Swaledale After the Floods
Several people who knew where we are based have contacted us to ask how we are and how life has been affected by the recent floods, so we thought we had better tell you a little about what is going on in and around Reeth. We were not flooded ourselves, though some of the other units close by were as water ran down off the hills forming new streams where there hadn't been any before. But the main damage was at the lower end of our village and in some of the more remote villages and hamlets as some of our smaller rivers (known locally as "becks") turned into raging torrents. These took out the main road as well as an important secondary route and for a while the village was cut off. But we are pleased to say that the main road has now been re-oepned with a temporary bridge over the worst affected section, and most of the businesses and pubs are up and running again as normal. The local young farmers turned up to clear the show field, so the Reeth Show will go ahead as normal on August Bank Holiday Monday and you can be assured of a warm welcome if you do make it into the dale. Just watch out for a few extra sheep wandering around where the field walls have been washed away!
Our show page has been updated with the shows we have already booked in 2019. One or two show companies have yet to get back to us, so we expect to add one or two more dates in the Summer and Autumn as confirmations arrive.
Free Show Tickets
Some of the larger show companies we work with sometimes let us have small numbers of complementary tickets for their shows. If you haven't already signed up for our e-mail newsletter, subscribe here. We only send the newsletter out 4 times a year so if you sign up you won't be inundated.
Details for all our upcoming shows can be found on the Shows page.
New designs and products
We now have two postcard designs. In addition to the Whitby postcard we launched in June, we have added a Swaledale postcard (shown right). In July 2019 a catastrophic flash flood swept through parts of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, destroying homes and businesses and drastically changing the landscape. Reeth, the village where the Nutmeg Company is based, was severely affected and although no lives were lost, many were made homeless and it will be a long time before life is back to normal. An official flood relief fund has been set up and all the profits from the sale of this postcard will go to that fund.
We also have a new Christmas card, Christmas Mischief, featuring a tortoiseshell cat, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Santa House, we've added a new Planning the route Santa House to the range.
We've two very stylish additions to our keepsake range called the Snowdrop Box (shown right) and Snowdrop Tray. The box is our first hexagonal design and would make a wonderful container for a small gift, or as a ring box on a dressing table. The snowdrop theme makes it an ideal project for the New Year.
All the new designs for the past year are shown on our New Designs page.
During 2018 we stocked a new thread conditioner in our showroom called Thread Magic. It has proved very popular and so we are adding it to our website. You draw your thread over the conditioner and it adds a small amount of residue-free lubricant which helps stop fraying and breaking. We recommend it for working with metallic thread which is particularly prone to these problems. Acid-free and hypoallergenic, it comes in a small, easily portable pot with notches to help guide your thread, and should last for many projects.
Summer in Swaledale
If you are anywhere near Swaledale this summer, do come and see us. And if you stay locally there is usually a lot going on. Reeth has its own agricultural show on 26th August, and Muker (just a few miles up-dale) has a very traditional village show on 4th September, including sheep dog trials.
If you have a non-stitcher in tow you can sit them on our comfy sofa while you look round our showroom, or send them out to look at one of the other craft workshops on site. We also have Tennants, one of the UK's premier auction houses, in the next dale with large permanent displays of art and collectibles, and The Bowes Museum, one of the best museums outside London, a short drive North. Various stately homes, castles and the famous Wensleydale cheese factory are also within easy reach. So it is a good area to break a journey North or South.
We're normally open from 10.00 to 5.00 Monday to Friday and 2.00 till 5.00 on Saturday, although we do have to close when we take the models to the shows.
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The Nutmeg Company
Unit 14, Reeth Dales Centre, Reeth, Nr. Richmond, Yorkshire DL11 6SP
Telephone: 01748 884926 Email: email@example.com
The Nutmeg Gallery is normally open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 2pm to 5pm on Saturday