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ASIDE: JAPANESE KNOTWEED IS IN THE NEWS ……

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spring time and the japanese knotweed is looking very healthy!

spring time and the japanese knotweed is looking very healthy!

Just been watching the BBC morning news, and was amazed that they were featuring the problems of Japanese Knotweed – it is a rampant weed round here – and some lenders are refusing mortgages to properties that have it in their garden.  There is also talk of a fine being levied on householders who don’t make efforts to eradicate it ………

I have it in my garden!  It has spread from the hillside below – altho’ I have been uprooting it steadily for years, its well known that only a tiny bit of root can sprout and its back again.  Botanically its actually an amazingly resilient plant, and was originally intentionally introduced into this country over 100 years ago to stabilise railway embankments.  The roots go down and down and down!  (Up to 3 m according to the man on the tv.)

Until recently, no one ever expected to be able to get rid of it,  the only thing you could do was pull up the sprouts as soon as they pushed thro the earth.   But all of a sudden there are companies making good money spraying it and promising that it won’t reappear.  Actually, I don’t believe it.  I have built bonfires over it and it still comes back.

They are now recommending getting a digger into your garden – disrupting all your plants – I can still grow veg and flowers in my garden, altho’ as I’ve been ill this year, the garden is looking pretty rough.  I’d better go out and pull out as much of the knotweed as possible – I don’t intend paying for a digger!

I wonder how much its going to cost the council to try and get rid of it – are they going to try?  There are hillsides full of it.

Oddly enough, I did read something somewhere that said you could cook the young leaves and eat them – like nettles and spinach.  Does anyone know anything about this?

Coincidentally, honestly, a couple of days ago, having been selling my photographic greetings cards last week (see previous post),  I was playing around with the idea of uploading digital files of some of my photographs onto etsy.  They have a service for people to buy them as digital downloads, for a fraction of the price of a print.

Most people sell landscapes or “pretty” pictures, but because I had been looking at a set of digital photos I had taken up the hill last spring and wondering if they would be worth printing up, the first digital download I chose was the one above – of japanese knotweed.  If you click on the picture above, it will take you to my etsy listing – its only £3!

PS:  Updated on 6 July 2015:  Because of the VAT MOSS mess – see my post on this – I decided I’d better take down all my digital photos on Etsy – so this is the only place you will find this photo for now!

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All my xmas & general photographic greetings cards are now available to anyone -please see last post

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My Flash Sale has now ended, and I will be posting out the orders today – thank you to everyone who participated.

FireHaving got all the boxes down and set up an area where I can put orders together, I thought I might as well keep these on sale – HOWEVER – AS WELL AS ORDERING THE SETS AS SHOWN, YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE WHICH CARDS YOU WANT FROM EITHER GRID, AND THE QUANTITY YOU WANT.  (Grids are on the previous post)

All cards will be 30p each, when bought direct from me only.  Please email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com with your order – I haven’t named the cards here (you can see some of the names in the tag list below)  but its probably easier to just give me the positions in each grid – No 1 Grid is the Christmas Card set – No 2 Grid is the General Card Set.  ie: No 1 grid, line 1, card no 3/  No 2 grid line 3, card no 1 – if that makes sense to you!

I will email you back with the total cost, including postage to your country, and if you accept this, I will put together a paypal invoice for you.  Cards will be sent out as soon as possible after you have paid.  (Should anything go wrong your payment will have all the protection of the paypal system.)

Just for info, I have put together the set of 2 fireside greetings cards and the original 8″ x 6″ postcard on etsy – you can see it here

Please feel free to share this post, as this offer is now open to anyone who sees it, now that club members have had first dibs – smile!

(I will let you know when you order if any of the cards become out of stock, or unreachable – smile – reference to my excavations – see last 2 posts)

I loo forward to hearing from you

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The cards I found after my excavations – see previous post!

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set of 4 xmas cards

After more excavations in the stock room, I had to give up, because it would have entailed pulling out so much stuff to get to the other boxes, that I just didn’t have the energy!  However, I did find a box of mixed cards that I used to take with me to craft fairs etc – so this is the set I chose to sell as Xmas Cards.

They are not obvious Xmas cards, but I used to use them to send out to people at xmas, and people really liked an alternative to the usual Merry Christmas emblazoned type cards, and, besides which they often framed them afterwards – smile.

My best seller was the log fire card – bottom right, and as I don’t have quite as many of those as I do the others, I thought I’d offer them as a set, but not promise 5 of each card.

You may notice that ‘fireside’ is similar to the red teapot card – that’s because they are two crops taken from one large format negative – they were taken old style, on film.  I took a whole roll of the still life set up I created around my living room fireplace – and for some reason, on some of them, the film slipped slightly, and I got double exposures – which I liked better than the original sharp photograph – so I chose that one to print!

I originally printed the whole image as an 8 x 6″ postcard – which is also still available – and only later, when I was choosing images to print as greetings cards did it occur to me to split the image.

I am selling the 4 cards above as a set of 20 for £6 – that’s 30p a card, and is definately less than it cost me to produce them!

While I was at it, I decided to offer a set of 10 randomly selected cards from the rest of the range for £3 – also 30p each. These are some of the cards available in that set – the only reason I haven’t included all of them is that I couldn’t find a grid template big enuf to take the rest of them! 9 of my other cards

All the cards are 5″ square, blank inside and printed on really good card, with nice, good quality coloured envelopes.

The reason I have put them up here is that the cards do not show up large enough in the email I sent out to my customers on Saturday, so I thought I’d direct them here so they could see them properly.

However, having done so – if anyone else would like to buy any – please get in touch  – julz@julzweaving.plus.com

You can pay with paypal, which makes things easier.

“Enuf Already” of the sales pitch!  I would be interested in any comments, positive OR negative about the cards – feedback is always useful.

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