Hexham Christmas Fair, 11th December 2021


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Saturday the 11th of December (2021) we will be at the Hexham Christmas Fair. There will be stalls around the Abbey and we will be at the first floor in the Abbey.

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We won’t be attending Ely Cathedral XM fair this year

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The Ely Cathedral Christmas fair starts today but unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend this year. Wishing all our customers, friends, staff at Ely Cathedral and other stall holders a lovely event. Our Slate and Nature studio in West Woodburn is Open. 

 

A rare bird on Slate and Nature’s Window feeder

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Already for months we see this lovely bird on our natural & recycled slate window feeder. Only recently we discovered it is a very rare Leucistic female Chaffinch (she simply missed the paint booth!). Every morning, after I filled all our window feeders, she comes to enjoy our (robin) bird food. As a ‘non-plastic’ feeder it is designed that you see the full body of the visiting bird, the seed floor is under an angle with an opening in end that water with automatically drained, meaning that your food will be fully eaten (doesn’t become mouldy and no remains attracting vermin). Made from natural slate, you’ll never have to clean the feeder; only twice yearly to check that the water drainage is still working. Easy installed (pushing the bone dry/clean sucker) against the glass and shortly after you can enjoy your feathered friends. Our first one made, roughly 10 years ago, has never come off, despite all weathers & seasons. Today there are close to 5000 other places where this feeder is enjoyed, from Northumberland, the whole of UK, and all other continents from, EU, America, Australia & New Zealand to even Japan.

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The Father’s Day Gift: Multipurpose Roofed Slate Sign

shed as pictThe man and his shed;… according to Wikipedia… The Shed appeals to the culture of “blokes” who do woodwork or metalwork DIY projects in their sheds…. At Slate & Nature we received a request to make something for Father’s Day related to a ‘just finished project; Daddy’s Den. As the nation is already ‘stuffed’ with ‘roped’ signs, Gerard needed to make his version on the matter; a multipurpose roofed slate sign (Engraved or Blank). For the customer it was engraved towards 6 different uses (from Closed, Working, Beer O’Clock, Guest Suite, Mummy’s…) but can be used for Timing; I am back at … 5…20 min, Activities; Rooms to… clean, tidy, hoover…. Endless possibilities. Enjoy your Father’s Day!

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