Now that I am a grannie I want to spend time visiting my son and family in Sydney, Australia. My daughter lives in Hong Kong and will be getting married next May in a fairytale castle in Aberdeenshire. My other son works in photography in London. So with selling the farm, I shall now be able to spend more time traveling to see my family.
So where to move my business… not to a retail shop nor an industrial unit. I was thrilled to find these newly converted live-and-work units, located within the Farfield Mill conservation area. In 1911 it was described as being used for “scribbling, spinning, scouring and milling with a boiler house, firing and economiser places with a drying stove”. The mill stream was originally directed at right angles to serve a waterwheel at the west end of the building. My business will feel at home here.
I shall be able to sit and spin outside while watching the trout in the river and gaze across the fells. Inside my living space, I have tried to connect to its past by making wool curtains,a bookcase and table from old spinning bobbins originally from a woollen mill in Bradford.