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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 4 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 18 posts. There were 20 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 25th with 45 views. The most popular post that day was About Musgrove Willows.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were musgrovewillows.co.uk, willowbasketmaker.com, blogger.com, en.wordpress.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for how to weave willow, willow sculpture, coffin, willow maze, and willow craft.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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About Musgrove Willows May 2009
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Our Products May 2009

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Courses at Musgrove Willows May 2009
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Weave a willow coffin course completed. June 2009
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Somerset Willow out and about July 2009

A very different day today as we are nursing a pooly duck in the office – I have to admit I am a little distracted! Poor things got an eye infection and cant see so he is getting a little TLC in the warm office. Also the summer holidays are getting too long for my boy and he decided to come to work with me. I think he has had a ball. Ellen has been very good with him especially as he keeps drinking her hot chocolate!  Amanda

We have booked a spot right next to the food hall – very convenient I hear you shout. This is not because of the food I assure you but because we are opposite our very own designer garden created by James Roberts who works with us at Musgrove Willows. He has designed “Simple Sustainable South West” incorporating creative willow fencing and raised beds, pergola’s and all plants native and grown in the South West. We are a bit nervous of this huge undertaking – facing off against some serious horticulturists but hope it will show how wonderfull and diverse willow and the Somerset Levels can be! Wish us, but particularly James the best of luck!

Mandy

At long last some lovely warm weather, even if todays course students are complaining its a bit too warm!

The last few months have been difficult with the weather keeping us on our toes. Thankfully, we managed to finish cutting and we have planted another 5 acres at Westonzoyland by hand in the last few weeks, this weather should give them a good start now.

Mike and Jack have also been busy with the maintenance of the willow beds ready for the new crop to start growing.

Trimming the withy bed.

 The white willow season is almost upon us and we need to bring in all the harvested willow, so we are hoping it stays dry for a while yet. Seems like the boys are going to be very busy for the next few months.
Amanda and I have  been busy with school visits and corporate events here too but we were also lucky enough to have a work experience student Lauren with us over the past week. She has been a great help and has gained office experience, participated in a corporate workshop and helped with the tourism side of our business, taking people on tours around the farm and explaining what we do here at Musgrove Willows.

Keep smiling Lauren and Amanda , it helps! : )

Lauren has even said she’d like to come back in the summer. She must be mad! 

We still have a few places left on the morning session of our Saxons Day workshop on June 1st. so if you are looking to do something a bit different over the half term holiday why not come along with the children and see how things were in the day of the Saxons.

Pre- Booking is essential so please ring Ellen or Amanda on 01278 691105 or 01278 699162 to book your space. We look forward to seeing you.

Working the Willow Exhibition (our part in the Somerset Art Weeks 09 event) was a huge success, not just from the point of view of visitor numbers, of which there were over 1,400, but also for the exhibitors and workshop instructors. We had over 160 pieces of work of 57 artists to view and buy and the talent of the artists, who came from across the globe, was quite phenomenal with huge quantities of praise being given to all. Amongst our visiting artists were Ellen Mette Nielson from Norway; Jo Mills; Fiona Hingston and Ivor Hancock. Our Exhibition also attracted a large number of very distinguished visitors including MP’s, Councillors and representatives from the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers and the Basket Makers Association. We were delighted to see the renowned Sally Goymer who is something of an authority in the world of willow and is Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers and we were especially flattered by her comment that it was “the best exhibition of baskets I’ve ever seen in Great Britain”. Praise from Sally is praise indeed! The workshops were kept busy instructing on tension trays; stick baskets, plant climbers and garden structures, animal sculpture and 3d shapes. There were also workshops on hurdle making and basketry. Guest tutors were Tom Hare, Charlie Lupton, Sarah Ayling and Izzy Beasley alongside the regular instructors; Sophie Courtiour, Jo Mills, Fiona Hingston, Rebecca Board and James Roberts. So if you were amongst our visitors, thank you for coming and helping make it the success it was and if you were not able to come along, why not visit us anyway because we still have our usual workshops running along with displays and of course our rare breed ducks and friendly goats will always welcome you! It was a busy time but thoroughly enjoyable!

WORKING THE WILLOW EXHIBITION

WORKING THE WILLOW EXHIBITION

At last our exhibition Working the Willow is finally open.

Over the last few months we have been receiving exhibition pieces from Basketmakers, sculptors and willow weavers from all over the world, in fact we have over 160 pieces for you to view.

A visitor said, ” an exhibition to rival that of one held in London, inspirational!” 

Another added, ” It is amazing the diversity and the complex pieces that can be made from a piece of willow, it is fantastic to see the willow growing and all these different items made from that willow. This is not just about baskets its about sculpture and art!”

 Another said,” Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend your exhibition launch at Weston Zoyland. We enjoyed it and there are some wonderful things in it.  “It is very good show and we send our congratulations to all involved in organising an international event. I hope it gets wide coverage. We need a few more shows like this, putting the work of Somerset artists into a wider context.”

Why not come along and have a go at our drop in workshops or view the exhibition itself?

A PEEK AT OUR WORKING THE WILLOW EXHIBITION
A PEEK AT OUR WORKING THE WILLOW EXHIBITION

workshop arts weekWorking the Willow 2

It’s been a busy couple of weeks again here at Musgrove willows, we have completed the willow maze and had a visit from the Planning Inspectorate,  we keeping our fingers crossed for good news on that one.

We are busily getting everything ready for Somerset Art Weeks from September 19th – October 4th, when we will be holding an exhibition of Contemporary Basketry from makers all over the world as well as a Sculpture trail, with pieces made by local school children and works by National and International sculptors.

We hope to see you here!

Jasper

Jasper

Our pygmy goat Oscar

Our pygmy goat Oscar

If you do you will be able to meet two of our newest members of our team, Jasper and Oscar, our pygmy goats.

Just over 20 weeks old they are getting used to us, and will make great friends with anyone who wants to say hello. They are still a little shy but will eat out of your hand if you have got something nice to share!

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