Working with wool

February weather keeping us indoors for the most part today,  strong northerly wind with blustery showers, not great for working outdoors. So we have been working with wool today. I have been have been carding whilst Iwona was spinning. 

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New Year resolutions

These days I almost never make any NY resolutions because I invariably forget and lapse into my old wicked ways, but this year in January I felt a surge of ‘destash and get things finished’ energy. So as I needed to make a new topper for our bed and a lap quilt to keep out the drafts in our old croft house, I began sorting through my  hoarded stash of fabric remnants (many of which have been collected for decades) and with the help of my rotary cutter, sewing machine and iron produced these two –

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I didn’t realise until I photographed the quilts just how much the one on the left reminds me of a tablecloth my mother had on the kitchen table when I was about 4 years, strange what we retain. The quilt on the right fits very comfortably on our king size bed and is just there as an extra protection for when the nights are really cold!

I am now down to one bin liner bag full of treasured bits of fabric and feeling quite pious about the whole thing. Not so my fleece stash – so having dusted off my lovely jumbo carder and armed with mini Louet hand combs which I got from Neil for  Christmas, I’m beginning to sort through all the portions of dyed fleece ready for spinning. Pics to follow.

 

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Strawberry bed and rhubarb 

Finished making and planting the new strawberry bed next to the shed. We don’t seem to be able to grow strawberries in the polycrub, they grow well but the fruit tastes a bit mouldy which tends to spoil the enjoyment. So have made a raised bed next to the shed, south West facing and with a bit of shelter from the polycrub and planted the strawberries.  We’ll see how they get on.


Rhubarb is starting to come into leaf – always a sign that spring is on the way – so have given it a bit of a boost by covering the whole area with some compost/manure from the midden. 

Also tidied up in the polycrub, planted some rosemary, manured the fruit trees. 

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Another season starts 

Another season gets underway in the polycrub. Not much left from last year, just some rocket, radicchio plus autumn planted shallots, broccoli and spring greens. All looks a bit bare – although all ready for planting a new season of crops!

Have already sown some first early tatties, which should be ready for eating in June.

This weekend we sowed some radish direct into the soil and gourmet lettuce leaf inside which will planted once it has germinated.

With the sunshine this weekend it was nice and warm in the Polycrub – here’s hoping for a good spring and summer!

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Carrot pickle

Picked some of our carrots, rather large thinnings really, and have embarked on making some carrot pickle using a recipe from Oded Schwartz.

All ingredients shredded and mixed, now needs to be left overnight to marinate before boiling and putting into jars tomorrow.

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So much to do

Things are really revving up down here at the old Creative Croft, no time to sit around – lots to plant out

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Our first little lambs Samson and Delilah having a nap and the goatlings Heidi and Jasmine are a year old and growing.

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Before I begin the watercolour section of the botanical art  course I’m doing I just need to work on flowers of a different kind to make more needles and buttons etc.

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Jasmine is a very curious goat!

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Galanthus Elwesii

Must admit to having put this off out of fear – such a relief to be able to submit my final graphite assignment. Now I’ll be able to work on the watercolour module which is what I’m really interested in, but I’ve surprised myself at how much I enjoyed  the graphite section of the course. I’ve even had ideas for graphite sketches depicting eggs from various breeds of birds and such like. Apologies for the quality of the pic taken with my Nokia.

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Relief! Galanthus Elwesii

Must admit to having put this off out of fear – such a relief to be able to submit my final graphite assignment. Now I’ll be able to work on the watercolour module which is what I’m really interested in, but I’ve surprised myself at how much I enjoyed  the graphite section of the course. I’ve even had ideas for graphite sketches depicting eggs from various breeds of birds and such like.

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Spring is here!

Lots to do in the polytunnel with pricking out and sowing more seeds. Lovely fresh scent of growth and greenery.

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Seems odd to be having a glut of green leaves in April.

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On my doorstep

This is what we woke up to this morning – it is stunning and makes me feel so happy – I should go and live in Alaska!

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