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Sunday, July 26, 2009

I am still around !!!





Where does the time go?? After the terrible cold winter we had I have decided to really enjoy the summer when we finally got it this year so have been working in the garden everyday until noon, pulling and hoeing weeds and hilling up the monster potato patch, What are we going to do with all these potatoes?? Food bank here we come!! Maybe have to put a you dig it sign at the road. Am so enjoying the lettuce, love my lettuce, almost too beautiful to eat and the other day I thought I would thin the carrots out a bit...could not believe how big the carrots were already!! They did not last long. And the peas pods are filling up nicely, makes my mouth water.
And I have been doing a bit of fibre stuff, finally finished spinning the llama/merino/silk that I had carded up, spun it very fine so it seemed to take ages, wanted to spin about a thousand yards and when I was finished it was just short of a thousand yards. I want to dye it so one of these days will have to get the dye pots out but it has been so hot here who wants to be heating anything up, we usually only have one plus thirty day here in the hills all summer but this year we had quite a few days, thank-goodness it cools off at night. Also have six pair of socks knit up, have to get them washed and blocked this week and do a count on how many pairs I have so far, am always short for the fall sales and end up knitting crazy to fill orders so thought if I could knit four pair a month I would be ahead...will have to see...think I am behind. Then the garage floor is finished and I have my sorting table up so have been sorting fibre to go to the mill, is so hard as I come across fibre and I think...maybe I should wash some and see how it spins...but I can not get side tracked!! have too much to sort through. The cement guys are supposed to be back tomorrow to pour the pad in front of the garage and the backhole guy is supposed to dig the trench from the house to the barn to bury the power line tomorrow so will be a busy day but things are finally getting finished up. Well Maxx and I are off to do our midnight run in the fresh air and then off to bed.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rain Day Today





After it being so dry we have been having rain, actually some wild rain and a bit of hail, just as my big white poppy was going to bloom, Glad I took the picture of the first flower even though the wind was blowing as the flowers are pretty ragged right now. The lily did its blooming of all the flowers, was so pretty but does not last long.Usually the plants on the front step are safe from the weather but for some reason the hail storm came from the wrong direction so there was a fast move of all the pot plants into the house. I did paint the front railing the pinky brown color and I love it, think I will paint the railing around the back deck the same color. Got my planters on the top rail and they look great. The garden is doing great after the slow start, the beans are the only thing that suffered in the snow, they are slowly....too slowly coming back. The floor in the garage was poured yesterday and they were here all day troweling, glad it was them doing the troweling. Now to let it dry enough I can move my fibre stuff in. On the fibre front I am still carding llama fibre with some merino and silk and spinning it up...no pictures as it is white...so far...so is pretty boring. Have one bobbin full and another half full, had to card up a bit more fibre yesterday so hope I have enough carded to fill the bobbin. Trying to decide what colors I am going to dye it, spun it very fine so is taking ages. Also have knit three more pair of socks, have to do a count of how many I have, wanted to knit four pair a month this year as I never have enough when fall markets arrive but think I am running behind. and I do have to get the dye pots out and going. Well off I go to spin a bit and should do some baking while the weather is cool.