

“I use to use flowers in my designs for redwork, quilting and embroidery  without ever really thinking about how they were pollinated, but recently, on a teaching trip in Chambery, near Lyon in France I was reminded of not only how much flowers inspire us but also how vital the humble bee is in the process of making the beautiful blooms.”

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What the Dickens, chickens?!

Alison Owens

“You know that nagging feeling, when you have an unfulfilled dream that won’t leave you alone? Well, I always fancied my own garden flock. I made the mistake of sharing this idea with my small son a few years ago. He’s a determined soul, so now we keep chickens. I blame myself.”

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