We have discovered that we don’t have enough clocks. This is largely because getting the kids out of the door in the morning is a challenge of herculean proportions. Frankly, my nerves are frazzled and the kids need reminding at least once every ten minutes that playing with the cat or watching Captain Underpants does not count as ‘getting ready’. No, more visual reminders are what they need!
So it is entirely appropriate that our newest clock is a beautiful Welsh slate clock from Valley Mill. Valley Mill uses only slate quarried from Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. (If you’re up that way, incidentally, a visit to a slate mine is well worth the trip).
The slate is sent to Valley Mill’s workshop in Crynant where it is hand cut, engraved, oiled and then fashioned into a wide range of lovely homeware items and gifts. They also offer handcrafted Welsh slate house signs, trophies, memorials and wedding signage.
They also make a lovely range of Valley Mill soaps, candles and wax melts I’m particularly fond of.
Welsh Slate Clocks
Mine is the deep engraved Welsh Slate Clock made from high-quality 6mm thick Welsh slate with deep engraved numbers.
The Welsh slate is hand-cut to give a rustic chipped edge and a unique finish – no two clocks will be exactly the same.
It comes complete with Quartz clock workings and packaged in a gift box.
The clock is of 300mm diameter and needs just one AA battery (not supplied).
Being made from slate, it is a heavy piece so bear in mind that you will have to use a strong nail to secure it. But I love the weathered feel and the touch of Welshness that it adds – very appropriate since we are a three quarters Welsh household. I’m English but having lived here since 1969 I think I might be an honorary Welsh woman now.
Mine is one of a range of Valley Mill Welsh slate clocks featuring Welsh dragons, the lyrics of Calon Lan and even one with the numbers in Welsh words to help little ones (and bigger ones) improve their Welsh.
What I particularly love is that you can discover who made your clock. This one was designed by Kevin Thomas who has been designing his range of handmade products for over 10 years. His products include Welsh slate and Welsh Oak homeware but also home fragrance and natural soaps.
For a small extra charge, you can even personalise your clock with text and artwork. Just add your required text and image under the ‘Personalise Your Product’ tab.
Their slate house signs are pretty special too, or how about a beautiful Welsh slate cheeseboard or some placemats and coasters?
There are loads of really special and unique gifts so you can give something a little more out of the ordinary this Christmas.
You’ll find them on Facebook @valleymillhomeware and Twitter @valleymillshop.