Alison Crowther-Smith

Archive for May, 2018

Workshops! Spaces!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Hello there, welcome to the ghost-ship Court Cottage.  The workshops have succumbed to an epidemic of cancellations – so there is a lot of space here in June.

This weekend, you can come and knit socks, either from the top down or from the toe up. This is a great skill. Socks are easy to knit once you have mastered the basics – and that, plus a few extras, is what this course is all about.  I teach top down socks on DPNs and toe up socks on 2 short circular needles.  Once mastered, socks are ideal in many ways:  great, fast and economical gift knits; and perfect as a travelling project.

Next weekend, you can come and learn to knit a magical Moebius, or if you have done this with me before, you can knit a brand new design.  Moebiuses are very addictive and great fun to knit and to wear.

Please follow the links above or contact me.

Just a reminder:  if you were on my email list and did not opt back in when I sent out a recent pre-GDPR reminder, you will no longer receive my alerts and up-dates. So if you want to continue to get these, please contact me and I will add your name back in.  If you did opt back in – thank you!

 

GDPR: your data, your rights, and my policy.

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

This policy applies on and from 25 May 2018

Keeping your data safe

I am committed to keeping your personal data safe and secure, and handling it in accordance with legal obligations.  This Privacy Policy sets out the purposes for which I hold and use your personal data, and what rights you have in relation to that data.

I am a sole trader, trading as Alison Crowther-Smith Designs

What data do I collect and where from?

I collect some data from you via PayPal or from an email from you, when you book a place on one of my courses or buy a product from my website.

This data includes:

  • Your full name;
  • Your email address(es);
  • The address you used to book your course.

I also collect information (email addresses only) from participants at workshops and events when I am teaching or presenting for a third party such as a yarn shop or festival.  I will collect your full name and your email address on a form which explicitly states that you have agreed to me holding and using your data.  If you do not wish this to happen, do not complete the form.

What do I use your data for?

I use the data to contact you directly about news, events, and patterns.  This will include Newsletters and direct emails.

Who do I share your data with?

No-one, including other people on my email list.

What rights do you have?

You have a number of rights under data protection law and I will respond to any requests to exercise your rights as soon as I can and in any event within one month of receiving your request.

  • You have a right to access your information;
  • You have a right to object to me processing your information;
  • You have a right to ask me not to send you information;
  • You have a right to have inaccurate data corrected; and
  • You have a right to have your data erased.

If you wish to be added to or removed from my email list, please contact me.

GDPR: do you want to stay in touch?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Hello lovely reader!

It turns out that GDPR is not an extended news item about the German Democratic People’s Republic as I had assumed.  It’s all about data protection and it affects you and me.

I hold email addresses on a data base.  I hold it here and it is safe-guarded.  I do not use a mail platform.  I write the newsletters, for example, and send them to the list. I never share the information with anyone, including the other people on the list.

In future – in fact from this month on – if you do not opt IN, I will have to delete your data.  So you’ll never hear from me again, which is possibly a relief, but I would be sad.

From May 2018 onward, I will be collecting email addresses as usual but it will be explicitly understood that I am doing so with each person’s consent for me to do so under GDPR compliance.

Please contact me and say ‘yes please’ to future contact.

Allotment at Home: almost there!

Friday, May 11th, 2018

There has been so much progress! I have to say that since the muddy, freezing days of January and February when the turf was lifted but there was nothing in situ, the state of play now is just great.  Back then I was despondent and regretted ever starting this project but now I am sure I have done the right thing.

Last night, I picked all the ingredients, here in the garden, for this salad:

allotment at home salad

The first part of the project is 100% complete. All the beds are up, the gravel is down and each bed has been planted up.  Honestly – as I suspected – the furthest two beds beneath the rowan tree are far too shady so what I plant in there will need a lot of careful management, but otherwise, it is all good.

Here are some images of the progress here:

The second area is 75% there.  The beds are all in place, but now I have to fill them all (three are filled) and then lay the lining and the gravel.

Area Two:

The third area is the old veg garden – and this is clear, and ready for a modified brassica cage from the old allotment to go up this Sunday.  The plants are almost ready to go in, so just in time.

I had not been to the old allotment for weeks – so when I did go last weekend, it was a bit of a sorry state.  But then, I saw that a lot of plots were in even worse states with weeds and long grass and I assume their owners had been down there!  Anyway, it’s all tidy now and I have removed almost all the stuff I want – mainly the raised beds, the canes, some tyres and tools.  There are 1.5 beds to come back still – but this, though physically hard, is not at all slow or difficult.  And the cage.  I will keep the plot tidy until I finally give notice.

Taking the old allotment down:

When I went down, I thought I would feel sad – but in fact it just vindicated my decision. It is not a place of quiet solitude now – and also there are still no ‘facilities’ so it feels like hard labour compared to having a cuppa and a loo handy, here, in between work.  There, you just end up racing round to get it done before you need a drink or a wee!